Francis Bay is one of the longest beaches on St. John. It is usually less crowded than the other beaches. With a bit of a walk, you will always find a private spot. The water is very calm (little waves) so it is great for kids. It has very clear water and recently made it a ranking by Tripadvisor “12 clear water beaches you need to see to believe”. The Francis Bay Trail runs along a salt pond and offers great bird watching.
How to get to Francis
it is quite a long drive from Cruz Bay. Take the North Shore Road from Mongoose Junction, go past Caneel, Hawknsest, Trunk, Cinamon, Maho and then you will eventually get to Francis (at the Y, make a left). There is not too big of a parking lot so come early if you don’t walk want to walk too far to the beach.
There is good snorkeling for beginners along the western end of the beach towards Maho Bay. The rocky north coast on the eastern side of the beach offers excellent snorkeling for more advanced snorklers. The center of the bay is mostly sea grass beds and home to turtles, rays and sometimes gigantic manta rays. If you have a Paddleboard or Kayak, you can also go out to Whisling Cay which is great for snorkeling.
Francis Bay Facilities
- Picnic Tables
- simple toilets