Beaches

A list of St. Croix east-end beaches beginning with Great Pond Bay heading east to the Nature Conservancy beaches of Jack and Isaac Bays, and East End Bay, then heading west along the north shore toward Christiansted. This is a work in progress, please check back frequently as we add more beaches of the north-east shore heading west to The Buccaneer, and continuing around the island counter-clockwise. We may not include every single strip of sand, but expect a fairly complete list of St. Croix’s beaches. Not all these beaches are recommended for massages, due to lack of suitable shade, more difficult accessibility, or other factors. We will note the ones we recommend for massage on the beach, as well as other features and attractions.

Great Pond Bay

Location: South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: No
Pros: Unspoiled, quiet, great birding
Cons: Not always accessible, shallow with seagrass, reef is far off

Great Pond Bay Beach is very unspoiled and there are beautiful patch reefs to snorkel around if you want to swim out to them. The walk down is long, but pleasant and pastoral with a lot of birds to see along the way. The pond itself, Great Pond, is an excellent bird-watching site. There is a shady beach shack, built and maintained by local fishermen, who use the beach regularly and keep it clean.

The beach is accessible from two points along the South Shore Rd. Along route 624 approximately mid-way between routes 62 and 60, across from Milgie’s Grocery, is dirt road beyond the big chain link fence. The gate is open for public use on traditional holiday week-ends (4th of July, Easter…). If the gate is closed, it may be possible to skirt around the edge of the fence on the east side, its not continuous. Great Pond can also be reached via dirt roads heading west off route 60, south of the intersection with route 624. This route is sometimes closed off due to nesting shorebirds on the mus flats. Both roads to the beach can be muddy after rains and barely accessible without a 4WD vehicle.

We would love to recommend this beach for massage as there are some great shady spots here, however, inconsistent accessibility typically rules this out.

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East End Marine Park

Location: South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: No
Pros: Unspoiled, quiet, good snorkeling around patch reefs
Cons: Little to no shade, shallow entry with seagrass/urchins

East End Marine Park (EEMP) headquarters beach is a second beach on Great Pond Bay. A very peaceful beach that rarely gets visitors. More patch reefs are accessible from here. Along the shoreline the water is shallow with seagrass. There could be hidden sea urchins, so be careful when walking in. Not much in the way of shade so bring your sunscreen.

This beach is accessible via the EEMP headquarters and visitors center. A couple hundred yards after the sharp 90 degree left heading east on route 60 (South Shore Road) you see a sign for the EEMP, which is on the opposite side of the road from the sign. Drive into the parking lot, follow the dirt road to the steep decline which goes down to the beach, but don’t drive down there. No amenities. Limited Shade. Not recommended for beach massage.

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Robin Bay

Location: South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: No
Pros: Unspoiled, quiet, good birding
Cons: Not always accessible, shallow with seagrass, reef is far off, no amenities

Robin Bay Beach  A little further east on route 60, on the other side of Mount Fancy, Robin’s Bay (AKA Lob’stah Shack Beach) sports an old fishermen’s shed, nice breezes and vistas, and unspoiled beachfront. Please use caution if driving down to this beach, salt pond to the right of the dirt access road is important habitat for many species and soft sand leading to the “shack” may strand vehicles. Entries can be shallow with seagrass and urchins, so use caution. No amenities. Some shade provided by shack. Not recommended for beach massage.

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Rod Bay

Location:South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: Yes
Pros: Unspoiled, quiet, good birding
Cons: Not always accessible, shallow with seagrass, no amenities

Rod Bay Beach is just east of Robin Bay, past the wind generators. Another unspoiled beach with a couple dirt access roads, chains and barriers now limit vehicle access to some of these spots to prevent driving on the beaches. However, there is space to park a vehicle or two just off the road and walk down. Entries can be shallow with seagrass and urchins, so use caution. No amenities. There is ample shade under several native trees as well as palms. This beach would be suitable for massage any time of day, though there may be accessibility issues if the access roads are chained.

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Divi Carina Bay

Location:South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: Yes
Pros: Amenities – restrooms, bar, restaurant; swimming, snorkeling
Cons: Not as quiet or deserted as other beaches

Divi Carina Bay Resort, located at Turner Hole, farther east along route 60, has a nice beach good for swimming or snorkeling. As you look toward the water, you can walk down to the right a few hundred yards past the hotel and snorkel among many patch reefs right off shore. Divi does not charge non-guests for chairs, so hanging out under the palms in front of the hotel is a great way to spend an afternoon. Plus there is a restaurant/bar and bathrooms available! This is a great beach for massages under the palms, however our agreement with Divi’s Surfside Spa obligates us to match their rates. The beach also stretches quite far to the east, nice for walking and wading. There is another access road to the beach about a 1/4 mile past the resort, with afternoon shade suitable for beach massage (at our regular rates).

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Grapetree Bay

Location:South Shore – East
Recommended for Massage: No
Pros: Unspoiled, quiet, good snorkeling
Cons:  No amenities, surf can be high

Grapetree Beach is about 0.5 miles beyond Divi. The hotel was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, but is being slowly rebuilt by the new owner – keep an eye out for the new G Resort, coming soon. Take a right at the small sugarmill, and when you get to the “T”, take another right. There is a parking area on the right. Look for the path to the beach as you walk east from the parking area. This beach is usually quiet and deserted with great patch reef snorkeling near shore. Surge and swell can be stronger here, so use caution when entering. No amenities. Shade too limited to recommend this beach for massage.

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