The Best of St John
St John Beach Guide
BEST BEACH ON ST JOHN
Trunk Bay – You can’t beat St John’s most popular beach – ranked in the TOP 10 BEACHES by Condé Nast Traveler
MOST ROMANTIC BEACH ON ST JOHN
Salomon Bay beach – Off-the-beaten-path (literally), watersports rentals at Honeymoon beach!
Gibney Beach* – Beautiful, exotic and romantic …with wonderful *cottages for rent by the Gibney Family.
NOTE: There are several caterers on-island that can put together a tasty picnic lunch to make your day at the beach extra special.
BEST BEACH BAR
Beach Bar – Wharfside in Cruz Bay – a perennial favorite!
Miss Lucy’s – Great brunch and drinks at the waters edge!
BEST SHADE BEACH
Maho Bay – Easy access, beautiful sandy beach with Seagrapes and coconut palms for shade.
BEST SNORKELING BEACH
Trunk Bay beach – Top beach in the Caribbean with the Virgin Islands National Park snorkeling trail.
Henley Cay – Staff Pick for Best Snorkeling on St John – Requires a kayak or charter
BEST WATER SPORTS BEACH
Honeymoon Bay beach – Off-the-beaten-path (literally), beach chairs, SUP and kayak rentals at the beach!
BEST SECLUDED BEACH
Denis Bay beach – Not on most maps. Private property above the tree line. Watch for north shore swells.
TOP ISLAND DESTINATIONS
TRUNK BAY St John Island’s most famous beach is also one of the most photographed beaches in the United States Virgin Islands. Over a quarter mile of beautiful white sand makes this the showpiece beach of the National Park Service. Enjoy the self-guided Underwater Snorkeling Trail; with underwater information about coral formations and sea life. Facilities include a snack bar/grill, snorkel gear rentals, beach chair rentals, showers, restrooms, public telephones, and lifeguards. Please note: Trunk Bay is the...read more
Where To Stay? Tiny St John island has made quite the reputation among Caribbean travelers! With 2/3rds of the island protected by the US Virgin Islands National Park and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – it’s easy to see why people choose St John as their vacation destination! However, unlike the rest of the Caribbean, there aren’t any all inclusive St John resorts. So, where do most visitors stay? They rent one of over 800 St John rental villas that dot the island from the East End and Coral Bay to Fish...read more
Hansen Bay Beach, St John, US Virgin Islands is located on the remote East End of the island. Hansen Bay Beach Getting There Places to stayread more
Peter Bay is an exclusive gated community of luxury villas. It’s located on the north and south sides of North Shore Road. It’s location, surrounded by the National Park, affords it a privacy and seclusion unmatched on the Island. Yet it’s just 15 minutes to Cruz Bay! Peter Bay Beach Accessible by sea. It’s not as popular as many other destinations because of its proximity to Cinnamon Bay Beach, Little Cinnamon Beach, and Maho Bay Beach. That said, guests of Peter Bay homeowners will find paths down to the beach....read more
DESCRIPTION 6 BEDROOMS | 5 BATH | SLEEPS 16 | POOL | SPA Panoramic views, tranquil breezes, and peaceful sunsets are just a few of the perks that await at Riley’s Retreat. Nestled on the hillside in a private neighborhood, this villa provides relaxation with numerous on-site amenities to enjoy, while also close to other conveniences of the island. Just a 1 mile drive to the passenger ferry, great restaurants, local shops and entertainment in Cruz Bay. Riley’s is a bright and...read more