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 to drop by whether or not 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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Fortsburg Ruins, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you want to mix 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're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, 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

Cities near Pelican Beach include Coral Bay, which is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a pleasant day trip for those wanting to scope out the local scene. From Pelican Beach, Coral Bay isn't far off, about a mile and a half (three kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can appeal to visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a decent selection of hotel booking options to choose from close to the beach. The most accessible of which can be seen in the following table.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They're also renowned for their seafood.

The table below lists dining options located near 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
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. S
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. NW
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 1.5 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
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 2.9 mi. NW
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 4.1 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

St. John has several beautiful beaches, so Pelican Beach is just one of your options.

Vacationers may also want to visit Hansen Bay Beach, located only a short distance away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Virgin Islands, and Pelican Beach is just one of the many options.


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