St. John Beaches

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St. John Beaches

The most beautiful, top rated, and awe-inspiring, tropical beaches of the world are to be experienced and enjoyed in St. John, USVI. VillAllure is just a short distance from a few of these magnificent white, soft sandy beaches.


Hawksnest Bay Beach

Hawksnest Bay Beach is located on the North Shore of St. John, USVI, near VillAllure, and is part of the tropical and most scenic Hawksnest Bay National Park. It is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike!

This is a dramatic shoreline of white, soft sand and brilliant blue waters, lined with emerald, green sea grapes and palms. This entire area is known for its striking landscapes and unsurpassed beauty, making it a photographer’s dream. After soaking in the sun, it offers many places to set up a chair and relax in the shade, or to take in a spectacular sunset.

Hawksnest Bay beach has ample free parking that is within a short distance to the beach. You will find tables under pavilions to gather at while you picnic and enjoy the view. It provides clean restrooms that are fully stocked, as well as showers.

Besides basking in the sun, it also provides an assortment of fun things to do and explore. Other activities to be enjoyed include swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Snorkeling is a favorite activity to experience at Hawksnest beach - some say that it the best snorkeling spot to be visited on St. John. The Elkhorn coral here is both unique and amazing - purple, yellow, and in sizes and shapes rarely seen. The coral is also very fragile, so it is advised to avoid snorkeling directly over the reef. Along with the coral, one will view lots of fascinating fish, sea rays and the occasional sea turtle.

Among the many breath-taking beaches to be found on the north shore of St. John, Hawksnest beach is one of the best. While enjoying your visit at VillAllure, be sure to stop by the beach and experience the awe-inspiring beauty firsthand!

Jumbie Bay Beach, St. John

Jumbie Bay Beach

Looking for that deserted island, private oasis moment on St. John? Follow the short, narrow path, surrounded by lush green foliage, to the stunning view of crystal turquoise-blue waters lapping the crescent-shaped, white sandy beach known as Jumbie Bay. This very private beach has acquired its name due to the highly treasured Jumbie trees found throughout the enclave of tropical forest surrounding the bay. Local legend claims the Jumbie tree possesses spirits that will bestow extreme bad luck to those who dare to cut it down. It’s also rumored that many a pirate would bury their treasure next to a Jumbie tree, hoping that the fear of evil spirits would protect it from locals. Indeed, an enchanting tropical forest surrounds a beautiful and serene, enchanting bay.

Located along North Shore Road, between Hawksnest Bay and Trunk Bay, this secluded, small soft sandy beach is about 80 yards long. The parking is limited to about 6 vehicles across the street, and admission is free to this little piece of paradise. There are no public facilities available here, but there is plenty of sunshine or shade under breezy branches, to relish your picnic, snorkeling and sunbathing on the idyllic Caribbean beach. It also offers views of magnificent sunsets as you wind down your day on this spectacular oasis .

Jumbie beach is a shallow bay, and most days the surf is calm and ideal for swimming or snorkeling. On the left side of the bay, you will find a gathering of rocks. Snorkel this area and take in the amazingly beautiful underwater scenes provided by the hideaway for sea creatures and dazzling, colorful fish. When the waters are not so calm, lounge peacefully on the soft sandy beach as mother nature provides dramatic views of powerful wind and surf.

While you’re relaxing and enjoying your stay at VillAllure yet looking to experience that deserted island or private oasis moment, grab your cooler, food, drinks, and gear and escape to the enchanting “secret” gem known as Jumbie Beach, St. John.

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Oppenheimer Beach

With the opening of the dramatic biopic “Oppenheimer” movie, many will discover the struggles the “father of the atomic bomb” endured as he led in the creation of the world’s most destructive threat to humanity. What many do not realize is that Robert Oppenheimer, during the cold war, and the remaining of his life, found solace and escape from the judgement of society on the welcoming and tropical, peaceful shores of St. John USVI. In 1957 Robert Oppenheimer traveled with his family to St. John USVI, purchased land, and began constructing a small cottage for themselves. Today, both the locals and visitors can escape to the secluded, soft sandy beach and pristine waters of what is now referred to as Oppenheimer beach.

Located on Hawknest Bay on St. John’s North Shore, it is adjacent to the same stretch of sand that is known as Gibney beach. Typically, there are only a handful of people to be found basking in the peaceful beauty of Oppenheimer beach, and that is most likely to it being considered a “secret gem” on the island. There are only 3 parking spots by the gate available, and entrance is free, so getting there early in the day is always advantageous. If you’re not one of the lucky few to snag a parking spot, one can park at the top of the hill and walk down to the beach or park at Cinnamon Bay or Peace Hill and walk over to Oppenheimer beach. Either way, the walk is well worth the effort as you will be rewarded with crystal clear, calm waters and a powdery soft sandy beach, practically all to yourself!

The lovely and super calm waters of the shade-providing Sea grape and palm tree lined shore offer the fortunate visitor beautiful vistas as well as amazing snorkeling. Due to the accessibility of the water and its appropriate conditions for both the beginner and the advanced snorkeler, snorkeling here is a popular excursion. The shallow waters reveal a colorful reef that is close to the shore and home to selections of boulder, fire, brain, and elkhorn coral. There is also a vast array of fish that are visible on the fringing reef. As a bonus, one can also discover a sunken sailboat that is accessible to explore on your snorkeling adventure.

Fortunately for us, the Oppenheimer family left the land to “the people of St. John”, and now the tropical paradise is open to the public, along with the Community Center. The secluded and quaint cottage that Robert Oppenheimer built for himself and his family has been reconstructed as the Community Center and is available to be rented out for a small fee to host such events as concerts, picnics, birthday parties, and weddings.

As you are exploring the many amazingly breath-taking sites of St. John, be sure to visit the peaceful and private oasis of Oppenheimer beach. As Robert Oppenheimer did himself, relax and experience paradise as the worries of this world slip away!