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“Gibney Beach for a first timer”
Review of Gibney Beach

Gibney Beach
Ranked #44 of 94 things to do in St. John
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Gibney Beach for a first timer”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

I almost hate to do anything that brings more attention to Gibney because it is a lesser known beach in St. John, but since it will be a while till I am back, I guess it's OK.
The best day of our 9 day trip was spent at Gibney. One of the best things going for it is the LACK of parking which means that only a small handful of people will be there for the day and you should have a little distance between you and the next group.

There are only 3 parking spots at the entrance (all 3 cars should be parked in a line on the left side of the gate). There are two other nearby 'parking spaces'. We chose to park across the street on a dirt space just wide enough for a jeep. You will probably need to put your Jeep into 4wd to pull into this space as it is a steep uphill grade and over tree roots. One other space is up the road a little on the said, parked paralell (also not an official spot).
One other option if it is parked up is to drop off your passenger at Gibney/Oppenheimer and then go back and park at Hawksnest. You could then enter the water at Hawksnest and swim to the right around the rocks to get to Gibney.

Keep in mind the Gibney Villas are private and they now have some chairs on the beach that sit back a little and are roped off along the tree line. I preferred to stay more toward the oppenheimer end of the beach
This is a very quiet, tranquil beach with little noise other than the soft 'woosh' of the waves. People that go here tend to be quiet and looking for solitude so it might not be the best place to bring a bunch of children unless you don't care if they might disturb others. This is in a calm bay with very few waves. Snorkeling was good to the right end of the beach, especially if you go around the rocks and just out of sight along the shore.
We also saw a young deer at this beach that came within 30 feet of us, then ran down the beach jumping in and out of the waves. There are lots of Mangrove trees along the waters edge so this beach is shady much of the day. There are a few places you can get sun if you want. Walking from Oppenheimer to Gibney you will need to walk in ankle deep water to get around the trees.
All in all, this is a tranquil beach and one of my favorite spots on the island. If you want to go, go early. We were there by 8;45 am (high season) and the 3 spots by the gate were already parked up but we managed to park across the street. There are no facilities at this beach.

Visited March 2014
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Martinsburg
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46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Snorkeling”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is one of my husband's favorite places to go snorkeling in St. John's.. We have visited several times, and have snorkeled all around the island....

Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Tina R
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Acworth, Georgia
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58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Gibney Beach, a treat”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

We stayed at the house right on Gibney Beach, the Gibney Beach Cottage and loved being able to wake up every morinng and have breakfast on the porch looking at that georgous Caribbean water. We have gone to this beach two different years (2011 & 2013) and have never seen the beach with more than a dozen people on it, usually much less, sometimes just us. Maybe because there isn't room for more than 3 cars to park along the road since there is no parking lot. There is a community center with a lot but we have never experienced it being used. The reef is not in the best shape here and seems to have gotten a bit worse between visits. If you expand your snorkeling further out to the right (facing the water) the reef is much better. It's the area right in front of the Community Center/Oppenheimer house that has gotten worse. It's a quiet beach with no amenities. We really love this beach and hope the underwater community comes back, until it does though I have to give this an average rating because there are so many other fabulous beaches/bays on the island.

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Cheri-inAcworth
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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“On a scale of 1-10, this is an 11.”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

You can have Trunk, I'll take Gibney. It is just perfection. THE best beach on St. John.

We had our gear all packed up and were heading for one of the North Shore beaches, when I saw an open parking spot at Gibney/Oppenheimer - immediately pulled in. Then immediately, someone pulls in after me and takes the final spot (there are only 3 total for the beach). You can't improve on perfection.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank MarkinATL
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Perfect Beach”
Reviewed 1 May 2013

In my opinion, the most beautiful beach in the world. I'm a little biased though since it was the beach I was married on! We were warned of the locals, but have never had a problem with them.
If you are quiet and respectful you are left to enjoy the peacefulness you need.

Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Dennis C
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