Once you have your fill of our main beaches, Trunk, Cinnamon, and the like you might want
to try these. Don’t get me wrong, a trip to Trunk to see those funny, white, and bedazzled
creatures off the cruise ship are important. You get an instant reminder of how glad you are to
be staying on St. John.

Honeymoon and Salomon are difficult to get to but worth it. The honeymoon has great sand
and in the east corner a charming little bar/grill for drinks and lunch. They have pretty much
everything for sale, but if you are on a budget, bring what you can. Remember the National
Park rule about bottles, so bring your drinks in cans and if you take wine, put it in a cooler.

You have a number of options for getting there.
Take the path that starts with steps behind the NP visitors center and walk about a half-mile
on some serious paths. Take the path right behind the NP sign on the top of Caneel Hill and
walk about a third of a mile on an even more rigorous path. Or take the easy way and drive
into Caneel Bay and take a shuttle for $5 per person.


You can also take a left turn that is well marked and head to Saloman.
Hansen Bay Beach is a trip to the VI of yesteryear. Way out on the East End, past Haulover
Bay, past almost everything, and a 30-minute drive from Cruz Bay. It is suited for an all-day
outing so again bring everything you can in a cooler to save money and disappointment.
I have no idea how this worked out, but you will be accosted by two Latinas who want $5 to
park and then will try to sell you everything including the air if you let them. Someone died,
a fight broke out and when it was over these ladies were there and going to make some
money. Just hold your ground, smile, and see what the actual cost will be. Hansen has
changed since Lime Out moved to Coral Bay.


By the way, Skinnies is on the way out in downtown Coral Bay. That would complete a day
back into yesteryear. You can just think you what the VI looked like in the 60s when I first
washed up to find Greenies for 25 cents at Megan’s Bay.
Another obscure and wonderful East End beach in Haulover. About two miles short of the
end of East End is a saddle that allowed old-timers to haul their boats from the BVI side to
Coral Bay without an extra four-mile row or sail. Since the main beach is on the south side,
go on a day when the winds are north and east. This will make the water flat calm. You will
need water walkers for this one as it is rocky and does have sea urchins. In case you have
not been told, you do not want to step on these little devils. With clear water, you can pick
your way out to swimming depth with no problem. Once there it is amazing at the sea life
just along with the first rise of land before the beach. To the east (right) is good snorkeling as you
approach a reef at the throat of the beach.

What I like more than anything else is it privacy. Most days you can find your own private
tree and nook, but even when that is not possible people tend to talk to one another, not
the entire beach. They are there for the same quiet, old St John time you are so please
respect that.
The beach has recently been deeded to the National Park so watch out for their anal rules
and the funny little “Smokies” who may get a life sometime. We could not be SJ without the
Park is the mantra we keep telling ourselves. It is most likely an unpleasant truth.
The beach on the BVI side is accessed by a small road to the north. More exposed that south
Haulover, it is a pleasant change and you get the feeling of being one of many islands
floating in the sea.
Bring all you need for the day. Drinks, food, suntan lotion and those rubber shoes. No one
cares if you wear them to town so do not feel bad about the space they take in your
luggage.