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.

Situated just outside the heart of the island of St. Thomas, Bolongo Bay is on the South East coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Active travelers who find secluded beaches too calm and inactive won't regret their visit to 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. Each country in the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the best places to enjoy delicious local specialties is right next to the coast. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Bolongo Bay. It's also good to know that you will have access to umbrellas and chairs here, so guests seeking relief from the sultry island sun will get their wish. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

With that said, please be sensitive to the fact that even though there are luckily some comforts for you to enjoy while at Bolongo Bay, it happens to be found in a popular area that can get crowded. Unless you do not mind crowds, it should be a decent idea to think ahead and beat the crowds, like coming before the sun it at its hottest. Or you could find all the amenities being too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


Bolongo Bay is on the South East coast of St. Thomas; the area hosts attractions such as Clinton Phipps Racetrack, which is one and a quarter miles away.

Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Seven Arches Museum (one of the closest to Bolongo Bay) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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
Legislature Building Historical Site 2.8 mi. NW St. Thomas
Fort Christian Historical Site 2.9 mi. NW St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Bolongo Bay visitors seeking other interesting places to see might think about checking out Charlotte Amalie, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From Bolongo Bay, Charlotte Amalie isn't far off, roughly three miles (four and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is in a relatively touristed area, it typically isn't much of a challenge to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. If you and your party are wanting to book a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the closest options 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
Windward Passage Hotel 2.9 mi. NW Hotel
Hotel 1829 3.0 mi. NW Hotel
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast 3.0 mi. NW B & B
Two Sandals by the Sea Inn 3.0 mi. E B & B
Secret Harbour Beach Resort 3.0 mi. E Resort


If you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Bolongo Beach House. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant 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 -- --
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
SandBar (340) 715-2583 International Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
Sunset Grill (340) 776-8500 American, Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. WNW
Havana Blue (340) 715-2583 Fusion, Latin American, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal -- --
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
China Fast Food (340) 775-6881 Chinese Very Casual 1.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Bolongo Bay doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also like Limetree Beach, a popular beach beloved by tourists. 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, you might find what you want at Morning Star Beach. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You might also want to visit Coki Point Beach, which is located fairly close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice. 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.

Perhaps Bolongo Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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