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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

The closer to Cruz, the more people, the easier access (ie, taxi) but still worth the visit. I did not snorkel here, so no comment on that aspect, but a wonderful beach to sit back and drink in the sun

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank zgshaw
Reviewed 6 days ago

Scotts Head is approximately 5 1/2 hours drive North of Sydney along the coast. The main beach is 11km long and has crystal clean water. Scotts Head is virtually unknown but a place to get away from big cities. It has 3 beaches in total...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Gary O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a very beautiful beach that we had our friends wedding on...the backdrop was exquisite. FYI you can get married directly on the beach for only a $25 permit from St John City Hall...

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vanessa M
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Just another Typical tour on an open bus around the Island with so much natural beauty an scenery to take in. Lots to see and take pics of to be admired as memories of a great cruise.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank speaktruly
Reviewed November 25, 2018

This was the perfect place to commence our day of hiking and to take a rest on the beautiful beaches at Hawksnest Beach. Great area for family and friends to enjoy the crystal clear water and clean beach. A lot of shade trees along the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mae_438
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

This beach is a lovely peaceful beach you must visit this beach in person as the pictures don’t do it justice.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

A gentle cool breeze blowing while the sun made the beautiful blue hues of the water sparkle like diamonds. Sitting under the many palm trees lining the beach was one of the most relaxing times of our trip. I could have stayed for hours but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JAB43
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The double whammy of back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 has done little to detract from this gem other than to remove a bit of shade trees which will return in due time. Even still, the mountainous terrain affords shade in the afternoon. Close to Cruz Bay,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Great beach and not a lot of people, parking was never a problem either as September is such a great time to go.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CindyA3
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach, water amazingly clear and blue. Recovering nicely from hurricane. Went to Trunk Bay, hawksnest Beach, Cinnamon Bay and Honeymoon Beach. all just beautiful. Cinnamon Bay still in need of some work. Snorkeling was great at Trunk Bay! Ate at Morgans Mango., Greengos and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sparky1Marlton
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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!
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Brian T
Suggestions for locations for a morning beach wedding? (11 Replies)
Looking to have to a beach wedding in St John In June 2019 and am looking for suggestions for locations. I have read that Hawksnest beach is very good for morning/sunrise weddings; how does it look post-Irma? Trunk bay seems to be very popular, but I fear may be too popular and crowded. Any other beaches I should look at? It's going to be a small wedding with less than 25 people.
November 04, 2018|
Response fromJerseygirl607|
My daughter married on St. John several years ago and we researched different beaches. Hawksnest has wonderful light, Trunk is beautiful and roomy but check to see if there are other weddings that day - they will issue permits for up to 3 I believe. Also check the full moon and tide cycles. My daughter had a permit for Gibney/Oppenheimer and when we went a couple of months ahead to check it out realized that that area was under water with the full moon tides. She ended up switching to...More
mricco1322
michigan
Hawksnest villa (5 Replies)
Anyone know the name of the yellow roofed villa above Hawksnest Beach?
June 21, 2017|
Response fromSandy358|
Is it the round looking villa you can see when you are in the water?
PookiePumpkin
New Market, Maryland
Bee-ware (12 Replies)
I knew about mosquitoes, no-see-ums, etc. But on our first full day on the island, I stepped on a bee and got stung at Hawksnest Beach. This is a problem for me as bee stings cause me a heavy localized swelling. So, we didn't even get to lay our towel down. Instead headed to the pharm for Benadryl. Saw lots of other bees in the sand. Today at Trunk Bay we saw them also. So, please look down when you walk, especially if you are allergic to bee stings!
May 08, 2017|
Response fromsnorkeler-6|
Beware if you head the nature path to Francis. There have been large ground nests that we see there near the boardwalk area. Tons of them!