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.

Located on the island of St. John, Francis Bay Beach is on the North West edge of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Francis Bay Beach is one beach that is not terribly crowded, but it's not completely quiet and secluded either.

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, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Since Francis Bay Beach is of course located within a commonly visited area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North West coast of St. John. It's located near Windberg Ruins, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is among the attractions in the region.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Francis Bay Beach) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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 in the Coral Bay area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Cities near Francis Bay Beach include Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it can be an interesting destination for guests wanting to get a taste of local life. From Francis Bay Beach, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, roughly two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of hotels a car ride away. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the table below.

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


If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is T'ree Lizards Restaurant. The restaurant serves both American and Caribbean menu items. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists dining options located 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 -- --
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
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 2.4 mi. SE
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.4 mi. SE
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American 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

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Francis Bay Beach.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Maho Bay may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a half mile to the south.

Travelers may also want to consider Scott Beach, located three miles to the west-southwest.

The Virgin Islands has plenty to offer its visitors, and Francis Bay Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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