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 coast of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The Virgin Islands' beaches are known for being secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. Though some travelers can't wait to enjoy these secret spots, others need the kind of activity and variety you'll find at Bolongo Bay.

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.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Bolongo Bay visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are a lot of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in the Virgin Islands, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Additionally, you will have access to umbrellas and chairs, so guests seeking a relaxing spot in the shade will get their wish. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Bolongo Bay plus its available conveniences are found well within a popular area that can get crowded. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it is a good motivator to plan ahead to beat all the other tourists, such as coming first thing in the morning. If you do not, you may miss the chance to fully use all those comforts which Bolongo Bay has for its guests.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of St. Thomas. It's located near Clinton Phipps Racetrack, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Virgin Islands, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. The nearest historical attraction is Fort Willoughy Ruins, which is two and a half miles away.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

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 very close to Charlotte Amalie, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Those visiting Bolongo Bay who are hoping to find other interesting places to see might think about making the trip to Charlotte Amalie, because it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Charlotte Amalie is a fairly short distance away, about three miles (four and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not typically a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you're wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists 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

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Bolongo Bay; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest restaurants is Bolongo Beach House. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. Thomas, and Bolongo Bay is just one option.

If the active mood at Bolongo Bay has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Limetree Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it 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. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Morning Star Beach may be a good choice. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit 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.

You may find that Bolongo Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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