The north shore of St John is home to many of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Trunk Bay, a favorite of the cruise ship crowd is truly stunning. Solomon and Honeymoon Beaches are secluded and only accessible via boat or hiking. Hawksnest, Cinnamon, Maho and Francis Bay all offer incredible pristine settings with varying amounts of amenities. All are protected via their status within the USVI National Park Waters. Much less accessible are Brown Bay and Haulover Bay which many times will offer a secluded, private beach setting. Both bays have excellent snorkeling but can be somewhat exposed when the seas are rough.
Salt Pond Bay is a conveniently-located white sand beach for those residing in, or visiting the Coral Bay side of the island. It is also an excellent alternative for those seeking calm water on days when the surf is breaking on the north.

Kiddel Bay - Looking for a real “Off the Beaten Track" Beach? Frustrated when trying to find some solitude at a North Shore National Park beach? Are the waves breaking on the north making for difficult swimming or snorkeling? If you don’t mind sacrificing a sand beach for a cobblestone and coral rubble beach, an ideal alternative might be Kiddel Bay on the South Shore located just west of Salt Pond Bay.

Little Lameshur Bay - Like the beach at Salt Pond Bay, Lameshur is an excellent alternative to north shore beaches, especially on days when winter swells may make swimming and snorkeling on the north uncomfortable.
Named for its long and lovely white sand beach, White Bay is a favorite among boaters who are looking to enjoy a day on Jost Van Dyke. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, White Bay is home to multiple restaurant/bars such as the Soggy Dollar Bar, Gertrude's and Jewel's Snack Shack.
Aptly named, spacious Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke is sheltered by small mountains. An ample, if sometimes difficult holding anchorage, Great Harbour has moorings as well as an easy entrance down the center, but avoid the large reef that extends 300 yards from the beach. Home of Foxy's and the island's customs office.
Sandy Cay a favorite among charterers, Sandy is a beautiful small island with plenty of beach and some good snorkeling off shore. Sandy Spit is further east, adjacent to Little Jost. Sandy Spit is a superb day anchorage over sandy ground with excellent snorkeling, especially the shallow wall off the south shore
Another fabulous beach that is accessible only via a rough ride over a difficult dirt road, via hiking or by boat, Smugglers Cove is perfect if you prefer peace and quiet at an uncrowded beach with great snorkeling. A truly unique place that is a testiment to West Indian ingenuity, Smugglers Cove Bar and Snack Stand uses a car battery to run the blender, so expect the unexpected...
A wonderfully casual beach, Manchioneel Bay is the home of the Cooper Island Beach Club. A great snorkeling reef, Cistern Point is at the south end of the bay, as well as snorkeling over sea grass (watch for sailboat keels). A not-to-be-missed experience!
  • “Lobsters, Snorkeling and Cliff Jumping..oh my!” "We spent a glorious day with Captain Morgan! This was our first trip to the area and he managed to cram in a ton of activities and sights while still allowing us to just relax and take a slow, chill vacation day. There were 4 of us--two adults and our young adult children. He picked us up from St. Thomas and took the time to figure out what we wanted--rather than just taking us to a standard cookie cutter list of places. Over the course of the day we snorkeled and swam on quiet beaches, ate freshly cooked lobster at Sidney's, explored the area and capped off the afternoon with a leap off of a 40 foot cliff into the deep blue sea. Pure perfection. Morgan was friendly and fun. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing day on the water!"    
    David C
  • "Our family of four spent the day with Jeremy as our Captain. He let us pick our day along with some of his suggestions. We ended up snorkeling at the Norman Island Caves and The Indians. Had a fabulous lunch at Pirates Bight , drinks and jumps at Willy T and finally spent some time at Jost Van Dyke and the beach . Jeremy was professional, friendly and we always felt safe. Would definitely recommend Ocean Runner for anyone looking for a day on the water." Visited July 2015
    Debbie S
  • "What an experience. Took a trip to the British VI's to see the Bath's, Caves at Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke. Hired Ocean Runner to take us there for a full day trip. Captain Tom Larson took care of us like we were his own family. He was so knowledgeable when it came to the history of the islands surrounding St. John and the BVI's. Highly recommend Captain Larson and Ocean Runner for your excursions out of St. John."
    John S
  • "The boat we rented from Ocean Runner was well-maintained, the staff were courteous and obviously experienced, and the advice and service excellent!  We would strongly recommend OR to anyone seeking a powerboat rental while visiting St John."
    Dana - Nashville
  • "We have used Ocean Runner quite a few times during our family vacations and always have had a wonderful day. Last year we had a larger group and had to use another company. The difference was obvious from the get-go. Of course we enjoyed the day - it's impossible not to - but the overall experience was not up to what we have enjoyed with Ocean Runner."
    Janet - Massachusetts