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Francis Bay

St. John
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Ranked #12 of 55 attractions in St. John
Type: Bodies of Water, Beaches
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
Description: A pretty and amenable bay on St. John’s north shore. Beware: no changing facilities here.
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South Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

There are better-known North Shore beaches but Francis Bay is hard to beat. Long stretch of white sandy beach, very calm water, very good snorkeling. We arrived at 9 AM and enjoyed having the beach and the water virtually to ourselves for a couple of hours. Other advantages of early arrival: abundant shade, pleasant lighting for photographs, and access to... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have been to Francis Bay 6 or 7 times during visits to St John at it has become my favorite beach. Water is so calm....take a raft to float....you will absolutely love it. Every time at Francis I have seen turtles eating in the sea grass. The turtles hang out to the right (when looking out to from the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
39 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Francis Bay is calm, shallow, and long, but what really makes this a spectacular beach is all the wildlife! For over an hour we watched at least six brown pelicans diving for their lunch. A school of angelfish kept swimming around my kids, eventually chased down by a barracuda in a foot of water! (I was the one who screamed...)... More

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Bellbrook, OH
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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

OH MY! Can you say zillions of silversides, big schools of tarpon, green turtles, hunting bar jacks, schools of small grunts, etc. Snorkeling is good on both the right and left sides of the beach. Loved it!

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Madisonville, Kentucky
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have been to Francis Bay several times and have never been disappointed. Very long, shaded, beautiful beach with calm water and good snorkeling. Saw may HUGE turtles and stingrays. Be careful if you snorkel around the rocks..good fish but sometimes see sand sharks. Beach is large enough that you can have your own space and not feel crowded. Love... More

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Plainfield, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have visited about ten beaches in St. John and this is my favorite. It is not very crowded. The water is very calm. The snorkeling is amazing. If you go all the way to the right side of the beach you will see sea turtles and stingray. On the left side there are very large tarpon. There are several... More

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Long Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Francis is a typical super-attractive northshore beach. Very long beach. Very calm water. Bit harder to get to than some, and feels very isolated (except there will still be 10's of other beachgoers there with you, and other paddleborders cruising by during the day). Lots of spots to sit in the shade of sea grapes and enjoy the beach. In... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

At the end of a bumpy road (or muddy if it rained, which isn't often) there's the beach. Stunningly broad and quite beautiful. The snorkeling is fine, both to the left and right of the drive in. The Bay has about I mile of beach. Very different ecologies as you go along. Donkeys show up on occasion, chickens roam too.... More

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We came to Francis Bay to use our rented stand-up paddle boards. It was so beautiful. The water was like glass. The beach was one of our favorites!

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Richmond, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was our 3rd trip to St. John. This time we brought our children. I couldn't wait to bring them to my favorite beach on the island, which is Francis Bay. We generally visit in January and this time we came in June. We were eaten alive by bugs. My daughter (10 yo) was actually crying in her beach chair.... More

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