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.

Situated in the vicinity of St. Thomas and St. John, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. There are plenty of advantages to visiting a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; secluded parts of the coast like Mermaids Chair make great places to spread out and relax.

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, public restrooms aren't available. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually prefer sunny days that offer visitors a tranquil environment, then you may want to try Mermaids Chair; it is found within a more rural section of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of the Virgin Islands; this area boasts other attractions such as Reichhold Center, which is four and a half miles to the east of this spot.

Historical attractions like Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Mermaids Chair, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Virgin Islands' past, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this site can be found seven miles from this site of historical significance.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones 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 guests hoping to find further attractions might consider heading to Charlotte Amalie, since it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of the Virgin Islands. From the coast, Charlotte Amalie is a little ways off, maybe seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. Mermaids Chair is not located near many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors looking to find a hotel room close to the beach won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from close-by. You can find the closest lodging options by looking over those shown in the table 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


Although the area surrounding Mermaids Chair isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you're 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 following table provides a list of dining options located 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

There are other beaches in the Virgin Islands you might like besides Mermaids Chair.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Emerald Beach, situated five miles away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Brewers Bay may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it four miles to the east.

You might also want to visit Hull Bay, which is located six miles away.

Maybe Mermaids Chair is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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