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.

Positioned just outside the heart of 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 might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Social beachgoers will probably enjoy this beach due to its urban location. Actually, Scott Beach is a favorite of hotel guests in the area, and those who prefer a crowded city scene over a quiet, suburban one.

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 plan to spend a full day in the sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Be mindful that Scott Beach's immediate surroundings are an urban area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North West coast of St. John; this area boasts other attractions such as Denis Bay Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile to the east.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Scott Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

Cruz Bay is nearby and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Cruz Bay isn't far off, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of hotel rooms within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following list.

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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Scott Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Caneel Beach Terrace. The restaurant offers both American and International cuisines. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown 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
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
Uncle Joe's Bar-B-Q (340) 693-8806 American 1.3 mi. SSW St. John

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Scott Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another option worth considering is Caneel Bay, which is 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.

You may find that Scott Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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