from St. John Off The Beaten Track ©
2006 Gerald Singer
Bay doesn’t compare
to the National Park beaches on the north there are certain advantages.
It is the closest swimming beach to Cruz Bay and is within easy
walking distance from town. It’s never crowded; you’ll
will rarely find more than one or two people there. Be careful
of sea urchins when entering the water and be aware of surf and
waves caused by times of ground sea or when the wake of a ferry
or other large vessel comes ashore.
Starting from the one way street that goes past Wharfside Village
in Cruz Bay, turn right at the end of the road by the Catholic
Church. Go about one quarter mile, bearing right until you get
to the beach.
On the north side of the beach is the art gallery, Coconut Coast
Studios; well worth a visit. On the south end, you can enjoy
typical West Indian food at Patrick Moorhead's small open air
Elaine Estern, Coconut Coast Studios
On the other side of the road there is a bench,
which offers the easiest and most comfortable opportunity to observe
the tranquil Frank Bay salt pond. This pond was adopted by the
Audubon Society and is a wonderful place to see pin tail ducks,
herons and a host of other birds.
Enjoy the spectacular view while sitting in the shade of a palm
tree. You can see the islands of Little St. James, Great St. James,
St. Thomas, Steven's Cay, Thatch Cay, Hans Lolick, Grass Cay and
Mingo Cay. Frank Bay is also an ideal place to come to watch the
This beach was the favorite of the famous opera singer, the late
Ivan Jadan who frequented it almost daily playing with an octopus
that lives in a hole in the reef.