On St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one beach is more beautiful than then next.  All of the beaches are free and public, making a day of beach-hopping easy and cheap!  Each of St. John’s best beaches has a little something special about it:

Hawksnest Beach Hawksnest Beach St. John One of my favorite things about a beach is when it’s completely secluded, and Hawksnest Beach on St. John’s north shore is exactly that.  Just the sound of the ocean and few little onlookers.  Perfection.

Jumbie Bay Beach Jumbie Bay Beach Palm Tree Sunbathing Take a short winding path through a tropical forest and you’ll end up on the shores of Jumbie Bay Beach.  There are no beach chairs on Jumbie Bay, but if you find a palm tree it’s all yours.  The water is the perfect temperature!    

Francis Bay Beach

SNorkeling at Francis Bay Beach copy At Francis Bay, it’s all about the snorkeling.  Make sure you buy your snorkel gear before you get the the beach.  They do not provide rentals!  After only a few minutes in the water, sting rays and fish are easy to spot!  On the day I visited I was one of only three snorkelers.  Private and perfect.

There are dozens of beaches on St. John and all throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Which ones are your favorites?

  • Kris Ketterman

    Dear Courtney,
    I saw your segment on Fox News this morning, and while I agree that taking all of your baggage onto the passenger compartment will keep sleazy baggage handlers from pillaging through your things, I dont see how its realistic for everyone to do that. Simply, there is not enough space in the carry on compartments for everyone to do that, particularly medium sized suitcases and larger. Ive personally witnesses passengers getting irritated and almost ready to fight because they couldnt stow their carry on baggage overhead because everyone else was doing it, limiting the ability of everyone to get a piece of the pie. I dont want to be too critical of such a hottie, and I did enjoy your segment, but perhaps you can allay my concerns.
    Thank you,
    Kris Ketterman