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.

Positioned a few hundred yards south west of downtown Cruz Bay, Turner Bay Beach is on the West coast of St. John. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify the Virgin Islands' beaches, but the ambiance at Turner Bay Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Since Turner Bay Beach is located within an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of St. John. It is close to Ivan Jadan Museum, which is one of a few local attractions.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. The nearest historical attraction is Cruz Bay Battery, which is a walk or a short cab ride away.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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

The town of Cruz Bay is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Cruz Bay is a quick trip away, roughly 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 encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Guests will find a pretty nice range of lodging options to choose from in the area that encircles the beach. The closest of which can be viewed below.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest places to eat is Banana Deck. The restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. They are also known for serving hamburgers. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table 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

There are other beaches on St. John you might like besides Turner Bay Beach.

Travelers may also want to consider Frank Bay Beach, located within a short distance.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and Turner Bay Beach is just one of the many options.


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