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Address: Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John
Activities: Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Description: A short swim from Leinster Bay, you'll find some of the best snorkeling on...
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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Great snorkeling

Very little beach...still beautiful and great snorkeling. We were able to see several types of fish, coral and rays. The hike to the beach was long but well worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Very little beach...still beautiful and great snorkeling. We were able to see several types of fish, coral and rays. The hike to the beach was long but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great snorkeling but a long hike to this destination. This is a remote place but a must if on St. John. make sure you swim all the way around this island as the far side is the prettiest. Bring you water/hiking shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Frirst of all be sure you refer to it as WaterLEMON Cay as no one will know where the Watermelon Day is. This has some terrific snorkeling but is for the person who is not afraid to walk through a manrove path with some stepping up and down some large stones for 30 minutes. You start at the Sugar Plantation... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Twice i have seen a 6-8 Nurse shark sleeping in the same spot below the same ledge. Between that and all the life and coral this could be the spot in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Takes a little bit of a walk to get there, but the snorkeling is good...the beach area is limited, but Francis Bay is nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Since we are snorkeling with our two sons and had concerns about swimming out to the cay because of the current, we waited until our boat charter to check out this spot. The snorkeling around the cay was decent. Our boat captain took us to another spot to the right of the cay (right side, facing the island from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

I snorkeled Waterlemon on May 30, 2015. My decision was based on the great reviews I'd read. My boyfriend and I rented a dinghy from Low Key Watersports and tied up to the Orange cable line off the sandbar. It is all pretty easy to see. We snorkeled off several beaches while in St. John. I have to say Waterlemon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

After a long walk in we set in to do some snorkeling. Beach doesn't have very much sand so if it's busy, you have to post up on the rocks. Jellyfish were small but there were a ton of them, and it's tough to get over the constant stinging. Recommend wearing a board shirt or long sleeves in the water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The walk from parking will warm you up for the swimming - almost a mile. Like most others, we swam to the Cay from the beach - this year, the better coral is on front side of the cay (facing the sea, not the beach - must have had a tropical storm that harmed coral on the side facing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We snorkeled Waterlemon Cay twice during our week stay & it was absolutely amazing! I saw things there I have never seen before & I consider myself a pretty observant snorkeler. Just in front of the beach is a grassy area, smaller sea turtles love to graze here, we saw at least 4. Also in the shallow grassy area we... More 

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Address: Address: Water Lemon Cay Beach Virgin Islands National Park,, Virgin Islands National Park 00830 ‎, St. John
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Virgin Islands National Park

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