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“Good snorkeling” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Francis Bay

Francis Bay
St. John
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Ranked #10 of 53 attractions in St. John
Type: Bodies of Water, Beaches
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
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Owner description: A pretty and amenable bay on St. John’s north shore. Beware: no changing facilities here.
Raleigh, NC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Good snorkeling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

A rocky beach but very pretty. The water was very calm here which made it great for snorkeling. Be careful at dusk b/c the noseeums are everywhere - we had many bites from the bugs.

Visited February 2013
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Belle Glade, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“It was great but beware of sand fleas.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Very peaceful and lots of fun and sun. Good snorkeling but not the best. But beware of sand fleas. They bite like crazy.

Visited January 2013
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Rapidan, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Birds, turtles and pelicans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

One of the surest places to encounter turtles in your swim on St. John is Francis Bay, usually green turtles but sometimes hawksbill as well. And there are ALWAYS pelicans who put on a diving show near the shore. After many trips here, this year I discovered another aspect - the Audubon Walking Trail, which begins at a stone building just before arriving at the beach parking. This trail goes along the pond and you will see white cheeked pintails and the wonderful stilt birds and perhaps many others as you walk towards a small swimming beach. You can stop here or continue around the pond on a boardwalk for more water bird sightings being careful not to step on the occasional hermit crab on your pathway.

Visited February 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Best beach on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is my favorite beach. Nice and long. Great sunshine all afternoon. Water is very calm and beautiful. Great places to snorkel along the side. Bring bug spray. Lots of sand flies as sun goes down. Stunning and romantic.

Visited January 2013
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14 attraction reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great beach, no crowds!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

This was an awesome beach. It was delightfully un-crowded. We lounged, sun bathed, and snorkled. It's a nice long, white sand beach. A few of the other beaches we found on St. John were narrow, not this one. There is plenty of space between the water and the tree line. There are picnic tables and grills along the tree line. There's plenty of shade if you want it. We found good snorkeling off the rocks to the south end of the beach and there's a little beach just past the rocks. Although to get to it you would have to climb the rocks or swim to it. I would highly recommend this beach to everyone.

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