Cinnamon Bay Beach and Snorkeling

Barred Hamlet Susanna Pershern
Come snorkel Cinnamon Bay. You never know what you will see. NPS Photo/Susanna Pershern

Cinnamon Bay offers a long gently sloping snow white beach to stick your toes in, or go for a leisurely stroll. The crystal clear waters provide many delights for even a novice snorkeler. Turtles and fish of all sizes and colors can be seen here. Near the Cinnamon Bay Cay there is an underwater fish holding pen probably made by the Taino or their ancestors. There is even a submerged historic village and a sunken plane from 1940s to see. Spend a couple of hours trying to find them. You can find clues for where to look in the Cinnamon Bay Heritage Center and Archaeology Lab.

You will find a restaurant, snack bar, small commissary, restrooms and showers at Cinnamon as well as windsurfer and kayak rentals.

Things to Do

Windsurfer ride the waves in Cinnamon Bay
Photo by David Pinardi
child snorkeling in clear Virgin Islands National Park waters
Photo by Caroline Rogers
Take a stroll on the beach
Photo by Anne Finney
Stroll on the beach

One can go for 10 minutes and take a quick look at the beach or stay all week if you choose to rent a camp site. 

All ages

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Cinnamon Bay is located about 4.3 miles from the Visitor Center. Just follow the North Shore Road. It can be reached by boat, car or taxi. 

Reservations are not required for beach access but are required for campsites.

The beach is open year round. 

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Morning, Afternoon, early evening. Campground closed to nonregistered guest after 9 pm.

Accessibility Information

Cinnamon Bay offers accessible access to most of the resources including camp sites. There is a paved walkway leading from the parking lot to the Heritage Center. From there you follow the sandy path to the beach.

Last updated: September 1, 2018