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.

Set 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 regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify the Virgin Islands' beaches, but Cinnamon Bay offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Each country in the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the most convenient, and relaxing spots to enjoy delicious local specialties is right on the water. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Cinnamon Bay has facilities which include showers, restrooms, and picnic tables.

The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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.

Remember to take into account that Cinnamon Bay's immediate surroundings are a popular spot, meaning the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North West coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins, which is a half mile away.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 very close to Cruz Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Cruz Bay is the closest city and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Cruz Bay is a fairly short distance away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers will find a fairly wide range of hotel options to choose from close to the beach. The most convenient of which are listed in the following table.

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
The Westin St. John Resort 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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is T'ree Lizards Restaurant. This restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.6 mi. ESE
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
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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on St. John besides Cinnamon Bay.

Another location you might enjoy is Cruz Bay Beach, situated just a short distance away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Trunk Bay, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a quarter mile to the west.

You may also want to consider Scott Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but Cinnamon Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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