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St. John has a reputation for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Her protect waters offer first class diving and snorkeling. Long stretches on pristine beaches offer, well- relaxation.

We offer you this beach guide- so you can become familiar with the beaches and choose the one (or two, or three) that are right for you! Please remember- while some require a short walk, others require a little hike- it's all well worth it, but please be prepared with the correct shoes and plenty of water.

Even on a cloudy day- the beach beats an office. St. John has a wide variety of beaches to choose from- all just as beautiful as the next!
Even on a cloudy day- the beach beats an office. St. John has a wide variety of beaches to choose from- all just as beautiful as the next!


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Seeing a need to improve environmental and cultural education opportunities through out the U.S. Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE) was formed in August 2004 by educators wanting to share information and community contacts. VINE members work together to offer environmental education programs and provide resources for teachers and the community. VINE is actively developing new programs and materials for use on a number of issues, including the impacts of water pollution, the role of mangroves in the marine environment, the life cycle of the leatherback sea turtle, energy conservation, the cultural history of the virgin islands and preventing soil erosion to name a few. Click Here For More


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Blue Cobblestone Beach

The Blue Cobblestone Beach offers the opportunity to explore an underwater ecosystem usually found in deeper waters.  Grab your snorkel gear, you are in for a treat.  Protected by Ram Head Point, this generally calm, clear and tranquil beach has an outstanding reef that is colorful and diverse.  To experience Blue Cobblestone Beach, you will have to take a short trail down to the bay from the Salt Pond Bay parking lot.  This will lead you to the Ram Head Trail, which begins as a shoreline walk along the west sided of the Ram Head Peninsula.  This trail will lead you to the Blue Cobblestone Beach.

photo coming soon! Brown Bay

This beautiful, secluded beach can be reached by following the shoreline between Waterlemon Beach and Brown Bay.  The entire hike is filled with amazing views and tropical breezes.  Okay, that's the good news.  The bad, it demands athletic ability and knowledge of rock scrambling.  Don't attempt this (or any) hike alone and careful!  

Caneel Bay

This is a resort property- but there is a public beach, with limited, but ample space. Pristine white sand, calm waters and abundant underwater life make this beach perfect for families and couples who just want to relax...and play a little. There is a beach bar where you can get lunch and order drinks.


Cinnamon Bay

The beaches of Cinnamon Bay consist of three gorgeous beaches.  From east to west, Cinnamon Bay, Little Cinnamon Bay, and Peter Bay.  To get to them you must go to the Cinnamon Bay Campground, park in the lot, and walk down to the beach.  You have just found Cinnamon Bay!!  Go left on the beach and walk to the end.  Here you will pick up a narrow trail, follow it to Little Cinnamon.  While snorkeling around in this area you may see remains of an old Cessna that crashed years ago.

photo coming soon! Denis Bay

Gibney Beach

Heading east on North Shore Road you will see an iron gate on your left, about two miles out of town.  The gate reads "Oppenheimer."  This marks the entrance to the old vacation home of Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atomic bomb.  You can park at the top, off the road.  Through the gate, there is a path to Gibney Beach.  The renovated building near the beach was the Oppenheimer home, it is now a Community Center.  Bring a cooler and enjoy the beach for the day.  Snorkeling is best around the shallow reefs beyond the bend.

Hawksnest

Shallow reef with a gentle sloping beach. The trees by the water's edge provide shade for those hiding from the sun. Let the sand be your blanket and enjoy the sound of the waves lapping on the shore.  For your convenience, parking spaces are provided.

photo coming soon! Haulover

Excellent snorkeling along the shoreline to the north.  Here you will find elkhorn, brain, and star corals.  Be careful, the sea here is frequently choppy and could push you into the reef.

Honeymoon Beach

This beach offers excellent snorkeling, natural beauty, and a wonderful view.  There is a snorkeling reef along the rocky point separating Gibney and Honeymoon  beach. You can get to Honeymoon Beach either by the Caneel Bay Resort, or the Lind Point and Caneel Hill Spur Trails.

Leinster Bay

Once you get past the rocky shoreline, the white sandy bottom welcomes your feet.  Parking is available, the beach mostly empty except for hikers passing through to the hiking trail.  The hike along Leinster Bay is great for beginners, the water, great for everyone.  If you bring your snorkel gear, you can follow the trail to Waterlemon Cay.

photo coming soon! Parrot Bay

Salomon Bay

To get to Salomon Bay you will need to either hike or go by boat.  From Cruz Bay you can hike the one mile Lind Point Trail.  Along the trail, views are spectacular. For those searching for a shorter walk, there is walk a little over a half mile.  You can drive part of the way.  Pass Mongoose Junction, up the hill, turn left at the National Park sign.  You will see parking.  Take the Caneel Hill Spur Trail, follow it to the beach.  Either way you choose, you will not be disappointed by Salomon.  You will see chains of islands, surrounded by clear water.

Trunk Bay

This beach (and scene) is one of the most popular on St. John.  The near-by rock adds to the beauty, and makes for great snorkeling. There is an underwater trail with signs that interpret fish and coral.  There is a fringing reef at the west end of the beach with interesting underwater caves and ledges.   In the distance, neighboring islands tease your vision and beckon you.

Waterlemon Bay

To reach the two great snorkeling spots offered by Waterlemon Cay you will want to park in the lot at the Annaberg Ruins and follow the the Leinster Bay Trail.  Along the trail you will come to a sand and coral beach.  There is wonderful snorkeling here, but it's not waterlemon... take a dip anyway!  When you've had enough, continue on to Waterlemon.  When you reach, gear up for a snorkel adventure.  There is a .2 mile snorkel out to the fringing reef off of Waterlemon Cay.  Do be cautious.  There is often a current around the cay and can be very strong around new and full moons.  

photo coming soon! Yawzi Point

This peninsula separates Great and Little Lameshur Bays, and offers beautiful snorkeling.  The best snorkeling is far from convenient entry but can be done.  It is suggested that this snorkel should be done by advanced, strong snorkelers, and would be best if done by people with the ability to free dive.  The current around this point is very strong!  With that, we'll tell you how to get there.  Hike the Yawzi Point Trail about half way to the end.  At the spur trail on the left there will be a hidden cove.  You should enter the water here and snorkel south towards the point.

 


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