Grand Beach

Located on St. Thomas Island, Grand Beach features a beautiful view of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Most people visit Grand Beach for its wide array of watersport opportunities, and the area is especially good for windsurfing. The Grand Palace Resort has restrooms, a watersports center, and restaurants that are open to guests.

Set in Coki Point, in the same vicinity as Thatch Cay, Grand Beach is on the South West edge of St. Thomas. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that most of the Virgin Islands' beaches are quite calm and serene. This atmosphere is not for everyone, though. If you seek a fun and active spot, you're better off trying a beach like Grand Beach, with a more upbeat atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible via local roads off of Route 38. Guest should follow directions to the Point Pleasant Resort, which lies close to a parking lot for the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Grand Beach is an ideal location on the northern coast of St. Thomas for watersports, particularly windsurfing. The beach's waters are calm and good for swimming, although they are filled with sea grass.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Grand Beach at all, it's worth a try. There are several types of dining experiences in the Virgin Islands that visitors can partake in, but dining at 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.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Grand Beach. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. This beautiful beach attracts families and couples to its shores, while watersports enthusiasts also come to play in the sparkling waters.

Though, please see that while there exists (BLANK) conveniences on location if you go to Grand Beach, it happens to be found inside a major tourist area. As such, if these amenities make or break a trip, it is an appropriate idea to get there in the morning prior to when the other tourists come or going to a beach further away. If you do not, you might be unable to fully use all those comforts which this beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of St. Thomas. It is close to Coral World Ocean Park, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

If you're interested in mixing culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to The Virgin Island's Children's Museum, a lovely museum located easily within taxi range, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Grand Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium 0.3 mi. NE St. Thomas
Pistarckle Theater Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 1.3 mi. WSW St. Thomas
Clinton Phipps Racetrack Sporting Event Venue 2.1 mi. SSW St. Thomas
Mahogany Run Public Golf Course Golf Course 2.6 mi. WNW St. Thomas
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Cable Car 3.4 mi. W St. Thomas
The Virgin Island's Children's Museum Children's Museum 3.5 mi. W St. Thomas
Winners Circle Casino 3.5 mi. W St. Thomas
Bluebeard's Castle Historical Site 3.7 mi. W St. Thomas
Memorial Moravian Church Historical Site 3.9 mi. W St. Thomas
Seven Arches Museum Museum 4.0 mi. W St. Thomas
Blackbeard's Castle Historical Site 4.1 mi. W St. Thomas
Legislature Building Historical Site 4.1 mi. W St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Grand Beach is close to Red Hook, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Red Hook is nearby and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Red Hook is not far away, maybe a mile and a half (three kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Travelers trying to find a hotel room close to the beach won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from close-by. You'll find the closest booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Grand Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Point Pleasant Resort 0.2 mi. ESE Villa complex
Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa 0.4 mi. ESE Resort
Wyndham Margaritaville St. Thomas 0.4 mi. ESE Resort
Pavilions And Pools 1.1 mi. ESE Villa complex
Crystal Cove 1.3 mi. SE Resort
Tillett Hostel and Guesthouse 1.4 mi. WSW Hostel
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina 1.4 mi. SE Resort
Sapphire Village Condominiums 1.5 mi. SE Villa complex
Two Sandals by the Sea Inn 2.2 mi. SSE B & B
Secret Harbour Beach Resort 2.2 mi. SSE Resort

Food

If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Mirador by Chef Benny. The restaurant has both Caribbean and International cuisines. They are also famous for their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Grand Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Mirador by Chef Benny (340) 513-9040 Caribbean, International, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Fine Dining 0.2 mi. ESE
Chester's Fried Chicken -- American Very Casual 0.3 mi. W
Shark Bar (888) 695-2073 American Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
Mangrove Restaurant (340) 779-8809 Caribbean -- 0.4 mi. ESE
Manor House Restaurant (340) 779-8808 -- -- 0.4 mi. ESE
Picasso's Coffee Shop (340) 777-9412 International Very Casual -- --
Bistro 4560 (340) 774-4560 International Informal 1.0 mi. WSW
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina (340) 775-6100 -- -- 1.4 mi. SE
Domino's Tutu Park Mall (340) 775-3400 Italian Very Casual 1.5 mi. W
Sapphire Bar and Grill (340) 775-6123 American Very Casual 1.5 mi. SE
Slice VI - Craft Pizza & Cafe (340) 777-5423 Café Informal 1.5 mi. SE
Bonjour Gas Station -- Carry out restaurant Very Casual 1.6 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. Thomas, so if Grand Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Lindquist Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located less than a mile to the southeast. One of the best secrets on St.. Thomas is Lindquist Beach, a perfect Caribbean beach, that resides off of an unmarked dirt road, and thus stays unpopulated in a busy tourist area. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Sapphire Beach is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Travelers may also want to consider Coki Point Beach, located within a couple of miles. 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.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Grand Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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