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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John

This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach on St...

This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach on St John, especially for island residents, which offers gazebos for parties, barbecues or family get-togethers.

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Wonderful beach and beautiful waters

What a wonderful day at the beach. Beautiful sun and clear sky.Just one of our many visits. I am amazed every time I go.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful day at the beach. Beautiful sun and clear sky.Just one of our many visits. I am amazed every time I go.

Thank ladygolfer1
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Last day, wanted close beach to get some sun and snorkel. The snorkeling was ok, but we did see a pretty big stingray hovering near the beach...facilities ok, no trouble grabbing a taxi, even though no stand per se. Wouldn Y make this my first choice but nice quie, breeze and small waves.

Thank Pd63123
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Why do I give it a 4 instead of 5 stars?... it has changing facilities but no bathrooms. Has picnic area. The beach is being devoured by the sea so it has a slope, dune like. The sea floor is uneven beware of sudden drops. Will see many diverse acuatic creatures, specially manta rays of all colors. Quiet beach right... More 

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Fort lauderdale, fl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Any of the beaches on Hawksnest Bay are fantastic. The water is clear and calm and there is good snorkeling accessible close to the shore. Not nearly as crowded as Cinnamon Bay or Maho. Ample parking is available as well. If you're feeling adventurous, try Little Hawksnest, Oppenheimer or Gibney Beach, which are all within the Bay.

Thank Kikibeanbag
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hawksnest Beach is the first beach you drive to on North Shore road. Plenty of parking, but get there early. Great snorkeling and smooth sandy beach. The sun glimmers on the azure blue waters that make it so inviting to go in. This is a National Park Beach which is maintained daily. However, the bathrooms are not great and you... More 

Thank Kevino7350
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean and not crowded! Water was super clear and snorkeling was fantastic. The views are breathtaking as well. Short cab ride from Cruz Bay, about $5/per person. Try to take a cab that is rather full so that you get a cheaper fare.

Thank 99FrequentTravel
Orwell, Vermont
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't been back to St John in a few years. We went to this beach after we settled into our airbnb. Its nice an small not crowded. Its pretty sheltered so the viability was good even though there was a small swell running.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get there before 10:00 AM. The tour start coming in then. This is an unusual spot for there is sand and coral formations. So you can get in and out of the water easily. The view is fantastic.

Thank Daniel S
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

The closest public beach to town. lots of good snorkeling close to the beach...many types of coral can be seen here. a short swim to Oppenheimer beach. not much shade as the afternoon goes by

Thank mels850
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

And with small children, that is a big plus as you haul all your gear for the day. They have toilets that may or may not be unlocked. Pretty gross latrines however when you do get in. It does get waves but water at shore can be a bit of rocky area.

Thank JillConnecticut

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