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Hawksnest Beach

Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands National Park 00831, 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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Charlotte NC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Snorkeled around the rocks to the right to Gibney and Oppeinheimer then snorkeled out to private beach around the rocks on the right of Oppeinheimer - lots of bait fish and rays

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Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Looking for a quiet beach with nice shade. Not too many people? Snorkeling right off the beach? Hawksnest Beach is our go to beach when on St. John. No facilities (except porta potty type bathroom).

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new hampshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A great beach, very accessible and close to the parking. Picnic tables are available as are trees for a bit of shade. Very beautiful view.....

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Southeastern U.S.
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171 reviews 171 reviews
53 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

When I lived in the USVI, Hawksnest Bay was my FAVORITE place to drop anchor and take people snorkeling. Even from the beach it is amazing. The reef is very close to shore and very shallow, so you have to be careful and pick your way through and around the elkhorn and other coral. PLEASE be careful not to touch... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were here a little later in the afternoon. Really nice beach, calm water. Pretty. If you have small ones, this would be a great spot for them.

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Northern California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hawksnest is an incredibly beautiful beach. Clear crystal blue water and very good snorkeling. Pretty good areas of shade. The bathrooms can be kind of iffy-they are not flush toilets and sometimes the smell prohibited me from using them. It is a popular beach with the locals.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We loved Hawksnest. Good snorkeling, nice beach. Not a lot of parking, so get here early. I believe we saw a couple of stingrays here, so if you snorkel you'll see some good stuff.

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McDonald, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
18 helpful votes 18 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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