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.

Positioned in Peter Bay, 2.6 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Cinnamon Bay is on the North West edge of St. John. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Though it's removed from some of the more heavily traveled areas, many folks still find this a great destination since it has such a relaxed 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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Cinnamon Bay. There are several, unique dining options in the Virgin Islands, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Many visitors have lunch right on their towels in the sand. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. You might also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

Cinnamon Bay offers showers, picnic tables, and restrooms, which means visitors will find all their needs taken care of, allowing for a full day to be spent here.

Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to see 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.

You should remember that Cinnamon Bay's location is rather congested, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Cinnamon Bay is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North West coast of St. John. Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's located relatively close to Cinnamon Bay, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The city of Cruz Bay is close-by and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the beach, Cruz Bay isn't far off, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Guests will find a good assortment of resort and hotel options to pick from close to Cinnamon Bay. The most accessible of which can be viewed 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

Food

If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is T'ree Lizards Restaurant. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean cuisines. 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.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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
Viva La Revolution Cantina (340) 777-3473 Mexican Informal 2.4 mi. SW
Asolare Restaurants (340) 779-4747 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 2.4 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. John, so Cinnamon Bay is just one of your options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cruz Bay Beach, found only a short distance away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at Trunk Bay. You'll find it a quarter mile to the west.

You may also want to consider Scott Beach, located a mile and a half away.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Cinnamon Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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