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Hawksnest Beach

Address: Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
Owner description: This narrow, sea-grape-tree-lined stretch of sand is a popular beach...
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
Owner description: 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Such a wonderful beach, really enjoyed we only stayed a couple of hours but well worth the visit clean tidy beautiful crystal clear water , not commercial at all and its easy to get to just tell the safari taxi driver that you need to be dropped there and getting back is easy you just flag down a taxi they... More 

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Dodge City, KS
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We talked to several snorkelers on this beach and they had spotted sea turtles as well as sting rays. My husband was out swimming and almost stepped on a sting ray(4 feet under on the ocean floor), so watch wear you step.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We didn't have great snorkeling luck the day we went but the beach itself is lovely and easy to park at. it also wasn't too crowded, though we went quite early. We spent the day with an adorable little box crab right next to us digging himself a new home.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is the first beach with parking/facilities you get to when leaving Cruz Bay. That being said it is usually very busy. The only plus is it gets morning sun

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My son loved the waves and steep decline of the shoreline. This wouldn't be great for young children or those who can't swim but great for those looking for a little fun in the water.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Hawksnest is a nice beach. It can get quite rough and the beach isn't huge so check the surf before deciding. It can also get crowded some come early if you can. There are a few picnic tables if you don't want to eat on the beach. Fair warning, even my husband didn't enjoy his trip to the bathroom.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This large bay is easy to access and offers memorable snorkeling experiences for all levels of ability. Of all the beaches on St. John, this one makes it to my Top 5 list!

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Greenville, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The swells were a little rough we were there and the beach wasn't that great. The snorkeling was good though! Go straight out and there is some really pretty coral. The beach was the disappointing part for me. Water was gorgeous.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The view is beautiful, the beach peaceful and empty. Great if you want to paddleboard, but if you want to stay on the beach, it is full of seaweed and it smells. There are 2 areas of Hawksnest, I'm referring to the Caneel access side. Hopefully, the seaweed is just an infrequent occurrence because the area is very nice.

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Spokane, Washington
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205 reviews 205 reviews
48 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Hawksnest is my 2nd favorite beach on St. John. This is a beautiful area with a very nice sandy beach.

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