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This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach on St John, especially for island residents, which offers gazebos for parties, barbecues or family get-togethers.
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N Shore Road, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
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All reviews cruz bay picnic tables fish close to town changing rooms trunk bay north shore st john easy parking great snorkeling great for kids soft sand parking lot blue water parking spot be careful bring your own
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Reviewed August 28, 2019

This beach is beautiful! We always make it the first beach we visit when we are on island. Gorgeous water and views. Great for snorkeling and swimming.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Furaihtnyc
Reviewed August 20, 2019

Limited parking, limited sandy area, clear aqua marine water. Lots of tiny fish. Beware of sun, limited shade. Closer to entrance. No cost.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank S8674RWsusanm
Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

We dropped in here before heading to our final destination, Trunk Bay, just to try the beach. It was nice, lots of people but not packed by any means. Didn’t spend much time here but I can say the water is clear and the beach...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 155alk
Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

We met our photographer here for a quick photo sesh. It’s beautiful here and very private! We have black rocks, blue water and green backdrops for a variety of great accents to our pictures.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 881trishap
Reviewed July 30, 2019

This beach was great to lounge on for a few hours and snorkel for a few hours. We enjoyed the visit. Snorkeling here is easy as the living coral reef nearly comes right up to the shoreline. The beach and bathrooms were clean and you...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank jennz78
Reviewed July 25, 2019

It's one of the easiest beaches to get to. Very close to Cruze Bay, decent amount of parking, very short walk to the beach, bathrooms, picnic tables,... And our least favorite. It had a vibe...maybe it was the day we chose. We arrived after leaving...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

Best beach for beginner snorkeling. Very shallow snorkeling and so many fish. Saw a nurse shark here as well. You literally walk off beach and you are on a reef snorkeling. Covered picnic tables and facilities make this one the best for families in my...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank jennifermP5723AF
Reviewed July 4, 2019

We randomly stopped at Hawksnest Beach, and couldn't be happier that we passed up some of the more "famous" beaches for this one. The water was beautiful and calm and it was good for snorkeling. Parking was easy and there are restrooms right behind the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Marilyn B
Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

Spent a few hours last week snorkeling off the beach in the morning. Plenty of free parking arriving before 10 am. Calm water / lots of fish.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ftrew1
Reviewed June 19, 2019

Hawksnest is one of the larger and more populated beaches we visited. There were tourists and locals; young and old. There also was loud music playing by one of the beachgoers. There is easy access from the nearby parking lot and some shade at the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Don P
December 14, 2018|
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Response from mae_438 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we went for Thanksgiving. It was an absolutely beautiful beach with a lot of shaded areas. You are sure to enjoy this area if you visit!