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New favorite beach

OK, what's your favorite beach on St John? Trick question--- you can't possibly choose. They're... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CarTRVLR
,
Carlisle, Massachusetts
Ah, lovely Francis!

On our top STJ top 4 beach list (with Maho, Trunk and Hawksnest). Great place to watch the... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
Joanne_S1983
,
Woodbridge, Virginia
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A pretty and amenable bay on St. John’s north shore. Beware: no changing facilities here.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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"favorite beach"
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"beautiful beach"
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"sea turtles"
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"north shore beaches"
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"soft white sand"
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"parking spot"
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"calm waters"
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"limited parking"
in 5 reviews
"schools of fish"
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"octopus"
in 9 reviews
"great snorkeling"
in 12 reviews
"colorful fish"
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"beautiful water"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK, what's your favorite beach on St John? Trick question--- you can't possibly choose. They're all different and all perfectly lovely in their own way. For some reason we had not stumbled on Francis Bay on our previous visits, but happened to end up here....More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

On our top STJ top 4 beach list (with Maho, Trunk and Hawksnest). Great place to watch the exquisite turtle water ballet. Gorgeous white sand, crystal clear Caribbean water. If you have a week in STJ, definitely include Francis on your "to do" list.

Thank Joanne_S1983
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This was our favorite beach because it was easy to get to and wasn't crowded. For our first trip we walked the Trail which was a moderate walking/easy hiking trail; that is it hasn't been cleared since the storm but the terrain was pretty and...More

Thank Martin M
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

First timers to St. John. This was one of our favorite beaches on the trip but you can tell that what was once a whole lot of shade is no longer. There is absolutely none and it got really hot mid afternoon. Some guests have...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We saw at least 10 different turtles snorkeling on Francis Bay and a wide variety of fish (especially along the rocks on the right as looking at the water)

Thank bogocart
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

A must when you stay on St John's. Saw it all here from turtles to stingray and 4 sharks, tarpons fish. This place has it all going on! Go and see this great beach!

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

This place is so beautiful, my daughter said it looked like it was green-screened in behind me. We loved this beach because it was paradise with very few people. If you are looking for a truly tropical beach that you can enjoy without feeling squished...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2017

We stopped at this beach after snorkeling on the east end of the island (Haulover Beach). It is a very nice beach with great sand and calm water. It was a great place for the grandparents to go and practice using their snorkel gear and...More

Thank motherof3OK
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Besides Maho bay, this was our second favorite beach in St John. It is calm and never crowded. We saw our first sea turtle at this beach. There is plenty of shade from trees. Not a whole lot of parking though.

Thank LisaBF4898FD
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Francis Bay is next to Maho Bay. Just follow the road signs. Try yo get there early because the parking is limited. You definitely want to snorkel from the Francis Beach area to the Maho Bay area. I found it to be safe and full...More

Thank Carlos W
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