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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, Bodies of Water, Reefs, 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, Bodies of Water, Reefs, 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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Chicago, IL
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This beautiful stretch of shoreline and offshore island and reef is a "must-do" as a snorkeler. But, it is quite a narrow stretch of shore and most of it is medium-sized pebbles - not sand. So, if you're looking for a place to chill on a sandy beach, try one of the many other awesome north shore beaches. You come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I snorkeled around the cay in January 2015. It was amazing to see so many different types of coral and fish. We actually swam without fins and the current was a bit strong on the far side of the cay, but we had no problem and we are NOT avid swimmers. Although, next time, we did agree... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

As most reviewers have indicated there's about a 20 minute walk to the beach but the path is along the shore and is very pretty. Although we saw a stingray as soon as we entered the water in Waterlemon bay, we were advised not to spend too much time snorkeling in the bay less we get too tired to snorkel... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We didn't get to explore a lot of the reef because it was so big, but what we did see was nice! We managed to see a barracuda, a stingray, and a see turtle among other fish. Getting there early is a great idea to get parking and not swim into other snorkelers. It's a bit of a walk but... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is the best place to snorkel on St. John, hands down. It is a bit of hike to the beach and a relatively long swim from shore but worth the effort. Only the most timid novice will find it too difficult. If the currents are right you can circumnavigate the entire cay. Be cautious with the currents around the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We loved snorkeling around Waterlemon Cay. We saw queen angelfish, 4-eye butterfly fish, lots of sergeant majors, parrotfish, wrasses, damselfish, yellow jacks and bar jacks, schools of blue tangs, surgeonfish and doctor fish, rays and a turtle!

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Latham, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A remote location requiring a 30 minute walk, but well worth it. The Cay itself is an island that requires a swim we found somewhat intimidating as amateur snorkelers, but it was not a necessary venture. From the beach alone we saw numerous fish and three green sea turtles!

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Minnesota
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The hike to the beach is easy and level, took maybe 20 minutes. It is an easy snorkel/swim out to the Cay. We followed the suggestions and went counterclockwise around the cay, and it was very easy. Great stuff to see all around, except for the side that faces St. John. The water was a little chilly crossing out to... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

Nice walk on a flat trail to the beach and a great place to snorkel. Water wonderful with turtles, eagle ray, stingray, coral and a lot of fish. Circle the cay and enjoy. Not crowded

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Miami Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We have been travelling to St John for 15 years, lived there for 5 years, and continue to return multiple times each year. Snorkeling has always been an important part of our ongoing experience with the island. After reading the reviews on Waterlemon, I felt obligated to comment here: I couldn't possibly tell you the exact number of times I... More 

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