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 coast of St. Croix. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying very close. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches, but at Cane Bay Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. 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


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Cane Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. Croix; the area hosts attractions such as Carambola Beach Golf Club, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Lawaetz Family Museum (positioned six miles to the south west) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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

The closest town is , which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the shore, Frederiksted is found maybe six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Because this beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not typically that tough to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. If you are looking to book a place that's on or near the beach, the following table lists the closest options to Cane Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Cane Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Waves at Cane Bay 0.4 mi. NNE Hotel
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
Mount Victory Camp 4.2 mi. WSW Lodge
Inn at Pelican Heights 4.6 mi. E Hotel
The Palms at Pelican Cove 5.3 mi. E Hotel
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 5.5 mi. E Hotel
Frederiksted Hotel 6.3 mi. SW Hotel
Villa Morales 6.5 mi. SW Guest house


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is Eat @ Cane Bay. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and International menu items. They are also known for their coffee and hamburgers. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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

St. Croix has several beautiful beaches, and Cane Bay Beach is just one option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Davis Bay, found just a little ways 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. More active guests, though, may be interested in Columbus Landing Beach, which could provide more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it three and a half miles to the east.

You might also want to visit Cormorant Beach, located reasonably close-by, which means a quick cab ride 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.

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


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