Beaches in the USVI

Enjoy some time on the sand when you visit the US Virgin Islands

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As with many other things, the U.S. Virgins practically hold the monopoly on busy tourist spots. While some beachgoers appreciate plenty of activity, others are not so enamored of the crowds and prefer to escape to somewhere a little more secluded. While there are some quieter beaches in the U.S. Virgins, they're often far more difficult to reach than the crowded stops. 

The Virgin Islands are known for their incredible beaches, in fact, in 2011 St. John's Trunk Bay was voted as one of the "Top 10 Beaches We Love" by The Weather Channel.

One positive point about the beaches in the Virgin Islands is that all but one are free. Only Magens Bay on St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) charges a fee for entry. Still, not all free beaches are easy to reach. Getting to some may require a boat ride or a walk through a hotel, but these can easily be worth the extra effort.

Making a beach choice is easy if you know what you're looking for. However, those who simply want a powdery stretch of sand to enjoy will have far more options than those looking for something specific. Even so, you can rest assured that you'll find something to suit your vacation when you visit these islands.

Beach Choices In The Area

You'll discover a large number of beaches to choose from in the area. Whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you can find what you want. You can click on the name of the beach to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.

Cinnamon Bay

If you love to snorkel, a location providing that option is Cinnamon Bay. Cinnamon Bay's beach is accessible off of Peter Bay Road. A small area for parking is available directly before the beach.

Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Sugar Beach. Coconut palms line the short shore of Sugar Beach, which is shadowed by the massive luxury Sugar Beach Resort. The waters are blindingly blue, but often overrun with seagrass, making this spot better for lying out in the sun than anything else.

Salomon Bay Beach: The small 25 yard stretch of coast features powder soft sands in hues of tan and off-white depending on how high the tide. Short, fat palm trees dot the shore, while further back the grow tall and skinny and turn into the the thick greenery of the national park.

The following chart summarizes a few details concerning the beaches found in the area.

Beaches In the USVI
Name Location Island Coast
Bolongo Bay 2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas South East
Brewers Bay 3.2 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas West
Cane Bay Beach 0.1 mi. South of Central Cane Bay St. Croix North West
Caneel Bay 1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John West
Chenay Bay Beach 3.2 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North
Cinnamon Bay 2.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Coakley Bay Beach 3.9 mi. East of Central Christiansted St. Croix North
Coki Point Beach 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Anna's Retreat St. Thomas North East
Colony Cove 1.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North East
Columbus Landing Beach 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay St. Croix North
Cormorant Beach 3.3 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North
Cowpet Beach 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Cramer Park 0.8 mi. Northeast of Central Knight St. Croix East
Cruz Bay Beach Downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Davis Bay 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Cane Bay St. Croix West
Denis Bay Beach 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Dorothea Bay Beach 3.0 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas North
Dorsch Beach 0.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix West
Emerald Beach 2.5 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas West
Francis Bay Beach 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John North West
Frank Bay Beach 0.3 mi. South West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John West
Grapetree Beach 2.0 mi. East of Central Cotton Valley St. Croix East
Great Bay Beach 0.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Great Cruz Beach 0.8 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John West
Grotto Beach 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix East-Northeast
Half Penny Beach 2.8 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix South
Hans Lollik Beach 3.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Hans Lollik Island South
Hansen Bay Beach 2.6 mi. East of Central Coral Bay St. John South East
Hawksnest Bay 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John West
Hibiscus Beach 2.1 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North East
Honeymoon Beach 3.0 mi. South West of Central St. Thomas Water Island West
Hull Bay 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas North West
Isaac Bay Beach 1.3 mi. East of Central Knight St. Croix East
Jack's Bay Beach 0.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Knight St. Croix East
Jumbie Beach 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North
La Grange 0.5 mi. North of Central Frederiksted St. Croix West
La Grange 0.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix West
Lameshur Bay 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay St. John South
Leinster Bay Beach 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John North
Limetree Beach 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas South East
Lindquist Beach 0.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Little Magens Bay 2.0 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas North
Magens Bay 1.7 mi. North of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas North East
Maho Bay 2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John North West
Mandahl Bay Beach 1.7 mi. Northwest of Central Anna's Retreat St. Thomas North
Mermaid Beach 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix East-Northeast
Mermaids Chair 7.4 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie -- West
Morning Star Beach 1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas South East
Oppenheimer Beach 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North
Pelican Beach 1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Coral Bay St. John East
Rainbow Beach 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix West
Reef Bay Beach 3.3 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John South
Reef Beach 1.2 mi. East of Central Cotton Valley St. Croix East
Renaissance Beach 1.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Thatch Cay St. Thomas South West
Salomon Bay Beach 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Salt Pond Bay 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Friis Bay St. John South East
Sandy Point Beach 1.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted St. Croix South West
Sapphire Beach 0.9 mi. North of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Scott Beach 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Secret Harbor 0.5 mi. South of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Shoy's Beach 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North
Sprat Bay Beach 1.7 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie Water Island South
Sprat Hall Beach 3.4 mi. North of Central Frederiksted St. Croix West
Sugar Beach 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix North East
Tamarind Reef Beach 3.0 mi. East of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix East
Trunk Bay 2.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John North West
Turner Bay Beach 0.3 mi. South West of Central downtown Cruz Bay St. John West
Turner Hole 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Cotton Valley St. Croix East
Turtle Beach 2.3 mi. North of Central Cotton Valley Buck Island West
Vessup Bay 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Red Hook St. Thomas East
Wacho Beach 2.8 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted St. Croix Southeast
Waterlemon Beach 1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John North
Waterlemon Cay Beach 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Coral Bay St. John South West

Of course, The USVI has other attraction types. Make your way to this article regarding even more attractions if you want to find more information.

 

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