St. John Beach Guide

Northside

Beautiful waters and wonderful white sand has made picturesque Trunk Bay one of the most popular beaches on St. John.

Southside

Salt Pond Bay is a beautiful bay with amazingly clear water.

East End

Brown Bay, a relaxing find at the end of a trail on the Eastend.

West End

A beautifully manicured beach, Great Cruz Bay is the location of the Westin Resort.

Most visitors and locals will agree that when it comes to beaches on St. John a 'good to best' scale just would not do. The scale for describing St. John's beaches is 'Great', 'Greater' and 'It's a secret so I am not telling anyone'. All beaches on St. John are open to the public. Beachfront property however, in many cases is private and a few popular beaches have hotels nearby. Respect private property when accessing beaches. It is illegal to collect shells from beaches in the Virgin Islands; shells are confiscated at airport customs. There are no clothing optional beaches in the Virgin Islands.

Beaches at a Glance

Click on Overview or Beach Name for more details.

Northside Overview | Map                                                               
Trunk Bay
Hawksnest
Cinnamon Bay
Salomon Bay
Honeymoon Bay
Caneel Bay
Denis Bay
Jumbie Bay
Leinster/Waterlemon Bay
Francis Bay
Maho Bay
Southside Overview | Map                                                               
Salt Pond Bay
Great Lameshur Bay
Lameshur Bay
East End Overview | Map                                                               
Brown Bay
West End Overview | Map                                                               
Little Cruz Bay
Great Cruz Bay

Beach Information and Tips

  • All beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to the public. Beyond a beach's tree line however is typically private property. Beaches with resorts onsite typically have a designated public access path. Resort amenities like chairs, watersports gear rentals and swimming pools are for registered resort guests only.
  • There are no clothing optional beaches on St. John; public nudity is illegal.
  • Removing shells from beaches on St. John is illegal.
  • Don’t feed marine life or sea birds. Food not naturally in their diet, like various human foods, can create health problems for these animals.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sun, rum and fun can spell dehydration; drink plenty of water.

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Visit the top attractions and beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands with this beautiful, full color, pictorial guidebook. Some of the sights included for St. Thomas are: Charlotte Amalie, Bluebeards Castle, Legislature Building, Fort Christian, Lutheran Church, the Synagogue, Morningstar Beach, Coki Beach, Magens Bay. For St. John: Cruz Bay, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Annaberg Plantation and Coral Bay.

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