Pelican Beach

Great for snorkeling, swimming, sun bathing, and sandcastle building, Pelican Beach is an all-around great spot for a day along the shore.

Set in Friis Bay, Pelican Beach is on the East coast of St. John. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by.

Amenities and Ambiance

Just a few yards off shore is a long reef great for snorkeling, though keep the undertow in mind. On shore, there is 1,200 feet of white sand with palm trees, accessible facilities with a restroom, a restaurant, and a bar. There is no lifeguard on duty, but there is life saving equipment available.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of St. John. It is near Fortsburg Ruins, which is located a mile and a half to the north, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but many travelers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (positioned six miles to the west) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Pelican Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 1.5 mi. N St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. W St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 1.9 mi. NNW St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. W St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. W St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.9 mi. W St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 3.3 mi. NW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 3.4 mi. NW St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 3.4 mi. NW St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 3.5 mi. NW St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. NW St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 4.0 mi. WNW St. John

Cities and Towns

Coral Bay is the closest city to Pelican Beach. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for those who want to see more of the area. From the beach, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Pelican Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it can attract guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotel rooms a car ride away. A list of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Pelican Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 5.1 W Lodge
Westin Resort, St. John 5.6 W Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 5.7 W Resort


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. This restaurant has Caribbean food. They also specialize in seafood.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Pelican Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 0.0 mi. S
The Tourist Trap (340) 774-0912 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. SW
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. S
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. NW
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.6 mi. NW
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.6 mi. NW
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 1.8 mi. NNW
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 1.8 mi. NNW
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. NNW
Sweet Plantains (340) 777-4653 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 1.8 mi. NNW
Vie's Snack Shack (340) 693-5033 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach on St. John will have lots of options besides Pelican Beach.

You might also want to visit Hansen Bay Beach, which is located two miles to the northeast.

You may find that Pelican Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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