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 should think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Dorsch Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Dorsch Beach, but are usually more cramped since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

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. There are a lot of dining experiences to be enjoyed in the Virgin Islands, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially fun. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. On some days, it may be possible to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. 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

Attractions

Dorsch Beach is on the West coast of St. Croix; it will be near other attractions like Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which is three quarters of a mile away.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Fort Frederik, which is a mile away.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, 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
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

Frederiksted is nearby and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Dorsch Beach, Frederiksted is a fairly short distance away, maybe three quarters of a mile (one and a quarter kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may see visitors staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following table.

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

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Dorsch Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is Beach Side Cafe. This restaurant has a menu featuring contemporary cuisine. Visitors often rave about their comfort food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

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

There are other beaches on St. Croix you might like besides Dorsch Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Davis Bay, found 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. On the other hand, Sandy Point Beach offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a half mile to the south west.

You might also want to visit La Grange, which is located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Dorsch Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.

 

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