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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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Oradell, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Park at Annaberg lot, hike in and enjoy. Saw a nurse shark out around the cay, some nice rays and turtles.An idyllic spot away from the crowds.

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Atherton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

You haven't really lived until you have snorkeled at Waterlemon Cay. It's worth the hike, it's the best reef on St. John, and it's the place you are most likely to come face to face with a wild dolphin.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Don't let the hike to the point deter you...Best Snorkeling I've found on St. John. Lots of wildlife and is usually not very crowded.

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Conway, Arkansas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Watermelon Cay was the first place we snorkeled on our trip to St John. The water is unbelievably blue, & the hike is flat and easy. If you can, try to take as little as possible. My husband and I took one towel and our snorkeling gear, which made the hike easy and fast. However, we saw people with coolers,... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

One of the best you can do from the shore. If Trunk Bay or Cinnamon are crowded, this could be your best bet. The short one mile hike to the beach area thins out the herd. Cruise ship tours seldom come out here either. Turtles are found in the channel between the beach and the island, spend a little time... More

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Goodrich, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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

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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