Frank Bay Beach

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.

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 might want regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. The majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches are quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. These spots may be perfect for those who need a break from crowds, but others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Frank Bay Beach.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

You should remember that the area surrounding Frank Bay Beach is a popular spot, so show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the West coast of St. John. It's located near Coconut Coast Studios, which is one of a number of attractions in the area.

If you're interested in learning 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 accessible on foot or in a cab.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Frank Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 0.1 mi. N St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.2 mi. ENE 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
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
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.5 mi. NE St. John
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 0.5 mi. NE St. John

Cities and Towns

Frank Bay Beach is in the Cruz Bay area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The nearby town of Cruz Bay is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Frank Bay Beach, Cruz Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

There is a pretty nice range of hotel options to choose from close to the beach. The most convenient of which are 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

If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is Ocean 362. This restaurant serves both American and contemporary dishes on the menu. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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 may also enjoy Turner Bay Beach, located within a couple of miles.

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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