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Oppenheimer Beach

North Shore, St. John

Oppenheimer Beach isn't named in honor of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Father of the Atomic Bomb - it's named because Oppenheimer owned the property in the small corner on the right side of Gibney Beach! The Oppenheimer's bought the property from the Gibney's in 1957 where they then built a vacation home. The property was eventually given to the "people of St. John" where there is now a community center and a public access to the beach.

The beach itself is just a small piece of Gibney Beach so it has the same soft sand and shallow waters. The beach is located within Hawksnest Bay and from it's position on the western side of the bay it gets the least amount of waves making it very calm. From the beach you can easily swim along the rocks to get to Mermaid's Chair if you time the tides correctly. There is parking just off the road where you can see the original wrought iron gate to the property with the Oppenheimer name across the top.

More Information

Fee required: No
Beach Busy: No
Beach Size: Small


  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables

How to Get There

  • Drive