Beach Advisory for January 17-21

Buccaneer Beach on St. Croix (Source file photo)

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 28 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Jan. 17 – Jan. 21, 2022. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Croix

Stony Ground

Pelican Cove (Comorant)


Dorsch Beach

Princess (Condo Row)


Frederiksted Public Beach

Protestant Cay

Chenay Bay

Rainbow Beach

New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta)

Cramer’s Park

Cane Bay

Ha’ penny Beach

St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay

Sapphire Beach

Lindqvist Beach

Brewers Bay

Vessup Bay

Coki Point

Magens Bay

Secret Harbor

Bluebeard’s Beach

Frenchman’s Bay

Hull Bay

Bolongo Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

The following beach does not meet water quality standards because it exceeds the established enterococci bacteria threshold and therefore is not considered safe for swimming or fishing:

Water Bay on St. Thomas.

Please note: Samples were not collected on St. John as well as the following beaches:

Gentle Winds and Grapetree Bay on St. Croix

Morningstar and Limetree Bay on St. Thomas

Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.

All persons should be aware that storm water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and therefore should avoid areas of storm water runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters.

For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.