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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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Beautiful!

Another beautiful St.John Beach. To reach it, you will need to park your vehicle and reach it on foot (a couple of miles), but it's definitely worth the hike. I recommend this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Another beautiful St.John Beach. To reach it, you will need to park your vehicle and reach it on foot (a couple of miles), but it's definitely worth the hike. I recommend this beach for people who are in good shape, with little gear to carry.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This beach is easy for us to get to and has a good feel about it. I always enjoy going here. Have been to St. John 5 times and always come here. Snorkeling is also fairly close to shore if you have a young one that is just learning. I enjoy swimming over to Oppenheimer beach from here as a... More 

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Thank GerberDaisey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 1 week ago

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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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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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 2 weeks 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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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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