Hawksnest Beach
Hawksnest Beach
4.5
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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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jpctiger
158 contributions
Friends
While the beach may be smaller, we love the proximity of the parking to the beach. You do not have to carry coolers, chairs, beach bags, and snorkel equipment quite as far. We always arrive early, and we have never had a problem finding a place to park. By early, we are normally there by 9:30am or 10:00am. Later, say by noon, that was not the case. Not only is the beach, view, and water nice, but they also have facilities.
Written November 23, 2020
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Sylvia G
Cedar Hill, TX857 contributions
Family
Amazing beach with crystal clear water. Plus it is not packed with people and clean. Just wish the beaches had somewhere to rinse off. If you have a car. Take advantage of the views as you are coming into the beach. It is definitely an amazing view. This beach was just beautiful. Offers plenty of shades and a few tables with benches. That are also shaded. From the ferry to the beach on the safari will cost $5 per person. Worth the trip.
Written March 8, 2020
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SaltyDog54
Wilton, CT62 contributions
Friends
The water is so warm and beautiful you want to stay in all day, even if there is a cloud burst!
Walk or swim there is only tranquility to soak in!
Bring your snorkel fins or a book. Relaxing and cleanses your mind! Always hard to leave.
I bring my noodle and float - 🐟🐠🐟🐠
Written February 13, 2020
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briankling57
Halifax, MA16 contributions
The parking lots at Trunk and Cinnamon Bay beaches were full and we managed to score a roadside, and potentially illegal, parking spot at Hawksnet Beach and we're glad we did. Its not perfect like Trunk or Cinnamon Bay, but its a great spot. There are good facilities and places to stay in the shade if you want to and the view is great. Its a long-ish and semi-wide perfect white sand beach.
Written July 25, 2022
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Dean B
Boca Raton, FL314 contributions
Solo
Had a free morning after the rest of the family left so spent it at Hawksnest. The beach was great and surf was soothing. Found some shade at the edge and set up camp there. Lots of families but spread out so easy to enjoy my book and some time in the water. Parking was tight as the island is full but some street parking near the North end is easy to use and I find the best place on the beach.
Written July 12, 2021
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bdearl41
Greensboro, NC277 contributions
Family
Beautiful beach on a shoreline of spectacular beaches. Often overlooked the quiet and tucked away atmosphere of Hawksnest makes it a great visit if you have a short time out of Cruz Bay. The beach drops off pretty quick the beach is a little bit shorter than it’s counterparts further East, but still absolutely stunning.
Written July 26, 2021
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Mekesha
Gilbert, AZ52 contributions
Gorgeous and relaxing....the beach was not crowded, had soft white sand, restrooms and picnic areas available. My husband and I got drinks, snacks, ice and a disposable cooler from the local convenience store and spent a whole day luxuriating in the calm, warm waters at Hawksnest Beach. Parking can be a bit of a pain as there aren't that many spots but waiting for one is WELL worth it to spend the day at this free federal park.
Written August 6, 2020
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WhoDatFan92
Houma, LA137 contributions
Family
Although not one of the most popular beaches, this is still a beautiful beach with great snorkeling on both sides. We saw ton of sea urchins, fish, stingrays, and even squid. Although we didn't see any sea turtles when we were there others have seen them there. If you love spending time in the water and snorkeling, don't miss this beach.
Written July 15, 2021
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Rachel D
10 contributions
Couples
Located in VI National Forest. Last clear water beach besides Honeymoon Beach (which stops entry at 3:30pm) before getting back to Cruz Bay ferry area. Small parking lot for free beach open until 6pm but no lifeguard or refreshments. Easily accessible restrooms & changing rooms, but no faucets to wash sand off belongings. Unfortunately the coral is bleaching in this area. Some pretty fish, urchins & crabs near the coral.
Written July 22, 2021
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Mallory Fiery
1 contribution
Family
We visited in Feb 2021. The current and waves were very strong, making it too sandy to see much for snorkeling. I am a very strong swimmer and the waves/current were so strong I did not feel comfortable out snorkeling alone though my family was on shore. My young children couldn’t play by the shore much at all as the waves were too strong. Definitely do not recommend for families with young children or for snorkeling.
Written February 23, 2021
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