Cane Bay Beach

Located on the northern coast of St. Croix, Cane Bay Beach features ideal waters for for snorkeling. Cane Bay Wall, a drop-off just 200 yards from the shore, is spectacular for viewing underwater coral and sea life. Restaurants, bars, and dive shops sit nearby, making the beach an excellent spot for those that are looking to explore all that St. Croix has to offer.

Set in Cane Bay, this beach is on the North West edge of St. Croix. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Cane Bay Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may be just as breezy and refreshing, but tend to be busier since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

How to Access The Beach

Cane Bay beach is easily accessible via taxi or car, particularly due to the beach's popularity among locals. Drivers should follow Cane Bay Road up until its intersection with Plantation Road, where there is a small car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cane Bay Beach is on the northern side of St. Croix, where the breeze picks up and the waters are not often calm. An offshore reef and nearby dropoff create incredible snorkeling and scuba diving sites where guests can view all types of underwater life. Soft white sands and good waters invite guests to swim and enjoy the beach. A canopy of swaying palms provides shade to visitors who need a break from the sun.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also get lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. Although the snorkeling here is some of the best on the island, this area only attracts a modest number of visitors to its shores, ensuring a tranquil experience.

What's Nearby


Cane Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. Croix. It is close to Carambola Beach Golf Club, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Columbus Landing Site, which is easily reached by taking a cab.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Cane Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Carambola Beach Golf Club Golf Course 1.9 SW St. Croix
Columbus Landing Site Historical Site 3.4 E St. Croix
Fort Sale Ruins Historical Site 3.5 E St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 W St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 5.4 SSW St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Cane Bay Beach is near Frederiksted, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Frederiksted, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Cane Bay Beach, Frederiksted is located roughly six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually very tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the accommodations closest to Cane Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Cane Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Waves at Cane Bay 0.4 mi. NNE Hotel
Cane Bay Reef Club 0.4 mi. NE Resort
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 1.5 mi. WSW Resort
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 2.8 mi. E Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 3.2 mi. E Guest house
Inn at Pelican Heights 4.6 mi. E Hotel
Mount Victory Camp 4.9 mi. WSW Lodge
Hibiscus Beach Resort 5.2 mi. E Resort
The Palms at Pelican Cove 5.3 mi. E Hotel
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 5.5 mi. E Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Cane Bay Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. Eat @ Cane Bay is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items. Visitors often rave about their coffee and hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Cane Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Eat @ Cane Bay (340) 718-0360 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.0 mi. S
Off the Wall (340) 778-4771 American, International Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNE
Waves at Cane Bay (340) 718-1815 International Informal 0.4 mi. NNE
Rowdy Joe's (340) 718-0055 -- -- 0.8 mi. ENE
Above the Cliff (340) 718-1100 International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.8 mi. ENE
Spratnet Beach Bar (340) 719-8485 International Very Casual -- --
Saman Restaurant (340) 778-3800 Continental Very Casual 1.5 mi. WSW
SOS Antiques (340) 774-2074 -- -- 1.5 mi. WSW
Mt. Pellier Domino Club (340) 713-9052 Bar and grill Very Casual 3.2 mi. SW
Pirate's Tavern (340) 778-9650 International, Mexican Very Casual 3.3 mi. E
La Reine Chicken Shack (340) 778-5717 Cajun, Caribbean Very Casual 3.7 mi. SE
Pizza Hut Villa La Reine (340) 778-2100 Italian Very Casual 3.8 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. Croix, so if Cane Bay Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Davis Bay, found within a mile or so. 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, Columbus Landing Beach offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it three and a half miles to the east.

You might also want to visit Cormorant Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi is an easy option. Cormorant Beach Club offers fine snorkeling at an offshore reef although the current can sometimes be dangerous, and the soft white sands here attract many, but draw the homosexual community predominantly.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, and Cane Bay Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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