Dorothea Bay Beach

One of the harder to find beaches on the island, Dorthea Beach is not one to be visited alone. Though definitely picturesque, the surf is dangerously strong, and there are unexpected drop offs.

Located on the island of St. Thomas, Dorothea Bay Beach is on the North coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Dorothea Bay Beach may be a little more trouble to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

Dorthea Bay is backed by green hills and palm trees, and features a rocky coastline of cobblestone and coral with rough surf. A strong breeze is almost always prevalent.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North coast of St. Thomas; this area boasts other attractions such as Tree Limin' Extreme, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want more information on the history of the Virgin Islands, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is two and a half miles to the southeast.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Dorothea Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Tree Limin' Extreme Zip Line Site 1.1 mi. SE St. Thomas
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 1.8 mi. SE St. Thomas
Reichhold Center Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 2.0 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Herman E. Moore Golf Course Golf Course 2.1 mi. S St. Thomas
French Heritage Museum Museum 2.5 mi. SE St. Thomas
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul Historical Site 2.5 mi. SE St. Thomas
Market Square Historical Site 2.6 mi. SE St. Thomas
All Saints Anglican Church Historical Site 2.6 mi. SE St. Thomas
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim Historical Site 2.6 mi. SE St. Thomas
Fish Face Art Gallery 2.7 mi. SE St. Thomas
Dutch Reformed Church Historical Site 2.7 mi. SE St. Thomas
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 2.7 mi. SE St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Dorothea Bay Beach is very close to Charlotte Amalie, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Dorothea Bay Beach visitors seeking a little additional excitement might consider heading over to Charlotte Amalie, since it's close-by and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Charlotte Amalie is a fairly short distance away, maybe three miles (five kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it typically isn't that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you are wanting to get a place that's near the water, the table that follows lists the closest accommodation options to Dorothea Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Dorothea Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Island View Guest House -- -- B & B
Island Beachcomber Hotel 2.3 mi. S Hotel
Emerald Beach Resort 2.4 mi. S Resort
Best Western Carib Beach Resort 2.4 mi. S Resort
Mafolie Hotel 2.4 mi. SE Hotel
Miller Manor 2.5 mi. SE Hotel
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast 2.6 mi. SE B & B
The Crystal Palace 2.6 mi. SE B & B
The Green Iguana Hotel 2.7 mi. SE Hotel
Bunker Hill Hotel 2.7 mi. SE B & B


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to try a nearby restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the nearest restaurants is Hull Bay Hideaway. This restaurant offers a menu of American cuisine. They're also renowned for their hamburgers and seafood.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Dorothea Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Hull Bay Hideaway (340) 777-1898 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. E
Thirteen (340) 774-6800 Contemporary, International Informal 0.7 mi. S
North Side Bistro & Brewery (340) 775-5098 Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. ESE
St Peter Greathouse & Botanical Gardens (340) 774-4999 Caribbean Informal 1.1 mi. SE
Sib's on the Mountain (340) 774-8967 ext. 8 American Informal 2.2 mi. SE
Sib's Restaurant (340) 774-8967 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. SE
Beachcomber Bar and Grill (340) 774-5250 Eclectic Very Casual 2.3 mi. S
Domino's Nisky Center (340) 776-3030 Italian Very Casual 2.4 mi. S
Subway Contant (340) 774-8160 American Very Casual 2.4 mi. S
Caribbean Fusion (340) 777-8800 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. S
Portobello Ristorante (340) 777-8800 Italian -- 2.4 mi. S
Sabroso Restaurant (340) 626-9054 Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Dorothea Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on St. Thomas.

Another location you might enjoy is Emerald Beach, situated just a little ways away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might like Brewers Bay. It's found two miles to the south-southwest.

You might also want to visit Hull Bay, which is located three quarters of a mile away.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Dorothea Bay Beach is just one of the many options.


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