Sandy Spit

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Sandy Spit is an tiny speck of an island entirely surrounded in soft white sand. There's a drop of vegetation on this island, with a few wispy palm trees.

Located in the heart of the island of Sandy Spit, near Jost Van Dyke, this beach is on the South East edge of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you might really enjoy an afternoon at Sandy Spit.

How to Access The Beach
This beach is accessible only by boat, but well worth the trip.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see the underwater world.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the South East coast of Sandy Spit; it's located near attractions like St. Michael Church Ruins, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like North Shore Shell Museum (one of the closest to Sandy Spit) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Spit
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
St. Michael Church Ruins Historical Site 3.5 mi. SE Tortola
John Lettsom House Historical Site 3.6 mi. ESE Tortola
North Shore Shell Museum Museum 3.6 mi. SE Tortola
Callwood Historic Distillery Historical Site 3.8 mi. ESE Tortola
Belmont Archaeological Site Historical Site 3.8 mi. SSE Tortola
Vigilant Sloop Historical Site 4.5 mi. S Frenchman's Cay
Fort Recovery Historical Site 4.9 mi. SSE Tortola
The Dungeon Historical Site 5.7 mi. SE Tortola
Thornton Plantation Historical Site 5.7 mi. SE Tortola
Sunday Morning Well Historical Site 5.9 mi. E Tortola
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail 6.0 mi. ESE Tortola
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Museum 6.0 mi. E Tortola

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Road Town is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Sandy Spit, Road Town is found maybe six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. Sandy Spit is not near very many major hotels, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Guests hoping to find a place to stay not far from Sandy Spit should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from nearby. You can find the closest lodging options by perusing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Sandy Spit
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Heritage Inn -- -- Hotel
Quito's Gazebo 3.7 mi. ESE Hotel
Rhymer's Beach Hotel 3.7 mi. ESE Hotel
Elm Beach Suites 3.7 mi. ESE Hotel
Myett's -- -- Hotel
Agape Cottages 3.9 mi. ESE Cottages
Long Bay Beach Resort 3.9 mi. SSE Resort
Sugar Mill Hotel 3.9 mi. SE Hotel
Sebastian's on the Beach 3.9 mi. SSE Hotel
Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas 4.8 mi. SSE Resort


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Sandy Spit; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Foxy's Taboo Restaurant. This restaurant has Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is one and a quarter miles away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Sandy Spit
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Foxy's Taboo Restaurant (284) 495-0218 Mediterranean 1.2 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Harris' Place (284) 495-9295 Caribbean 1.4 mi. WSW Jost Van Dyke
Sidney's Peace and Love (284) 495-9271 Caribbean 1.4 mi. WSW Jost Van Dyke
Abe's by the Sea (284) 495-9329 Caribbean 1.5 mi. WSW Jost Van Dyke
Foxy's Restaurant (284) 495-9258 Caribbean 2.6 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Corsairs Beach Bar & Restaurant (284) 495-9294 International, Tex-Mex 2.7 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Wendell's World (284) 495-9259 Caribbean 2.7 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Sugar and Spice (284) 543-9016 Caribbean 2.8 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
One Love Bar and Grill (284) 495-9829 Caribbean 3.4 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Ivan's Stress Free Bar Restaurant (340) 513-1095 Caribbean 3.4 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Jewel's Snack Shop (284) 495-9286 American 3.4 mi. W Jost Van Dyke
Banana Keet Cafe (284) 494-5842 -- -- -- Tortola

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Sandy Spit will have lots of options besides Sandy Spit.

Another location you might enjoy is Cane Garden Bay, found three and a half miles away. Stunning views greet visitors from the road leading into Cane Garden Bay, where all forms of tourists and locals mix together in this eclectic community by the sea to enjoy one of the island's prettiest beaches. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Green Cay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found a few hundred yards to the north.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Great Harbour Beach, located three miles away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, so visiting Sandy Spit is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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