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.

Located in the vicinity of St. Thomas and St. John, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves should check out Mermaids Chair, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Mermaids Chair brings guests a calm and tranquil retreat, especially since the area surrounding the beach is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Mermaids Chair on the West coast of the Virgin Islands. Reichhold Center is found four and a half miles to the , and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like French Heritage Museum (one of the closest to Mermaids Chair) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of the Virgin Islands.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Guests visiting Mermaids Chair who are hoping to find additional places to explore should think about making the trip to Charlotte Amalie, since it's close-by and is an area full of activity. 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 everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors looking to find a place to stay close to Mermaids Chair won't find it very tough, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the surrounding area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's listed 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
Best Western Emerald Beach Resort 5.2 E Resort


Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you'll still have some choices, particularly if you are willing to venture a little out of the way. One of the closest places to eat is Atlantic Seafood & Internet Cafe, 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

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Mermaids Chair.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Emerald Beach, located five miles away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Brewers Bay offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it four miles to the east.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Hull Bay, which is located six miles away.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Mermaids Chair is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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