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 on the island of Sandy Spit, in the vicinity of Jost Van Dyke, this beach is on the South East edge of the island, You might want regardless of whether you're staying very close. It's often said that Sandy Spit is one of the best spots for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Sandy Spit, but are usually more crowded because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach

This beach is accessible only by boat, but well worth the trip.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


Sandy Spit is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Sandy Spit; it will be near other attractions like St. Michael Church Ruins, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting North Shore Shell Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Sandy Spit is close to Road Town, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Road Town, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, Road Town isn't out of reach at six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a relatively touristed area, it usually isn't much of a challenge to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For vacationers wanting to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table below shows the closest accommodations to Sandy Spit.

Accommodations near Sandy Spit
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Heritage Inn -- -- Hotel
Quito's Ole Works Inn 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


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Foxy's Taboo Restaurant. This restaurant has a menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine. You'll find it one and a quarter miles away.

Nearby restaurants are shown 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

Sandy Spit has many nice beaches, so Sandy Spit is not your only option.

Another location you might enjoy is Cane Garden Bay, situated three and a half miles to the east-southeast. 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. On the other hand, Green Cay Beach offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's found a few hundred yards to the north.

Vacationers may also want to visit Great Harbour Beach, located three miles to the west.

Of course, the Virgin Islands has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but visiting Sandy Spit or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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