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The North Shore Beaches of St. John


Trunk Bay Beach

North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, about 2½ mi (4 km) east of Cruz Bay, Trunk Bay,
St. John, United States Virgin Islands


St. John's most-photographed beach is also the preferred spot for beginning snorkelers because of its underwater trail. (Cruise-ship passengers interested in snorkeling for a day flock here, so if you're looking for seclusion, arrive early or later in the day.) Crowded or not, this stunning beach is one of the island's most beautiful. There are changing rooms with showers, bathrooms, a snack bar, picnic tables, a gift shop, phones, lockers, and snorkeling-equipment rentals. The parking lot often overflows, but you can park along the road.



Hawksnest Beach

North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, about 2 mi (3 km) east of Cruz Bay,
Hawksnest Bay, St. John, United States Virgin Islands


Sea grape and waving palm trees line this narrow beach, and there are restrooms, cooking grills, and a covered shed for picnicking. A patchy reef just offshore means snorkeling is an easy swim away, but the best underwater views are reserved for ambitious snorkelers who head farther to the east along the bay's fringes. Watch out for boat traffic—a channel guides dinghies to the beach, but the occasional boater strays into the swim area. It's the closest drivable beach to Cruz Bay, so it's often crowded with locals and visitors.



Cinnamon Bay Beach

North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, about 4 mi (6 km) east of Cruz Bay,
Cinnamon Bay, St. John, United States Virgin Islands


This long, sandy beach faces beautiful cays and abuts the national park campground. The facilities are open to the public and include cool showers, toilets, a commissary, and a restaurant. You can rent water-sports equipment here—a good thing, because there's excellent snorkeling off the point to the right; look for the big angelfish and large schools of purple triggerfish. Afternoons on Cinnamon Bay can be windy—a boon for windsurfers but an annoyance for sunbathers—so arrive early to beat the gusts. The Cinnamon Bay hiking trail begins across the road from the beach parking lot; ruins mark the trailhead. There are actually two paths here: a level nature trail (signs along it identify the flora) that loops through the woods and passes an old Danish cemetery, and a steep trail that starts where the road bends past the ruins and heads straight up to Route 10. Restrooms are on the main path from the commissary to the beach and scattered around the campground.



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Rent a car on St. John and Explore Cruz Bay, Coral Bay and East End


Guided Taxi TourTraveling St. John by Taxi or Guided Tour: The tour drivers for Varlack Ventures are all knowledgeable of the history and terrain of the island.You will hear many tales while driving along the windy St. John roads avoiding the freely wandering livestock, enjoying the vistas and marveling at the brightly flowered trees


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Enjoy a guided tour from Varlack Ventures that takes you to on a scenic trip around the island to visit some of the world's most beautiful lookout spots and beautiful beaches, such as Trunk Bay!


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National Park

Francis Bay Beach

North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, ¼ mi (½ km) from Annaberg intersection,
Francis Bay, St. John, United States Virgin Islands


Because there's little shade, this beach gets toasty warm in the afternoon when the sun comes around to the west, but the rest of the day it's a delightful stretch of white sand. The only facilities are a few picnic tables tucked among the trees and a portable restroom, but folks come here to watch the birds that live in the swampy area behind the beach. The park offers bird-watching hikes here on Sunday morning; sign up at the visitor center in Cruz Bay. To get here, turn left at the Annaberg intersection.




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Salt Pond Bay Beach

Rte. 107, about 3 mi (5 km) south of Coral Bay, Salt Pond Bay, St. John, United States Virgin Islands


If you're adventurous, this rocky beach on the scenic southeastern coast—next to Coral Bay and rugged Drunk Bay—is worth exploring. It's a short hike down a hill from the parking lot, and the only facilities are an outhouse and a few picnic tables scattered about. Tide pools are filled with all sorts of marine creatures, and the snorkeling is good, particularly along the bay's edges. A short walk takes you to a pond where salt crystals collect around the edges. Hike farther uphill past cactus gardens to Ram Head for see-forever views. Leave nothing valuable in your car, as reports of thefts are common.


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