Located right next to the near-world-famous Vie’s Snack Shack, Hansen Beach is a wonderful spot to get away from it all. Check out this photo by St John beach guide to really appreciate how wonderful a spot this is. For a small fee, Vie offers parking and a beach chair. Make sure you take one of Vie’s Johnny Cakes and a cold libation to enjoy. Hansen Bay has the soft white silky sand that St John is known for. It also has a very easy and shallow entrance so it is a good option for the little ones or those who are not great swimmers. Most days it also offers lots of protection from big waves but, make sure you bring lots of sunscreen!
Often moored off the beach is the floating bar ‘Angel’s Rest’. It is worth the swim out to enjoy a drink! Here is a recent Facebook posting, by the Casa La Famiglia Villa folks, about Vie’s Beach and Angel’s Rest:
“Something all guests of St. John should do…spend the day at Vie’s beach on Hansen Bay. For just $2.50, you can park your car, use her beach, lounge in her chairs, and rinse off with her hose. Vie’s delicious homemade lunch is $10, cash only. Beach access and her food shack is only open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Another fun activity to do there besides snorkeling and kayaking is visiting Angel’s Rest, a 40 foot pontoon boat anchored right off shore. It’s a bar! Call Captain Pete at Tel#. 340-514-6270 to check to see if he will be at Hansen Bay. Drinks are all $5, cash only. Bring a noodle or fins so you have something to swim with on the way BACK to the beach”