Category: Beaches

Reef Bay

LOCATION: Between Fish Bay and Lameshur Bay on the south side of the island. Hike 40 minutes from the petroglyphs to the beach on the popular trail. This is a short beach on a large protected bay. Attractions include good snorkeling and the remains of a sugar plantation. It is a 40-minute hike from the…

Rendezvous Bay

LOCATION: From downtown Cruz Bay travel east long route 104. Here you will find a sandy, unspoiled beach east of Cruz Bay. This spot is a favorite anchorage for sailboats. GARD Pro Not Registered This is usually a grand spot for charter yachts to stop for swimming and snorkeling. During the week, vacationers on day…

Maho Bay

LOCATION: Four miles beyond downtown Cruz Bay on Route 20, North Shore Road. Here you can enjoy a sandy beach situated within a protective cove. The celebrated Maho Bay campground property offers a general store, restaurant/bar and water toy rentals. Nearby, you will find Harmony, the newest addition to Maho.  At Harmony, you can rent…

Great Cruz Bay

LOCATION: From downtown Cruz Bay, follow Route 104 to Great Cruz Bay and the Westin Resort. The 282-room Westin St. John Resort & Villas is set on a crescent-shaped beach on Great Cruz Bay.  The intriguing complex offers guestrooms, suites, townhouses and vacation villas. Stop for a cocktail and check out the huge waterfall pool. …

Cinnamon Bay

LOCATION: Three miles beyond downtown Cruz Bay on Route 20, North Shore Road. Cinnamon Bay is a National Park campground with a glorious beach. Larger than Trunk Bay, Cinnamon has a full range of facilities and services for the day visitor. A concessionaire rents windsurfing equipment, kayaks and mountain bikes. The Tree Lizard Restaurant serves…

Francis Bay

LOCATION: From downtown Cruz Bay, follow Route 20, North Shore Road, to the one-way division and turn left to the beach. You will not find changing facilities here but you can enjoy crystal clear waters and a magnificent view of the nearby British Virgin Islands. Feeling energetic? Follow the well -marked Leinster Bay Trail around…

Caneel Bay

On the grounds of the exquisite Caneel Bay Resort, this sandy, crescent shaped beach offers a peaceful paradise with stylish upscale amenities. You can mix and mingle with the rich and famous in a laid back atmosphere that is second to none. Food and cocktails can be a tad pricey but the exclusive ambience offered…

Leinster Bay

LOCATION: From downtown Cruz Bay, follow Route 20, North Shore Road, to the one-way division and turn right to the beach. At this sweet, serene get-away, you can enjoy a peaceful swim and view some strikingly dramatic coral. Basic changing facilities are available. The Annaberg Ruins, an historic sugar plantation, is located nearby, making Leinster…

Trunk Bay

LOCATION: Two miles beyond downtown Cruz Bay on Route 20, North Shore Road. Without a doubt, this is the “most-talked-about” beach on St. John. Trunk Bay is home to the renowned underwater snorkel trail. Here, you can rent snorkeling equipment or bring your own and follow the buoys that outline the shallow-water trail. Along the…

Hawksnest Beach

LOCATION: One and a half miles beyond downtown Cruz Bay on Route 20, North Shore Road. This sleepy little slice of paradise it is smaller and quieter than neighboring Trunk Bay. Like all the beaches on St. John, the water is crystal-clear; tropical greenery provides a beautiful backdrop. Hawksnest is also a choice spot for…