Bolongo Bay

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Bolongo Bay's beach, located on St. Thomas, features beautiful white sand and palm trees, thanks to the popular Bolongo Bay Beach Resort which surrounds the beach. The waters are calm and the beach features an amazing view of the sea.

Located on the island of St. Thomas, Bolongo Bay is on the South East edge of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that the Virgin Islands has plenty of secluded beaches. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better off trying a beach like Bolongo Bay, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is limited to Bolongo Bay Beach Resort guests, as the resort is located a few feet from the beachfront itself. Guests should take Frenchman Bay Road to Water Gate Road, which leads directly into the resort's car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

Bolong Bay Beach is privately owned by the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, which accounts for the well-manicured sand and the plethora of beach chairs and umbrellas. Palm trees provide shade and ambiance, while the beautiful turquoise waters invite guests to swim, snorkel, or indulge in watersports.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There are an assortment of dining options in the Virgin Islands, but not every meal you enjoy has to be at a fine restaurant. Some vacationers find it more convenient and relaxing to eat on near the beach than in another restaurant. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of the Virgin Islands' famous street food along the way.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Bolongo Bay. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs, so guests seeking a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Don't forget that Bolongo Bay is in an area which is highly urbanized, which means you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the South East coast of St. Thomas. Clinton Phipps Racetrack is situated one and a quarter miles away, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting The Virgin Island's Children's Museum, a lovely museum found just a quick cab ride or walk away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Bolongo Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Clinton Phipps Racetrack Sporting Event Venue 1.3 mi. E St. Thomas
Nadir Recreation Area Park 1.3 mi. ENE St. Thomas
Mango Tango Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.9 mi. NW St. Thomas
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Cable Car 2.0 mi. NW St. Thomas
Rock Bar Gaming Gambling Arcade 2.0 mi. NW St. Thomas
Fort Willoughy Ruins Historical Site 2.3 mi. WNW Hassel Island
Garrison House Historical Site 2.4 mi. WNW Hassel Island
Crowell's Battery Historical Site 2.5 mi. WNW Hassel Island
Bluebeard's Castle Historical Site 2.6 mi. NW St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church Historical Site 2.8 mi. NW St. Thomas
Zora's Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.8 mi. NW St. Thomas
Legislature Building Historical Site 2.8 mi. NW St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Bolongo Bay is in the Charlotte Amalie area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Bolongo Bay guests hoping to find other interesting places to see will want to consider heading to Charlotte Amalie, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From Bolongo Bay, Charlotte Amalie is a quick trip away, roughly three miles (four and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be all that difficult to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. If you and your party are looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows shows the accommodations closest to Bolongo Bay.

Accommodations near Bolongo Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Bluebeards Beachclub and Villas 1.1 mi. W Resort
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort 1.5 mi. WNW Resort
Bluebeards Castle 2.6 mi. NW Resort
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast 2.9 mi. NW B & B
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast 2.9 mi. NW B & B
Windward Passage Hotel 2.9 mi. NW Hotel
Two Sandals by the Sea Inn 3.0 mi. E B & B
Secret Harbour Beach Resort 3.0 mi. E Resort
Bunker Hill Hotel 3.0 mi. NW B & B

Food

If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Bolongo Beach House. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Bolongo Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bolongo Beach House (340) 775-1800 -- -- 0.1 mi. E
Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill (340) 693-2600 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Lobster Grille (340) 775-1800 ext. 2500 Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 0.1 mi. E
Mimi's Seaside Bistro (340) 775-2081 Caribbean Informal -- --
Havana Blue (340) 715-2583 Caribbean, Fusion, Latin American Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
Windows on the Harbour Restaurant (340) 715-6123 -- -- 1.5 mi. WNW
Aqua Terra Oceanfront Grill (340) 776-8500 International Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
Presto Marketplace (340) 715-6125 American -- 1.5 mi. WNW
Sunset Grill (340) 776-8500 American, Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
SandBar (340) 715-7263 Caribbean, Latin American Informal 1.6 mi. WNW
McDonald's Tutu Park (340) 775-4691 American Very Casual 1.6 mi. N
Bonjour Gas Station -- Carry out restaurant Very Casual 1.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. Thomas, and Bolongo Bay is just one option.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Bolongo Bay is one of the features you love, think about also visiting Limetree Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located three quarters of a mile to the west. Limetree Beach is on St. Thomas and, with its soft sands and beautiful scenery, it is a good casual spot for lounging in the sun or being active on the water, but its rocky entrance and rough waves are not good for swimmers. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Morning Star Beach is an area which doesn't see as many crowds. It is located just a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Coki Point Beach, located three miles away. Coki Point Beach is a popular tourist beach that is often very crowded. Prime snorkeling, other watersports, and ample facilities attract many guests to its charming shores.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but Bolongo Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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