Oppenheimer Beach

Named for the Father of the Atomic Bomb, this tiny beach is a nice choice for those looking to get away from the crowds. It is a locals beach, and has been spared tourism popularity. Just note that this beach can be rented out to groups, so there is a chance that it will be closed to the public.

Located just outside the heart of the island of St. John, near downtown Cruz Bay, Oppenheimer Beach is on the North edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may really like the middle ground found at Oppenheimer Beach. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's not totally devoid of people either.

How to Access The Beach

The beach is located just off North Shore Road between Hawksnest Bay and Trunk Bay. There is a small parking lot just off the main road, but it can only fit three or four cars at once. It is easy to miss Oppenheimer Beach, so keep an eye out.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

Since Oppenheimer Beach will be located in an area commonly frequented by travelers, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Oppenheimer Beach is on the North coast of St. John. It is near Denis Bay Ruins, which is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Oppenheimer Beach, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Oppenheimer Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.2 mi. NE St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. ESE St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 1.4 mi. SE St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.5 mi. E St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 1.6 mi. SW St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 1.7 mi. SW St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 1.8 mi. SW St. John
Virgin Luck Games Gambling Arcade 1.8 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Oppenheimer Beach is in the Cruz Bay area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The nearby town of Cruz Bay is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Guests will find a pretty nice variety of accommodations to choose from in the area that encircles Oppenheimer Beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Oppenheimer Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caneel Bay Resort 0.8 mi. SW Resort
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages -- -- Lodge
Estate Lindholm 1.5 mi. SW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court -- -- Hotel
St. John Inn -- -- Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 1.8 mi. SW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse -- -- Guest house
Westin Resort, St. John 1.9 mi. S Resort
Garden by the Sea -- -- B & B
Coconut Coast 2.0 mi. SW Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is ZoZo's Ristorante. The restaurant features Italian cuisine. Many guests rave about their appetizers and pasta.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Oppenheimer Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
ZoZo's Ristorante (340) 693-9200 Italian 0.7 mi. SW St. John
Turtle Bay Estate House (340) 776-6111 Contemporary 0.8 mi. SW St. John
Caneel Beach Terrace (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American, International 0.8 mi. SW St. John
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American 0.8 mi. SW St. John
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean -- -- St. John
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean 1.5 mi. E St. John
Asolare Restaurants (340) 779-4747 Asian Fusion, Caribbean 1.5 mi. SW St. John
North Shore Deli (340) 777-3061 American, Caribbean 1.5 mi. SW St. John
Ocean Grill (340) 693-3304 Caribbean, Contemporary 1.5 mi. SW St. John
Sun Dog Cafe (340) 693-8340 American 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Virgin Fire (340) 777-3473 Caribbean, Creole 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Margarita Phil's (340) 693-8400 Mexican -- -- St. John

Other Beaches

Of course, Oppenheimer Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. John.

You might also enjoy Cruz Bay Beach, an additional spot which provides sufficient peace and tranquility. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Denis Bay Beach could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby.

Vacationers may also want to visit Scott Beach, which is an additional nearby Virgin Islands destination.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and paying a visit to Oppenheimer Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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