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Address: 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St. John, VI 00830, Usvi | 18. 363469, -64. 731270, Virgin Islands National Park 00830, St. John
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: A rocky, windswept bay on the northern coast of St. John.

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A hike to get to it but well worth the walk. Watermelon Cay is just off the coast and is one of the best snorkel spots in the world. Swim around the cay and you will soon agree.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

A hike to get to it but well worth the walk. Watermelon Cay is just off the coast and is one of the best snorkel spots in the world. Swim around the cay and you will soon agree.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You can spend as much time in Leinster Bay as your endurance allows. We snorkeled from the beginning of the sandy beach along the foot path about half the way to the point. Rich with fish and coral in calmer waters. A must-snorkel area - shallow enough to enjoy and see well, but need to be vigilant to avoid damage... More 

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Tavernier, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Hike the trail out to Watermelon bay. Nice trail easy walking, wear sneakers. Beautiful views on way out. Did not swim that day as it was very windy and had read the currents there could be very strong.

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Kentwood, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

An easy flat hike to a great snorkel. Not so much a hanging out beach, but we always see turtles, and often eagle rays very close to shore

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Lake Forest, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

It's probably not worth going here unless you plan to snorkel at Waterlemon Cay. The Bay is very rocky and there's only a sliver of a beach. This used to be a good place to spot star fish, but I hear they are no longer there.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

we went here after the sugar plantation - it is a hike in; you have the opportunity to see lots of nature

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

my favorite area and beach that we snorkeled on my trip to St.John. The hike, thankfully, keeps the crowds down but before 10 AM is still the best. Nice clear water, great fish and a nice variety of corals. We also saw stingrays and green sea turtles. No facilities so take water and snacks. I loved this beach and snorkel... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We hiked to Leinster Bay and onto Waterlemon for snorkeling the reef. Leinster Bay had plenty of sea turtles and sting rays to look at in the shallow water feeding off the bountiful sea grass. Great place for kids to get to see these guys! Well worth the small hike to get to.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We enjoyed perusing the Sugar Plantation Ruins, walking the wonderful beaches and paddeling out for great snorkeling. Its a very pleasant walk out to the outer reaches of the Bay where on several occasions we picniced, sun bathed and swam.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You have to really want to get to Leinster Bay, but the hike is worth it! Pack a lunch and snorkel gear, park at the trail head and walk about 20 minutes along the shoreline to get to the bay. Depending on the wind direction, there might be some swells or it might be flat calm. On our latest visit... More 

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Address: Address: 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St. John, VI 00830, Usvi | 18. 363469, -64. 731270, Virgin Islands National Park 00830, St. John
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Virgin Islands National Park

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