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Hawksnest Beach

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing
Traveler Description: Hawksnest  beach is quaint, isolated, and breathtaking.  Bring the snorkels to fully enjoy the experience. They have bathrooms and changing rooms... more »
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McDonald, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great spot to snorkel - the reefs are very close and the wildlife extreme! The Staghorn coral is just staggering when seen up-close and in person! Stingrays are abundant, so make sure you drag your feet in the sand!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Beautiful and very quiet beach. Go first thing in the morning for calmer water. Saw a sting ray, loggerhead turtle, parrot fish, a small barracuda, and tons of other fish and coral. The far left and right corners, closest to the rocks are best for coral and various fish. Concentrate in the center near the sea grass for turtles. Amazing!

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Long Beach, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Hawksnest (public) has the most vibrant near-shore reef of the major northshore beaches. Starting just about 50 feet from the waterline, abundant, varied coral and sea life can be found. Large-scale elkhorn coral is doing very well here and makes up the backbone of the reef. Further out into the bay a number of thriving coral heads can be found... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This beach wasn't very crowded at all when we went in the late afternoon/early evening. We had our post-wedidng photos taken here and they turned out fantastic. Beautiful place to visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Go early to snorkel the reef that is right off the beach without a crowd. Great coral (especially elkhorn) and diverse fish. When the crowds come, the quality diminishes considerably. The beach is narrow so it fills up quickly. Go to the far left to the shady nooks which are also less populated. The Pam Gaffin book is a great... More

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NJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Best snorkeling. Saw sea turtle family and sting rays. Recommend swimming around rocks to small beach on other side. Rest and swim back. Beautiful, restful, uncrowded. Can't get any better than this one.

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Winsted, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited St. John's for a day trip while staying on St. Thomas. We attempted to go to Trunk Bay, but we were unable to find parking. We noticed that Hawksnest had parking and gave it a shot! We were happily surprised. The beach itself did not appear to be very wide, so we walked towards the end of the... More

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
16 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Usually the easiest place to find a parking space. This is a nice calm area for beginning snorkelers. The beach is pretty wide and long with nice white sand and crystal clear blue waters.

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It's really hard to pick a favorite beach on St John, but this one is pretty amazing!! We saw a nurse shark while snorkelling here with the Kekoa Catamaran! And the water was just SO clear for our trash the dress photos! The beach ... just stunning!! :)

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is the closest public beach to Cruz Bay, comfortable with families, offering super-soft and deep white sand (and restrooms!) We didn't see the variety of marine life here while snorkeling, but it's a great place to start your ST John adventures.

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