Sandy Cay Beach

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Sandy Cay Beach is the only speck of white sand beach on a small green island. The other coast of the island is rocky, but Sandy Cay Beach boasts soft sand and gentle waters.

Located near the heart of the island of Sandy Cay, in the vicinity of Jost Van Dyke, this beach is on the South West coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you should consider visiting Sandy Cay Beach.

How to Access The Beach
You can only get to Sandy Cay Beach by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Sandy Cay Beach offers a quiet and peaceful enclave, as the area surrounding the beach is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Sandy Cay Beach on the South West coast of Sandy Cay; it will be near other attractions like Belmont Archaeological Site, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to North Shore Shell Museum. This museum is relatively near Sandy Cay Beach, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Cay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Belmont Archaeological Site Historical Site 3.0 mi. SE Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins Historical Site 3.0 mi. ESE Tortola
North Shore Shell Museum Museum 3.1 mi. SE Tortola
John Lettsom House Historical Site 3.4 mi. E Tortola
Vigilant Sloop Historical Site 3.5 mi. S Frenchman's Cay
Callwood Historic Distillery Historical Site 3.6 mi. E Tortola
Fort Recovery Historical Site 4.1 mi. SE Tortola
The Dungeon Historical Site 5.2 mi. SE Tortola
Thornton Plantation Historical Site 5.3 mi. ESE Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historical Site 5.8 mi. E Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 5.9 mi. E Tortola
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Museum 6.0 mi. E Tortola

Cities and Towns

Sandy Cay Beach is very close to Coral Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Coral Bay is the closest town to Sandy Cay Beach. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a pleasant day trip for guests who want to see more of the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is a little ways off, maybe six miles (ten kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how packed the nearby hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may see guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it usually isn't all that difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are hoping to book a place that's near the beach, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Sandy Cay Beach.

Accommodations near Sandy Cay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Long Bay Beach Resort 3.1 mi. SSE Resort
Sebastian's on the Beach 3.2 mi. SE Hotel
Heritage Inn -- -- Hotel
Sugar Mill Hotel 3.2 mi. SE Hotel
Quito's Gazebo 3.6 mi. E Hotel
Elm Beach Suites 3.6 mi. E Hotel
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 3.6 mi. E Hotel
Myett's -- -- Hotel
Agape Cottages 3.7 mi. E Cottages
Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas 4.1 mi. SE Resort


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you don't have to go far away. One of the closest restaurants is Harris' Place. This restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They are also known for their seafood and steak.

The following table provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Sandy Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Harris' Place (284) 495-9295 Caribbean 1.2 mi. WNW Jost Van Dyke
Sidney's Peace and Love (284) 495-9271 Caribbean 1.2 mi. WNW Jost Van Dyke
Abe's by the Sea (284) 495-9329 Caribbean 1.3 mi. WNW Jost Van Dyke
Foxy's Taboo Restaurant (284) 495-0218 Mediterranean 1.4 mi. NW Jost Van Dyke
Foxy's Restaurant (284) 495-9258 Caribbean 2.6 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Wendell's World (284) 495-9259 Caribbean 2.7 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-9294 International, Tex-Mex 2.7 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Sugar and Spice (284) 543-9016 Caribbean 2.7 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Banana Keet Cafe (284) 494-5842 -- -- -- Tortola
(284) 495-4252 American, Caribbean, International 3.1 mi. SSE Tortola
Seaside Grill (284) 495-4212 Caribbean, Continental 3.2 mi. SE Tortola
Sugar Mill Restaurant (284) 495-4355 Caribbean, Eclectic 3.2 mi. SE Tortola

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Sandy Cay Beach on Sandy Cay.

Another location you might enjoy is Apple Bay, found three miles to the southeast. Home to the renowned Bomba's Shack, a popular surfer's bar on the island, Apple Bay is a popular destination for watersports lovers. On the other hand, Sandy Spit could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations. You'll find it a mile to the north.

Another option worth considering is Great Harbour Beach, which is located two and a half miles away.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, Sandy Cay Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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