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.

Positioned 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 in the immediate vicinity. Leinster Bay Beach is one part of the Virgin Islands' coast that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, but it's still a popular and generally active spot.

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.

Leinster Bay Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Keep in mind that the area right around Leinster Bay Beach is a bustling area, which means you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North coast of St. John; it will be near other attractions like Annaberg Plantation, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum. It's located relatively close to Leinster Bay Beach, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If a visit to the Leinster Bay Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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
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
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.4 mi. S St. John

Cities and Towns

Leinster Bay Beach is near Coral Bay, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Cities near Leinster Bay Beach include Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the coast, Coral Bay isn't far off, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty 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 guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

There is a fairly wide variety of rooming options to pick from near the beach. The most convenient of which are shown in the table below.

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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

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
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
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
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

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Leinster Bay Beach.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, found a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Waterlemon Cay Beach. It's found a half mile to the east-northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Scott Beach, which is located four miles away.

Maybe Leinster Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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