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.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You will find several beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. Simply click on the name of the beach for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.

Hansen Bay Beach

A beach scene 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 option for those who enjoy snorkeling 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.

The beaches on St. John are displayed down below.

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

Keep in mind, there are additional attraction types available too. For more in formation concerning other attractions for St. John, read this page.

 

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