Limestone Beach

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
2.4
Scenery/View
 
3.5
Water
 
1.5
Shore/Sand
 
2.0
Snorkeling
 
2.8

Limestone Beach is a long shallow beach. Rocky in several areas, it is good for exploring and is usually unpopulated. You can walk out from the beach to a reef for fair snorkeling. Behind the reef the water deepens quickly and currents are strong. Tide pools often form around the rocks in the center of the beach; wading through them can be interesting. You might spot a whelk, starfish or small fish. You can also walk & explore along the shoreline. Dive shoes are recommended for walking around tide pools. Swim with caution.

Beach Amenities

  • Walking Trails

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Overall rating
 
2.3
Scenery/View
 
3.0
Water
 
1.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.0
Snorkeling
 
3.0

This beach requires a short hike to get to it. Not a biggie at all, a few minutes walk. The water was largely rough and rocky. A very shallow rocky area has tide pools. Beyond that to the left it looked like you might be able to swim or wade on a calm day and if the water was clear so you could see where you were wading. The far left was a bit murky with seagrass. Didn't try to swim. The shore is rocky. Checked out the tide pools and saw a few little fish. Walked along the shore and explored the various rocks, drift wood and other stuff washed up on shore

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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty

Easy

Hiking
  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Moderate

Hiking
  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Challenging

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Difficult

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Use a Map

Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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