Sandy Point Beach

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The longest beach on St. Croix, Sandy Point Beach is part of the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. At three miles, this natural beach offers visitors plenty of space to explore, snorkel, and look for wildlife.

Positioned on the island of St. Croix, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may really like the middle ground found at Sandy Point Beach. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not totally secluded either.

How to Access The Beach

Sandy Point is located just south of Frederiksted, and is easily accessible by taking the coastal road south. Just keep in mind that the beach is three miles long, and the road only takes you to the first portion. If you want to explore it all, you are in for some walking. Also keep in mind the parts of the beach in Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge follow the refuge's hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Amenities and Ambiance

Clear blue water on one side, and the wildlife refuge on the other, Sandy Point is a quiet and secluded beach that is perfect for laying out in the sun, snorkeling, and exploring. The beach itself is occasionally visited by a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles. The refuge also has some hiking trails not far from the beach, offering even more of an opportunity to spot some native St. Croix species.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Sandy Point Beach. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Sandy Point Beach is on the South West coast of St. Croix. It's located near Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is located one and a quarter miles to the north-northeast, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

Historic attractions, including Fort Frederik, offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Sandy Point Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about the Virgin Islands' past, without straying too far from the coastline. Actually, this shore is only a walk or a short cab ride from this destination of historical interest.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Point Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 1.2 mi. NNE St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.4 mi. NNE St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.5 mi. NNE St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.6 mi. NNE St. Croix
Teres Veho Watersports Operator 1.6 mi. N St. Croix

Cities and Towns

The closest town is , which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Sandy Point Beach, Frederiksted is a quick trip away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Although beach-goers will find few accommodations close-by, those accommodation options closest to Sandy Point Beach are shown in the list that follows.

Accommodations near Sandy Point Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sand Castle on the Beach 0.5 mi. NE Hotel
Frederiksted Hotel 1.2 mi. NNE Hotel

Food

If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Beach Side Cafe. The restaurant serves delicious contemporary cuisine. They also specialize in comfort food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Sandy Point Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Side Cafe (340) 772-1266 Contemporary Informal 0.5 mi. NE
Turtle's After Dark (340) 772-3936 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. NNE
Turtle's Deli (340) 772-3676 American Very Casual 1.0 mi. NNE
The Pink Spot (340) 778-7465 Creole, Latin American Informal 1.0 mi. NNE
Freedom City Restaurant (340) 227-0682 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual -- --
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --
St. Tropez (340) 772-3000 European, French -- -- --
Taste of Margaritas Restaurant & Bar (340) 772-3322 -- -- -- --
The Spicy Grill (340) 778-6270 American -- -- --
The West End Grill (340) 772-2160 Caribbean, Latin American -- -- --
Tropical Java (340) 773-5282 Coffeehouse -- -- --
Frederiksted Hotel (340) 772-0500 -- -- 1.2 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on St. Croix, of course, so if Sandy Point Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Dorsch Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located a half mile to the northeast.

Travelers may also want to consider La Grange, which is located a mile and a half away.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but taking a swim at Sandy Point Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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