Only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide, St. John is home to nearly 40 beaches. Small, large, soft sand or rocky, popular or desolate – there is a beach for every taste. However, one problem for St. John vacationers is choosing which handful of beaches to visit in the limited time in paradise. What a great problem to have!
In my St. John planning post I discussed a few of the must see beaches in St. John. In this edition, I will focused solely on the beaches on the North side of St. John. This area is often the most popular area of the island by vacationers, and is closest to the main hotel and restaurant center and ferry dock that is Cruz Bay.
Only accessible by a short hike via the Lindt Point Trail in Cruz Bay. Includes some bathrooms and concessions stands for convenience.
Best For: Those not renting jeeps/not in the mood for cabs.
First beach within driving distance from Cruz Bay. Picnic areas and barbecue pits. Hawksnest beach is a favorite among locals.
Best For: Mingling with the locals.
The most popular beach in St. John and one of the most photogenic beaches you will find. $4 entrance fee during the day. Plenty of snack options, rentals, bathrooms, etc. Underwater snorkeling trail.
Best For: Those that don’t mind crowds, photographers and some awesome people watching.
Very calm waters for beaches on the North side. Great for those with kids. If you want to see turtles or stingrays, this is the place to go.
Best For: Those that want to bring children in the water, turtle lovers.
Great snorkeling, especially around the cay a few hundred yards out. Waves/currents can be strong at times, so make sure to check the conditions before venturing out.
Best For: Snorkeling lovers, strong swimmers.
There are several other amazing beaches on the north side of St. John – Jumbie Bay, Cinammon Bay, Francis Bay etc. But if time is short, and beaches are limited, be sure to check out the beaches list above.
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