Gibney Beach takes its name from the Gibney family that established a home in the 1950s on the land behind the beach at the southern side of Hawksnest Bay.
Located about a 1/4 mi east of Hawksnest Bay’s parking area. Visitors can access this beach via the Oppenheimer Beach iron gate. Parking is very limited – and you should not block the gate-access! From here you’ll walk down to Oppenheimer Beach and follow the shoreline to your left as you face the water. Take care not to disturb the privacy of the Gibney family or their guests. About 100 yards down the beach you’ll find a wonderful white sand beach.
Like many of St John’s beaches, entry is shallow with moderate waves! Sandy bottom extends out 20 – 30 yards! Due to the September, 2017 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, many of the majestic coconut palms that once lined this beach are gone. But the survivors are making a comeback – and it won’t be long before the iconic shadow of a palm tree extends across this beach again!
Snorkeling at Gibney Beach is best along the rocky eastern shoreline ( right side as you face the water). Protected from wind and high surf, this is a great snorkel. Along the way you’ll likely spot a large variety of tropical fish. Atlantic Blue Tangs, French Grunts, Parrot Fish and wrasses are abundant. Coral, while not as plentiful as other spots around St John, is still beautiful. You’ll see plenty of Mustard Hill coral, sea fans, gorgonians, colorful sponges and maze brain corals.