Hansen Bay Beach

Photo credit: © Sharon Johnson

The beautiful beach on Hansen Bay is a little slice of paradise. Located inside the harbor, the waters are calm and clear, and the sand white and warm. Guests who come here will also be able to take advantage of Vie's Beach Shack, where you can get a snack, drink, or beach chair.

Situated on the eastern side of the island of St. John, You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Hansen Bay Beach is one part of the Virgin Islands' coast that is never really too crowded, but it's still a popular and generally active spot.

How to Access The Beach
Hansen Bay Beach is located just off East End Road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Luckily, beach chairs will be offered here for guests seeking a place to relax by the water. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Hansen Bay Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the South East coast of St. John. It is close to Fortsburg Ruins, which is situated two miles away, and it is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Hansen Bay Beach) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Hansen Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 2.0 W St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.5 W St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 3.7 WSW St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 3.8 WNW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 4.1 W St. John

Cities and Towns

Cities near Hansen Bay Beach include Coral Bay, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a nice day out for visitors who want to see more of the area. From the shore, Coral Bay isn't far off, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.

Travelers seeking a room near the beach won't find it that tough, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by looking over what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Hansen Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Estate Zootenvaal 2.0 SW Villa complex
Peter Bay 5.8 W Villa complex
St. John Guest Suites 6.7 W Villa complex


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest restaurants is Lime Out VI. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and Mexican menu items. Visitors often rave about their tacos.

Nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Hansen Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Lime Out VI (340) 643-5333 Caribbean, Mexican 0.1 mi. S None
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean 2.1 mi. SW St. John
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American 2.3 mi. W St. John
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean 2.4 mi. W St. John
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean 2.4 mi. W St. John
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International 2.6 mi. W St. John
The Danforth (340) 626-8740 Caribbean 2.6 mi. W St. John
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian 2.6 mi. W St. John

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on St. John besides Hansen Bay Beach.

Vacationers may also want to visit Caneel Bay, located seven and a half miles to the west. Caneel Bay, a chain of seven pristine beaches on St. John, offers one public beach to guests which can be accessed through the exclusive Caneel Bay Resort, where fantastic swimming and lounging areas, and basic facilities line the shore.

You may find that Hansen Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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