Protestant Cay Beach is located at Hotel on the Cay (pronounced ‘key’), or Protestant Cay, which is a small island located in the Christiansted Harbor, just off downtown Christiansted. It is accessible by a short ferry ride that departs from the Boardwalk near Fort Christianvaern for a small fee. There is a hotel located on Protestant Cay along with a restaurant, bar, and a watersports center offering para-sailing, windsurfing, jet-skis, and snorkel gear (most of these activities are by appointment and lessons are available). Protestant Cay provides the only downtown Christiansted beach access, so it is a great option if you are staying in town. There are plenty of lounge chairs available to rent and palm trees to provide shade. The water is shallow with a sandy bottom. This is a great beach for kids and for swimming, as the water is usually fairly calm. The northern part of the cay also offers some great snorkeling. Keep your eyes open for starfish, schools of juvenile fish, conch, and more.
The ferry to access Protestant Cay runs 24 hours a day, about every 10 minutes. It will pick you up from the waterfront at the end of the boardwalk near Fort Christianvaern in downtown Christiansted. The ferry ride takes no more than 2 minutes and charges a nominal round trip fee.
The hotel located on Protestant Cay asks that non-hotel guests stay on the beach rather than exploring the rest of the Cay for the privacy of it’s guests.
Both a restaurant and bar are located on the beach serving lunch, dinner, and drinks. Drink service is available on the beach. There are chairs and cabanas for rent for non-hotel guests. An onsite water sports center has snorkel equipment rentals, kayaks, jet-skis, and windsurfing lessons and rentals. Restrooms are available at the restaurant.