Tamarind Reef Beach

Tamarind Reef Beach, located on St. Croix, offers a great beach experience for the whole family. Lined with sea grapes and palm trees, the soft, sandy shoreline is great for strolling along and ideal for suntanning. The warm waters are shallow and excellent for snorkeling and a variety of other watersports are popular due to the area's closeness to the Tamarind Reef Hotel.

Positioned near the heart of the island of St. Croix, 3.0 miles east of downtown Christiansted, Tamarind Reef Beach is on the East edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Although planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, choosing the right beach can make all the difference. You will find that beaches like Tamarind Reef Beach are some of the best options in the Virgin Islands.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach area is provided thanks to the nearby Hotel. Guests should take Spicewood Road to the local road turnoff, where they will see signage for the Tamarind Reef Hotel.

Amenities and Ambiance

The cozy Tamarind Reef Beach is small but extremely appealing. Located in the east of Christiansted, this beach offers captivating views of the tropical Caribbean, as well as excellent snorkeling conditions. Soft sand is dotted with palm trees and sea grapes, while the Southgate Pond and lush vegetation border in the area.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. Vacationers will find plenty of places in the Virgin Islands serving up delicious local cuisine, but not every meal you enjoy has to be at a fine restaurant. Some visitors, in fact, would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go 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 Tamarind Reef Beach is the ultimate convenience. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Tamarind Reef Beach because there are public restrooms. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors seeking a break from the hot sun will not go leave unhappy. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. For the most part, the crowd at the Tamarind Reef Beach are guests of the Tamarind Reef Hotel.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of St. Croix; it will be near other attractions like Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge, which is a half mile to the northwest of this spot.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Steeple Building (found easily within taxi range) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Tamarind Reef Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.6 mi. NW Green Cay
Coakley Bay Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. E St. Croix
Buccaneer Golf Course Golf Course 1.3 mi. W St. Croix
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Lighthouse 2.3 mi. W St. Croix
D C Canegata Ballpark Sporting Event Venue 2.5 mi. WSW St. Croix
Fort Christiansted Historical Site 2.9 mi. W St. Croix
Customs House Historical Site 2.9 mi. WSW St. Croix
Steeple Building Museum 2.9 mi. WSW St. Croix
Scale House Historical Site 2.9 mi. W St. Croix
Mitchell Larsen Studio Art Gallery 3.0 mi. WSW St. Croix
Maria Henle Studio Art Gallery 3.0 mi. WSW St. Croix
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum 3.0 mi. WSW St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Christiansted, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the beach, Christiansted isn't far off, maybe three miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent range of hotel options to choose from near Tamarind Reef Beach. The most accessible of which have been listed below.

Accommodations near Tamarind Reef Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Tamarind Reef Hotel 0.7 mi. W Resort
Buccaneer 1.5 mi. W Resort
Hotel on the Cay 2.9 mi. W Hotel
King Christian Hotel 3.0 mi. W Hotel
Hotel Caravelle 3.1 mi. W Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 3.1 mi. W Hotel
Club Comanche 3.2 mi. WSW Hotel
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino 3.8 mi. ESE Resort
Carringtons Inn 3.9 mi. WSW 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 an area restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Cheeseburgers in Paradise. This restaurant offers a menu of American food. They are also known for their hamburgers. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Tamarind Reef Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cheeseburgers in Paradise (340) 773-1119 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. SSW
The Galleon (340) 718-9948 Caribbean, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Fine Dining 0.6 mi. W
Deep End Bar & Grill (340) 718-7071 American, Caribbean -- -- --
The Grotto Grill (340) 712-2100 -- -- 1.4 mi. W
The Terrace (340) 712-2100 Caribbean, International Informal 1.4 mi. W
The Mermaid (340) 712-2100 American, International Informal 1.4 mi. W
The Brass Parrot (340) 712-2100 -- -- 1.5 mi. W
The Sugar Mill -- -- -- 1.5 mi. W
Cultured Pelican (340) 773-3333 Italian Informal -- --
Pickled Greek (340) 713-1868 Greek Very Casual 2.0 mi. WSW
Sharkey's Bait Stand (340) 719-9935 American, International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 2.4 mi. WSW
Jaccar Organic & Natural Sorbert (340) 719-6999 Eclectic Very Casual 2.5 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

St. Croix has many nice beaches, so if Tamarind Reef Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Chenay Bay Beach, located a few hundred yards to the east-northeast.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Tamarind Reef Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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