A private beach for use by guests of Caneel Bay Resort, Scott Beach is located on the island's north shore and is great for snorkeling. Sometimes those who are not guests stop by, and these people are asked not to use the facilities reserved for hotel guests like beach chairs and umbrellas.
Situated on the island of St. John, 1.3 miles north-northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Scott Beach is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Found in a thriving district, Scott Beach is a good choice for visitors seeking plenty of excellent opportunities for exploration.
Scott Beach features a shallow, sandy shore with sea grass typically teeming with turtles and rays. If you've got your snorkeling equipment on hand, you'll have a lot of fun here. Be warned that there is a lot of sailboat traffic at this beach and the current can be strong.
Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.
Keep in mind that the area surrounding Scott Beach is rather congested, so make sure to get a spot!
Scott Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of St. John. Denis Bay Ruins is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.
If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. This museum is located one and a quarter miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.
|Denis Bay Ruins||Historical Site||0.8 mi.||E||St. John|
|Bajo El Sol||Art Gallery||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|Best of Both Worlds||Art Gallery||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|Tourist Information Service||1.2 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Cruz Bay Battery||Historical Site||1.3 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Ivan Jadan Museum||Museum||1.3 mi.||S||St. John|
|Parrot Club||Gambling Arcade||1.4 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Virgin Luck Games||Gambling Arcade||1.4 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Catherineberg Ruins||Historical Site||1.7 mi.||E||St. John|
|Historical Site||1.8 mi.||SE||St. John|
|Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins||Historical Site||2.2 mi.||E||St. John|
Scott Beach is close to Cruz Bay, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The nearby town of Cruz Bay is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Scott Beach, Cruz Bay is a fairly short distance away, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.
You'll find a pretty good selection of accommodation options to pick from in the area that encircles the beach. The closest of which are shown in the table below.
|Caneel Bay Resort||0.4 mi.||S||Resort|
|Estate Lindholm||1.1 mi.||SSW||B & B|
|Inn at Tamarind Court||1.3 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Trinidad Charlie's Cottages||1.3 mi.||SSE||Lodge|
|Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel||1.4 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
|St. John Inn||1.4 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Hillcrest Guesthouse||1.5 mi.||SSW||Guest house|
|Garden by the Sea||1.6 mi.||SSW||B & B|
|Coconut Coast||1.6 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
|Westin Resort, St. John||1.8 mi.||S||Resort|
Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Scott Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Caneel Beach Terrace. This restaurant has both American and International cuisines. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.
The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.
|Caneel Beach Terrace||(340) 776-6111 ext. 334||American, International||0.4 mi.||S||St. John|
|Caneel Beach Bar & Grill||(340) 776-6111 ext. 334||American||0.4 mi.||S||St. John|
|Turtle Bay Estate House||(340) 776-6111||Contemporary||0.4 mi.||S||St. John|
|ZoZo's Ristorante||(340) 693-9200||Italian||0.5 mi.||SSE||St. John|
|Asolare Restaurants||(340) 779-4747||Asian Fusion, Caribbean||1.1 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|North Shore Deli||(340) 777-3061||American, Caribbean||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|Ocean Grill||(340) 693-3304||Caribbean, Contemporary||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|Virgin Fire||(340) 777-3473||Caribbean, Creole||1.2 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Sun Dog Cafe||(340) 693-8340||American||1.2 mi.||S||St. John|
|(340) 693-8400||Mexican||1.2 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Morgan's Mango Restaurant||(340) 693-8141||Caribbean, International||1.2 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|(340) 776-6611||Caribbean||1.3 mi.||SSW||St. John|
Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on St. John besides Scott Beach.
Vacationers may also want to visit Caneel Bay, located a quarter mile to the south. Caneel Bay, a chain of seven pristine beaches on St. John, offers one public beach to guests which can be accessed through the exclusive Caneel Bay Resort, where fantastic swimming and lounging areas, and basic facilities line the shore.
Perhaps Scott Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.
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