Scott Beach

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.

Located 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 think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Travelers who want to avoid long taxi rides will find that Scott Beach is a good choice for them. More than likely, this beach is near many of the attractions you already plan to visit, since it is right in the center of all the daytime activity.

Amenities and Ambiance

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Since Scott Beach is of course found inside a tourist hotspot, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North West coast of St. John. It is near Denis Bay Ruins, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. This museum is relatively near Scott Beach, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Scott Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. E St. John
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 1.2 mi. S St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 1.2 mi. S St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 1.2 mi. S St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 1.2 mi. S St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 1.2 mi. SSW St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 1.3 mi. SSW St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 1.3 mi. S St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 1.4 mi. SSW St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 1.5 mi. SSW St. John
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 1.5 mi. SW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.7 mi. E St. John

Cities and Towns

Scott Beach is near Cruz Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of Cruz Bay is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Cruz Bay is not far away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers will find a decent variety of rooming options to pick from in the area that encircles the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Scott Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
The Westin St. John Resort 1.8 mi. S Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit an area restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest places to eat is Caneel Beach Terrace. This restaurant has both American and International menu items. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Scott Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
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
Viva La Revolution Cantina (340) 777-3473 Mexican 1.2 mi. SSW St. John
Sun Dog Cafe (340) 693-8340 American 1.2 mi. S St. John
Margarita Phil's (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
The Barefoot Cowboy (340) 228-5200 Tex-Mex 1.3 mi. SSW St. John

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on St. John, so if Scott Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you may want to try is 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.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, and Scott Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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