Beaches on St. John

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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.

The Area's Beaches

You will find an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Hansen Bay Beach

A local beach that's good for snorkeling 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 snorkeling fans is Trunk Bay. Trunk Bay is easily accessible by car from Route 20. Cars will need to stop at the entrance to pay the entry fee.

Scott Beach: A private beach for use by guests of Caneel Bay Resort, Scott Beach is located on the island's north shore and is great for snorkeling. Sometimes those who are not guests stop by, and these people are asked not to use the facilities reserved for hotel guests like beach chairs and umbrellas.

The table directly below shows more details concerning the beaches that you can find on the island.

Beaches On St. John
Name Location Coast
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, you'll find some other types of attractions. To find out more about other attractions for St. John, go to this page.

 

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