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    Cinnamon Bay Beach

    by dharmabum222 Written Aug 25, 2004

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    Described by many as the most beautiful beach on the island. Trunk Bay may have been rated in the top ten beaches in the world but many people that we spoke to prefered Cinnamon Bay as there were less crowds and if you walk to the end of the beach, the sand meets a coral reef and you can do some unbelievable snorkelling almost right from the shore, just put your face in the water. There are windsurfing, kayaking, beach chairs, floats, hobie-cats and many other beach activities for rent when you arrive.

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    Virgin Islands National Park

    by dharmabum222 Written Aug 28, 2004

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    This park was established by US presidnet Eisenhower in 1956 & has grown in years to encompass about 75% of the island. There are multiple trail hikes, hidden beachesm seashore strolls, snorkelling opportunities right off shore and if you are feeling very environmental, nature talks at both Cinnamon Bay campground and Maho Bay Campground nightly.

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    Waterlemon Cay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    To reach this beach/island, you have to hike the Leinster Bay Trail and continue past Leinster Bay. It's not far until you reach Waterlemon Bay. In the distance you can see Waterlemon Cay. It is great fun (and a bit scary) to swim out to this island and snorkel along the way.

    I am usually someone that sticks as close to possible to shore, so this was an impressive feat for me. It was amazing to look down and see the ocean floor 50-60 feet below you. As you get close to the island, the current is stronger, so be careful.

    There are tons of sea urchins and rocks when you enter this beach, so take caution until you get farther out into the water.

    I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys adventure. The hike and snorkel are a great combination.

    Waterlemon Cay in the distance Sea urchins Standing on Waterlemon Cay
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    Hike Leinster Bay Trail/Snorkel Watermelon Cay

    by pabertra Written Dec 27, 2005

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    I highly recommend snorkeling Watermelon Cay which is touted as the best snorkeling on the island. First however you must hike along Leinster Bay Trail, unless you have rented a boat to get to the Cay. You can park your car or get a ride to the parking lot for the Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins and the clearly marked trailhead starts right off the road and continues along the water's edge for a solid 20-30 minutes. You'll hike along pebbly Leinster Bay, pass a sandy stretch of shoreline, and finally emerge at a rocky beach marked by a large tractor tire. From there it is an easy swim out to Watermelon Cay.

    The snorkeling here was GREAT! You'll see starfish dotting the ocean floor, spotted eagle rays, fan and brain coral, nurse sharks, stoplight fish, parrot fish, barracudas, leatherback turtles, and many other species I am unable to identify. This is an ideal place for the whole family to snorkel as there is only a mild current that is easily manageable for a moderate swimmer. To go with the current swim it counter clockwise.

    A word of warning. Have someone watch your pack if it has any food in it as the mongoose will be ready and waiting for unsuspecting snorkelers to leave their packs and food unattended. They are quite adept at opening packs and will steal your food if you give them the chance.

    Leinster Bay Hiking the Leinster Bay Trail Watermelon Cay Huge Aloe Plant
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    Leinster Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    To reach Leinster Bay, you have to walk the Leinster Bay Trail. It is an easy walk along the water. It is about .8 miles to reach Leinster Bay. It seems we just missed the sea turtles onshore. If you want to see them, arrive early in the morning.

    This beach was very secluded, as most people don't want to hike to get to a beach.

    A barracuda!!!
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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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    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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    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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    Drunk Bay

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    If you walk about .8 miles past Salt Pond Bay, you will reach Drunk Bay. This was an incredible beach to visit for a couple of reasons. First, the waves were crashing on the rocks like crazy. This was really the only time we saw big waves in the Virgin Islands. Secondly, because the waves throw so much rock and coral onto the beach, tourists or locals have created "people" all over the rocks. It was neat to walk around and see all of the creations.

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    Maho Bay

    by pabertra Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    Stunning Maho Bay has some of the calmest waters on St. John. This is a great beach for families with small children since the water is shallow a long way out and extremely clear.

    Also this is a great beach to try and spy and swim with turtles as they nest around here. There are no facilities at this beach, just nature at its best, so come prepared with drinks and everything else you'll need

    Maho Bay
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    Annaberg Planation

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    The Annaberg Plantation is a huge estate on St. John. It was interesting to wander through these ruins (they are well preserved). It was established in 1718. There is no greathouse because the owner lived elsewhere. There is a cookhouse, jail, sugar factory, and windmill.

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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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    Cinnamon Bay Ruins

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    This is an easy loop of a hike that leads past the ruins of a sugar plantation. Don't confuse this hike with the Cinnamon Bay Trail hike. This one is quite easy compared to that one. There are signs here identifying sections of the plantation.

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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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    Lameshur Bay Trail

    by agapotravel Written Aug 4, 2008

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    You park at Lameshur Bay and begin an uphill climb to Reef Bay Trail. It's about a 5 mile roundtrip hike. There are overlooks and other trails along the way. We stopped and saw petroglyphs along this trail. It is one of the most popular hikes in the Virgin Islands, but we didn't see many people along the way. Make sure you take plenty of water and try to go in the morning.

    An overlook Reef Bay Uphill Petroglyphs
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