Secluded, white-sand beach accessible via hiking path, with palm trees & snorkeling.
St John Island’s most visited beach, the most photographed beach and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine! If that isn’t enough for you – it lives up to all the hype! Conveniently located with good parking and taxi service, you’ll find plenty of beautiful white sand beach with towering coconut palms, aqua blue water and terrific snorkeling.
Virgin Islands National Park occupies the majority of St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of the beaches are fringed by coral reefs. They include Trunk Bay, backed by forests, and Francis Bay, whose calm waters are home to sea turtles. Annaberg Plantation has the ruins of an 18th-century sugar plantation. Trails through tropical forests lead to the ruins of Reef Bay Sugar Mill, in the south.
Visitors will walk down from parking and head to your left as you face the water. Follow the beach until you can go no further. Just off the beach you’ll see a narrow path into the woods. This rugged trail takes you along the coastline to Little Cinnamon Beach. WARNING: The “path” isn’t the easiest to navigate and proper footwear is required. It requires you to traverse rocky areas and slippery slopes. But rest assured, the effort is well worth the challenges.
Waterlemon Cay is a small cay surrounded by a fringing reef located in Leinster Bay on Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is named after the water lemon. The cay is surrounded by a fringing reef, and is considered to be one of the best snorkeling spots on the island.
A fantastic family beach – Francis Bay beach doesn’t get the crowds that some of the other beaches get. A long white sand beach offers plenty of space with ample shade. Unlike some of the other St John beaches – Francis has a wide beach regardless of tides. Shaded parking provides convenient access to the beach.
Voted a “Visitors Favorite Beach”, and it’s no surprise since Maho beach has it all. From its iconic coconut palm-fringed white sand beach, light surf, shallow entry and ease of access – Maho deserves its fame. The narrow sandy beach has plenty of sun and shade. The sandy bottom extends out about 20 yards – making it a wonderful beach to wade, swim, float and hang out! And the shallow sandy shoreline is a great spot for kids and young children to play and make sandcastles. But, popularity comes at a price …and the beach can get crowded especially at high season and on holidays! Upside: this beach has bathrooms!
This is one of the favorite beaches on St John. It has plenty of parking, soft sand beach, a dramatic shoreline and plenty of shade under the sea grapes that line the water. Depending on the tide, Hawksnest can be a very narrow beach – so grab your sun early and enjoy the shade later in the day. Because of its orientation, Hawksnest isn’t as protected as some of the other beaches. So expect a bit of surf.
Jumbie Beach is short stretch of white sand fringed with sea grapes. Because of its orientation, it gets a fair amount of wind and surf making it a dramatic setting. If the north shore beaches are rough then Jumbie will be very rough. But most days you’ll find a wonderful spot to relax in and/or out of the sun with aqua green water at your toes and soft white sand under your butt. Best part, parking is limited – and that means the beach never gets crazy crowds ; )