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.
Cinnamon Bay's beach is accessible off of Peter Bay Road. A small area for parking is available directly before the beach.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
|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.
|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|
|(340) 693-8400||Mexican||Very Casual||2.5 mi.||SW|
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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