Dorsch Beach

Experience a beach in the Caribbean at its finest with the seclusion and beauty at Sandy Point. Visitors have prime opportunities for hiking, swimming, spotting wild animals, and enjoying the beach's natural beauty. Be prepared, though, becausethere are no facilities at this beach. Its location as part of the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge means you'll be able to see plenty of wildlife, but endangered leatherback turtles nest here and the beach may be closed during the nesting season.

Located on the island of St. Croix, You might want to drop by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. This beach isn't just another pleasant afternoon distraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Dorsch Beach might be a little harder to reach, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

How to Access The Beach
Sandy Point is accessible via Veterans Shore Drive and is accessible via bicycle, car, and foot. Empty lots make for excellent parking spots and the roads coastline location make for a wonderful bicycle route.

Amenities and Ambiance

Sandy Point is the longest beach on the island, spanning over two miles, and is perfectly serene with smooth sands and turquoise waters. In the southwest corner of St. Croix, the beach is open on the weekends and is very secluded most of the time. A part of the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, it may be closed during turtle nesting season.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. The Virgin Islands has so many interesting places to sit and enjoy a meal, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many visitors, in fact, would rather eat lunch by the shoreline than in a different restaurant. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. If available, you could also try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. This beach is the ultimate in seclusion, and most of the time, visitors have the whole shore to themselves. As a part of the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, the beach is sometimes closed during turtle nesting season to protect the endangered leatherbacks.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of St. Croix. It is near some interesting sites like Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is found three quarters of a mile away, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

Historical attractions like Fort Frederik offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Dorsch Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Virgin Islands, if you are interested in exploring. As a matter of fact, this coastline is located just a walk or cab ride from this site of historical significance.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Dorsch Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 0.8 mi. N St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.0 mi. N St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.0 mi. N St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.2 mi. N St. Croix
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. SW St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum Museum 1.5 mi. E St. Croix
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 1.6 mi. E St. Croix
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. ESE St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 2.3 mi. E St. Croix
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historical Site 2.9 mi. N St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.8 mi. N St. Croix
Carambola Golf Club Golf Course 5.1 mi. NE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Frederiksted, a town which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Frederiksted is a quick trip away, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a fairly good variety of hotel and resort options to pick from in the area surrounding Dorsch Beach. The closest of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Dorsch Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Cottages by the Sea 0.0 mi. W Villa complex
Sand Castle on the Beach 0.1 mi. NE Hotel
The Fred 0.7 mi. N Hotel
The Inn on Strand Street 0.7 mi. N Hotel
Mount Victory Camp 3.5 mi. NNE Lodge
Waves at Cane Bay 7.4 mi. NE Hotel
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 9.3 mi. NE Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 9.8 mi. NE Guest house


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Dorsch Beach; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Beach Side Cafe. The restaurant serves delicious contemporary food. They are also known for their comfort food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Dorsch Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Side Cafe (340) 772-1266 Contemporary Informal 0.1 mi. NNE
Turtle's Deli (340) 772-3676 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. NNE
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --
Lost Dog Pub (340) 772-3526 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. N
Tap Deck Bar & Billiards (340) 201-5227 -- -- 0.9 mi. N
Polly's at the Pier (340) 719-9434 International Very Casual 0.9 mi. N
Braata -- Caribbean Informal 0.9 mi. N
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach (340) 772-0002 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.0 mi. N
Subway Carlton (340) 772-0048 American Very Casual 2.9 mi. E
Mt. Pellier Domino Club (340) 713-9052 Bar and grill Very Casual 3.8 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, Dorsch Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. Croix.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, situated a quick car or cab ride 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. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Sandy Point Beach offers more action, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a half mile to the south west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is La Grange, which is located one and an eighth miles to the north.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Dorsch Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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