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 even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity.

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, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of St. John. It is close to Fortsburg Ruins, which is seen a mile and a half to the north, and it is among the favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Pelican Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 1.5 mi. N St. John
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.6 mi. NW 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

Cities and Towns

Pelican Beach is in the Coral Bay area, 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 heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for visitors wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly a mile and a half (three kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest possibilities are displayed in the following list.

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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. They are also famous for their seafood.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 1.6 mi. NW
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.6 mi. NW
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 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

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on St. John you might like besides Pelican Beach.

You may also enjoy Hansen Bay Beach, located two miles away.

You may find that Pelican Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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