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.

Located in Knight, near Cotton Valley, Grapetree Beach is on the East coast of St. Croix. You might want whether or not you are staying very close. It's often said that Grapetree Beach is perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as breezy and refreshing, but tend to be more crowded since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

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, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Every destination has its own cuisine, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to try local specialties is right on the water. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Grapetree Beach. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. Houses dotting the shore bring locals and tourists to the seaside, although only in small numbers.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of St. Croix; this area boasts other attractions such as Divi Carina Bay Casino, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Steeple Building, a lovely museum found seven and a half miles to the west, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Grapetree Beach is in the Christiansted area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Christiansted, a city which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Christiansted is a car ride off, about seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Beach-goers will find a pretty good range of hotel and resort options to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The closest of which can be seen 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

If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Starlite Grille. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean cuisines. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

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

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

Of course, Grapetree Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. Croix.

You might also want to visit Reef Beach, which is 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.

You may find that Grapetree Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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