Fodor's Expert Review Francis Bay Beach

North Shore Beach–Sight

Because there's little shade, this beach gets toasty warm in the afternoon when the sun comes around to the west, but the rest of the day it's a delightful stretch of white sand. The only facilities are a few picnic tables tucked among the trees and a portable restroom, but folks come here to watch the birds that live in the swampy area behind the beach. The park offers bird-watching hikes here on Friday morning; sign up at the visitor center in Cruz Bay. To get here, turn left at the Annaberg intersection. Amenities: parking; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking.

Beach–Sight

Quick Facts

North Shore Rd., Rte. 20
Francis Bay, Saint John  U.S. Virgin Islands

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