North Shore attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in North Shore

Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins

Part of the national park, this site near Leinster Bay is home to the most intact sugar-plantation ruins in the Virgin Islands. A 30-minute self-directed walking tour leads you through the slave quarters, village, w…
Top Choice Beach in North Shore

Leinster Bay

This bay adjoins the Annaberg mill ruins. Park in the plantation’s lot and follow the trail along the water for 25 minutes. Some of St John’s best snorkeling is at the bay’s east end, offshore at Waterlemon Cay, whe…
Top Choice Beach in North Shore

Francis Bay

Francis Bay is home to one of the most serene stretches of sand on St John, with calm waters and fewer tourists than at any other beach of its size. It's also a prime spot for birdwatching, with an easy half-mile tr…
Beach in North Shore

Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon is a mile's hike from the park visitor center along the Lind Point Trail. The handsome, white-sand strand is often empty and quiet – except on days when charter boats arrive between midmorning and midafter…
Beach in North Shore

Maho Bay

The water here is shallow and less choppy than elsewhere (good for snorkeling and kids), and it’s a good bet you’ll see green sea turtles in the early morning or late afternoon, and maybe a stingray or two. There's …
Ruins in North Shore

Peace Hill

Look for the Peace Hill sign as you drive between Hawksnest and Jumbie Bays. Pull into the small parking lot, and if you’re willing to walk 0.1 miles you’ll be rewarded with the moody ruins of an old windmill and pr…
Beach in North Shore

Cinnamon Bay

Mile-long Cinnamon Bay is St John’s biggest beach and arguably its best. At research time, however, it was a sad sight: Cinnamon's archaeological museum, campground, restaurant and water-sports facilities all lay in…
Beach in North Shore

Trunk Bay

This long, gently arching beach is the most popular strand on the island and the only one that charges a fee. There are showers, toilets, picnic facilities, snorkel rental, a snack bar and a taxi stand. The sandy st…
Beach in North Shore

Jumbie Bay

Jumbie is the word for ghost in the Creole dialect, and this secluded beach has a plethora of ghost stories. Look for the parking lot on North Shore Rd that holds only seven cars. From here, take the short trail dow…
Beach in North Shore

Hawksnest Bay

The bay here is a deep circular indentation between hills with a narrow ring of sand on its fringe. The beach is usually pretty quiet. Amenities include a bathroom, a picnic shelter and barbecue grills.