One of St. John's more popular beaches, Hawksnest offers crystal blue waters, soft white sand, and excellent snorkeling. Locals often head here during the peak tourist season. Located relatively close to Cruz Bay on the north shore, it is smaller and quieter than neighboring Trunk Bay. Like all the beaches on St. John, the water is crystal-clear; tropical greenery provides a beautiful backdrop, and the snorkeling is good. Two gazebos provide areas for parties, barbecues, or family get-togethers. This beach also has changing rooms and full bathroom facilities.
This National Park campground has a fabulous beach with good snorkeling, water-sports rentals, a restaurant and a store, as well as scenic views of the nearby islands and has one of St. John's largest and prettiest beaches.. You can rent windsurfing equipment, kayaks and mountain bikes. Across the road from the campground is the Cinnamon Bay Self-Guided Nature Trail. The loop takes about an hour to complete and passes through an old sugar-factory site. Along the path, you'll see giant kapok trees, as well as bay, mango and cacao trees.
Once noted as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, Trunk Bay has a lot to offer. By far the most popular beach among visitors, this is the site of the renowned underwater snorkel trail. Fifteen underwater plaques identify the corals and fish that inhabit these waters. The beach has pure white sand and is bordered by lush tropical foilage. Rental snorkeling gear is available as well as a shop, snack bar and changing facilities with showers.
Located closest to Cruz Bay on the north shore, the beach is accessible through the Cancel Bay Resort. Ask the front desk for a day-visitor guide.
If you're the adventurous type, you can find numerous small hidden beaches on park land. For information and a map, pick up the Virgin Islands National Park brochure from the Visitors Center. The brochure also contains a guide to the park's regulations, one of the most important of which reminds beachcombers that conch shells cannot be removed from park waters.
North Shore Beaches
Toward Ram's Head
Toward East End