Colony Cove

A popular spot for snorkeling, Colony Cove is frequented by guests of the Colony Cove Beach Resort that calls the sandy spot its own.

Situated near the heart of the island of St. Croix, 1.2 miles west-northwest of downtown Christiansted, Colony Cove is on the North East coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will like how easy it is to reach Colony Cove. It's convenient to nearby hotels and attractions since it isn't far from the center of the city's action.

How to Access The Beach
Located just as Route 752 curves along the coast, guests who want to gain access to Colony Cove Beach must first speak to someone at the front desk.

Amenities and Ambiance

Set between two anchorages, Colony Cove is backed by coconut palms and Colony Cove Beach Resort. The sands are soft and tan and lead to calm turquoise waters which are known for housing a natural reef.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Don't forget that Colony Cove's immediate surroundings are rather congested, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North East coast of St. Croix; this area boasts other attractions such as Christiansted Boardwalk, which is one and a quarter miles away.

Historical attractions such as The Lutheran Church offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Colony Cove, and allow visitors to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without having to venture too far from the coast. In fact, this shore is one and a quarter miles from this place of historical interest.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Colony Cove
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail 1.2 mi. ESE St. Croix
Maufe Gallery Art Gallery 1.2 mi. SE St. Croix
The Lutheran Church Historical Site 1.3 mi. SE St. Croix
Government House Historical Site 1.3 mi. ESE St. Croix
Scale House Historical Site 1.3 mi. ESE St. Croix
Apothecary Hall Museum 1.3 mi. SE St. Croix
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum 1.3 mi. SE St. Croix
Maria Henle Studio Art Gallery 1.3 mi. ESE St. Croix
Mitchell Larsen Studio Art Gallery 1.4 mi. ESE St. Croix
Customs House Historical Site 1.4 mi. ESE St. Croix
Steeple Building Museum 1.4 mi. ESE St. Croix
Fort Christiansted Historical Site 1.4 mi. ESE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Colony Cove is in the Christiansted area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Christiansted is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Christiansted is a fairly short distance away, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers looking to find a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it that tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to pick from in the vicinity. You will find the closest hotel booking options by perusing those listed below.

Accommodations near Colony Cove
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 0.6 mi. NW Hotel
The Palms at Pelican Cove 0.8 mi. NW Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 1.1 mi. SE Hotel
Club Comanche 1.2 mi. SE Hotel
Hotel Caravelle 1.2 mi. ESE Hotel
Carringtons Inn 1.2 mi. SSE Hotel
Hotel on the Cay 1.3 mi. ESE Hotel
King Christian Hotel 1.3 mi. ESE Hotel
Inn at Pelican Heights 1.5 mi. WNW Hotel
Buccaneer 2.6 mi. E Resort


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Smuggler's Cove. This restaurant has Italian food. They are also famous for their pizza. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Colony Cove
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Smuggler's Cove (340) 719-1333 Italian -- 0.0 mi. SE
Breezez Bar & Restaurant (340) 718-7077 Caribbean -- 0.2 mi. SE
Un Amore (340) 692-9922 Italian -- 0.4 mi. SW
McDonald's Golden Rock -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Subway Golden Rock -- American Very Casual 0.5 mi. S
Salud Bistro (340) 718-7900 Mediterranean, Spanish -- 0.5 mi. W
China Panda -- Chinese -- 0.6 mi. S
KFC Golden Rock -- American Very Casual 0.6 mi. S
Domino's Golden Rock (340) 718-6040 Italian Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
Palms at Pelican Cove (340) 718-8920 Eclectic Informal 0.8 mi. NW
Ace Roti Shop (340) 719-7684 Indian Very Casual 0.8 mi. SE
Darna Grill -- -- -- 0.9 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Colony Cove.

Travelers may also want to consider Sugar Beach, which is located a few hundred yards to the southeast.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, and Colony Cove is just one of the many options.


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