Fodor's Expert Review Hawksnest Beach

North Shore Beach–Sight

Sea grapes and waving palm trees line this narrow beach, and there are restrooms, cooking grills, and a covered shed for picnicking. A patchy reef just offshore means snorkeling is an easy swim away, but the best underwater views are reserved for ambitious snorkelers who head farther to the east along the bay's fringes. Watch out for boat traffic—a channel guides dinghies to the beach, but the occasional boater strays into the swim area. It's the closest drivable beach to Cruz Bay, so it's often crowded with locals and visitors. Amenities: parking; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

Beach–Sight

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North Shore Rd., Rte. 20
Estate Hawksnest, Saint John  U.S. Virgin Islands

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