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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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sunday services are held here

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Norfolk, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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30 helpful votes 30 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

If a parking space is open, take it and enjoy the day at Hawksnest! Beautiful blue water and powdery sand bottom make this a great swimming area. Just remember to pack a cooler, hydrate, and apply sunscreen. There are some shady areas, but they are limited. Bathrooms, changing rooms, and picnic tables on sight, but no running water available.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A very relaxing place to sit on the beach. Parking is tricky, so either get here early in the morning or later in the afternoon. The park has outhouses and changing stalls, but no food or drink to buy. Hawksnest is my favorite because of the reef, which is great for snorkeling. Pack a cooler, some sunscreen and have a... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

One of the best snorkeling beaches to swim with sea turtles that we've ever been to! We also saw a black tip reef shark, fish, schools of tarpon, and sting rays.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Great snorkeling great sea life a fantastic beach when going to St John Be prepared to swim and snorkel A beautiful area bring food water and bread for the fish !!

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This beach just like almost all of St John's beaches is picture postcard beautiful. And like most of the island's beaches is not too crowed as compared to the beaches of New Jersey and Maryland. It is a palm tree lined beach like most on St John, This beach would be good for the kids in your family. It is... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

There are nice facilites here so a good place for families. But it is a bit crowded and I found the snorkeling to be kind of average. The water was a bit murkier than other places, perhaps because of all of the people. I personally would pass.

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