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.

Located on the western coast of the island of St. Croix, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may want to give Sandy Point Beach a try. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's not dead and empty 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, public restrooms will be available here. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the South West coast of St. Croix. Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts is found one and a quarter miles to the north-northeast, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions such as Fort Frederik offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Sandy Point Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without straying too far from the coastline. As a matter of fact, this coastline is located a mile and a half from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Sandy Point Beach is near Frederiksted, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Frederiksted is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Frederiksted is just up the road, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Although beach-goers generally won't find very many places to stay in the region, those accommodations closest to Sandy Point Beach can be seen 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, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Beach Side Cafe. This restaurant serves delicious contemporary cuisine. They are also famous for their comfort food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

A few nearby dining options are included 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
Paradise St. Croix (340) 692-2233 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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on St. Croix, so if Sandy Point Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Davis Bay, located a quick car or cab ride 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. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Dorsch Beach. You'll find it a half mile to the northeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is La Grange, which is located a mile and a half away.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Sandy Point Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.

 

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