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Hawksnest Beach

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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
Description: This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach on St...
This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach on St John, especially for island residents, which offers gazebos for parties, barbecues or family get-togethers.
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Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

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Lot's to see if you swim around.

If you're just looking for a sandy beach with beautiful views, go to Trunk. But, if you want an easy snorkel with nice sand and fewer people, consider Hawksnest. There are 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you're just looking for a sandy beach with beautiful views, go to Trunk. But, if you want an easy snorkel with nice sand and fewer people, consider Hawksnest. There are 2 main coral patches in front of the beach. The one on the left - facing out to sea - is the more interesting one if you swim out... More 

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Middletown, NJ
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of the nicest beaches. Big beach, soft sand and gentle surf. Didn't snorkel here much. Great beach for tanning, picnicking and very scenic.

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Tucson, AZ
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The beach itself is nice, but our primary interest was snorkeling. Almost all the coral was badly broken, and we even snorkeled around the rocks (to the left when facing the water). We saw a few fish but little else. Many people seemed to be enjoying the beach. There are bathroom facilities and some shade. There even a few anemones... More 

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is one of the best beaches in the Virgin Islands and not one that is talked about so it wasn't crowded. The water is beautiful! My kids went snorkeling and found a rope swing and mermaids cove from here. This is the best beach we visited during our trip. The only negative thing I have to say is that... More 

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Keswick, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Liked the snorkeling and the picturesque beach, particularly as seen from the roadside lookout on the North Shore Road. Disliked that they had no running water for the washrooms and no showers. Although Trunk Beach has all that, the snorkelling there is pretty much done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This beach is on Caneel Bay's property, so I don't think you can snorkel there unless you are a guest, but what a great benefit it is of staying there! We went around 11 am and we saw several sea turtles eating grass. It was very cool!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

a beautiful beach that on Sunday is host to a church service - we really enjoyed this - and what a place to enjoy worship

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Farmington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

On an island of awesome beaches, Hawksnest Beach is among the best. It is a bit more secluded than the famed Trunk and Cinnamon and therefore has fewer amenities, but that may be exactly what you are looking for. Parking is pretty good and there was always a spot open when we visited or drove by. Great calm turquoise waters.

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

This is the best beach on the island. It is smaller so get there early. There are restrooms, changing area, tables and iguana. Great place. Snorkeling is great. Sandy area to enter the snorkeling area. The tables are nice. Take the time to talk to the Rangers and volunteers. They do a great job at keeping the place clean. They... More 

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Moore, Oklahoma
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We hiked over here from a trail inside Caneel Bay Resort. Within 5 minutes of arriving we saw a fish leap out of the water and back, a turtle bobbing its head up and down in the water and a sting ray just swimming right by the shallow water by the beach. That left me in awe for a good... More 

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