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.

Positioned on the island of St. John, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Hansen Bay Beach is a hidden gem to some travelers: it offers an upbeat, social atmosphere, but is not usually over-crowded. If you need more activity than you'll find on the Virgin Islands' quiet, secluded beaches, but don't want to compete with other beachgoers for a spot, this beach has the best of bost worlds.

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're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, beach chairs are available for visitors looking for a relaxing spot to rest. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Hansen Bay Beach is on the South East coast of St. John. It is near some interesting sites like Fortsburg Ruins, which is situated two miles to the west, and it is one of a few attractions close-by.

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 help visitors understand the Virgin Islands' interesting past.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

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

Hansen Bay Beach is close to Coral Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Coral Bay is the closest town to Hansen Bay Beach. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From Hansen Bay Beach, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Visitors will find a decent range of resort and hotel options to choose from in the vicinity of Hansen Bay Beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Hansen Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 6.8 W Lodge
Caneel Bay Resort 7.2 W Resort
The Westin St. John Resort 7.3 W Resort


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. This restaurant features Caribbean cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Hansen Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 2.1 mi. SW
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.3 mi. W
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.4 mi. W
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.4 mi. W
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. W
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 2.5 mi. W
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.6 mi. W
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.6 mi. W
The Tourist Trap (340) 774-0912 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.7 mi. SW
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 2.8 mi. SW
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 4.1 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach on St. John will have lots of options besides Hansen Bay Beach.

Another option worth considering is Caneel Bay, which is located seven and a half miles away. 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.

Hansen Bay Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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