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 coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Lameshur Bay stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Many of the other beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as pretty, but are usually busier because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

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. If available, you could also buy food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration. 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.

Keep in mind that the area right around Lameshur Bay is rather congested, so show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of St. John. It is near Lameshur Bay Ruins, which is one of the area's attractions.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Lameshur Bay, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, 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
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 you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The closest town to Lameshur Bay is Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the beach, Coral Bay isn't far off, maybe two miles (three kilometers).

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Lameshur Bay is not near very many major hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers will find a good variety of accommodation options to pick from close to Lameshur Bay. The most accessible of which are shown in the table below.

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

One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar. This restaurant has both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood.

A list of nearby restaurants is included 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
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
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
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

Needless to say, there are other beaches on St. John besides Lameshur Bay worth visiting.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, located a brief car or taxi trip away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Reef Bay Beach. It's found one and a quarter miles to the west.

Vacationers may also want to visit Hansen Bay Beach, which is located fairly close-by, which means a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Of course, the Virgin Islands has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but taking a swim at Lameshur Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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