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.

Located in Friis Bay, Pelican Beach is on the East coast of St. John. You might want regardless of whether you are staying very close.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of St. John. It is near some interesting sites like Fortsburg Ruins, which is found a mile and a half away, and it is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you aren't sure whether a visit to Pelican Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows some of the closest options.

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

Pelican Beach is near Coral Bay, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The closest town to Pelican Beach is Coral Bay, which is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, about a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Pelican Beach is not near very many major hotels, but you may meet guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Those looking to find a room not far from Pelican Beach won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of accommodations to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Pelican Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Estate Zootenvaal 0.2 N Villa complex
Peter Bay 4.6 WNW Villa complex
St. John Guest Suites 5.0 W Villa complex


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for their seafood.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Pelican Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean 0.0 mi. S St. John
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean 1.0 mi. NW St. John
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International 1.6 mi. NW St. John
The Danforth (340) 626-8740 Caribbean 1.6 mi. NW St. John
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian 1.6 mi. NW St. John
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American 1.8 mi. NNW St. John
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean 1.8 mi. NNW St. John
Lime Out VI (340) 643-5333 Caribbean, Mexican 2.1 mi. NE None
Shambles Island Bar & Grill (678) 877-4678 Caribbean, Vegan 4.9 mi. W St. John

Other Beaches

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

Another option worth considering is Hansen Bay Beach, which is located two miles to the northeast.

Maybe Pelican Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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