St. John Beach Report: Hawksnest

Breathtaking view from the Hawksnest beach access entrance

So you just got your rental car, checked into your Island Abodes suite or villa, and are all settled in. That means it’s beach time, and Hawksnest is the closest North Shore beach with easy parking, accessibility, and facilities.


A view of paradise!

Hawksnest is located right off North Shore Road (Route 20) about 2 miles from Cruz Bay. From Sunset Serenade Suites, it’s located about 3 miles away (12 minute drive), and from Island Abodes’ Chocolate Hole villas it’s about 3.5 miles away (14 minute drive). You can also get there by taxi, which costs, per person, approximately $7-$8 from Chocolate Hole, and $6-$7 from our Sunset Serenade Suites. There’s a large free parking lot located steps away from the beach, and there are also bathrooms, covered pavilions and charcoal grills.

The beaches at Hawksnest, like so many on St. John, are gorgeous. Just because it’s located close to town does not take away from its breathtaking beauty. This beach shares a bay with Oppenheimer and Gibney beaches, and is home to a lengthy shoreline. In the mornings, the shoreline stretches out for lots of sun exposure, and as the day goes on, more shade is available. There are also plenty of trees to place your

Evening views from Hawksnest Beach.

chairs and towels under while you snorkel or swim. Sometimes, you may see a little surf at Hawksnest because it is an unprotected bay, but nothing too wild, making it a fine place to float or for children. The snorkeling in Hawknest is a bit limited, but still an enjoyable activity. Overall, this is a great place to relax, swim, and enjoy your first day on St. John.

Staying with Island Abodes not only gives you beautiful views of Cruz Bay or Chocolate Hole, but with a rental car, you’ll have all the freedom in the world and a lovely home to return to after your many adventures. A visit to Hawksnest is the perfect way to kick off your vacation and relax on the beach!


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