Cinnamon Bay

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Located on the northern coast of St. John, Cinnamon Bay provides a long strip of white, sandy beach, surrounded by the natural foliage of the Virgin Islands National Park. A nature trail with information signs on tropical foilage is just across from the campground and begins at the ruins of a sugar mill. Grill out with the area's small store and picnic facilities, or visit the property's restaurant for a nice afternoon snack.

Located in Peter Bay, 2.6 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Cinnamon Bay is on the North West coast of St. John. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Many of the beaches in the Virgin Islands are quiet and secluded, but Cinnamon Bay is a little different. You'll still find it has a calm, serene mood, but you can visit without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach

Cinnamon Bay's beach is accessible off of Peter Bay Road. A small area for parking is available directly before the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cinnamon Bay's white, sandy shores are part of the adjoining National Park and campground by the same name, where stunning island views and great amenities for guests are available. Prime snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and watersports make great entertainment. You may want to consider an early arrival since the weather is perfect early in the day but can get windy in the afternoon. In 2014, Cinnamon Bay had its Blue Flag Certification renewed for maintaining and promoting sustainable tourism. In order to be awarded this honor, the beach must show compliance in 32 different criteria, making it a huge honor indeed.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Cinnamon Bay, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are plenty of dining experiences in the Virgin Islands that visitors can partake in, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially fun. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. You may also have the option to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Facilities like showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are available at Cinnamon Bay, so visitors can plan on staying here for the entire day.

Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. With a campground in Cinnamon Bay National Park, this area often has a good number of people basking along the shores. Still, the wide range of activities can make the crowds seem smaller and less intrusive.

Bear in mind that the region in which Cinnamon Bay is located is is a much-visited area, which means you may find numerous people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Cinnamon Bay is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North West coast of St. John. Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins is found a half mile to the east, and it is among the attractions in the region.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, a lovely museum found just a walk or cab ride away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Cinnamon Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 0.5 mi. E St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. S St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. E St. John
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.9 mi. W St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 1.4 mi. S St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 1.5 mi. E St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. E St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. E St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 1.9 mi. SE St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. SE St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. SE St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 2.2 mi. E St. John

Cities and Towns

Cinnamon Bay is close to Cruz Bay, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Cruz Bay is close-by and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Cruz Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a fairly wide variety of hotels and resorts to pick from near the beach. The closest of which are listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Cinnamon Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caneel Bay Resort 1.7 mi. WSW Resort
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 1.9 mi. SW Lodge
Estate Lindholm 2.4 mi. SW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 2.5 mi. SW Hotel
Westin Resort, St. John 2.6 mi. SW Resort
St. John Inn 2.6 mi. SW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 2.6 mi. SW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 2.7 mi. SW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 2.8 mi. SW B & B
Coconut Coast 2.9 mi. SW Hotel


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is T'ree Lizards Restaurant. This restaurant offers both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Cinnamon Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.5 mi. E
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. SSW
ZoZo's Ristorante (340) 693-9200 Italian Fine Dining 1.7 mi. WSW
Turtle Bay Estate House (340) 776-6111 Contemporary Fine Dining 1.7 mi. WSW
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American Informal 1.7 mi. WSW
Caneel Beach Terrace (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American, International Informal 1.7 mi. WSW
North Shore Deli (340) 777-3061 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
Ocean Grill (340) 693-3304 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 2.4 mi. SW
Sun Dog Cafe (340) 693-8340 American Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
Virgin Fire (340) 777-3473 Caribbean, Creole Informal 2.4 mi. SW
Asolare Restaurants (340) 779-4747 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 2.4 mi. SW
Margarita Phil's (340) 693-8400 Mexican Very Casual 2.5 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Cinnamon Bay on St. John.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cruz Bay Beach, found just a little ways away. Others might prefer Trunk Bay, which could provide more action, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located a quarter mile to the west.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Scott Beach, located a mile and a half to the west.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, visiting Cinnamon Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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