We spend lots of time in the summer up in Wells, Maine and in the peak season, there's traffic to fight on Route 1 that resembles something that residents of LA county deal with on a daily basis. Not so on St. John's. The 5 o'clock traffic "jam" lasted 3 minutes. We parked- FOR FREE- at most beaches (there are only a couple that charge) and when the sun began to hide behind too many palm trees, we picked up our stuff and headed down the road to the next beach. :)
Driving there isn't for the faint of heart. Switchbacks that curl your hair, and drop-off that add at little more white hairs, but the vistas are stunning.
Well, hope this has you thinking warm thoughts! Have a wonderful weekend!