Jumbie Beach

Photo credit: © Sharon Johnson
 

This is a tiny little beach with some great snorkeling and beautiful sights all around. Jumbie Beach is out of the way, undeveloped, and is great if you are looking for privacy or just some peace and quiet. Some locals say that the beach is haunted, but that might just be to keep this hidden gem a secret.

Located just outside the heart of the island of St. John, 2.0 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Jumbie Beach is on the North coast of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, however, Jumbie Beach is tamer than most, making it a good pick for those of you who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
At the western edge of Trunk Bay off North Shore Road there is a small red sign marking the road to Jumbie Beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Since Jumbie Beach can be found inside an area popular for visitors., many try to show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of St. John. It's located near Denis Bay Ruins, which is situated a couple hundred yards away, and it is among the local attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Jumbie Beach) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Jumbie Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.1 mi. WNW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.0 mi. SE St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. E St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 1.4 mi. SSE St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 1.6 mi. E St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 1.8 mi. SW St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 1.8 mi. SW St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 1.8 mi. SW St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 1.8 mi. SW St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 1.9 mi. SW St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 1.9 mi. SW St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 2.0 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Jumbie Beach is close to Cruz Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Not far away you'll find Cruz Bay, a city which 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, roughly a mile and a half (three kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Jumbie Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caneel Bay Resort 1.0 mi. SW Resort
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 1.4 mi. S Lodge
Estate Lindholm 1.7 mi. SW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 1.9 mi. SW Hotel
St. John Inn 2.0 mi. SW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 2.0 mi. SW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 2.1 mi. SW Guest house
The Westin St. John Resort 2.1 mi. SSW Resort
Garden by the Sea 2.2 mi. SW B & B
Coconut Coast 2.3 mi. SW Hotel

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest places to eat is ZoZo's Ristorante. This restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. They're also renowned for their appetizers and pasta. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Jumbie Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
ZoZo's Ristorante (340) 693-9200 Italian Fine Dining 1.0 mi. SW
Turtle Bay Estate House (340) 776-6111 Contemporary Fine Dining 1.0 mi. SW
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American Informal 1.0 mi. SW
Caneel Beach Terrace (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American, International Informal 1.0 mi. SW
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Asolare Restaurants (340) 779-4747 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 1.8 mi. SW
North Shore Deli (340) 777-3061 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. SW
Ocean Grill (340) 693-3304 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 1.8 mi. SW
Sun Dog Cafe (340) 693-8340 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. SW
Viva La Revolution Cantina (340) 777-3473 Mexican Informal 1.8 mi. SW
Margarita Phil's (340) 693-8400 Mexican Very Casual 1.8 mi. SW

Other Beaches

St. John has several beautiful beaches, so if Jumbie Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cruz Bay Beach, found just a little ways away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Denis Bay Beach is just right. It's located a few hundred yards to the west-northwest.

You may also enjoy Scott Beach, located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Jumbie Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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