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 western coast of the island of St. Croix, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit Dorsch Beach.

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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Dorsch Beach at all, it's worth a try. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around the Virgin Islands, but not every meal needs to be eaten in a formal setting. Many visitors, in fact, find it more convenient and relaxing to eat on near the beach than in another restaurant. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. You may also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to do 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


This spot is on the West coast of St. Croix; this area boasts other attractions such as Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is only a short distance away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Historical attractions like Fort Frederik offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Dorsch Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without venturing too far from the coast. In fact, this shore will be found a mile from this site of historical significance.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found 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
Teres Veho Watersports Operator 1.2 mi. N 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 Beach Golf Club Golf Course 5.1 mi. NE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Dorsch Beach is very close to Frederiksted, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Frederiksted, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Frederiksted is a fairly short distance away, about three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Dorsch Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of hotels within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient possibilities are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Dorsch Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sand Castle on the Beach 0.1 NE Hotel
Frederiksted Hotel 0.8 N Hotel
Villa Morales 1.3 E Guest house


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you dine at a local restaurant, where you can dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is Beach Side Cafe. The restaurant offers a menu of contemporary cuisine. They are also famous for their comfort food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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 After Dark (340) 772-3936 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. NNE
Turtle's Deli (340) 772-3676 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. NNE
The Pink Spot (340) 778-7465 Creole, Latin American Informal 0.6 mi. NNE
Freedom City Restaurant (340) 227-0682 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual -- --
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --
St. Tropez (340) 772-3000 European, French -- -- --
Taste of Margaritas Restaurant & Bar (340) 772-3322 -- -- -- --
The Spicy Grill (340) 778-6270 American -- -- --
The West End Grill (340) 772-2160 Caribbean, Latin American -- -- --
Tropical Java (340) 773-5282 Coffeehouse -- -- --
Napoleon's Pizza (340) 713-9955 Italian -- 0.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Dorsch Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Davis Bay, found a short taxi 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, Rainbow Beach could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located two miles to the north.

Another location you may want to try is La Grange, which is located only a short distance away.

You may find that Dorsch Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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