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 near the middle of the island of Sandy Spit, close to Jost Van Dyke, this beach is on the South East coast of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, 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

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

What's Nearby


Sandy Spit is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the South East coast of Sandy Spit. It is close to St. Michael Church Ruins, which is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to North Shore Shell Museum. This museum is relatively near Sandy Spit, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 in the Road Town area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Not far away you'll find Road Town, a city which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Road Town is about six and a half miles (ten kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay near Sandy Spit shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels to choose from nearby. You will find the closest hotel booking options by viewing those shown below.

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


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. Foxy's Taboo Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food. It is located one and a quarter miles away.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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 looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Sandy Spit doesn't suit their tastes.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cane Garden Bay, located 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. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might like Green Cay Beach. You'll find it a few hundred yards to the north.

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

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but Sandy Spit is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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