We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hawksnest Beach

Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike, and Snorkel with Sea Turtles
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“great beach” (52 reviews)
“cruz bay” (57 reviews)
Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John

Similar Things to Do in Virgin Islands National Park

Write a Review
Reviews (516)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 510 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Because it's close, go early, before 10AM. If you're in St John and have a car, go at 8AM, even if you think that people on vacation rarely should get up before noon. All the beaches on the North shore drive have a western exposure,...More

Thank denisgianna
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to snorkel. You get to see mermaids chair and the tiniest beach on St. John. This is another great stop on Salute Charters tours. Check them out! If you get a chance check this place out. You will not be...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there today for 2 hours; was awesome. Lots of parking, not crowded. The coral is right off the beach and has thousands of fish; the current brings you back to the beach so it works out great for weaker swimmers. Crystal clear water. For...More

Thank brna2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hawksnest is a smaller beach but very wonderful to visit and snorkel. The water is beautiful and clear with many fish to see. We even saw a skate that was very close to the beach.

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a beautiful beach that is closest to Cruz bay. Very big beach and was not crowded when we went. Plenty of parking

1  Thank LisaBF4898FD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful views, warm water, found parking. What more could you want? We went with 2 teenage boys and they had a blast snorkeling and tossing the football around.

Thank oinkwoof
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stopped here after a quick rain storm late in the day. There was ample shade and areas of sun. We brought our snorkel equipment and were glad we did. We spotted an octopus, several stingrays, loads of beautiful fish right from the beach. This...More

1  Thank toddtam2003
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't hear as much in advance about Hawksnest as you do some other beaches on St. John like Trunk Bay and Cinnamon but it more than holds its own. No charge, but no snack bar either. Beautiful, tranquil, plenty of amazing water colors, rays...More

1  Thank Rick O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not one of the most spoked about beaches but it is really really worth a stop. Quite tight along the shoreline but just amazingly tranquil

Thank Birgitta-Kenneth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to train beginning snorkelers. We brought our daughter here for her first snorkel. Parking is available and close to town.

Thank Jacki217
Nearby Restaurants
ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill
1,794 reviews
.58 km away
Our Market Smoothies
558 reviews
2.18 km away
Caneel Beach Bar And Grill
388 reviews
.72 km away
North Shore Deli
312 reviews
1.93 km away
Nearby Attractions
Morningstar Sailing and Power Charters
868 reviews
1.35 km away
Trunk Bay
2,526 reviews
1.51 km away
Honeymoon Beach
671 reviews
1.19 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Hawksnest Beach staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines