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.

Situated toward the center of the island of St. John, near downtown Cruz Bay, Oppenheimer Beach is on the North edge of the island, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— may really like a visit to Oppenheimer Beach. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, 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, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Since Oppenheimer Beach will be found in an area popular among tourist, you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Oppenheimer Beach is on the North coast of St. John. It's located near Denis Bay Ruins, which is one of a few favorite local destinations.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but many travelers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (positioned only a walk or a short cab ride away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 1.5 mi. SW 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
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 1.6 mi. SW St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 1.7 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

Cities and Towns

Oppenheimer Beach is near Cruz Bay, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Cruz Bay, a city which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a pretty nice selection of resort and hotel options to pick from close to Oppenheimer Beach. The closest of which are listed below.

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
The Westin St. John Resort 1.9 mi. S Resort
Garden by the Sea -- -- B & B
Coconut Coast 2.0 mi. SW Hotel


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Oppenheimer Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest places to eat is ZoZo's Ristorante. This restaurant features Italian food. Visitors often rave about their appetizers and pasta.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

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
Margarita Phil's (340) 693-8400 Mexican -- -- St. John
Morgan's Mango Restaurant (340) 693-8141 Caribbean, International 1.6 mi. SW St. John

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on St. John besides Oppenheimer Beach worth visiting.

Another location you might enjoy is Cruz Bay Beach, another area that provides plenty of time for relaxation. Others might prefer Denis Bay Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby.

Travelers may also want to consider Scott Beach, another favorite sun-spot in the Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and Oppenheimer Beach is just one of the many options.


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