Over the years the beaches of St. John have been named as some of the top beaches in the world. The accolades have come from many different sources -- from world-famous travelers to major magazines and newspapers.
On the North Shore, you'll find beautiful soft white sand beaches lined with palm trees and picture-perfect vistas. These beaches have been protected from development as part of the United States' national park system. The south shore features some beaches that are equally spectacular in a fundamentally different way -- rugged shoreline with unique rock formations that are great for picture-taking. Some of the best beaches for snorkeling and solitude are found on the eastern end of the island. Finally, the west coast is home to several small beaches, including the one located in the heart of Cruz Bay, featuring great restaurants and beach bars intermingled with coconut palms and seagrapes.
You will discover a large selection of beaches to visit on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. You can click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that particular location.
A nice beach where snorkeling is popular is Salomon Bay Beach. This hidden away beach is accessible from two different points. The first takes you on a mile walk along the Lind Point Trail from a parking lot at the edge of Cruz Bay.
Another good choice for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay is commonly considered one of the best beaches in the world and is certainly one of the most popular in the area. In fact, in 2013 Travel + Leisure ranked this beach as one of the "Best Beaches on Earth." Located on the island of St. John, the beach is situated in the Virgin Islands National Park and benefits from the island's natural ambiance.
Scott Beach: Scott Beach features a shallow, sandy shore with sea grass typically teeming with turtles and rays. If you've got your snorkeling equipment on hand, you'll have a lot of fun here.
The table directly below summarizes more details regarding the beaches that you can find on the island.
|Caneel Bay||1.0 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||West|
|Cinnamon Bay||2.6 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Cruz Bay Beach||Downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Denis Bay Beach||1.9 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Francis Bay Beach||2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay||North West|
|Frank Bay Beach||0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay||West|
|Great Cruz Beach||0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||West|
|Hansen Bay Beach||2.6 mi. East of Central Coral Bay||South East|
|Hawksnest Bay||1.4 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||West|
|Jumbie Beach||2.0 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||North|
|Lameshur Bay||2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Coral Bay||South|
|Leinster Bay Beach||1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Coral Bay||North|
|Maho Bay||2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Coral Bay||North West|
|Oppenheimer Beach||1.7 mi. Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||North|
|Pelican Beach||1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Coral Bay||East|
|Reef Bay Beach||3.3 mi. East of Central downtown Cruz Bay||South|
|Salomon Bay Beach||0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Salt Pond Bay||1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Friis Bay||South East|
|Scott Beach||1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Trunk Bay||2.3 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||North West|
|Turner Bay Beach||0.3 mi. South West of Downtown Cruz Bay||West|
|Waterlemon Beach||1.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Coral Bay||North|
|Waterlemon Cay Beach||1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Coral Bay||South West|
Of course, St. John has other attractions. To get more information on other attractions for St. John, go to this page.
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