Mermaids Chair

This beach is rarely visited for a good reason -- it's not easy to reach -- but it rewards the hardy few who make it here with a very special mix of seclusion and raw beauty. The waters off the beach provide plenty of opportunity for wading, swimming and snorkeling. On shore, you can while away some time beachcombing and exploring the area -- you're likely to find shells, driftwood and other "treasures" washed up to the shore during storms.

Positioned in the vicinity of St. Thomas and St. John, You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; beaches less-traveled like Mermaids Chair are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

How to Access The Beach
Although this is a public beach, it isn't easy to reach, by any means. You have two options: arrive by boat, or hike downhill from the Botany Bay subdivision, at the far western end of St. Thomas. The walk down is fairly easy, but the hike back up will take 20 minutes or longer, depending on your pace and physical condition.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is a wide, flat area of tan sand that stretches between rocky hills to the East and the West, with the Caribbean sea to the North and South. Large rocks are positioned just offshore, adding to the view from the beach and the overall ambiance.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Mermaids Chair offers visitors an angelic and relaxing retreat, since the region surrounding the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the West coast of the Virgin Islands; it will be near other attractions like Reichhold Center, which is four and a half miles to the east.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is seven miles to the east.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Mermaids Chair
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Reichhold Center Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 4.5 E St. Thomas
Herman E. Moore Golf Course Golf Course 4.8 E St. Thomas
Tree Limin' Extreme Zip Line Site 6.1 E St. Thomas
French Heritage Museum Museum 6.6 E St. Thomas
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 6.7 E St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Mermaids Chair is near Charlotte Amalie, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Mermaids Chair tourists hoping to find other opportunities for exploration should think about heading to Charlotte Amalie, because it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of the Virgin Islands. From the beach, Charlotte Amalie isn't out of reach at seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Those seeking a place to stay near Mermaids Chair should find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from nearby. Find the closest lodging options by perusing those shown below.

Accommodations near Mermaids Chair
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Island Beachcomber Hotel 5.1 E Hotel
Best Western Carib Beach Resort 5.2 E Resort
Emerald Beach Resort 5.2 E Resort


Though this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are willing to drive a bit. Atlantic Seafood & Internet Cafe is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Mermaids Chair
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Atlantic Seafood & Internet Cafe (340) 774-1533 -- -- -- St. Thomas

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Mermaids Chair isn't the only beach worth visitng in the Virgin Islands.

You might also enjoy Emerald Beach, situated five miles to the east. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Brewers Bay offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's found four miles to the east.

Another option worth considering is Hull Bay, located six miles away.

You may find that Mermaids Chair is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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