Top 10 Beaches in St. Croix
St. Croix beaches are considered some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and even in the world, and there’s a good reason why. Here You can find fine soft white sand to sink your toes into, warm crystal-clear turquoise waters, and intimate, secluded coves surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.
Plus there are so many of them, and they’re all incredible. So we complied our list of the Top 10 Best St. Croix Beaches in 2023 to provide a good beach guide to tourists & visitors to our lovely island. Honestly, after weeks of hard “research”, lots of sunscreen, and difficulty testing out each one 😉, here they are below.
Scroll down to see each beach description and beach amenities. And most importantly ENJOY!
#1: Turtle Beach Buck Island
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Top 10 St. Croix Beaches
#2: Jack's Bay Beach
#3: Cane Bay Beach
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#4: Carambola Beach
#5: Buccaneer Beach
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#6: Sandy Point Beach
#7: Rainbow Beach
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#8: Hotel on the Cay Beach
#9: Tamarind Bay Beach
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#10: Pelican Cove Beach
10 Best Beaches in St. Croix
- Turtle Beach
- Jack’s Bay Beach
- Cane Bay Beach
- Carambola Beach
- Buccaneer Beach
- Sandy Point Beach
- Rainbow Beach
- Hotel on the Cay Beach
- Tamarind Beach
- Pelican Cove Beach
1. Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach St Croix is truly the most beautiful beach you will ever see, consistently ranked in the best beaches in the US Virgin Islands. Buck Island is an uninhabited island located right off the shore of St Croix, so you have to take a quick boat or kayak ride to reach it. You’ll find truly some of the best snorkeling available anywhere in the whole Caribbean. The beach (also called Turtle Cove) has white powder sand that feels silky under your toes, and the water is so crystal clear that you almost won’t believe your eyes.
Here you will find the best snorkeling in St Croix USVI (and quite possibly the best snorkeling in US Virgin Islands). Buck Island Reef is a national monument (read more about) and the marine life and the island are protected. As a result, Turtle Beach St. Croix remains a beautiful and untouched paradise, and will stay that way for decades to come. And for shooting incredible St Croix beaches pictures, this is one you do not want to miss! If you’re an animal lover, you can read more about Turtle Beach St. Croix turtle and wildlife habitat (pdf).
2. Jack’s Bay Beach
These two are considered “secret treasures” of the island. But because they simply are the best St Croix beaches we really don’t have a choice here but to share them with you.
You have to hike to reach Jack and Isaac’s Bay St. Croix, but trust us, it is worth the effort. As you see on the St. Croix Beaches Map above, you need to drive to the East End, park your car on the side of the road near Point Udall, and then walk down the dirt road on the right. The first beach which you’ll reach is Isaacs Bay Beach USVI. You then continue walking over the small peninsula to reach Jack Bay Beach St Croix, and the view will stun you. It looks just like a postcard. You can arrange to have a guided tour if you’d like.
Keep in mind that due to its location, there are no restaurants or facilities on Jack and Isaac’s Bay beaches. So if you’re looking to have lunch, lay on rental beach chairs with beach umbrellas, or go to a beach bar, there are plenty of other beaches that offer that. But for sheer natural beauty, we rank Jack and Isaac’s beach as the best beaches in St. Croix USVI. Read more about Jack and Isaac’s beach St Croix (pdf)
3. Cane Bay Beach
Cane Bay Beach St. Croix is a popular family beach, and 2023 is off to a great start. While less visually impressive than other Saint Croix beaches, it compensates with lots of fun activities. Its calm water makes it ideal for young kids and inexperienced swimmers. And if you’re interested in St Croix scuba diving or snorkeling, Cane Bay Beach is the place to go. You can dive right off the beach and the famous “The Wall” is only 500 yards offshore, where the water suddenly drops to incredible depths of 13,000 feet.
You’ll also find beach lounge chair rentals, beach umbrella rentals and snorkeling gear rentals are here, which are popular with visitors.
Cane Bay Dive Shop is located directly across the street from the beach. Cane Bay Beach is also popular because there are many restaurants around: Off the Wall (menu pdf ), The Landing for full menu and music, meal (menu pdf ), The Waves at Cane Bay (menu pdf) or AMA (menu pdf ) for a higher-end experience, or Villa Margarita’s favorite Rowdy Joe’s… we ate the superb fish tacos here straight for 2 weeks and still could not get enough! Also try the Cane Bay Beach Club; it is one of the most popular spots for authentic St Croix nightlife. Spratnet Beach bar is also good for a drink on the beach or bite to eat.
4. Carambola Beach
Want a St Croix beach holiday in the comfort of a 5* resort? Then Carambola Beach Resort is for you. Big waves here makes it perfect for riding waves, skim-boarding, etc. Carambola Beach St Croix (which is also called Davis Beach) is attached to the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, among the top St Croix all-inclusive resorts. So there are beach lounge chair rentals, beach umbrella rentals, a restaurant, and other great amenities. Since all Saint Croix beaches are accessible to the public, it is easy to park your car in the upper parking lot and then walk down the steps on the left of the resort to the beach; or say you’re going to the restaurant and drive into the resort. Read more about Carambola Beach Resort (pdf).
5. Buccaneer Beach
Located at St Croix’s most upscale 5-star hotel The Buccaneer, what people call the “Buccaneer Beach St Croix” are actually three separate beaches. The Buccaneer beaches are great because there is so much to do! Big families of different ages like to come here because they offer something for everyone. There’s also one of the better beach restaurants in St. Croix USVI and beach bars right at your fingertips.
Whistle Beach is considered by many as the best Buccaneer beach St Croix, just over the hill and favored for its seclusion. You can find it by taking a short walk along a jogging trail. Its simplistic, natural beauty is always a hit with Villa Margarita’s guests. If you are limited for time, this is a great way to do a “3-in-1” experience of St Croix beaches in 2023. Read more about Buccaneer beach St Croix here (pdf)
6. Sandy Point Beach
As you see on the St. Croix beaches map, Sandy Point Beach is located on the West End of St Croix and the best on the island for long walks. Simply put, this beach is absolutely stunning and ranked in the top 5 of all best US Virgin Islands beaches. It boasts crystal clear blue water and a 3-mile long stretch of sandy white beach (one of the longest in the Caribbean). This beach is typically not crowded, and often it’s likely that you’ll be one of the only ones there. There is little to no shade here.
And despite being one of the best USVI beaches, be aware that there are no facilities here like beach chair rentals or beach umbrella rentals or beach bars. This beach is only open on the weekends and when there is a cruise ship in port, with the exception of April-August when it is closed entirely due to turtle nesting season. All this exclusivity, however, makes Sandy Point beach St Croix even more rewarding when it is open.
Nature and wildlife lovers can read more about this nature preserve at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s a pity that one of the best St Croix beaches is closed for a third of the year but the turtles are worth it, for sure. Read more about Sandy Point Beach in St Croix here (pdf). Turtle lovers can read more here about protecting the turtles at Sandy Point (pdf).
7. Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach St. Croix USVI is located on the West End of St Croix closer to Frederiksted. The water is very calm and the powdery sand is white and beautiful. The snorkeling at Rainbow Beach is super because there’s tons of interesting sea life and the water stays shallow for a long distance. There are also bathroom facilities and a fun beach bar & restaurant called Rhythms with live music on most days, and killer drink called “Cruzan Confusion”. So if you’re coming to St. Croix in 2023 and want a great combination of sucking up some rays and then downing some great drinks, it’s hard to beat Rainbow Beach. It’s also a good choice if you’re looking for scenic St Croix beaches near a cruise port. The other beach near the Fredriksted Cruise port that we’d recommend is Paradise Beach right next to the pier. Read more about Rainbow Beach St Croix here (pdf) Or check out the menu at Rhythms here (pdf).
8. Hotel on the Cay Beach
This is one of the most unique St Croix beaches simply because it literally is on its own island just 300 meters from the Christiansted pier. Hotel on the Cay beach St. Croix is located right in the harbor in Christiansted, and ranks highly among the best US Virgin Islands beaches. Also known as Protestant Cay Beach, the beach has golden powder sand, crystal clear water, and amazing views of downtown Christiansted. There is something for everyone, making Hotel on the Cay the perfect place to go with a family or group of people. Aside from the beautiful water, there are so many fun activities, a great restaurant, and one of the coolest beach bars in St. Croix USVI! There is also a full-service watersports facility offering jet ski rentals, windsurfing, stand up paddleboard rentals, and snorkel rentals, The beach is beautiful and has plenty of beach lounge chairs and umbrellas including beach lounge chair rentals and beach umbrella rentals for non-guests of the hotel. In addition, the beach restaurant offers good food and fast service. This is an easy & inexpensive “day trip” (3 minutes 🙂 ) from Christiansted, so check out Hotel on the Cay beach (pdf).
9. Tamarind Reef Hotel Beach
Tamarind Reef Hotel beach is one of the top St Croix hotels and it is also one of the top St Croix beaches. The Tamarind Beach is wide and sandy and has beach lounge chairs, umbrellas, palm-thatched cabanas, a beach shack, and a bar and restaurant! What more could you ask for?
If you’re interested in fun water activities, the Tamarind Reef Hotel beach offers a good selection for snorkel rentals in St Croix to experience great snorkeling on the reef and tropical fish just off the beach. This is some of the best snorkeling in St. Croix US Virgin Islands with easy access from the beach. It’s also a good place for kayak rentals in St Croix and that you can rent from the beach shack. The cabanas and lounge chairs are free for guests, and there are also beach chair rentals and cabana rentals for non-guests.
To see live conditions today, here is the St. Croix beach cam located at Tamarind Beach. 2023 is shaping up to be a great year at Tamarind Beach! Read more here about Tamarind Beach and its resort (pdf) There is a great bar and restaurant called The Deep End where you can enjoy a real beach bar!
10. The Palms at Pelican Cove Beach
The Palms at Pelican Cove beach is constantly ranked as one of the top St Croix USVI beach resorts by guests and the beautiful beach is a big reason why.
The sand is soft, the water is a clear blue, and there is some of the best snorkeling in St. Croix USVI around the coral reef just off shore. As shown on the St. Croix beaches map at the top of the page, The Palms is just a few minutes away from Christiansted. There is no fee to enter and there is also a great restaurant just off the beach that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And the bar serves delicious Cruzan cocktails! So rounding out our Top 10 Best St Croix Beaches and best Beaches in US Virgin Islands, the Palms at Pelican Cove beach is a local favorite for a great day & evening at the beach. Read more about the Pelican Cove Beach here (pdf)
Map of St Croix Beaches
Map of St Croix Beaches US Virgin Islands
Here’s another, more detailed St. Croix beaches map to show you where all the beaches are located on the island. Use this handy map to navigate your way around as you explore the variety that St. Croix beaches have to offer.
Map of St Croix beaches US Virgin Islands
Other beaches in St Croix
Chenay Bay Beach
Chenay Bay Beach St Croix is located on the east end of the island and is home to the Chenay Bay Beach Resort. It’s a pretty good beach for snorkeling and renting kayaks,stand up paddle boarding and other water sports and activities. Nice beach bar and restaurant, usually with a good crowd.
Coakley Bay Beach
Among St Croix beaches ranked, this beautiful white sandy beach on the East End is rarely populated. Long stretch of sand with moderate amounts of sea grass. Lot of rocks, shells and sea urchins, so shoes are advised. Very good snorkeling and kitesurfing. Good views of Buck Island. Some shade under sea grape trees can be found. Accessible by a dirt road with some parking available.
Columbus Landing Beach
Located on the North Shore of the island. Small white sand beach with some spots of pebble. The water deepens quickly and there are many areas with seagrass. A fairly secluded beach except on weekends. Good for swimming, snorkeling and great scuba diving just offshore. Historically significant Christopher Columbus as landed here during his second journey to the Americas in 1493.
Cramer’s Park Beach
On the East End’s north shore, near Point Udall. A large public park and beach popular with locals for family gatherings and parties. Can get crowded and loud on the weekends. Water is shallow and usually pretty calm, a good spot for kids. Good snorkeling snorkeling, lots of seagrape trees for good shade. There are bathroom facilities, grills, and picnic tables. Camping is also allowed.
Located on the South East side of St Croix and home to Divi Carina Bar Resort. Beautiful white sand, palm trees, St Croix water sports, bars and a restaurant and even a casino. The beach stretches over to Grapetree Beach next door, so this is a really nice stretch for long beach strolls.
Located on the East End of the island along the south shore, between Point Udall and the Divi Carina Bay Resort. Peaceful and relaxed beach offering a long length of sand to stroll, sunbathe, or walk the dog. Great for watching sunrise. Calm water protected by reef, which makes it a great spot for swimming and spotting sea turtle. Parking nearby.
Paradise Beach is conveniently located in Frederiksted right next to the Frederiksted Pier. This makes it one of the best St. Croix beach near cruise port for passengers day-tripping in St. Croix. It’s a small beach, a bit rocky and with see weeds. It’s usually very calm with not many waves, so it’s good for lounging and swimming but don’t expect surfing etc.
A small, quiet beach on St. Croix’s East End at Teague Bay. Seagrape trees line the shore, which is sandy but littered with lots of dried sea grass. Water can be a bit choppy. There are some rocks in the water and many areas with seagrass. It is a popular spot for wind surfing. No amenities other than parking nearby.
Sand Castle Beach
Also known as Dorch Beach. Located south of the Frederiksted Pier. A nice long stretch of beach with calm waters and good for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkeling. Easy to spend the entire day here, with a beach side restaurant and bar. Beach chairs rentals and umbrellas also available.
Sprat Hall Beach
Located across from Sprat Hall Plantation in Frederiksted, just down the road from Rainbow Beach. A bit rocky with calm waters. Good for swimming and snorkeling. A nice mile-long beach for long walks, thinking, and watching sunsets. No facilities, and while you can park on the roadside, it’s best to take valuables with you.
Is there Sargassum in St. Croix?
Sargassum seaweed is large mats of floating algae which has become a nuisance for all Caribbean beaches, including St. Croix. Luckily it doesn’t affect every beach and is mostly limited to the summer months. Here’s what it looks like:
Here you can find detailed information on the current status of Sargassum in St. Croix USVI.
St. Croix Beach Cams – LIVE!
Here’s a selection of live beach webcams so you can check out current conditions:
Videos of St. Croix Best Beaches US Virgin Islands for 2023
Here is a selection of YouTube videos showing the beauty of our beaches. Click on any one to watch and enjoy!
St. Croix Beaches FAQs (frequently asked questions)
St. Croix has some of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean, as well as the largest variety. Turtle Beach, for example, is rated as one of the most pristine & beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll also find a wide variety of beach types, from classic soft white sand to rocky coral, from sandy bottom to grassy, some windy with big waves while others are in protected coves with no waves at all. Some are regularly filled with people, while others are remote and you’ll probably be the only person there. St. Croix is truly a beach lover’s paradise!
Most travelers rate Turtle Beach on Buck Island as the prettiest beach in St. Croix. Isaac’s Bay Beach, Sandy Point Beach, and Cane Bay Beach are tied for 2nd-place.
Yes, all beaches in St. Croix USVI are public and free. Keep in mind however that certain beach amenities like chairs, lounges, and umbrellas may require a fee.
Most beaches are fantastic for swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding and just having fun. Some have gently-sloping sandy bottoms like Cane Bay Beach, Rainbow Beach, and Carambola Beach. Others have grassy bottoms like Chenay Bay Beach. Many have coral reefs close to shore which offer unforgettable experiences seeing St. Croix’s abundant tropical fish, turtles, rays, dolphins, and even a few reef sharks (don’t worry, they’re harmless).
St. Croix beaches are safe with very few reported crimes. Remote and isolated beaches sometimes experience the occasional vehicle break-in so it’s usually best to leave no valuables in the car and to leave the vehicle unlocked.
St. Croix has absolutely amazingly-clear water, ranging from stunning turquoise, light green, to rich deep blues in the deeper water. The lack of industry, a small population, and strict environmental protection all ensure that the beautiful waters of this Caribbean gem remain pristine and exceptionally pure.
Paradise Beach (a.k.a Frederiksted Beach) is a small beach conveniently located right next to Frederiksted pier, the main cruse port in St. Croix. You can easily walk to this beach and swim, snorkel, and sunbathe for free. Local vendors rent beach chairs and umbrellas, plus serve cold drinks, beer and coctails.
Cruise ship visitors to St. Croix also frequently visit Rainbow Beach, located about 1.5 miles north of the cruise port dock. It’s a nice walk there, or you can take a short taxi ride. There you’ll find a larger selection of watersports equipment to rent, as well as a full beach bar & restaurant called Rhythms.
It depends on what you’re looking for, but St. Croix has the largest number and variety of beaches in the USVI. Most USVI beaches are relatively short, so the 2-mile-long stretch of white sandy beach at Sandy Point in St. Croix is one of the longest beaches in the Caribbean for those seeking long quite strolls. Turtle Beach in St. Croix is also only 1 of 2 national underwater monuments in the entire US, offering an unrivaled clean and natural environment. Cane Bay Beach is also a top favorite with visitors & locals alike because of its long gently-sloping sandy bottom and gentle waves great for families.
On St. Thomas, Magens Bay, Lindberg Bay, and Sapphire beaches are all ranked as top Caribbean beaches, while on St. John the Trunk Bay Beach and Maho Bay Beach take the top spots.
Like most the Caribbean, sargassum seaweed is becoming a growing problem at certain times of the year. Due to rising water temperatures and nutrient runoff in Brazil, giant masses of floating algae called sargassum invade the Caribbean every summer. Most of it stays floating at sea but some washes up on beaches and creates unpleasant smells and potential health hazards.
Due to sea currents, the beaches on the North Shore and West Side are better protected than those on the South Shore and East End of St. Croix. It’s difficult to predict with certainty where it may come ashore, so the surest bet is to visit the island from October-May when cooler water temperatures mostly eliminate any seaweed problems.
Yes, open-container alcoholic beverages and coolers are allowed on St. Croix beached. But you can be fined for littering or breaking glass bottles.
Removing sea shells, coral, conch shells, sea fans, etc. is illegal in the USVI, so just leave paradise in its place. It may be tempting to try to sneak some shells back home, but often they will be taken away by CBP (Customs & Border Patrol) upon your departure at St. Croix airport. CBP even may take sea shells away when re-entering mainland US.
The best St. Croix beach bars are: The Landing Bar and Spratnet Bar at Cane Bay Beach on the north shore, Rhythms at Rainbow Beach and Sandcastle Beach Bar on the west side, and the various upscale beach bars at the Buccaneer Resort on the east end.
Villa Margarita is a top-ranked beachfront rental in St. Croix. There are also many other excellent oceanfront homes that you can find here at this authoritative St. Croix vacation rentals website.
St. Croix Beaches in the News
There’s lots of articles written regularly about our beautiful beaches. Here are few recent ones:
Our St. Croix Beaches Pinterest Board
Over at Pinterest we built a board that you might want to check out here: Pinterest St. Croix Beaches. We’ve posted all the pins here below in case you want to add them to your own Pinterest collection.
Below is a full list of St Croix beaches along with the beach facilities and amenities they offer, naturally listing St Croix beach bars :
Other beach resources:
So there you have it: the Best Beaches in St Croix USVI and Best US Virgin Island Beaches to visit in 2023!
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