Lameshur Bay

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A white, sandy beach tucked away between tropical foliage, Lameshur Bay is one you won't want to overlook. Directly off of one of the local roads and part of the Virgin Islands National Park, guests are treated to a quiet beach experience, preserved and natural. In 2014, Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked it as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth, further upping its international appeal.

Located on the island of St. John, Lameshur Bay is on the South edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The Virgin Islands' beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Lameshur Bay is a little bit further from the crowds, making it a good pick for those of you who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is provided by the Virgin Islands National Park, which offers free access to this beach. However, a trip here requires a drive, as it rests off of a small road (Route 107) that connects to the larger Bordeaux Mountain Road.

Amenities and Ambiance

The isolated coastline of Lameshur Bay can only be reached by way of a bumpy dirt road. This rugged south coast beach boasts gorgeous sands, and its clear blue waters are excellent for snorkeling. The slightly larger Great Lameshur Bay sits east of the bay, divided by a sand, rubble, and trees.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to order lunch from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see the underwater world. The ambiance of Lameshur Bay is that of peaceful privacy. This beach is a place where you can go to escape the crowds, and is a popular hideaway with singles.

Since Lameshur Bay can be found within a relatively urbanized region, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Lameshur Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South coast of St. John; the area hosts attractions such as Lameshur Bay Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Lameshur Bay) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Lameshur Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.1 mi. W St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. NW St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. NW St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 1.4 mi. NW St. John
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.7 mi. NNE St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.1 mi. NNE St. John
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 2.1 mi. NE St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 2.7 mi. NNW St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 2.7 mi. WNW St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 2.8 mi. NW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 2.8 mi. N St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.8 mi. N St. John

Cities and Towns

Lameshur Bay is close to Coral Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Coral Bay is the closest town to Lameshur Bay. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a nice day out for guests who want to see more of the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is just up the road, maybe two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of places to stay a car ride away. Some of the closest options have been displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Lameshur Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 3.5 mi. W Lodge
The Westin St. John Resort 3.9 mi. W Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 4.2 mi. WNW Resort
St. John Inn 4.4 mi. W Hotel
Inn at Tamarind Court 4.4 mi. W Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 4.5 mi. W Guest house
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 4.5 mi. W Hotel
Estate Lindholm 4.6 mi. W B & B
Garden by the Sea 4.6 mi. W B & B
Coconut Coast 4.7 mi. W Hotel

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Lameshur Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. NE
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. ESE
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 1.6 mi. NNE
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 1.7 mi. E
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 1.7 mi. NNE
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.7 mi. NNE
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 1.7 mi. NNE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.7 mi. NNE
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.9 mi. NNW
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

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

Another location you might enjoy is Great Cruz Beach, found a quick car or cab ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at Reef Bay Beach. It's located one and a quarter miles to the west.

You might also want to visit Hansen Bay Beach, located three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Lameshur Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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