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'll discover an abundance of beaches to consider on the island. Whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. You can click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.
If you are wanting to snorkel, a place with that option 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 option for snorkeling fans is Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay, one of St. John's more popular spots, is the picture-perfect stretch of white shores and blue waters often used as the image for all of St. John. An underwater snorkeling trail with signs pointing out coral and tropical fish is extremely popular with all ages and should not be missed.
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.
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|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|
Bear in mind, St. John includes additional attraction types. Take advantage of this article about even more attractions if you want to find more information.
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