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 outskirts of Cruz Bay, a quarter mile southeast of downtown, Great Cruz Beach is on the West coast of St. John. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Active and social travelers might like this beach because of its urban location. In fact, Great Cruz Beach is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and people who like to be in the center of the action.

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 great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There are so many dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in the Virgin Islands, but having a meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Great Cruz Beach. You will also have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so guests hoping for relief from the sultry island sun will not be disappointed. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Great Cruz Beach and its offering of conveniences happens to be located within an area commonly frequented by travelers. With that in mind, if these amenities are a deciding factor, it'll be an appropriate idea to arrive earlier in the day before the other people show up or perhaps go to a different beach further away. Or you could run the risk of the amenities being too busy.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Great Cruz Beach is on the West coast of St. John; this area boasts other attractions such as Donald Schnell Studio, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum. This museum is located just a walk or cab ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more 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 0.7 mi. NNW St. John
Bajo El Sol 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

The closest town is Charlotte Amalie, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the beach, Cruz Bay is just up the road, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Great Cruz Beach will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent range of hotels to choose from in the area that encircles the beach. The most accessible of which can be seen in the table that follows.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant has both Caribbean and International dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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
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
Lime Inn (340) 779-4199 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

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

You may also like Salomon Bay Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located a mile and a half to the north. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Cruz Bay Beach is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it just a little ways away.

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

The Virgin Islands has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Great Cruz Beach is just one of the many options.


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