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St John USVI beaches Jumbie Bay

St. John USVI Beaches: Jumbie Bay

Excerpted from St. John Beach Guide © 2006 Gerald Singer

Why Jumbie?
If you're looking for a small, private, intimate beach without having to walk a long trail to get there, then Jumbie is an excellent choice.

Getting There
Heading east on the North Shore Road 2.5 miles from Mongoose Junction or 0.2 miles from Peace Hill, is the small parking area on the right side of the road for Jumbie Bay. Cross the road and walk east about twenty yards to the rustic wooden stairs on your left. At the bottom of the stairs is a short trail leading to the beach.

moko jumbie
Moko Jumbie

The Name
Jumbie Bay is the only beach on St. John with an African name, coming from the word djambe, and referring to a malevolent supernatural being, similar to the duppy of Jamaica and the zombie of Haiti.

Jumbie Bay is situated in such a way that it cannot readily be seen from passing vehicles on Route 20 or from boats sailing to and from Cruz Bay. Years ago, when there was only a donkey trail on the north shore, Jumbie was even more remote and private than it is today and was reputedly the venue for lovers enjoying private liaisons. Because of this, it was nicknamed Honeymoon Beach. (At that time, Salomon and Honeymoon Beaches did not have separate names, the entire bay being called Salomon.)

jumbie bay st john virgin islands
Jumbie Bay

Want More Privacy and a Bit of Shade?
Put your beach blanket down in one of the little coves of sand that extend inland under the small seagrape trees for filtered sunlight and enhanced privacy.

Beach Rock
The shoreline at the center of the beach is dominated by a smooth cement-like material called beach rock. Nonetheless, you can still get into the water in soft sand on either side of the rock.

Trade Winds
Jumbie Bay is more exposed to the trade winds than most of the neighboring north shore beaches and the water can get choppy on windy days. On the positive side, the breeze can be refreshing and the rough water can lend a certain drama and intensity to the beach.

 st john usvi beaches: Jumbie
Jumbie Morning

The View
From the beach at Jumbie Bay you can see Trunk Bay and the islands of Jost Van Dyke, Green Cay, Whistling Cay, Trunk Cay and Great Thatch.

Facilities
There are no facilities at this beach other than garbage cans made available and emptied by theVirgin Islands National Park Service.