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.

Located near the middle of the island of St. Croix, 3.0 miles east of downtown Christiansted, Tamarind Reef Beach is on the East coast of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Visitors should keep in mind that, while Tamarind Reef Beach is by no means quiet and secluded, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. This makes it an excellent choice for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without getting stuck in the most crowded parts of town.

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.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around the Virgin Islands, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Some vacationers like having lunch very close-by. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic 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. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Tamarind Reef Beach. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas, so guests looking for a place to relax in the shade will not go leave unhappy. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. For the most part, the crowd at the Tamarind Reef Beach are guests of the Tamarind Reef Hotel.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Tamarind Reef Beach on the East coast of St. Croix. It is near Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge, which is seen a half mile to the northwest, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Steeple Building, a lovely museum found well within taxi range, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

The nearby town of Christiansted is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Christiansted is a quick trip away, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't very difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the closest accommodations to Tamarind Reef Beach.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to walk to an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is Cheeseburgers in Paradise. This restaurant features American food. They also specialize in hamburgers. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Tamarind Reef Beach.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Chenay Bay Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but Tamarind Reef Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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