Beach Advisory for November 22-24

Rainbow Beach on St. Croix (file photo)

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources 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 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 22 – Nov. 24, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

St. Croix

Stony Ground

Pelican Cove

Chenay Bay

Dorsch Beach

Grapetree Bay

Cramer’s Park

Frederiksted Public Beach

Buccaneer

Ha’ penny Beach

Rainbow Beach

Gentle Winds

Cane Bay

Protestant Cay

St. Thomas

Lindbergh Bay

Sapphire Beach

Lindqvist Beach

Frenchman’s Bay

Vessup Bay

Water Bay

Magens Bay

Secret Harbor

Limetree Bay

Brewers Bay

Hull Bay

Bolongo Bay

Water Island

Honeymoon Beach

St. John

Oppenheimer

Cruz Bay

Great Cruz Bay

Frank Bay

The following beaches do not meet the water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold, and therefore they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing:

Coki Point and Bluebeard’s Beach on St. Thomas

Princess (Condo Row), New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta) and Shoy’s on St. Croix.

Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches:

Morningstar Beach on St. Thomas

Johnson Bay on St. John.

Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown.

All persons should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, they should avoid areas of stormwater 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.