Francis Bay

Calm waters and a large sandy beach make Francis Bay a great spot to take a young family.

When you aren't splashing around or snorkeling in the waters at Francis Bay, there are hiking trails surrounding the beach and a few barbecue pits that amp up a simple picnic. Snorkelers will find not only an abundance of tropical fish, but the occasional conch, stingray, and sea turtle.


Situated near the middle of the island of St. John, 3.9 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Francis Bay invites local residents and travelers who are rooming on this part of the island. But even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you should consider dropping by to check it out. In case you're wondering, Coral Bay is two and a half miles (four kilometers) to the southeast.

You can get to Francis Bay by taking Route 20 from Cruz Bay or Centerline and taking them to the Leinster Bay shoreline. From there, you will have to park and walk less than a mile to the beach.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many dining options to choose from in the community nearby this bay. The most nearby place to eat to Francis Bay is T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which sells American meals. The eatery is a slight distance away, but distant enough that you may want to make advance plans for employing a type of transportation to get there. Also close-by, you and your party will come across options like Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant and Pickles in Paradise where you and your group shouldn't leave without trying their specialty, sandwiches, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy bays, and have the energy to view some others, should consider seeing Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay; the first and closest of which is 0.5 miles to the south of this page's natural attraction. You'll find at least one or two other activities in the area, including Windberg Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might also consider visiting America Hill Ruins, which is another attraction in the area.

If a visit to the Francis Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Francis Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Windberg Ruins Historic Site 0.7 mi. (2.9 km) SE 1.8 mi. West-Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
America Hill Ruins Historic Site 0.8 mi. (3.8 km) S 2.4 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historic Site 0.8 mi. (2.7 km) ESE 1.7 mi. Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historic Site 0.8 mi. (2.7 km) ESE 1.6 mi. Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historic Site 1.0 mi. (4.2 km) SSW 2.6 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historic Site 1.1 mi. (2.4 km) E 1.5 mi. Northwest of Coral Bay St. John
Virgin Islands National Park -- 1.4 mi. (3.3 km) S 2.0 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John
Reef Bay Trail GeoFeature 1.7 mi. (2.9 km) S 1.8 mi. West of Coral Bay St. John

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Location: St. John


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