Cruz Bay Beach

While it may not be the largest or most tropical beach on the island, this beach remains one of the more popular spots to spend a day. This is because it will likely be the first beach you see as you approach St. John on the ferry from St. Thomas.

Located near the middle of downtown Cruz Bay, this beach is on the North West edge of St. John. You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Those visitors who love being in the middle of all the action and meeting new people will likely enjoy the atmosphere at Cruz Bay Beach.

How to Access The Beach
Just south of the ferry terminal, the beach cannot be missed.

Amenities and Ambiance

Despite the shops lining the beach, and the numerous boats docked right offshore, Cruz Bay still offers clean sand and clear water. While it is not that big and can often get crowded, it is a nice place for a stroll and watching the sunsets.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Bear in mind that the area surrounding Cruz Bay Beach is a bustling area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Cruz Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. John. It's located near Parrot Club, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions like Cruz Bay Battery offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Cruz Bay Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shoreline is a couple hundred yards to the north of this site of historical significance.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cruz Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 0.0 mi. S St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 0.1 mi. N St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.1 mi. S St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 0.2 mi. NE St. John
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 0.2 mi. WSW St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 0.2 mi. E St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 0.3 mi. ENE St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 0.3 mi. ENE St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.3 mi. ENE St. John
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 0.3 mi. ENE St. John

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Cruz Bay is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Cruz Bay is not far away, roughly a quarter mile (a half kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a decent number of places to stay within driving distance. A list of the closest choices can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Cruz Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 0.1 mi. ESE Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 0.1 mi. SSE Guest house
Garden by the Sea 0.2 mi. S B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Coconut Coast 0.2 mi. SSW Hotel
St. John Inn 0.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Estate Lindholm 0.3 mi. NNE B & B
The Westin St. John Resort 0.8 mi. SE Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 1.0 mi. NE Resort


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Vista Mare is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves Italian cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their desserts and pasta. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Cruz Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Vista Mare (340) 777-6273 Italian Informal 0.0 mi. SE
Joe's Rum Hut (340) 775-5200 American Very Casual 0.0 mi. ENE
D'e Coal Pot (340) 714-2625 Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. S
High Tide (340) 714-6169 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. S
Waterfront Bistro (340) 777-7755 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 0.0 mi. S
The Beach Bar (340) 777-4220 American Very Casual 0.0 mi. SW
The Terrace Restaurant (340) 779-8550 French Fine Dining 0.1 mi. SW
Sogo's Restaurant (340) 779-4404 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. SE
The Fish Trap (340) 693-9994 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSE
Da Livio Ristorante (340) 779-8900 Italian Informal 0.1 mi. SE
Cruz Bay Landing (340) 776-6908 American Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Lime Inn (340) 779-4199 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach on St. John will have lots of options besides Cruz Bay Beach.

If the active mood at Cruz Bay Beach has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider checking out Salomon Bay Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the north-northeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, you might find what you want at Great Cruz Beach. It is located just a little ways away.

You might also want to visit Turner Bay Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Virgin Islands, and paying a visit to Cruz Bay Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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