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    Bob in the ruins
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    A big aloe
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    Looking out from the parking area
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    Donkeys, Goats, and Iguanas

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Throughout the Virgin Islands, we saw donkeys, goats, and iguanas, but we seemed to see the most on St. John. You definitely need to watch out for them when you are driving. They also seem to pop up when you're hiking and you least expect it.

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    Caneel Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Caneel Bay is probably most recognized as home to the Caneel Bay Resort. If you are not staying at the resort, you are still allowed to visit Caneel Bay. You just have to check in with the security guard at the entrance. Caneel Bay was very pretty, but it was crawling with people and boats, so we didn't stay long.

    Caneel Bay from above
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    Hawksnest Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Hawksnest is another beach on Route 20 that tends to be very crowded during the day. We honestly didn't do any swimming here because we thought the snorkeling/swimming would be better in a place that wasn't as crowded.

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    Jumbie Beach

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    We found a deserted beach that I think is Jumbie Bay. We were driving along and saw a set of stairs leading down to the beach. We stopped, got out, and walked down and found ourselves completely alone. It was so beautiful and peaceful.

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    Trunk Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    This beach seemed to be packed during the day. We went after hours (around 5 pm), and there was still a bit of a crowd, but nothing like during the day. There is an admission fee to this beach ($4/adult).

    Trunk Bay is popular because of its underwater snorkeling trail. There are signs identifying coral and fish that you may see while underwater. Needless to say, this area has been damaged, and we didn't think the snorkeling was very good here.

    It's still a neat experience, but I would highly recommend going early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the crowds.

    Underwater snorkeling trail
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    Cinnamon Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    Cinnamon Bay is the longest beach on St. John. There are many facilities here: restrooms, restaurant, picnic table, and more. There is a lifeguard on duty during the day, so that makes this a very popular place for families.

    Again, the water wasn't as clear as I would have liked, but we still managed to capture some great things while we were snorkeling. Check out my pictures! :-)

    A stingray and fish Cinnamon Bay
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    Maho Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    One of the first things we noticed about St. John was that the beaches were much more crowded. We still managed to find some quiet moments, but as a rule, there were more people on the beaches here. It may be because these beaches are considered to be some of the best in the Virgin Islands.

    Maho Bay was so calm and peaceful. The water was a bit cloudy because of the amount of people kicking up sand, but we still had a great time snorkeling. Check out my pictures to see what we saw here!

    Maho Bay Maho Bay Isn't he cute?
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    Cruz Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    You definitely need to take some time and wander around in Cruz Bay. The locals are very friendly, and there are numerous shops to explore. Mongoose Junction was one of my favorite places to visit. It was an all stone shopping/restaurant area, and it was so fun to see all of its nooks and crannies.

    Walking around in Cruz Bay Arriving in Cruz Bay Mongoose Junction Mongoose Junction
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    Safety from the storm

    by kyoub Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    At the east end of the island is a natural harbor named Hurricane Hole.
    It got this name because this is where they take the ships and yachts when a storm is coming for protection from the winds.

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    Birding

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 3, 2008

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    St. John is probably the best of the U.S. Virgin Islands for birding. Among other things, it is perhaps the best place in the Caribbean (and the world) to find Bridled Quail-Dove. The Reef Bay Trail is generally considered to be the best place to find these remarkably tame birds. I saw a half dozen of the birds, always singly or in pairs, on both the Reef Bay Trail and the Cinnamon Bay Trail. The birds were always on shady, rock-strewn hillsides. Other common birds as typical of the Caribbean and include Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Bananaquit, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, and wintering warblers.

    Bridled Quail-Dove Brown Pelican Magnificent Frigatebird Pearly-eyed Thrasher Northern Parula
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    Hiking the Reef Bay Trail

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 3, 2008

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    One of the more popular trails on St. John, the Reef Bay Trail begins 4.9 miles east of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road. The trail descends through a shady, moist forest and a dry forest. Along the way, you pass the ruins of four sugar estates and abandoned farming communities. The trail is 2.2 miles one-way and takes approximately two hours to hike. The trail also connects with the quarter-mile Petroglyph Trail ends at a rock pool featuring rock carvings attributed to early Arawak Indians.

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    Hiking the Cinnamon Bay Trail

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Beginning 100 yards east of the entrance road into Cinnamon Bay Campground, the Cinnamon Bay Trail is a forested trail that follows an old Danish plantation road uphill to its junction with Centerline Road. The trail is just over a mile long and takes an hour or so one-way. Along the way, you are unlikely to encounter more than a couple other hikers and will be rewarded with some surprising views.

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    Snorkeling at Trunk Bay

    by bsfreeloader Written Feb 2, 2008

    Snorkeling at the Baths is highly overrated. Granted, the one time I visited the area was being pounded by big waves and a strong north swell. Still, even under ideal conditions, this isn’t an area which will produce world-class snorkeling (particularly given all the people who are likely to be in the water with you). You will see some fish, just not as many as you would snorkeling an intact coral reef. For $10 a pop to rent a snorkel, mask, and fins, it's still not a bad deal.

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    Trunk Bay

    by bsfreeloader Written Jan 31, 2008

    The accolades for Trunk Bay are never-ending. The National Geographic Society has labeled it the world’s most beautiful beach. Conde Nast Traveler and several other publications have consistently voted it as one of the best beaches in the world. Unfortunately, a strong north swell made for poor swimming and snorkeling conditions on the day I visited, but, even had conditions been perfect, I’d be hard pressed to put it in my top handful of favorite beaches. But it’s not a bad place to dip your toes in the water.

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    Trunk Bay

    by globetrotter_2006 Written Mar 7, 2007

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    This is the famous trunk bay that you see in almost all the pictures of the Caribbean. We arrived by boat, but you can also drive here. Renowned for it's underwater snorkeling trail, Trunk Bay is definitely worth a visit.

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