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 middle of the island of Sandy Cay, near Jost Van Dyke, this beach is on the South West coast of the island, You might want even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Sandy Cay Beach might be a little more difficult to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

You can only get to Sandy Cay Beach by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Sandy Cay Beach offers an angelic and tranquil enclave, especially since the area surrounding the beach is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Sandy Cay; it's located near attractions like Belmont Archaeological Site, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting North Shore Shell Museum. It's not far from the shores at Sandy Cay Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

The closest city to Sandy Cay Beach is Coral Bay, which is not overly developed, and it can be an interesting destination for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is found maybe six miles (ten kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand 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 you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests seeking a hotel room close to the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from in the area. You will find the closest booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

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 Ole Works Inn 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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Sandy Cay Beach; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Harris' Place. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in seafood and steak.

The table below provides a list of dining options 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
Sebastian's Beach Bar and Restaurant (284) 495-4988 International 3.2 mi. SE Tortola

Other Beaches

Sandy Cay Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on Sandy Cay.

You might also enjoy Apple Bay, located three miles away. Home to the renowned Bomba's Shack, a popular surfer's bar on the island, Apple Bay is a popular destination for watersports lovers. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Sandy Spit could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's found a mile to the north.

You may also want to consider Great Harbour Beach, located two and a half miles to the west.

You may find that Sandy Cay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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