Half Penny Beach

Also known as Haypenny Bay an Ha penny Bach, Half Penny Beach is a long stretch of sand that stays pretty deserted most of the time. With just a small bed and breakfast and a dining club nearby, there isn't too much tourist activity, thought the waters are calm enough and pretty enough to warrant it.

Situated on the southeastern edge of the island of St. Croix, 2.8 miles south of downtown Christiansted, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Vacationers who seek a stunning shoreline in a secluded part of town might want to plan a visit to Half Penny Beach.

How to Access The Beach
Located just south of Christiansted, you can access the beach via South Shore Road, turning at the pink pillars.

Amenities and Ambiance

White sands and calm aquamarine waters typify this beach, which has relatively no shady spots to speak of. There is some seagrass to add to the scenery.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually enjoy beach days which provide a quiet environment, then you should enjoy Half Penny Beach; it is tucked away in a less urban part of St. Croix.

What's Nearby


Half Penny Beach is on the South coast of St. Croix; it will be near other attractions like Longford Sugarmill Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting St. Croix Archaeological Museum. This museum is located two and a half miles to the north, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Half Penny Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Longford Sugarmill Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. NNE St. Croix
Cane Garden Sugarmill Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. W St. Croix
D C Canegata Ballpark Sporting Event Venue 2.6 mi. N St. Croix
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum 2.7 mi. N St. Croix
Apothecary Hall Museum 2.7 mi. N St. Croix
The Lutheran Church Historical Site 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Maria Henle Studio Art Gallery 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Mitchell Larsen Studio Art Gallery 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Steeple Building Museum 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Government House Historical Site 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Maufe Gallery Art Gallery 2.8 mi. N St. Croix
Customs House Historical Site 2.8 mi. N St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Half Penny Beach is in the Christiansted area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Christiansted, a city which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the beach, Christiansted is not far away, maybe three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is located in a fairly popular tourist area, it usually isn't very difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. For vacationers hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the closest options to Half Penny Beach.

Accommodations near Half Penny Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Carringtons Inn 2.5 mi. NNW Hotel
Club Comanche 2.8 mi. N Hotel
King Christian Hotel 2.8 mi. N Hotel
Hotel Caravelle 2.9 mi. N Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 2.9 mi. N Hotel
Hotel on the Cay 3.0 mi. N Hotel
Buccaneer 3.5 mi. N Resort
Tamarind Reef Hotel 4.2 mi. NNE Resort
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 4.3 mi. NNW Hotel
The Palms at Pelican Cove 4.4 mi. NNW Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Singh's Fast Food. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Half Penny Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Singh's Fast Food (340) 773-7357 Caribbean Very Casual 2.7 mi. N
Savant (340) 713-8666 Caribbean, Mexican, Thai Fine Dining 2.7 mi. N
Sharkey's Bait Stand (340) 719-9935 American, International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 2.7 mi. N
Kendrick's (340) 773-9199 Caribbean, French Informal 2.7 mi. N
Zion Modern Kitchen (340) 773-9466 American -- 2.7 mi. N
Kim's Restaurant (340) 773-3377 Cajun, Caribbean -- 2.7 mi. N
Tutto Bene (340) 773-5229 Italian -- -- --
Cafe Fresco (340) 719-0126 American, Eclectic Very Casual 2.7 mi. N
Luncheria (340) 773-4247 Mexican Very Casual 2.7 mi. N
Paradise Cafe (340) 773-2985 American, Continental -- 2.8 mi. N
Tavern 1844 (340) 773-1844 American Very Casual 2.8 mi. N
Jaccar Organic & Natural Sorbert (340) 719-6999 Eclectic Very Casual 2.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on St. Croix will have lots of options besides Half Penny Beach.

You might also enjoy Davis Bay, situated within taxi range of the coast. 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. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Grotto Beach. You'll find it three and a half miles to the north.

You may also want to consider Sugar Beach, which is located fairly close-by, meaning a quick cab ride is an easy option.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Half Penny Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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