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Protestant Cay

Protestant Cay Beach is located at Hotel on the Cay (pronounced ‘key’) on Protestant Cay. This small island is 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. 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.

Location: East End

Protestant Cay is located in Christiansted Harbor, so guests at the beach can enjoy beautiful views of the boats in the harbor and be close to the Christiansted Boardwalk where you will find restaurants, tour operators, and shopping.


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.

Both a restaurant and bar are located on the beach. There are also chairs and cabanas for rent for non-hotel guests. 

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.

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