Turner Bay Beach

On the smaller side, this beach that does not often attract visitors unless they are staying on properties nearby. This does, however, make it a great place to head to if you are looking for a quiet escape from some of the more crowded beaches in the area.

Situated a few hundred yards south west of downtown Cruz Bay, Turner Bay Beach is on the West edge of St. John. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that many of the Virgin Islands' beaches are quiet and undisturbed. Of course, some vacationers come to the Virgin Islands looking for activity, and are much more likely to visit Turner Bay Beach, which has a wider range of amenities nearby.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is generally accessed through the Sea Shore Allure hotel, but you can also take the Turner Point Trail from the south side of East End Road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Beach-goers should expect not much more than a basic beach, but it certainly does the job when you want a quiet stretch of sand to relax and swim. One thing that does help the beach stand out is that it is good for surfing, so check it out if this is a sport you love.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Since Turner Bay Beach can be located inside an active, busy area, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Turner Bay Beach on the West coast of St. John. It is near some interesting sites like Ivan Jadan Museum, which is one of a number of popular spots in the area.

If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Cruz Bay Battery, which is just a walk or cab ride away.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Turner Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.1 mi. NNE St. John
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 0.2 mi. NW St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 0.2 mi. NNE St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 0.4 mi. NE St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 0.4 mi. N St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 0.4 mi. NNE 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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Cruz Bay, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Cruz Bay is just up the road, about a half mile (three quarters of a kilometer).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a reasonable selection of hotels a car ride away. Some of the closest options can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Turner Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Coconut Coast 0.0 mi. NW Hotel
Garden by the Sea 0.1 mi. NE B & B
Hillcrest Guesthouse 0.2 mi. NE Guest house
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 0.3 mi. NE Hotel
St. John Inn 0.3 mi. ENE Hotel
Inn at Tamarind Court 0.4 mi. NE Hotel
Estate Lindholm 0.6 mi. NNE B & B
The Westin St. John Resort 0.8 mi. ESE Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 1.3 mi. NE Resort


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from these sands. Banana Deck is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious International cuisine. They also specialize in hamburgers. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

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

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. John, and Turner Bay Beach is just one option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Frank Bay Beach, located a couple hundred yards to the west-northwest.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Turner Bay Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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