While I frequently say that aside from my hometown, St. John is my favorite place on earth, the more accurate statement would be that Gibney Beach on St. John is my favorite place on earth. This idyllic little stretch of beach on the North Shore is never crowded and even when a few other people are on the beach, they are usually tucked away in the little palm and seagrape tree alcoves so that you barely see them. Crystal aqua waters, white sugary sands, palms behind you, and shallow waters with a soft sand bottom for frolicking in the sea that leads out to deeper water with excellent snorkeling. The reefs are decent to look at and there are large sea turtles and many fish to observe, as well!
My favorite thing on this beach is a palm tree that bends over the water and has a tire swing attached (photos to be posted soon). The swing is fun, especially when high tide is in, but the curve in the tree is perfect for draping a beach towel over the trunk and laying down, with the trunk as your cradle, and listening to the gentle waves rolling up on the sand just a few feet below you while warm breezes rustle through the palms. And if you happen to fall asleep, well, that is just fine too because you’re on island time!
Interestingly, the beach is also known as Oppenheimer Beach. And yes, it is that Oppenheimer…the Manhattan Project/atomic bomb guy.
Stay tuned for more photos…and enjoy a mental vacation while looking at this one!