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Address: Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John

A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on...

A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on this small island, with its plethora of marine life.

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A bit of a hike, which makes you wonder why there are that many people at the beach.... long swim (counterclockwise) around Waterlemon Cay. Saw turtles, sting rays and a baby... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Birkerod, Denmark
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Birkerod, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A bit of a hike, which makes you wonder why there are that many people at the beach.... long swim (counterclockwise) around Waterlemon Cay. Saw turtles, sting rays and a baby nurse shark. Fair amount of fish and corals, but far from the best snorkelling spot. Instead do Marys Creek, which is right where the trail starts, next to the... More 

Thank frankolsendk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You should do this hike , snorkel stop at least once . This was my eighth time to the island and fourth to water lemon cay. The first time fifteen years ago was the best as I saw so many starfish and bright colors of everything ! It has not lived up to the first time ever again. Make sure... More 

Thank Bonaire5
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

About a mile hike to where you have to get in the water to swim to Waterlemon Cay. Swim around the little island and watch for sea urchins. The coral and fish are beautiful.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited Waterlemon and were treated to a nice Beach. You have to walk .8 of a mile to get to the beach, but it is worth it. On this particular day, the snorkeling was OK, but not great. Still had a good time and saw turtles and sting rays. Would recommend this beach, but keep in mind it is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The .8 mile walk to the beach is great exercise. It is flat terrain and very doable by most people. Bring your chair, lunch and snorkeling equipment and walk up past the beach so your swim to the island is more manageable. It is advised to swim counter clockwise around the small island and the current can sometimes be challenging.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is by far the most difficult beach to get to on the North Shore. You have to park at the Annaberg Mills ruins and then walk about a mile to Waterlemon Beach. Not much sand to sit on but the snorkel out to and around Waterlemon Cay is worth the extra work. Bring water, food and anything else you... More 

Thank James L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After walking all the way to the end of Leinster Bay (parts of the trail are the old Dutch Road) you come to a very rocky beach directly across from Waterlemon Cay. Snorkeling was fun- saw Rays and lots of fish. Other snorkelers reported seeing turtles and barracudas. We did not. Walk out is about a mile.

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After parking at Leinster trailhead, you walk 20 invites on a fairly flat, shaded trail. In the grasses of the bay, we spotted two turtles. Here you will find a white sand beach. We continued on trail to the point across from Waterlemon Cay, dropped our shoes and headed in to the water. At this point, the shoreline is rocky.... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The outer side of this island offers excellent snorkeling! You need to be very cautious that the currents aren't strong though or you could get yourself in trouble. Lots of coral, fans and some BIG fish!

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Pennington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Water lemon cay is accessed from the Leinster trail. We snorkeled out to the cay through lovely clear waters . There was a strong current so use caution .

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