ST JOHN BEACHES
NORTH SHORE WEST TO EAST
Salomon is a small, lovely beach accessible only by trail, Lind Point Trail. As there is no road access the beach is often sparsely populated. Salomon is a great beach for enjoying a relaxing day.
Honeymoon is a tranquil little beach. It offers you beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. You can access the beach via the Lind Point Hiking Trail that connects Cruz Bay to Honeymoon and Caneel Bay or you can book a water taxi shuttle from Cruz Bay right to Honeymoon! Honeymoon features Bikinis on the Beach bar & grill - a tropical sun-soaked spot to swim, do water sports, and enjoy a bite to eat and ice cold drinks. All inclusive watersports equipment day passes can be purchased as well. For more information be sure to visit www.bikinisonthebeach.com
Gorgeous clear water and a pretty shoreline. A covered shed with picnic tables makes the beach a favorite with residents, particularly on weekends for picnics and in late afternoons for a relaxing swim after work.
This beach is accessed from the limited parking spaces above the large iron gate. Stunning palm lined beach is pretty narrow, but offers privacy and excellent snorkeling. Please respect the private residences on this beach.
Denis Bay is a pretty and quiet beach. Its powdery white sand shore is often sparsely populated, primarily because its only accessible by a rugged trail or by boat. The trail begins at the Peace Hill trail and descends to the western extreme of the bay.
Jumbie Bay is a lovely little beach. Often sparsely populated it is a great spot to enjoy some private beach time; spread your towel, beach blanket or just to lay in the sand. A walk down wooden steps and a short trail leads you to the beach from the main road.
Beautiful waters and wonderful white sand has made picturesque Trunk Bay one of the most popular beaches on St. John. Renowned for it's underwater snorkeling trail, Trunk Bay is definitely worth a visit. Six hundred and fifty (650) feet of underwater trails are a highlight for Trunk Bay's visitors
Cinnamon Bay, at about 1 mile, is the National Park's longest beach. This great beach offers snorkeling, swimming, volleyball and more. There is good snorkeling around Cinnamon Bay Cay, a short swim from shore.
Maho Bay is a long beautiful, white sand beach. It is close to the road so access is easy, however roadside parking is limited. Boaters often frequent Maho on weekends. The bay is calm and sheltered. Seagrass beds in this shallow bay provide food for green sea turtles, which are seen often in the early morning and late afternoons.
Visit Francis Bay and you will find yourself on one of St. John's longest beaches. This beautiful beach has calm waters and a lovely, sandy shore. Often sparsely populated on weekdays its easy to find a nice quiet spot. Picnic tables are available.
Leinster Bay, is bordered by the Leinster Bay Trail. The area before the parking lot is great for walking and exploring. Mangrove trees line the left side of the bay. The water is very shallow for a distance and then it quickly drops off and becomes the open ocean.
EAST END AND SOUTH SHORE
Salt Pond Bay
Salt Pond is a beautiful bay with amazingly clear water. The beach is often sparsely populated because it is a longer drive from Cruz Bay then most of the popular beaches, and requires a short 7-10 minute hike downhill once at the parking lot.
There are two Lameshur Bays; Little Lameshur and Great Lameshur. Little Lameshur is a protected sand and rubble beach separated from Great Lameshur by Yawzi Point.
On the East End of St John this beach is one of few not within the National Park. Vie has a snack shack across the street and charges a couple of bucks per person to use her beach Good snorkeling and even a couple of chairs on the beach
Haulover technically has two sides, North and South. On the south side, a sandy and rocky beach leads into calm water for snorkeling. On the North Side, a short walk takes you to the rocky entry for more advanced snorkeling
Beach Information and Tips
All beaches on St. John are open to the public. Beyond the tree line however is often private property and should be respected as such.
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 reef safe sunblock, a hat and sunglasses.
Sun, rum and fun can spell dehydration; drink plenty of water.
Do not bring glass (even beer bottles) onto the beach, you might get a ticket.
Always make sure you park with your wheels completely off of the road to avoid dealing with the park rangers.
Activities on St John
Day Charters - Enjoying the magnificent waters around St. John will be the highlight of your vacation. Sail or motor into quiet coves, snorkel beautiful reefs and just bask in the delightfully warm sun and tropical breezes. Or take a sunset sail and enjoy the tranquil beauty and romance of Caribbean evenings.
BVI trips - Many people like to take day trips to the British Virgin Islands for the world renowned beach bars and excellent snorkeling. Passports are required for these full day excursions.
Dinghy Rentals - Rent a dinghy for a fun day of exploring on your own. You can beach hop or pick a few snorkeling spots to visit. Take a packed lunch and drinks and you are all set. Dinghy rental operators will provide you with instructions, directions and advice on places to go.
Eco-Tours - Explore the wonderful natural environment around St. John by taking a guided kayak, hobie catamaran, hiking or snorkeling adventure trip into ecologically fascinating areas and through the Virgin Islands National Park. Tours typically include a guide that describes history, ecology and fauna as you go along.
Hiking - Whether you are an avid hiker or just want to take a short stroll, there are tons of hiking trails on St John. Cactus Laden cliffs over the sea or dense tropical jungles await the explorer in you. Visit one of the amazing historical sites for a short walk. Remember to bring water and wear sunscreen. Check out the book “St John Off the Beaten Path”
Fishing - Some 21 world records in fishing have been set in recent years in the Virgin Islands; evidence of the amazing experiences that are in store for anglers! Take an offshore fishing charter and test your luck at catching a marlin or enjoy a few hours of inshore fishing for snook and bonefish.
Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals - Kayaks provide one of the best ways to get close to the natural water world of St John. Rentals are available numerous places around the island. Stand up paddle boarding is easier than it looks. Rent one to feel the magic of standing on the water
Scuba Diving - Explore corals and gorgonian forest of sea fans. Swim among turtles, parrotfish, blue tangs and so much more. Dive operators are familiar with the various dive locations and can safely guide you to and around them. They can take you out for the first time, teach you to dive, get you certified and instruct you for higher levels of dive certification.
Snorkeling - With the use of a mask and snorkel you can float on the surface and admire marine life below or super snorkel and explore from under water. View gorgeous coral reefs and an abundance of fish.
Spa/Relaxation - Spas are available at resorts; they offer massages, body wraps, facials and an assortment of other services to help you pamper yourself while on island. Private masseuses and full-scale spa services are also available to come right to the villa.
Live Music - Numerous local bands and touring bands as well as solo artists play out on St John. We can also set up for a house concert to have a musician or band come to the villa.
Shopping - Take advantage of the tax free shopping in the Virgin Islands. Numerous shops across the island offer everything from gold and diamond jewelry to locally crafted artwork to toys, surf goods and t shirts. Check out Mongoose Junction or Wharfside village for a majority of the shops, but don’t miss the offbeat spots in Coral Bay.
St John Restaurant Guide
Aqua Bistro $$
Overlooking Coral Bay, outdoor courtyard dining with fish specials, sandwiches and entrees
Banana Deck: $$
Casual dining above Cruz Bay Beach with a bar menu from lunch to dinner- burgers to tropical entrees, great family setting as well as a place to watch a game.
The Longboard $$
Coastal Cantina featuring Caribbean inspired fresh food. Light and healthy fares as well as frozen Painkillers and Frose. Laid back, casual atmosphere. Opens daily from 3pm-11pm, with daily happy hour specials.
The Dog House Pub $
Casual sports bar and grill featuring burgers, tacos, nachos, wings and a wide selection of beers. Be sure to checkout their Facebook page for information on Trivia Nights, Bingo nights, Karaoke, and more. Open from 11am - 2am daily.
Greengo’s Caribbean Cantina $$
Authentic Sonoran style Mexican cuisine and a Tequila wall with over 350 choices. A fun and laid back space, great for friends and family, or a place to catch the game. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for a listing of upcoming events and daily specials. Open from 11am -11pm daily.
Café Roma $$
Italian Comfort Food and Pizzas featuring chicken, veal, seafood & vegetarian specialties, Air conditioned. Dinner every night.
The Terrace $$$
French-influenced, chef-driven restaurant. Fine dining with local and flown in seafood, meats, premium ingredients, and eclectic wine list. Dinner reservations recommended.
Casual, laid back lounge steps from Cruz Bay beach. Home of the Peanut Butter Bushwacker. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for featured events and featured drinks. Open daily from 2pm- 11pm
Island Cork $$
Inviting wine bar featuring charcuterie boards and authentic wines. A lovely place to have a glass of wine and snack, while deciding which bottle of wine to take back to your Villa to enjoy.
Colombo's Smoothies $
Intersection of Centerline & North Shore Roads, above Maho Bay beach
Cute, colorful stand selling tantalizing smoothies since 1988, hot dogs, local beer & gifts from around the planet. The perfect, laid back, before or after beach stop. 10:30-5:30. Open everyday.
420 to Center $
A casual and fun sports bar. Menu features pub food and Asian inspired fare.
Cruz Bay Landing $$
In the Park in Cruz Bay – by the ferry dock
Specialty Coffee Bar, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Da Livio $$$
Authentic Italian cuisine. Fantastic Homemade Pastas and brick oven Pizzas. Dinner only.
Extra Virgin Bistro $$$
Fresh Pasta, rich meals, large portions, locally grown ingredients, elegantly prepared. Check out nightly specials and pop up events on Facebook or Instagram. Dinner and Brunch on Sundays. Reservations recommended.
North Shore Deli $
Full line of delicious takeouts, fresh baked goodies & picnic supplies. A/C. Breakfast & Lunch. Call for to go orders.
Bikinis on the Beach $
Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay
Mixed drinks, frozen drinks, beer, wine, sodas, wraps, salads, and Irie pops. A fun and convenient beach food stand with water sport rentals.
Hercules Pate Delight $
Home of the best West Indian meat, chicken & salt fish pates. Lunch. Opens at 5 am.
High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill $$
Creole Fusion cuisine. Nightly specials & cocktails. Live Music. Lunch & Dinner.
Pizzabar In Paradise $$
A tiny little pizzabar (in paradise) serving up Boston style pizza, calzone, salad, beer, wine, sangria, cocktails, and more. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily happy hour specials and calzone of the day.
Wok on the Beach Restaurant $$
Explore exotic Pan-Asian tapas as you relax under the palms watching boats sway in the harbor. Check out their Facebook page for featured specials.
Indigo Grill $$
Pizza, Dinners, football, random offerings
Tap & Still $
Casual burger, fresh cut fries, and drink spot. Open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11am - 11:30pm.
La Tapa $$$
Lively downtown bistro. Mediterranean & Spanish inspired cuisine. Menu changing nightly. Live Latin jazz every Monday. Artful, European-style atmosphere. Dinner only, Wednesday - Monday.
Lime Inn Restaurant $$
Dining in a tropical garden setting in the heart of Cruz Bay. Outdoor grill featuring charcoal grilled fish, steaks, & Caribbean lobster. Nightly chicken & pasta specials. Lunch includes juicy burgers, chicken, fish & daily lunch specials. Great soups & an extensive selection of salads. All you can eat shrimp Wednesday night.
VI Lucky Chops Dining $$
Fresh local ingredients, authentic Asian flavors, and shareable plates and drinks. Check out their Facebook page for featured Full Moon dining parties and other events. Open daily from 4:30pm-10pm.
Mathayom Private Chefs (Mah-tai-yum) $$$
Private Chefs & full service catering specializing in weddings, dinner parties & more. A wide range of services available including fine dining, custom menus, furniture rentals & more.
Miss Lucy's Restaurant & Bar $$
Estate Friis, on the way to Salt Pond
Beachfront dining with the best view on St. John. West Indian & American cuisine. Serving lunch & dinner. Sunday brunch with Live Jazz.
Morgan's Mango Restaurant $$
A neo-Caribbean experience conveying the juice & jazz of the islands .A carnival of flavors and lifestyles. Grilled steak & lobster nights.Live music. Dinner only.
Shaibu’s - Gourmet grab & go $$
2nd Floor at the Marketplace
Healthy grains and protein selections for those looking for food to go. Wide fresh juice selection. Chef Shaibu is also available for villa private catering for dinners, weddings, and social gatherings.
Ocean 362 $$
Gallows Point Resort
Contemporary American Cuisine. Sunset lounge. Full Bar. Resort Casual.
Pickles in Paradise $
Deli staples and sandwiches, beer and desserts. Sometimes fresh fish for sale. Free Wi-Fi. Open mic night with dinner on selected evenings. Call or check facebook for scheduled open mic nights.
Quiet Mon Pub $
Irish Caribbean Pub. Daily bar specialties like sloppy joes & hot dogs. Internet. Lunch only. Late night bar until 4:00 am.
Rhumb Lines Restaurant $$
Pacific Rim & Tropical Cuisine in casual chic outdoor garden atmosphere. Dinner only.
Ronnie's Pizza ‘an ‘mo $
St. John-style pizza parlor with New York-style pizza, sandwiches & coffee specialties.Free Wi-Fi. Menu available on Facebook. Delivery available 6:30-9:00 pm Monday - Saturdays.
Sam and Jack’s Deli $
3rd Floor at the Marketplace
Italian Deli with huge specialty sandwiches and make your own sandwiches, house roasted meats, gourmet comfort food dinners to go, stromboli, beach, villa and boat catering. Boutique groceries and deli meats and cheeses and homemade desserts.
St. John Scoops $
Serving 20+ flavors of house-made adult and kid friendly ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts, waffle cones, superfood smoothies & slush puppies. Check out their Facebook page for featured flavors and unique frozen drink specials. Open daily from 2pm-9pm.
Skinny Legs Bar and Grill $
Famous charcoal grilled burgers, hot dogs, salads, mahi mahi sandwiches, more. Lively atmosphere. Locals. Lunch & Dinner.
Our Market Smoothies $
Fresh all natural island treats. fresh smoothies, ice cream, milk shakes, and more.
Tony’s Kitchen food Truck $
Parked at the intersection of Gifft Hill Road and Centerline Road
Daily local food specials. Fish, meat, and veggie dishes.
Sun Dog Café & the Gecko Gazebo Bar $$
Creative lunches & cocktails. Dinner is an eclectic mix of casual dining favorites. Wednesday and Sunday nights Open Mike Jam 7-10PM. Sunday brunch 10AM-3PM. Outdoor seating. Happy hour. Munchies. Be sure to check out Facebook for additional brunch days as well as musical entertainment nights. Great atmosphere.
Gwen’s Kitchen $
Gifft Hill Road
Local authentic Caribbean food plates. Conch, oxtail, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, dumplings, macaroni, and more. Menu changes daily.
The Tap Room $
Island brewery serving food , cold draft beer, and friendly island vibes. Daily Happy Hour specials. Brewery tours available. Cool Virgin Islands Tropical Mango & Island Summer Ale gifts and memorabilia available at St. John Brewery gift shop. Large open space, perfect for catching some sports or meeting with friends. Great atmosphere . Air Conditioned.
Passion Fruit Chefs $$
Private chefs and catering service. Available for dinners, wedding, social gathering, and meal drop off service.
Casual Caribbean food. Featuring fish plates, stewed chicken plates, sweet potato, green banana, Johnny cakes, drinks and more. Music and a pool table.
Fun and upbeat Dominican bar. Food plate specials, music, dancing, drinks, and dominos.
Uncle Joe's Bar-B-Q $
Downtown Cruz Bay, across the street from the Post Office
Barbecue chicken, ribs or steak cooked on the grill. Eat in or take out. Lunch & Dinner.
Woody's Seafood Saloon $
Bar-style seafood, burgers & famous Happy Hour. Lunch, Dinner & Late Night (till 2am).
Little Olive $
A Mediterranean street fare, food truck, that focuses on healthy and locally sustainable food. Check out their Facebook page for daily specials.
Margarita Phils $$
Mexican eatery and tequila bar. Ahi tuna tacos, naked nachos, conch fritters, and more!
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis$ $
A drive-thru brew and sit down southern comfort restaurant.
Cruz Bay - Red Hook 20 minutes
Adults: $8.15 one way
Children 2-11: $1 o/w
Seniors*: $1.50 o/w
Telephone: (340) 776-6282 or (340) 776-6412
Red Hook → Cruz Bay
5:30 am |6:30 am | 7:30 | 8:00 | 9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00 | Noon | 1:00 | 2:00 | 3:00 | 4:00 | 5:00 | 6:00 | 7:00 | 8:00 | 9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00 | Midnight
Cruz Bay → Red Hook
6:00 am | 7:00 | 8:00 | 9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00 | Noon | 1:00 | 2:00 | 3:00 | 4:00 | 5:00 | 6:00 | 7:00 | 8:00 | 9:00 | 10:00 | 11:00
* VI Residents only, 62 years and up, proof of age required
Love City Car Ferries' Captain Vic 30 minutes
$50 r/t, $35 o/w
Telephone: (340) 779-4000
Red Hook → Enighed Pond
7:00* am | 9:00 | 11:00 | 1:00 | 3:00 | 5:00 | 7:00 pm
Enighed Pond → Red Hook
6:15* am | 8:00 | 10:00 | Noon | 2:00 | 4:00 | 6:15 pm
* Not on weekends and holidays.
Global Marine's Tug Life aka Roanoke
$50 r/t, $35 o/w
Telephone: (340) 642-8893
Red Hook → Enighed Pond
6:15 am | 8:00 | 10:00 | noon | 2:00 | 4:00 | 6:00 pm
Enighed Pond → Red Hook
5:30 am |7:00 | 9:00 | 11:00 | 1:00 | 3:00 | 5:00 pm