Explore the most popular beach trails in Saint John with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful payoff and fun hike!

Steep in places, but worth it for the amazing views. Watch out for hermit crabs on trail :)

a bit rocky, but a great hike to a wonderful beach. Took the Upper trail going to Honeymoon Beach, and the lower trail back to town.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Also very exposed and hot if done in the middle of the day. But totally worth it!

Amazing hike!! Stay hydrated!! It’s actually almost 6 miles from start to finish, longer if you take other trails off of this trail, but stay on the trail leading to the factory, you’ll be so glad you did!

hiking
4 months ago

great trail with lots of wildlife, flowers and ruins. many trail options off this one to enhance your hike (petroglyphs, lameshur, lesparance). it's mostly easy, downhill one way, the uphill back is only difficult in the last .5 miles, make lots of stops, beach is naturally beautiful but not for swimming

Great trail to get a bit off the path within the NP...

Excellent Trail for being one of the best access points into the National Park...

hiking
8 months ago

The trail begins by ascending for a little under a mile at a moderately steep grade before reaching the summit of Caneel Hill, which has fabulous views of the entire Virgin Islands Archipelago. It then dips down and passes an overlook before ascending to the summit of Margaret Hill, which also has interesting views. After that, it descends moderately for a little over a mile, and ends by the entrance to Caneel Bay Resort. I would recommend hanging out at the resort (swimming, eating) before turning back. You can also take a taxi back to Cruz Bay if you are tired. A great hike, worth the effort.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike starts with a descent to Saltpond Bay, then ascends over a ridge and drops down to another beach. After that, it makes the ascent to Ram’s Head, a rocky peninsula perched 150 feet above the sea. From there, there are great 360 views of sea and islands. The hike is not very shaded, and is therefore somewhat hot, but it is definitely worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful to hike under the full moon!

hiking
9 months ago

Great easy walk to start our morning.

Stunning views from a deck at the top. Bring your picnic. The constant breeze keeps you cool enough. Slippery when wet. Path is rocky, were hiking shoes with good inserts.

hiking
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Loved this trail. Cool pebble beach about half way through. The trek is worth the hike throughout, but my favorite was when we got to the cliffs. Full 360 view. Gorgeous!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fun and easy trail.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful forest leading to amazing views.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Dessert-y landscape and cool once you reach Ramshead.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

I presume ranked hard because of the hike back...quite a climb. So many hermit crabs as you get closer to water. This was our most challenging hike on St John's but not the favorite.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Beautiful trail. A lot to see. The way down was really steep in the beginning so you can imagine what the way up was like. Bring lots of water to hydrate. Would definitely rate it moderate-hard.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This was a very easy trail down to the beach and back. You can hike over the rocks and go to a private beach and snorkel. The trail ends at a Rum Still and it is pretty cool. There are many little trails off of Reef bay to run off to. You can most definitely make a nice day of all of these little ones. Trails is maintained and the big huge things that look like massive bee hives are actually termites. You will see them all over and they are harmless.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Such a Beautiful hike!! Very windy at the top but so worth it!!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Groomed trail. (We actually started near Maho Bay hiking up the Maria Hope Trail (rugged, trailhead not marked) then crossed Centerline Road to the Reef Bay Trailhead.) Side trip to petroglyphs a must. Right before you reach the ruins there is an amazing population of large land crabs. Sizeable bat population in one of the ruins. The actual beach was crawling with ants so we didn't stay long. We took the L'esperance trail out which is a tad longer, but less steep. Would rate both Reef Bay Trail and L'Esperance Trail at moderate.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great hike. Well maintained trail with lots to look at along the way. Beautiful beach at the bottom to cool you off for the return trip. We loved it!

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

This was my favorite hike on St. John. Beautiful views, but hold on to your hats, it's windy up there! :-)

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Moderate is a good difficulty ranking, with only some steeper sections with switchbacks and rocky. Fantastic panoramic view at Rams Head Peak, southernmost in St John, can see St Croix in the distance. Open to weather, so be prepared for blazing sun or higher winds if stormy.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

I thought this was a real nice short hike.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Difficult Hike, bring plenty of water.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Best hike on St John

Friday, January 06, 2017

Very well-maintained and well-signed trail. Well worth the effort, with panoramic views from peak of Caneel Hill. Interesting flora

walking
Monday, August 15, 2016

I did this trail hike/walk a little over a year ago, and I still have nostalgia for it on a regular. Super easy trail that leads to a paradise!! I wore flip flops to get there and it didn't even phase me, or my feet. Make sure you take a towel and your snorkeling gear, and plan to stay on that beach at least an hour or two! So you might wanna pack a light snack, too. So beautiful!! Can't wait to visit here again someday.

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