Great Bay Beach

Known for its pristine white sands and calm surf, plus its picturesque surroundings, Great Bay Beach is one that is loved by tourists. If you think sustainability is important, you'll be pleased to hear that this beach had its Blue Flag Certification renewed in 2014, which means it is a very eco-friendly place.

Located in East End, Great Bay Beach is on the East coast of St. Thomas. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Though there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Great Bay Beach is one of many fun beaches in the Virgin Islands to consider.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Bear in mind that the region in which Great Bay Beach is located is an urban area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Cities and Towns

Great Bay Beach is very close to Red Hook, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The city of Red Hook is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Red Hook isn't far off, roughly a half mile (a kilometer).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of the Virgin Islands' frequently visited hotels and resorts alongside this beach, but if you're looking to dodge masses of tourists, the lack of accommodation options will be welcomed.


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Great Bay Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Bleuwater. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Great Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bleuwater (340) 775-3333 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. S
Coconut Cove (340) 775-3333 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. S
Great Bay Lounge (340) 775-3333 International Informal 0.2 mi. S
Sails (340) 775-3333 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. S
The Ritz Carlton Dining Room (340) 693-3816 -- -- 0.2 mi. S
Latitude 18 (340) 777-4552 Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. WNW
Caribbean Fish Market (340) 714-7874 International Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
Robert's American Grille (340) 714-3663 American -- 0.3 mi. S
Sangria's Beachside Bistro (340) 714-7874 Caribbean, Mediterranean Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
Cariga's (340) 779-8935 Bar and grill -- 0.6 mi. WNW
Burrito Bay Deli of Red Hook (340) 775-2944 -- -- 0.6 mi. WNW
Fatboys (340) 777-4275 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on St. Thomas besides Great Bay Beach.

You might also want to visit Vessup Bay, which is located a quarter mile to the west-northwest.

Maybe Great Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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