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.

Positioned on the island of St. John, Lameshur Bay is on the South coast of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches, but Lameshur 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.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. If available, you could also buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface. 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 is of course located in a relatively urbanized region, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South coast of St. John; the area hosts attractions such as Lameshur Bay Ruins, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum, a lovely museum found four and a half miles away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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
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
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 2.8 mi. NW St. John

Cities and Towns

Lameshur Bay is near Coral Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The closest town to Lameshur Bay is Coral Bay, which is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a pleasant day trip for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the beach, Coral Bay is not far away, maybe two miles (three kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can attract guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers will find a pretty good selection of hotels to choose from in the area surrounding Lameshur Bay. The most accessible of which are listed below.

Accommodations near Lameshur Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 3.5 mi. W Lodge
Westin Resort, St. John 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Lameshur Bay; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is The Tourist Trap. The restaurant offers both American and Caribbean menu items. They are also famous for their hot dogs and sandwiches. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Lameshur Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The Tourist Trap (340) 774-0912 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. E
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. NE
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. ESE
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 1.7 mi. E
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.7 mi. NNE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.7 mi. NNE
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Sweet Plantains (340) 777-4653 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. NNE
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.9 mi. NW

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on St. John you might like besides Lameshur Bay.

Another location you might enjoy is Great Cruz Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Reef Bay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found one and a quarter miles to the west.

Travelers may also want to consider Hansen Bay Beach, located not a great distance away, so a short cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, and dropping by Lameshur Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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