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Waterlemon Cay

Address: 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, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best...
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Type: Islands, Reefs, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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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Connecticut
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133 reviews 133 reviews
72 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

But this year the waves were too rough and we could not get out there. About a 25 minute walk from parking and then a 15 minute swim to the cay but worth it. Home to many angel fish, sometimes starfish and many species.

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New England
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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good snorkeling. No real beach, so this is a place to go for snorkeling. Be very careful of sea urchins. They are all around as you enter the water, both on shore and at the Cay. On this day we were advised to travel around the Cay counter clockwise. Lots of fish on the first side. VERY strong currents as... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing beach...so secluded and the walk to it is really something special and beautiful.. I think it was a half mile walk maybe?Most of the walk is along the beach line which makes for some great photo opportunities, and once we got to the beach we were alone with my family the entire time! The snorkeling wasnt... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A great place to snorkel, but be sure to have a floatation device as the currents are strong. We took our young children and it was a bit harrowing.

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Tampa, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

What can I say? Just do it! Clear waters; beautiful fish; gorgeous sands; warm waters; even a cute little island to snorkel about! Try doing this Cay and at least one more on your visit. Hint: can't find a "bad" beach on Ste Johns; everything is gorgeous : )

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New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This snorkeling requires a hike and strong swimming skills. You will swim out to a small island, and then snorkel around the island. Depending on the currents, you should be a strong swimmer. The snorkeling is wonderful.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In my opinion this was the best snorkeling on St. John. There is just so much to see. We saw so many different kinds of fish, an octopus, sting rays, sea turtles, bright coral. This just has it all. BE AWARE: from the parking lot at the ruins to the launching point is about a mile and a half hike.... More 

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place was amazing we saw 9 different beautiful species of fish we never saw .. We swam around the cay it's fine for moderate snorklers PROB not beginner .. On the opposite side of the cay it got pretty rough and U could get a bit disoriented in the waves if they're there.. But def amazing and worth the... More 

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No. Va.
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

You're in for a real treat if you can hike about 20 mins. on a mostly-flat trail (though there are a few rougher spots) along Leinster Bay to get to a put-in spot for swimming out to the Cay. The beach entries are rocky and thus slippery, though, so you have to be cautious getting in and out. And the... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Walk about a mile on the trail to Waterlemon Cay then swim out to snorkel around the island - but watch out for sea urchins. There were multiple different types of fish and they were very numerous. The water is calm around most of the island but can get choppy in places. Leave the water to hang out on the... More 

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