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St. John Beaches: Europa Bay

St John Virgin Islands Beaches: Europa Bay

Excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer

Most of the beach at Europa Bay is cobblestone and coral rubble, with the exception of a small sandy area at the extreme northern end. The sea bottom consists of patches of coral, small rocks, grass and algae.

st john virgin islands beaches: europa bay,
Europa Bay

The beach is cooled by onshore easterly trades and is usually quite deserted, and thus, makes for a great picnic spot, as well as a place to enjoy seclusion and natural beauty. The onshore breeze brings ashore flotsam from afar making Europe Bay an excellent venue for beachcombers.

Getting There
Europa Bay can be reached by hiking the Lameshur Bay Trail.

 St. John USVI beaches: Europa Bay
Europa Bay looking south

Snorkeling
Waves generally break over the shallow reef close to shore, but when the sea is flat you can enter the water to snorkel at the north end of the beach. The best snorkeling here (for experienced snorkelers only and only then on extremely calm days) is around the point to the south.