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 snorkeling. It is less crowded and more relaxing than Trunk Bay. Its nearby reef is a magnet for marine life. Changing facilities, shelters and picnic tables are available.
This beach is popular with locals because it mirrors much of the beauty of Trunk Bay without the crowds. However, there is no underwater snorkel trail. Changing rooms, restrooms and picnic tables are considerably rustic but serve the basic functions.