Most beautiful beaches

The following list provides a brief description of several of the most beautiful beaches. Make sure to visit as many as you can on your next vacation in St. John.

Solomon’s Beach
Solomon’s is a small and enchanting spot under the palms at the base of the trail leading from Cruz Bay town, up to a beautiful panoramic vista, and back down again to Solomon’s Bay. (No parking lot for vehicles, and a long walk if you can find it)

Honeymoon Beach
Only several feet and a large boulder away from Solomon’s, Honeymoon is more inviting for the clothed visitors lodging at Caneel Bay. These beaches both face St. Thomas and Pillsbury Sound. Best access is from the Caneel Bay property, make sure you have permission to park your car on their lot, otherwise have a cab drop you off at their cab stand. About a ten minute walk.

Caneel Bay
Internationally known as one the finest resorts in the Caribbean, it boasts several of its own terrific beaches that are available to the public. Check to make sure you’re not trespassing on their property, or that you have their permission to traverse their property prior to reaching the public beach. This is a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a drink on their upper veranda. Great sunset watching!

Hawknest Bay
This beach has several sandy locations offering seclusion and good snorkeling thanks to a two coral banks starting only several feet from the sand. Bathroom and changing facilities are available though in need of renovation. Park your car or jump out of a cab and walk no more than twenty yards through palm trees to your perfect blanket laying spot. Probably the best beach to access for anyone with physical conditions.

Trunk Bay
The most renown beach on the island, and probably in the Caribbean. Certainly the most photographed and printed beach in the island magazines. This is probably due to its picture perfect view from North Shore Road. A combination of the underwater snorkeling trail, water sports kiosk, concession stand, excellent changing and bathroom facilities, and lifeguards on duty, make this a beach not to be missed. The only bummer is the National Park Service now charges a fee for entry, five dollars or so.

Peter Bay
A small sandy jewel in the midst of spectacular private homes. The adventurous might sailboard or kayak there from Cinnamon Bay and quite frankly it’s worth the journey.

Cinnamon Bay
Camping, water sports, enless white sand, a gazebo restaurant, concessions, and small general store compliment one of the nicest beaches on the island. Clean and well maintained facilities are available for public use. Concrete bungalows and tents can be rented in the woods or near the beach. Kind of a long walk from the parking lot, so it’s not recommended for the physically challenged.

Maho Bay
Secluded and quiet. Restaurant and ecologically conscious grounds and accomdations. Neat place!

Leinster Bay
No maintained beaches, but Waterlemon Cay is a tiny island / spit with great snorkeling about 200 yards off St. John. Go to end of Leinster Beach to make the swim to Waterlemon Cay.

Salt Pond Bay
Secluded and beautiful. Great snorkeling, but a rather long down hill walk to reach beach. Bathroom facility, no showers. If you make it this far, then you’re a true adventurous sort and shouldn’t give up until you make the 2.2 mile hike out to the immense and stoic Ram’s Head Point. This is a physically demanding trek, so take water and sunscreen.

Lameshur Bays
Two pretty bays side by side, but rental vehicles aren’t supposed to be taken over the dirt roads and hills to reach these beauties. Too far to walk (for most folks) from this side of hill. No facilities.

Great Cruz Bay
A very pretty bay at the base of the fancy Westin Hotel. The hotel supplies cabana chairs and chaise lounges to hotel guests. Gorgeous hotel facilities if your a client of the hotel, restaurant, or beach bar.

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