How to avoid them? That’s what folks on TripAdvisor's St. John forum want to know.
“From what I’ve read, said MartinSpartan, “the best way to avoid the cruise ship crowds (at the north shore beaches) is to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.” What, he wanted to know, is ‘early' and ‘late’?
STJ4ME said forget about timing the sunbathers’ movements. Forget the popular beaches and head to Maho, Francis, Dennis Bay, and Gibney. “Since you're (staying) in Coral Bay,” they added, “go to Vie’s and Lil Lameshur.”
Mindehankins said it is a matter of timing: avoid the beaches the days the cruisers are in. And she pointed to VINow.com’s schedule for ships.
NCsyracuse said one visit to Trunk and Cinnamon was all it took for them to swear off those spots. “Our favorite beaches are Maho, Francis, Salt Pond, and Lameshur.
“By 2 p.m., when we consider the beach ‘crowded, we head back to the villa.”