Grotto Beach

One of the beaches set on the Buccaneer Resort's property, Grotto Beach features not only the sandy surf, but a pool, a grill, and three holes of the golf course. Buccaneer guests enjoy the possible watersports available here.

Located on the island of St. Croix, 1.4 miles east-northeast of downtown Christiansted, Grotto Beach is on the East-Northeast coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Grotto Beach stands out because it's one of the best spots for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as beautiful, but are usually busier because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

How to Access The Beach
Grotto Beach is set just to the west of Buccaneer Resort, which is located at 5007 Estate Shoys in Christiansted. Although there is no fee to step foot on the beach, you will have to pay for parking.

Amenities and Ambiance

Crescent shaped and magnificently well-kept the Grotto is partially rocky and just long enough for a nice stroll. The Buccaneer offers beach chairs and kayaks for guests.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Don't forget that Grotto Beach is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, so show up early.

What's Nearby


Grotto Beach is on the East-Northeast coast of St. Croix; the area hosts attractions such as Buccaneer Golf Course, which is a quarter mile away.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Virgin Islands, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. For instance, nearby is Fort Christiansted, which is reachable on foot or by taking a taxi from the beach.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Grotto Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Buccaneer Golf Course Golf Course 0.3 mi. E St. Croix
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Lighthouse 0.6 mi. W St. Croix
D C Canegata Ballpark Sporting Event Venue 1.0 mi. SW St. Croix
Fort Christiansted Historical Site 1.2 mi. WSW St. Croix
Customs House Historical Site 1.3 mi. WSW St. Croix
Steeple Building Museum 1.3 mi. WSW St. Croix
Scale House Historical Site 1.3 mi. WSW St. Croix
Mitchell Larsen Studio Art Gallery 1.3 mi. WSW St. Croix
Maria Henle Studio Art Gallery 1.3 mi. WSW St. Croix
Government House Historical Site 1.4 mi. WSW St. Croix
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum 1.4 mi. WSW St. Croix
Apothecary Hall Museum 1.4 mi. WSW St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Grotto Beach is close to Christiansted, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Christiansted is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Grotto Beach, Christiansted isn't far off, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Grotto Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Travelers seeking a place to stay close to Grotto Beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Grotto Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Buccaneer 0.2 mi. E Resort
Tamarind Reef Hotel 1.0 mi. ENE Resort
Hotel on the Cay 1.2 mi. W Hotel
King Christian Hotel 1.3 mi. WSW Hotel
Hotel Caravelle 1.4 mi. WSW Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 1.5 mi. WSW Hotel
Club Comanche 1.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 1.8 mi. E Hotel
Carringtons Inn 2.3 mi. WSW Hotel
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 2.9 mi. W Hotel


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you try a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is The Sugar Mill. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

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

Restaurants near Grotto Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Sugar Mill -- -- -- 0.2 mi. E
The Brass Parrot (340) 712-2100 -- -- 0.2 mi. E
The Mermaid (340) 712-2100 American, International Informal 0.3 mi. NE
The Grotto Grill (340) 712-2100 -- -- 0.3 mi. NE
The Terrace (340) 712-2100 Caribbean, International Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Pickled Greek (340) 713-1868 Greek Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
Sharkey's Bait Stand (340) 719-9935 American, International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.9 mi. SW
Jaccar Organic & Natural Sorbert (340) 719-6999 Eclectic Very Casual 0.9 mi. SW
Seini's Golden Rail Cafe (340) 719-1989 American -- 0.9 mi. WSW
The Bistro (340) 772-2435 Bistro -- 1.0 mi. SW
Case Place -- -- -- 1.0 mi. SW
Deep End Bar & Grill (340) 718-7071 American, Caribbean -- -- --

Other Beaches

Grotto Beach is just one of many beaches you can visit on St. Croix.

Another location you might enjoy is Davis Bay, located just a 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. Others might prefer Half Penny Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located three and a half miles to the south.

Travelers may also want to consider Tamarind Reef Beach, which is located a mile and a half to the east. Book your next St. Croix vacation at the Tamarind Reef Hotel, which is situated on the magnificent beach front property of the Tamarind Reef Beach.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Virgin Islands, and dropping by Grotto Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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