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Hawksnest Beach

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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, St. John
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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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Best beach I've seen so far

We stayed on St. Thomas and took the ferry to St. John one day. I wish we had taken more time to visit St. John though. We ended up only visiting Magen's, Hawksnest and Trunk Bay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kate S
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Rome, Wisconsin, United States

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Rome, Wisconsin, United States
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed on St. Thomas and took the ferry to St. John one day. I wish we had taken more time to visit St. John though. We ended up only visiting Magen's, Hawksnest and Trunk Bay while there. Hawksnest was serene, quiet and looked untouched. The water was warm and completely clear. I was able to snorkel around the outskirts... More 

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Thank Kate S
Maryland
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69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hawksnest Beach is one of my favorite beaches along with Maho. Bring a beach chair and grab some shade. Good snorkeling. Also, our favorite thing about Hawksnest Beach is that Freshwater Church (Pastor Terry) holds Sunday Service at 10:00am. Pastor Terry is wonderful and delivers a wonderful message. Beautiful congregation and wonderful fellowship.

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Thank Audthang
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Hawksnest is a little smaller and not quite as nice as these other 3 St. John beaches, but seems to be a little better for snorkeling.

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Thank Tom B
Portland, Oregon
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to visit Hawsknest only because we couldn't find parking in Trunk Bay. We took one look at the beach and decided to check it out! Pros: There was plenty of parking, picnic tables with covered pavilions and BBQ pits. It was not a very big beach and was not very crowded either. We met many locals while we... More 

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Colorado
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101 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our previous two visits we did not try out Hawksnest, but we met some midwest folks on the Reef Bay Trail and they raved about it. Easy access, parking right off the beach, NP maintained, picnic tables, barbecue pits, changing rooms. Now, they had little kids with them and because of that I respect their recommendation, BUT if you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful beach. Bring your own food, towel, chair and snorkling kit. Sometimes the water level is to high to have a relaxing beach day but most of the time this beach is MAGIC!

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Beavercreek, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hawksnest Beach was my family's first beach stop on St. John during our vacation. The beach area was not very wide and we were able to set up seating on the beach in the shade and sun so all of us got what we wanted. The beach is great for swimming for younger kids and the older ones and adults... More 

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beautiful beach is east facing and great for morning swims and snorkeling. It was one of our favorite beaches while staying at (the tired) Caneel Bay Resort. A short van ride to the main restaurant or a 15-20 minute walk from the property center. Yes, go here!

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Needham, MA
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great beach, especially for swimming and sunning. Doesn't get as crowded as Trunk Bay, but also lacks some of the really good coral reef of Trunk. As it is generally less crowded, it is a good deal more relaxing. That said, a good idea to get on the beach before 10 AM to find a good spot. While it is... More 

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Thank Nick P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited several of the St. John's beaches, and this one was perfect. The waters were shallow enough for our daughter to play in, and there were plenty of rocks and fish for my husband and I to snorkel. It was also sandy and not rocky like some of the beaches. Not to mention it was gorgeous! The light turquoise... More 

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