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.


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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.

Francis Bay can be found on the island of St. John, 3.9 miles northeast of downtown Cruz Bay; it is two and a half miles (four kilometers) to the northwest of Coral Bay.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many eateries to select from in the neighborhood surrounding this bay. The most nearby place to eat to Francis Bay is T'ree Lizards Restaurant, which serves American fare. The restaurant is a brief distance away, but removed enough that you will probably want to make arrangements for taking advantage of a type of transportation to visit there. Pickles in Paradise and Sweet Plantains are additional restaurant choices nearby. At Sweet Plantains you can sample Caribbean dishes and experience the Virgin Islands culture.

Nearby Attractions

Those who like bays, and are interested in visiting others, might consider a trip to Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay; the first is a half mile to the south of this page's natural attraction. You'll find some additional places of interest in the area, including Windberg Ruins, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might also want to consider checking out America Hill Ruins, which is another attraction not far away.

A bay is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.

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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