Great Harbour Beach

On the south side of Jost Van Dyke, this is a steep bay set well in from the coast and usually a little bustling. There are always at least a few boats on the water. Trees flank the shore, providing a little shade.

Located in the heart of Great Harbour, this beach is on the South coast of Jost Van Dyke. You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Visitors will find that, while Great Harbour Beach is certainly not secluded, it's not the busiest of the Virgin Islands' beaches either. It's makes a great option for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

Amenities and Ambiance

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Great Harbour Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the South coast of Jost Van Dyke. Guests might consider staying at the Sandcastle Hotel, which is one of the closest booking options near Great Harbour Beach, despite the lack of other attractions in the vicinity.

Cities and Towns

Great Harbour Beach is near Coral Bay, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town to Great Harbour Beach is Coral Bay, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Coral Bay is found maybe seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. Sugar and Spice is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for their sandwiches and seafood.

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

Restaurants near Great Harbour Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sugar and Spice (284) 543-9016 Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. SW
Wendell's World (284) 495-9259 Caribbean Very Casual 0.0 mi. N
Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-9294 International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.1 mi. N
Foxy's Restaurant (284) 495-9258 Caribbean Informal 0.1 mi. ESE
One Love Bar and Grill (284) 495-9829 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Jewel's Snack Shop (284) 495-9286 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Ivan's Stress Free Bar Restaurant (340) 513-1095 Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. WSW
Coco Loco Beach Bar (284) 496-6854 Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
Sandcastle Restaurant (284) 495-9888 International Informal 1.0 mi. W
Abe's by the Sea (284) 495-9329 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. E
Sidney's Peace and Love (284) 495-9271 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. E
Harris' Place (284) 495-9295 Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. E

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Great Harbour Beach.

Another option worth considering is White Bay Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but Great Harbour Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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