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The Beaches of the Virgin Islands: St. John

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Most visitors and locals will agree that when it comes to beaches on St. John a 'good to best' scale just would not do. The scale for describing St. John's beaches is 'Great', 'Greater' and 'It's a secret so I am not telling anyone'. All beaches on St. John are open to the public. Beachfront property however, in many cases is private and a few popular beaches have hotels nearby. Respect private property when accessing beaches. It is illegal to collect shells from beaches in the Virgin Islands; shells are confiscated at airport customs. There are no clothing-optional beaches in the Virgin Islands.

General Beach Information:

  • Don’t feed marine life or sea birds. Food not naturally in their diet, like various human foods, can create health problems for these animals.
  • All beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to the public. Beyond a beach's tree line however is typically private property.
  • Resort beaches are open to the public; only some, however, rent chairs and water sports gear to non-guests.
  • Swimming pools and similar resort amenities are typically reserved for registered-guests only.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sun, rum, and fun can spell dehydration; so drink plenty of water.
  • There are no clothing optional beaches; public nudity is illegal.
  • Removing shells and sand from beaches is illegal.

Courtesy of www.VINow.com/StJohn/Beaches_stj/