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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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Very nice beach for snorkeling

Hawksnest beach has a long beach with facilities and picnic tables. It has both sand bottom and coral to accommodate those who want to snorkel or just play in the water. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Harry Q
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Bel Air, Maryland
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Bel Air, Maryland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hawksnest beach has a long beach with facilities and picnic tables. It has both sand bottom and coral to accommodate those who want to snorkel or just play in the water. The coral runs from very shallow near the beach to approximately 15 - 20 feet. Lots of fish with elk horn coral and other types of coral. I have... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach is only a cab drive away from Cruz Bay and is one of the first heading north. It has parking, restrooms, dressing rooms, grills and picnic tables. The beach is not deep but is gorgeous and many people snorkeled. It's not a long beach so if you desire to walk or jog it, you may want to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great beach in the bay. Very quiet and very clean. Great place to see sea turtles and swim with them. I brought my GoPro cam and got some great video here. Not overcrowded at all.

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of, If not our actual, favorite beach on the island. We just love Hawksnest! It has great views of the other sandy beaches around it and the sand is great. Highly recommend taking a swim over to the other beach, it's an easy swim and beautiful as well!

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Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plenty of parking spots, resident sea ray manta on shore. Excellent clear water beach. It was not crowded on a Wednesday afternoon. Sit on the sand or enjoy a nice beach in St John, make sure you see the sea ray on the shore. Recomended....

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice sand, great reefs (full of elkhorn) right off beach. Not much to see on the rocks to the south (between Hawknest and Gibney/Oppenheimer). Also not much to see on the rocks to the north of Gibney/Oppenheimer (and I swam most of way out to point). Best reef in this bay is by far the complex right off the Hawknest... More 

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Thank Doug274
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

easy to get to and plenty of parking. We took our snorkels out and had a nice time. The water was warm and the waves were calm. Plenty of coral to see the fish. The beach has places you can grill

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot to snorkel but it has quite a drop off and is a bit difficult to enter and exit. That said, the snorkeling is fabulous with a great collection of coral and tropical fish. We often see many squid and on occasion sea turtles. There are covered picnic tables available and changing facilities.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family has been to Hawksnest Beach many times over the years. We went yesterday with a large family group of 7 and had a great day. The beach is about a 6 minute drive outside of Cruz Bay, has an ample parking lot and has picnic and bathroom facilities. The beach is a few steps from the parking lot.... More 

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Weare, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is easily accessed by car or taxi. It has bathrooms and picnic tables. There is easy swimming in a white sand, coral free zone, but also easy snorkeling access. You have to be careful at low tide NOT to swim over the coral - no problem at high tide. The park service has done coral restoration here and... More 

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