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 think about stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Dorsch Beach might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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 on-location, which many Dorsch Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are so many dining experiences to be enjoyed in the Virgin Islands, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. 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; the area hosts attractions such as Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is three quarters of a mile to the north.

Historic attractions, including 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 having to leave the coast. In fact, this shore is a mile from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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
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

Cities and Towns

Dorsch Beach is near Frederiksted, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The nearby town of Frederiksted is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Frederiksted is just up the road, maybe three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good number of hotel rooms a car ride away. Some of the closest choices have been 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 eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Beach Side Cafe is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of contemporary food. They are also known for serving comfort food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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
Paradise St. Croix (340) 692-2233 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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them on St. Croix will have lots of options besides Dorsch Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, situated 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. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Sandy Point Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a half mile to the south west.

Vacationers may also want to visit La Grange, located one and an eighth miles to the north.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but Dorsch Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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