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.
Located near the heart of the island of St. John, Leinster Bay Beach is on the North coast of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Leinster Bay Beach stands out because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more cramped since they're found in the most popular parts of town.
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.
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.
There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.
You should remember that the area right around Leinster Bay Beach is rather congested, so the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.
Leinster Bay Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Annaberg Plantation, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.
If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, a lovely museum found well within taxi range, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.
|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|
|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|
|Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins||Historical Site||2.4 mi.||S||St. John|
Coral Bay is the closest city to Leinster Bay Beach. It isn't a congested area, and it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene. From the shore, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).
Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may meet visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.
You'll find a good number of hotels which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following list.
|Trinidad Charlie's Cottages||3.8 mi.||SW||Lodge|
|Caneel Bay Resort||3.9 mi.||WSW||Resort|
|Westin Resort, St. John||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 can get a taste of the local fare, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is Sweet Plantains. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Creole menu items. They are also known for serving seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a little ways away.
Nearby restaurant options are shown below.
|Sweet Plantains||(340) 777-4653||Caribbean, Creole||Very Casual||1.6 mi.||SE|
|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|
|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|
|Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar||(340) 693-5640||American, Caribbean||Informal||2.4 mi.||SE|
|Miss Lucy's Restaurant||(340) 693-5244||Caribbean||Informal||3.4 mi.||SE|
|Gwen's||(340) 642-0338||Caribbean||Very Casual||3.5 mi.||SW|
|The Tourist Trap||(340) 774-0912||American, Caribbean||Very Casual||3.6 mi.||SSE|
Of course, Leinster Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. John.
Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, situated a quick car or cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Waterlemon Cay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located a half mile to the east-northeast.
You might also want to visit Scott Beach, located fairly close-by, meaning a quick cab ride will get you here pretty easily.
You may find that Leinster Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.
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