Frank Bay Beach

<p>If you are looking for a spot to escape to, this may just be the place. Surrounded by much more famous beaches, Frank Bay offers much of the same, albeit a little smaller and with the benefit of being much less crowded.</p>

Located in Estate Enighed, a few hundred yards south west of downtown Cruz Bay, Frank Bay Beach is on the West coast of St. John. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Making its home within a heavily traveled region, Frank Bay Beach should definitely be considered by visitors wanting to have access to a wide variety of things to do and see.

How to Access The Beach
If you follow the coastal roads south from the ferry terminal, you can find Frank Bay Beach just after you pass Gallows Point Resort. Parking is available right across the street.

Amenities and Ambiance

There is not much beach at Frank Bay, but the narrow strip that exists is comprised of sparkling blue-green water and soft sand until you enter the water which is slightly rocky. Shade is hard to come by, unless you head to the east end of the beach where there is a coconut palm. The most defining feature, though, is how secluded the beach is. Despite being in a popular part of St. John, this beach has the habit of staying remarkably quiet.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Remember to take into account that Frank Bay Beach is in an area which is highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Frank Bay Beach is on the West coast of St. John. It is close to Coconut Coast Studios, which is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Virgin Islands, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. For instance, nearby is Cruz Bay Battery, which is a quarter mile away.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Frank Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 0.1 mi. N St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 0.2 mi. NE St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 0.4 mi. NE St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 0.4 mi. ENE St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 0.4 mi. NE St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.5 mi. ENE St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.5 mi. NE St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 0.5 mi. NE St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 0.5 mi. NE St. John

Cities and Towns

Frank Bay Beach is very close to Cruz Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cruz Bay is the closest city and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Cruz Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers will find a pretty nice assortment of hotel and resort options to pick from close to the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Frank Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Coconut Coast 0.1 mi. ESE Hotel
Garden by the Sea 0.1 mi. E B & B
Hillcrest Guesthouse 0.2 mi. E Guest house
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 0.3 mi. NE Hotel
St. John Inn 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Inn at Tamarind Court 0.4 mi. ENE Hotel
Estate Lindholm 0.6 mi. NNE B & B
The Westin St. John Resort 0.9 mi. ESE Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 1.3 mi. NE Resort

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you dine at a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Ocean 362. The restaurant serves both American and contemporary dishes on the menu. They also specialize in seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Frank Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ocean 362 (340) 776-0001 American, Contemporary Fine Dining 0.1 mi. N
The Terrace Restaurant (340) 779-8550 French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
The Beach Bar (340) 777-4220 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Banana Deck (340) 693-5055 International Informal 0.2 mi. ENE
The Fish Trap (340) 693-9994 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
D'e Coal Pot (340) 714-2625 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
High Tide (340) 714-6169 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Waterfront Bistro (340) 777-7755 Caribbean, French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NE
Vista Mare (340) 777-6273 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Sogo's Restaurant (340) 779-4404 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Da Livio Ristorante (340) 779-8900 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Joe's Rum Hut (340) 775-5200 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, Frank Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. John.

You might also want to visit Turner Bay Beach, located only a short distance away.

You may find that Frank Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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