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.
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.
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.
This beach is positioned on the South coast of St. John; the area hosts attractions such as, 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.
|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|
|Historical Site||2.1 mi.||NE||St. John|
|Windberg Ruins||Historical Site||2.7 mi.||NNW||St. John|
|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|
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.
|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.
|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|
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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