Grapetree Beach, located on the southeastern coast of St. Croix, is a fine spot for all types of watersports, especially for snorkelers exploring the nearby barrier reef. Rocky waves create unusual swimming and body surfing opportunities, while the white sands are soft for sunbathing. Grapetree Beach is a good location for discovering the turtles that come along the shore during the nesting season.
Positioned in Knight, in the same area as Cotton Valley, Grapetree Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix. You might want even if you are not staying very close. Those of you who spend part of the afternoon at this beach will be able to escape the city's bustle without missing an opportunity to meet new people.
The beach area is accessible via South Grape Tree Road, a local road off of South Shore Road. An informal car park area is provided directly outside of the beach area.
This quiet little area showcases Grapetree Beach's tranquil qualities. The white sands and crisp waters are popular with watersport enthusiasts, and guests can watch them play in the waves. Snorkelers will also love the underwater scenery here.
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 not every meal needs to be eaten 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, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.
The concession stand at this spot is also an option. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.
You will be able to use a public restroom at Grapetree Beach. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see the underwater world. Houses dotting the shore bring locals and tourists to the seaside, although only in small numbers.
This beach is positioned on the East coast of St. Croix; the area hosts attractions such as Divi Carina Bay Casino, which is a mile to the west.
Historical attractions like Coakley Bay Ruins provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Grapetree Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without having to leave the coast. In fact, this shore will be found just a quick taxi trip away from this historical destination.
Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Divi Carina Bay Casino||Casino||1.0||W||St. Croix|
|Reef Golf Course||Golf Course||1.5||W||St. Croix|
|Point Udall Monument||Monument||1.6||ENE||St. Croix|
|Coakley Bay Ruins||Historical Site||3.4||W||St. Croix|
|Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||5.1||W||Green Cay|
Nearby, you'll find the town of Christiansted, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From Grapetree Beach, Christiansted is about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.
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. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the list below.
|Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino||1.1||WSW||Resort|
|Chenay Bay Beach Resort||4.5||W||Hotel|
|Tamarind Reef Hotel||5.4||W||Resort|
When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is Starlite Grille. This restaurant offers both American and Caribbean cuisines. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.
The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.
|Starlite Grille||(877) 773-9700||American, Caribbean, Fusion||Informal||1.1 mi.||WSW|
|(340) 773-7877||--||--||1.2 mi.||W|
|Duggan's Reef||(340) 773-9800||Caribbean||Fine Dining||1.4 mi.||WNW|
|Blue Water Terrace||(340) 692-2583||International||Very Casual||2.0 mi.||WNW|
|Cultured Pelican||(340) 773-3333||Italian||Informal||--||--|
|Mahi's Seaside Seafood Bar and Grill||(340) 718-2918||Caribbean||Informal||4.5 mi.||W|
|Cheeseburgers in Paradise||(340) 773-1119||American||Very Casual||4.8 mi.||W|
Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Grapetree Beach doesn't suit their tastes.
You may also enjoy Reef Beach, located less than a mile away. Reef Beach opens into Teague Bay on the east end of St. Croix and is popular with windsurfers and guests who come out for the pristine beach and colorful bar.
While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Grapetree Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.
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