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Hawksnest Beach

Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
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Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike, and Snorkel with Sea Turtles
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great beach” (50 reviews)
“cruz bay” (54 reviews)
Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took a chance and it was so worth it! There are limited facilities at this beach and that makes it secluded and quiet. We took our towels, cooler, and lunch. Laying under the sea grape trees could not have been more wonderful.

Thank 3greens2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

White sand beach, beautiful views. Had clusters of rocks in water where schools of fish could be seen. Children would be able to snorkel there in safe waters. Some Picnic tables, pit toilets. Get there before 9 am to beat the crowds.

Thank Texas154
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our 10 day bare-boat sailing trip, we stopped for a night in Hawksnest. One of the great beaches in the National Park and adjacent to the Caneel Bay resort. Good snorkeling and swimming. The only concern is that if there are North Swells, the...More

Thank paulenewell
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is closest to Cruz Bay, so travel time is short. The beach is fairly narrow and steeper than Trunk Bay but free and not as crowded. There are picnic tables and shelters along with restroom facilities. Parking is limited, like all St John...More

Thank rcholden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjpyed our snorkeling on this beach. The parking is easy and access is simple to the water.

Thank aaronkch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here after being disappointed at Trunk and it was better, but definitely not like Waterlemon or Haulover. We did get a chance to swim around with a big and friendly ray. It's an easy beach to access and we had no problem finding...More

Thank Buckeyesnorkeler2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this beach is beautiful, the snorkeling here was good too. we swam with some very friendly rays here and they came right up to us and stuck around while we took some pictures. wasnt to crowded but the parking is limited.

Thank EcoTraveler13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach has always been a favorite, mostly because of the snorkeling. It's wonderful. When I lived on the island, my girlfriends and I used to swim this beach early in the morning. The most fascinating thing about the swim was seeing the turtles. Always...More

Thank mary o
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

Thank Pd63123
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