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.


Located near the center of the island of St. John, 3.9 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, Francis Bay happily welcomes customers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you are free to stop by to enjoy a great time. 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

If you work up an appetite wandering around this bay, don't worry -- you'll discover an impressive array of lunch and dinner options in this area. The most proximate place to eat to Francis Bay is T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which offers American food. The eatery is a slight ways away, but out of the way enough that you may want to arrange for using a type of transport to travel there. Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant and Pickles in Paradise are some of the other restaurant options within reach of the bay. At Pickles in Paradise you should make it a point not to end your meal without trying their specialty, sandwiches, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Those who are a fan of bays, and are interested in visiting others, should check out Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay; the first of which is a half mile to the south of this bay. You'll find at least one or two other places of interest nearby, including Windberg Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might also consider heading to America Hill Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Bays are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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