Hawksnest Beach is a local’s favorite and the closest beach to Cruz Bay. White sand and easy tides make Hawks Nest Beach great for families, and of course, its great for snorkeling. There’s a shallow water reef just a few yards off the center of the beach to see orange elkhorn corals and an abundance of friendly sea creatures. Not to worry–no beasties here!
There’s many stories about why settlers called the beach Hawks Nest, but the most likely reason is because Hawksbill Turtles used to nest and lay their eggs on the sandy shore. Seeing baby turtles migrate to the sea is a sight you’ll never forget.
Hawks Nest Beach faces east, so it’s lit with morning sun. It’s a great place to start your day with a refreshing swim. The best days to snorkel Hawks Nest Beach are on days when the bay is calm–the north swells can quickly churn the water and drastically diminish visibility. There’s a formation of black rocks which separate Hawks Nest Beach from Gibney Beach. These rocks are home to a myriad of wild life and are a great place for beginners to start. The water is calm and colorful sea life, like parrotfish and damselfish, corals and algaes, dot the rocks. It’s not too deep, so it’s an easy place for beginners to see great things.