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.

Located on the southeastern coast of the island of St. Croix, 2.8 miles south of downtown Christiansted, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Half Penny Beach stands out from other beaches because it's the ideal location for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Many of the other beaches in the Virgin Islands offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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, restrooms will not be available here. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Half Penny Beach brings visitors a calm and serene haven, as the location that surrounds the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the South coast of St. Croix; the area hosts attractions such as Longford Sugarmill Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting St. Croix Archaeological Museum, a lovely museum found only a brief walk or taxi ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

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

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
True Blue Art Studio Art Gallery 2.7 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

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Christiansted is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From Half Penny Beach, Christiansted is a fairly short distance away, roughly three miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be all that tough to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For guests hoping to get a place that's near the water, the table below 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 3.7 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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Half Penny Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Singh's Fast Food. This restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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
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
The Bistro (340) 772-2435 Bistro -- 2.8 mi. N
The Courtyard Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual 2.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on St. Croix, of course, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Davis Bay, located within cab range of the beach. 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. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Grotto Beach. It's located three and a half miles to the north.

You might also want to visit Sugar Beach, located three and a half miles away.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, Half Penny Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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