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.

Located on the island of St. John, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. At Hansen Bay Beach, you'll find everything you need for a stress-free afternoon on the beach, without straying too far from the town proper.

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

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, lounging chairs are offered at this beach for guests seeking some respite from the sun The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Set on the South East coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Fortsburg Ruins, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Hansen Bay Beach, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Hansen Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 2.0 mi. W St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.5 mi. W St. John
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.6 mi. W St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 3.7 mi. WSW St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 3.8 mi. WNW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 4.1 mi. W St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 4.1 mi. W St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 4.2 mi. W St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 4.3 mi. W St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 4.3 mi. W St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 4.6 mi. W St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 4.9 mi. W St. John

Cities and Towns

Hansen Bay Beach is close to Coral Bay, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Coral Bay is the closest town to Hansen Bay Beach. It isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those who want to see more of the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is not far away, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

There is a pretty good assortment of accommodation options to choose from in the area that surrounds Hansen Bay Beach. The most accessible of which are shown in the table 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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a local restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Miss Lucy's Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. Many guests rave about their seafood.

The table below provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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 -- --
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 2.6 mi. W
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.6 mi. W
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 2.6 mi. W
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.6 mi. W
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 2.8 mi. SW

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. John, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Vacationers may also want to visit Caneel Bay, which is located within the range of a cab. 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.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, Hansen Bay Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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