Sandy Point Sundays

When you move to St. Croix, you will inevitably hear locals make plans for “Sandy Point Sunday.”  They are referring to Sandy Point Beach on the island’s west end, specifically the southwest corner.  For whatever reason, Sunday has become the most popular day for beach-goers there versus Saturday.  The beach is huge, so don’t worry about crowds by any means, but there will be a nice social group with which to play beach sports or just “lime” (relax).

Basic Info

Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge and is protected as a sea turtle nesting beach.  However, it is open from September through March on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If a cruise ship is in port on a weekday during those months, the beach will also be open.

Packing for Sandy Point

You want to pack thoroughly to visit Sandy Point. The protected area is expansive and no commercial development exists there. So no hotel, restaurant / bar or convenience store is available at which to shop or pick-up food / drink. There is also little shade available on the beach.
Recommended packing list:
  • Swimsuit
  • Rash guard
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Towel
  • Chair
  • Cooler of drinks (including plenty of water)
  • Bottle opener
  • Lunch / snacks
  • Sport equipment (frisbee, football, etc.)
  • Umbrella (also bring a 5 gallon bucket, as you cannot dig into the sand to weight down)

Getting There

Sandy Point is located at the west end of Melvin Evans Highway.  Continue on to Tranberg Road, which will lead you to several parking lot options.

While this may seem like a lot of effort, Sandy Point is so amazing it is worthwhile.  The sand is pristine white and soft, which extends to a perfect ocean entry free of rocks.  The turquoise water has outstanding clarity and generally the waves are calm.

 

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