Francis Bay Beach

Photo credit: © Sharon Johnson

A great family beach, you'll often see groups grilled out during the afternoon, but it is never overly crowded and in fact is often considered to be a private beach.

Set on the island of St. John, Francis Bay Beach is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Many of the beaches in the Virgin Islands are quiet and secluded, but at Francis Bay Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach
From Cruz Bay, take Route 20 towards Maho Bay. The road there turns away from the shore where you'll continue for about a mile and a half until you reach an intersection. Turn to the left, and you'll find parking at a stone building. The trail from there will take you to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach faces the west, which means calmer waters that are great for snorkeling.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Since Francis Bay Beach is located in an area popular for visitors., you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Found on the North West coast of St. John; the area is home to other attractions such as Windberg Ruins, which is a half mile away.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Francis Bay Beach) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Francis Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 0.5 mi. SSE St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. ESE St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. ESE St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 0.8 mi. SSW St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 0.9 mi. E St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.1 mi. SW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. SW St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.2 mi. S St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.2 mi. ESE St. John
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 2.2 mi. WSW St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.3 mi. S St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.4 mi. S St. John

Cities and Towns

Francis Bay Beach is near Coral Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Coral Bay is the closest town to Francis Bay Beach. It is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene. From the coast, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good amount of hotels within driving distance. A list of the closest choices can be viewed in the following list.

Accommodations near Francis Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caneel Bay Resort 3.1 mi. WSW Resort
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 3.2 mi. SW Lodge
Estate Lindholm 3.9 mi. SW B & B
The Westin St. John Resort 3.9 mi. SW Resort
Inn at Tamarind Court 3.9 mi. SW Hotel
St. John Inn 4.0 mi. SW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 4.1 mi. SW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 4.1 mi. SW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 4.2 mi. SW B & B
Coconut Coast 4.3 mi. SW Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. T'ree Lizards Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Francis Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SW
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.3 mi. S
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Sweet Plantains (340) 777-4653 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 2.3 mi. ESE
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.3 mi. ESE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.3 mi. ESE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.3 mi. SE
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.4 mi. SE
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.4 mi. ESE
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 2.5 mi. SE
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean Very Casual 2.9 mi. SW
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

St. John has several beautiful beaches, and Francis Bay Beach is just one option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, located a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Maho Bay. You'll find it a half mile to the south.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Scott Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a short cab ride can take you where you want to go.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in the Virgin Islands; then again, taking a swim at Francis Bay Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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