Great Cruz Beach

Located on the west coast of St. John, Great Cruz Bay provides a well-manicured beach area that is popular with tourists, due to its proximity to the Westin Hotel. The area is fairly well developed, with restaurants and shopping centers nearby.

Positioned on the outer parts of Cruz Bay, a quarter mile southeast of the downtown area, Great Cruz Beach is on the West edge of St. John. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can might like this beach due to its urban location. In fact, Great Cruz Beach would be most convenient for those who are staying in the hotels nearby, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.

How to Access The Beach
Thanks to the nearby Westin Hotel and the surrounding area, guests will be able to access the beach via taxi, car, or foot.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach features soft white sands and calm waters, making it an excellent spot for the entire family. Palm trees, beach chairs and umbrellas sit on the coast, while the bay itself will likely be full of yachts and sailboats.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Great Cruz Beach at all, it's worth a try. Every location around the world has its own style of cuisine, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to experience delicious local dishes is right on the water. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

There is also a concession stand available.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Great Cruz Beach. It's also good to know that you will have access to umbrellas and chairs here, so visitors seeking a break from the hot sun will get their wish. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Bear in mind that the area right around Great Cruz Beach is a popular spot, meaning you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of St. John. Donald Schnell Studio is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like Cruz Bay Battery provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Great Cruz Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Virgin Islands' past, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, this shore is just a short distance away from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Great Cruz Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 0.7 mi. NW St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.8 mi. NW St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.8 mi. NNW St. John
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 0.8 mi. NNW St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 0.8 mi. NNW St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 0.8 mi. NNW St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 0.9 mi. NW St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 0.9 mi. NW St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 1.0 mi. NW St. John
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 1.0 mi. NW St. John

Cities and Towns

Cruz Bay is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Cruz Bay is just up the road, roughly three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of places to stay within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Great Cruz Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Westin St. John Resort 0.1 mi. NNE Resort
St. John Inn 0.6 mi. NW Hotel
Inn at Tamarind Court 0.7 mi. NW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 0.7 mi. NW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 0.8 mi. NW B & B
Coconut Coast 0.8 mi. WNW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 0.8 mi. NW Hotel
Estate Lindholm 1.1 mi. NNW B & B
Caneel Bay Resort 1.5 mi. N Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you enjoy a meal at a local restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu. They are also known for serving seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Great Cruz Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-8000 ext. 6010 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.0 mi. SSW
Snorkel's Bar & Grill (340) 693-8000 American, International Informal 0.1 mi. NW
Knox and Ollie's (340) 693-3499 Contemporary, Eclectic, International Fine Dining 0.1 mi. NW
Sam & Jack's Deli (340) 714-3354 Eclectic, Italian Informal 0.5 mi. NW
Etta's West Indian Cuisine (340) 693-0090 Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. NW
Candi’s Barbecue (340) 779-1452 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. NW
Taste of Love City -- Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Inn at Tamarind Court Restaurant (340) 776-6378 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Ronnie's Pizza & Mo (340) 693-7700 Italian Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW
Extra Virgin Bistro (340) 715-1864 Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. NW
Fred's Restaurant Bar & Cut Rate Store (340) 776-6363 -- -- -- --
Banana Deck (340) 693-5055 International Informal 0.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on St. John besides Great Cruz Beach.

You may also like Salomon Bay Beach, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it a mile and a half to the north. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, you might enjoy Cruz Bay Beach. It is located just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Turner Bay Beach, located three quarters of a mile to the west-northwest.

Maybe Great Cruz Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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