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Great snorkeling!

A local recommended this when he snapped a photo of an iguana for me while I didn't have my phone... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Shealin E
Francis Bay is great short walk with excellent views

Combine this awesome hike with great birds and wildlife with a snorkel.Nice picnic tables and close... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2017
Jacki217
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

A local recommended this when he snapped a photo of an iguana for me while I didn't have my phone. I checked it out and it was wonderful. Very quiet, smooth water for snorkeling and relaxing.

Thank Shealin E
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Combine this awesome hike with great birds and wildlife with a snorkel.Nice picnic tables and close to Maho for the adventurous snorkeler.

Thank Jacki217
Reviewed May 2, 2017

We saw Clapper Rails and Yellow-crowned Night-herons at very close range. Also many other birds in relatively close proximity to Francis Bay.

Thank Craniac69
Reviewed March 20, 2017

We came upon Francis Bay Trail and were glad that we did, it was a nice, easy and shady hike! We came in the back way after parking near the beach, so we were pleasantly surprised to come upon the ruins and easy walk back...More

1  Thank amk95
Reviewed March 11, 2017

This is a nice nature walk. The boardwalk, built by the local Rotary Club, goes through a salt marsh forest to a salt pond. There were ducks and other waterfowl present from the lookout areas built along the boardwalk. It was a nice quiet view...More

1  Thank Jeffrey L
Reviewed February 25, 2017

This was fun and beautiful. Hiking and beach all in one. The owner of where we stayed highly recommended Francis Bay, glad we took his suggestion.

Thank luv2sunOIB
Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Get up early and enjoy watching many ducks herons and stilts on this secluded salt pond. The trail is challenging so if you want an easier option park at the beach and walk along the boardwalk

Thank jsw1960
Reviewed January 18, 2017

This was an easy and enjoyable trail. We saw pintail ducks and some other birds, plus a bat. Shaded, so enjoyable if hot.

Thank Claire W
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

The Francis bay trail was a little different than most trails on the island since it went around a pond. There is a lookout at one point of the trail where you can see both the pond and Francis bay. Part of the trail is...More

Thank Tracy D
Reviewed December 7, 2016

The physical location is stunning, and if you are not around when the bugs come out (often around 4:00 p.m.), it is well worth the visit. But Francis is one of the more "buggy" beaches on St. John, so come prepared with repellant! Nature at...More

Thank needham
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