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Carambola Tide Pools

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Address: St. Croix

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Fun hike, beautiful views

My husband and I stayed at the Renaissance Carambola and were able to pick up the trail right from our hotel. The trail is a bit shorter starting from the resort, but we also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stayed at the Renaissance Carambola and were able to pick up the trail right from our hotel. The trail is a bit shorter starting from the resort, but we also hiked the other way in to see what it was like. The beginning of the trail (from the resort) is pretty steep, but that part doesn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is a very long and difficult hike, especially if you are not a hiker in your daily life, I happened to be a hiker so I didn't mind, but the tide pool is nothing like the pictures. SO if you like to hike then do it, it can't hurt, but otherwise don't waste your time.

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Carambola tide pools are accessed via a trail which starts at the Carambola Resort, where we parked. Plan to spend a good part of the day at the resort also which has a great beach, very good food and drinks, and lots of amenities. The hike is about 45 minutes each way. I'd consider it a moderate hike. A... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Approximately 45 minute hike from the Carambola resort, and the actual entrance to the tide pools is a little precarious - be sure to bring your water shoes! Otherwise it's very beautiful but was ruined by families bringing speakers and obnoxious kids jumping into the pools (which also have boulders in the bottom... risky!) The surroundings offer lovely views and... More 

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Guilford, VT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Best hike on St Croix. So nice we did it twice! Pools were a bit anticlimactic. They are easy to get to once you have hiked in. Waves weren't making it onto the pools. Colors of the rocks and clarity of the water off the shore was incredible and we had great snorkeling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Well worth the hike. Wear your hiking footwear and change into your water shoes at the beach. Your feet will thank you. The sound of the rocks tumbling with the waves is unreal. I could stay all day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The hike from Carambola is moderately difficult - mainly because of the steep grade at the beginning of the hike and the narrow sections along the hill side. Perfectly manageable though for most any age group as long as you take your time. Wear good shoes for climbing over the rocks at the edge of the tidal pool and bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I just got back from the tide pools. What a trip! There's a lot of walking, I believe we did o er three miles there and back. And there's a lot of up hill walking and steep drops. But the nature walk itself is really nice! And I would say 90% of the trail is covered, oh,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The tide pools themselves weren't much to see, although it was also raining when we got there so we didn't stay too long. We enjoyed the hike to and from the tide pools much more than the tide pools. It was about a 2 mile hike each way (45 min to 1 hour). The hike was about medium difficulty, not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The hike to the tide pools starts by the Carambola Hotel. The hike is around 40 minutes and a little steep at the beginning. We had a range of ages from 7 yrs to 48 yrs and it is very achievable but wear trainers. The views on the way are beautiful and then you reach a stony beach area. Climb... More 

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