Leinster Bay Beach

Leinster Bay, located on northern coast of St. Johns, offers a small beach area that is perfect for exploring the region, especially the exciting Watermelon Cay. The area features a variety of sealife among the seagrass, including starfish, sea cucumbers, and green turtles. Due to the remoteness of the location and its small size, the area is relatively quiet.

Situated on the island of St. John, Leinster Bay Beach is on the North edge of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Leinster Bay Beach 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 off of a local road, with a nearby car park. Drivers should take North Shore Road (Route 20), turning toward the Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins. Once the road reaches the beach, turn right, as the road leads directly into the small car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

Leinster Bay Beach has a rocky shoreline, composed of sand and coral rubble. The water is shallow and Watermelon Cay lies a short ways northeast of the shore. A reef sits southeast of the Cay, making for an excellent area for snorkeling.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Leinster Bay Beach because there are public restrooms. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Leinster Bay Beach as well as its available conveniences are located inside a commonly visited area. What this means is that if you feel that these amenities affect whether you'll visit, it will be an appropriate motivator to show up in the morning before most of the other people show up or try a beach further away. If you wait around, you possibly risk all the amenities being too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


Leinster Bay Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North coast of St. John. It is close to Annaberg Plantation, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's located relatively close to Leinster Bay Beach, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Leinster Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 0.1 mi. SE St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 0.4 mi. SW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 0.4 mi. SW St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. SW St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 1.4 mi. WSW St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 1.5 mi. SE St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.7 mi. WSW St. John
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.8 mi. SE St. John
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 2.1 mi. SE St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.4 mi. S St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.4 mi. SSW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 2.4 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Leinster Bay Beach is near Coral Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Coral Bay is the closest town to Leinster Bay Beach. It isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those who want to see more of the area. From the shore, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Leinster Bay Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good variety of booking options to choose from in the area that surrounds Leinster Bay Beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Leinster Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 3.8 mi. SW Lodge
Caneel Bay Resort 3.9 mi. WSW Resort
The Westin St. John Resort 4.5 mi. SW Resort
Estate Lindholm 4.6 mi. WSW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 4.6 mi. WSW Hotel
St. John Inn 4.7 mi. SW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 4.8 mi. WSW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 4.8 mi. WSW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 4.9 mi. WSW B & B
Coconut Coast 5.0 mi. WSW Hotel


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Leinster Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. SSW
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 1.6 mi. SE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 1.6 mi. SE
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 1.7 mi. SE
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. WSW
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.8 mi. SE
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 1.8 mi. SE
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 1.9 mi. SE
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Leinster Bay Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, found a brief car or taxi trip away. Others might prefer Waterlemon Cay Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a half mile to the east-northeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Scott Beach, located four miles to the west.

Maybe Leinster Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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