Cruz Bay Beach

<p>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.</p>

Located near the middle of downtown Cruz Bay, this beach is on the North West coast of St. John. You might want whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Travelers who prefer walking over driving to their next destination will love how easy it is to access Cruz Bay Beach. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

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're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Remember to take into account that Cruz Bay Beach's immediate surroundings are a popular spot, so show up early.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of St. John; the area hosts attractions such as Parrot Club, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. This museum is located a quarter mile away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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
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
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.3 mi. ENE 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
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.3 mi. E St. John

Cities and Towns

This beach is close to Cruz Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Cruz Bay, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Cruz Bay is a quick trip away, about a quarter mile (a half kilometer).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a decent number of hotels within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices are seen in the list 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Cruz Bay Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is Vista Mare. The restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. They are also famous for their desserts and pasta. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Cruz Bay Beach on St. John.

You may also like Salomon Bay Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the north-northeast. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, consider Great Cruz Beach. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another option worth considering is Turner Bay Beach, located a quarter mile away.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, a trip to Cruz Bay Beach could end up a family favorite.


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