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Waterlemon Cay

Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John
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Type: Islands, Reefs, Bodies of Water
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: Waterlemon Cay is a small cay within Leinster Bay.  To get there, you'll need to do a short 20 minute hike (.8 miles) in from the Annaberg Ruins... more »
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Goodrich, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

After a nice hike to Leinster (flat, easy), it is a must swim around the Cay! We saw sea turtles and a spotted eagle ray, but the most amazing thing was the variety of coral and fish that we saw here that we didn't see at other places we had snorkeled (and there were many!). It is kind of daunting... More

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Atlanta, GA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was the best snorkeling I'd ever experienced. Though we didn't see any sea turtles or unexpected wild life, the experience was great. We hiked all the way around, then snorkeled the little island in a clock-wise direction. This is apparently the best way to go with the current. Remember to wear shoes that you can walk easily in. The... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This is a nice area to go snorkeling and it's not crowded. Expect to see large coral and pretty purple sea fans. I also saw a sea turtle near the cay! TO GET HERE: park in the Annaberg Plantation parking lot (free). Walk to the edge of the parking lot and turn right. You will see the .8 mile trail... More

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Tucson,Az
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148 reviews 148 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Not too many place where you can snorkel to and then completely around an island (or a Cay in this case). Easy mile hike and maybe 200 yard snorkel to Cay and then can circumnavigate it. If a couple who are 55+ can do it anyone can. Others we met saw turtles but we didnt. Still very cool. We felt... More

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New York City, New York
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

this is one of the best snorkling spots that I have been to on St. John. You can see barracuda, stingray, turtles and gorgeous fish not to mention the coral. it is about a 25 minute walk on a trail from where you park and then a little swim from shore to the Cay. the beach itself is rocky and... More

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New England
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

We have snorkled at this location a number of times, the turtles, fish, etc make it one of the best locations to snorkle on St. John.

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent the day on this beach. It was easy walk (just under a mile each way). It was a gorgeous sunny day and we enjoyed every minute of it! We snorkeled completely around the small island. The coral was beautiful. We saw all kinds of tropical fish and sea turtles. There are no bathroom facilities but... More

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Sherborn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Incredible beach where you can easily swim with the sea turtles and rays. Fantastic snorkeling in a wonderfully natural environment. An easy and lovely walk into the beach - takes about 25 minutes.

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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Waterlemon Cay was a wonderful experience for us. The "hike" is about a mile and pretty easy really but I'd suggest real shoes instead of flip flops or sandles.Bring a backpack to secure your belongings in and hang it on a tree to prevent potential "critter" issues... Parking is limited at the trail's enterance. There is a fairly stong current... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Some of my favorite pictures come from this hike. The hike to Waterlemon seemed long but it was worth it. Overall it was probably 20 minutes not stopping. The snorkel to the little island was very pretty. Saw some fish right in front of my face. Hike to the point past the beach and then snorkel by the bouys, thats... More

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