Hawksnest Bay is sometimes the most exciting because it is the first beach that you come to along the North Shore Road after leaving Cruz Bay. Many visitors will arrive by ferry and head straight to Hawksnest Beach just to dip their toes in the pristine Caribbean sand and water. It’s worth it! Ample Parking, but it fills up quick in the morning. This Beach is adored by locals and visitors alike, and is part of the Native Plant Restoration Project as you will find areas roped off. These trees were planted to protect our coastline from erosion. Please help us by staying on the path and discouraging children from playing in this area.
Hawksnest Beach can see more frequent wave action than many of the other Saint John beaches. Snorkeling is a must at Hawksnest and you will find a Coral Reef directly in the center of the Bay without having to go very far. Plenty of beautiful fish and coral to keep you captivated for a while!
PLEASE HELP US PROTECT THIS THREATENED SPECIES. The Elkhorn Corals on the shallow reefs in front of you are recovering from decades of human impacts, coral disease and storms and are extremely fragile.
FOR YOUR SAFETY:
- Don’t swim over the top of the coral.
- Swim along the outside of the reef and don’t touch, kick or in any way contact the coral.
- Coral cuts can become infected.
- Be aware that waves and swell can push you in to the reef. Always leave several feet of space between you and the coral.
- Please use titanium oxide or zinc-based sunscreens (reef-safe), others may harm our reefs.
- Report any damage or activity that may lead to damage. Call (340) 776-6201 Ext. 246
Hawksnest Beach has wonderful amenities for gatherings and family picnics including two pavilions, first come first serve, and numerous picnic tables with standing grills spread across the beach tucked under the shade of Seagrapes and other native tree species such as the Painkiller Tree which adorns the sidewalks along the beach. Many birthday parties are held at Hawksnest because there is plenty of room for the whole gang. You must fill out a Facilities Use Permit for reservations. There are bathrooms and changing areas as well.
For locals, you’ll find this is one of the favorite places to go for Sunday Funday. Also, Hawksnest also hosts Worship Services and AA meetings on Sundays.
Before you go snorkeling, test your mask and snorkel. Make sure you feel comfortable before moving out to deeper water. Ask yourself whether you can swim without touching the bottom for 30 minutes or more. If you don’t feel confident in deep water, stay near the shore. There is plenty of marine life to see along the shoreline.