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.

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.

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, 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!

What's Nearby


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.

Activities and Attractions Near Scott Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 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
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
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 1.8 mi. SE St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. E St. John

Cities and Towns

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.

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
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.

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
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
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
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean 1.3 mi. SSW St. John

Other Beaches

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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