Grapetree Beach

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 vicinity as Cotton Valley, Grapetree Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in the Virgin Islands may want to give Grapetree Beach a try. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's also not completely secluded.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Grapetree Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are so many dining experiences to be enjoyed in the Virgin Islands, but dining at the beach can be especially enjoyable. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Grapetree Beach is the ultimate convenience. If available, you could also buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Grapetree Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. Houses dotting the shore bring locals and tourists to the seaside, although only in small numbers.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Grapetree Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix; this area boasts other attractions such as Divi Carina Bay Casino, which is a mile to the west.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Coakley Bay Ruins, which is accessed quickly by taking a cab.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Grapetree Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Christiansted, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Grapetree Beach, Christiansted isn't out of reach at seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a good number of hotels which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest choices have been displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Grapetree Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino 1.1 WSW Resort
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 4.5 W Hotel
Tamarind Reef Hotel 5.4 W Resort

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. Starlite Grille is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Grapetree Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Starlite Grille (877) 773-9700 American, Caribbean, Fusion Informal 1.1 mi. WSW
Villa Madeleine (340) 773-7877 -- -- 1.2 mi. W
Good Spirits -- -- -- 1.3 mi. WNW
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 -- --
Cheeseburgers in Paradise (340) 773-1119 American Very Casual 4.8 mi. W

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Grapetree Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on St. Croix.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Reef Beach, located within a short distance. 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.

You may find that Grapetree Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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