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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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Favorite beach for the week

Although this is the first beach you'll pass, it was our favorite for the week. No fee charged (like trunk bay) and good facilities like grills and restrooms. Snorkeling was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Brian F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although this is the first beach you'll pass, it was our favorite for the week. No fee charged (like trunk bay) and good facilities like grills and restrooms. Snorkeling was probably the best we experienced--looking out from the beach, there seem to be 3 reefs. The two reefs to the left are the best. There are areas that seem shallow... More 

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Thank Brian F
California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's lots of great snorkeling on St. John and yes Trunk Bay is great (always worth a visit and the beach itself the greatest) but my family and I fell in love with Hawksnest. Nice beach and the snorkeling is amazing! Don't need to go far out and in fact some of the most shallow areas offer an amazing world... More 

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Thank magicalcalifornia
Huntington, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are bathrooms so that's a plus and it is free to get in. The only thing is the beach is not that long so when it gets crowded you'll feel it. Great snorkeling here also. No food or beverage so make sure you bring stuff with you..

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Thank Jackie S
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hawksnest is a beautiful - serene beach - surrounded by rocks and national parks. The water is crystal clear, warm, full of coral and gorgeous fish. You can also spot sea turtles here.

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Thank Stephanie I
Florence, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is very nice but got way too busy in the afternoon. It can be nice at sunset, but sun doesn't set over water, it's behind the island mountains (as seems to be the case at all public beaches this time of year).

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Thank Colton C
Lake Worth, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family loved this beach. There was good snorkeling and the water was really calm so it was perfect for just relaxing and hanging out. There were also rocks that we enjoyed climbing on.

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Thank Hannahlikestheocean
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hawk's Nest beach is (going clockwise on the island from the ferries) shortly after Caneel. Positives: 1. The softest sand 2. The water depth is perfect for a person who is just learning how to snorkel. Much of the area is knee deep or less. The water is very calm and relaxing. 3. Covered picnic table area near the restrooms.... More 

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Thank Janou J
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked this beach because my elderly mother has mobility issues and it was the shortest walk and shortest beach we could find. When I say short, I am referring to how far you have to walk on the sand before you get in the water and I would guess that to be about 30-40 feet. There was no charge... More 

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Thank AllisonCW
Exeter, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Park your car and you are at the beach. Narrow beach, good spots to snorkel very close to shore. Parking is limited and there are no services at the beach. Great place to meet locals.

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Thank Tom P
Helena, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This spot may not be as nice as truck bay, but it offers great sand, no rocks and good snorkeling with lower volume of people. I arrive at 9:30 on a Tuesday and was the only person on the entire beach. Parking is good here and there are no facilities. Its free to the publish and has decent shade (not... More 

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