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“Family friendly- but you need a guide.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carmbola Tide Pools

Carmbola Tide Pools
St. Croix
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Ranked #8 of 66 attractions in St. Croix
Type: Hiking Trails
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
“Family friendly- but you need a guide.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I am an crucian and had not been there while I lived on the island. However in the last three trips back home, I have taken my children to the tide pools. They started hiking as young as 4 (not recommended), and have always loved the hike and the pools. It is an all day affair. If you bring children on the hike, make sure they have good shoes and snacks. This is by far one of the can't miss adventures. I have always gone with a Local guide (aka a good family friend) who knows how to get over the boulders. I am not sure I would go with out him. The views from the trail are absolutely breath taking.

Visited June 2013
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St. Michaels, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nature at it's Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Tan Tan jeep tour was spectacular - a jeep ride up the mountain - back down the other side and a small rock climb to the tide pool. A rare natural protected pool where the tide usually splashes over the rocks into the pool. Not very active seas the day we visited but still a beautiful setting and immense natural beauty.

Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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“Beautiful Hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I hiked to Carmbola Tide Pools while a guest at the Renaissance St Croix, and after some initial struggles, had a fantastic time.

The hike itself isn't bad, but finding the trail head can be tricky. By "can be tricky," I mean "I walked twenty minutes straight uphill to the mountain ridge before realizing I was in the wrong place."

Here's my traveler's tip: Turn left just before the guardpost and find a place to park. Walk up the road until you come to a Y with a rocky cul de sac to your left and a brush-covered path to the right. Continue to the right for a couple yards and you'll end up back on a semi-paved wide pathway. Walk up this for maybe a hundred feet, keeping your eyes to the right, and you should see a dirt embankment with a little wooden sign about twenty feet up pointing left. I'm attaching pictures to this review. Go to the sign and follow the path. If you don't see it, if you keep walking up the small paved road... when you're winded, turn around and start again from the brush. It won't take long.

The path is an adventure - it's narrow and a little claustrophobic at times, but not difficult. And it's well-maintained enough that once you find it, it's self explanatory. Towards the end, you'll come to an open area with long grass... contrary to instinct, you'll be correct to go to the left (south, away from the coast - the way the trail seems to lead) but will follow a curved path down to a dirt road. Go right here and it will take you to the beach.

From the beach, you'll want to head left to the tide pools. Yes, you will need to do some light bouldering, and there are some miraculous tiny black crabs that match the volcanic rock and will try to terrify you. But inside the haven is heaven.

I was there at low tide and missed some of the wave "fireworks," but snorkeling was great and it felt very wild and isolated - just the treasure I was looking for after a long hike.

Visited August 2013
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Bourbon, IN
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“Amazing, but take a Tan Tan to get there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

The tide pools are beautiful and amazing, definitely one of the highlights of our trip. BUT DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HIKE THERE AND GET IN WITHOUT A GUIDE! The paths there are very steep and unmarked, and once you get there you can easily fall an die trying to climb over boulders to get in without someone telling you where to stand/hold on. We chose to take a Tan Tan tour which drives you right up to the pools and help you get up and over the boulders. Although it is very beautiful and amazing, this can be a VERY unsafe, even deadly trip of you attempt it alone!

Visited June 2013
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Takes some effort - worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was a very cool spot and worth the effort. Just don't underestimate the hike. It's in a rainforest, steep and remote. However the reward is unforgettable. Tide pools are beautiful! Bring a mask, sturdy shoes and water to drink. Don't forget the camera and take your time. There's lots to see along the way.

Visited June 2013
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