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“Great place to camp” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cinnamon Bay Campground

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Cinnamon Bay Campground
Naples, FL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place to camp”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2007

This is camping in paradise! I love snorkeling, and some AMAZING snorkeling was just a few hundred feet away from the tent. We spent every day at the beach. We loved the outdoor showers, clean bathrooms, and access to various parts of the island with the taxis. We met some really nice people in the campground too. We stayed for 2 weeks.

The only drawback was that we went in the summer (June), and it was very, very hot at night. Also, the mosquitos completely ate us up in the mornings and evening.

  • Liked — The beach!
  • Disliked — The mosquitoes
  • Stayed June 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Debow
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, TX
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2007

My husband and I just returned last night from a week in St. John Island. We stayed at the campground in a cottage and loved it! it is a camprground however it is 5 star camping, it is really lovely to be completed surronded by the sounds and smells of nature while you are staying feet away from one of the most pristine beaches on the island. Definitly take your bug spray, I like Avon's bug guard because you don't have to wash it off. The showers are outdoor open ceiling rock showers and do not have hot water, however after being in the hot sun all day we didn't mind at all. We had a fridge in our cottage and stocked up on groceries in town at Dolphin Market, a nice store with everything you need and reasonable island prices. I would recommend renting a car if you are going to be there for a week, the taxi rides add up after a couple of days. It is $7 dollars a person each way to get to town and back. The snorkeling is fantastic at Cinnamon, the dive shop has all the equipment if you need to rent. Also I would check out Trunk Bay and Salt Pond; we saw lots of sea turtles, nurse sharks, sting rays, and fish of every color. The campground employees are very helpful and freindly, however you must remember they are on island time so drink a bushwacker and chill. They do not respond to rude or agressive behavior. A local recommended to us on the flight over to always greet with "good morning" or "good afternoon" and this seemed to work really well. You can find great drink specials at Woody's in town and delicous conch fritters at High Tide. I almost cried when we left and will definitly be going back soon!

  • Liked — Close to beach, relaxing, snorkeling
  • Disliked — walking to use restroom in the morning
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank HoneymoonerfromTX
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Camano Island, Washington
Level Contributor
397 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2007

Okay,
we have stayed here at least ten times in the past decade, but I can say it is going a bit down hill in the last two. I love the outdoors, but it seems like trash removal and irrigation is getting worse.
make sure you bring lots of mosquito coils or thermacells, you can get those from Cabela's for like $50, and they are well worth it!!!! The beach is to die for though!!!! The serenity and quietness is so nice, quite a change to what we are used to.
don't rely on the management for anything. dining to check out, taxi's etc. Make sure you bring lots of batteries for your flashlights. While in Cruz bay, you can pick up a couple tiki torches and citronella fuel, and it'll make your stay much better.
I will admit, I am kind of griping about these guys, but I will still stay with them instead of Maho bay, simply for the drive time difference.

  • Liked — beach, seclusion, quiet
  • Disliked — bugs, bugs, damp bedding from humidity
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank rusty_fwg
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Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2007

It's a campground, and if you're looking for luxury, this probably isn't for you. However, the place was lovely, the beach was the best of all we visited, the restaurant was pretty good, (although the hours were somewhat rigid, and the menu a little limited.
Only cold showers, but if you shower in the afternoon, you don't mind it so much. I thought the place was charming, all the people helpful and friendly. And you really couldn't beat the price, $27.00 per night for a "bare site" (bring your own tent).
Transportation outside the campground can be a problem, you may get a cab to take you out to a place you want to go, but there may not be one available in the outlands to bring you back.
All in all, we loved it and are taking the whole family back after New Years.

  • Liked — It was very economical.
  • Disliked — Cold showers
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank Bladewarior
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Canada
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2007

We stayed at Cinnamon Bay Campground for 10 days. We had our own tent set up just a few meters from the beach where we could listen to the "soothing" sound of the waves at night. Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, or just lying on the beach made this trip a dream vacation for us.
Though expensive, there is a convenient mini-market where we could resupply on food or drinks. The only disappointment was that they had no white gas available, so if you bring your own stove, you might want to purchase some at the hardware store in Cruz Bay or in St-Thomas. There were a few bugs after sunset, but a bit of repellent took care of them.
Definitely not the place for the fancy resort crowd but an amazing place for camping. We're glad we brought our tent, the canvas type available let bugs inside and look "musty".
We found the campground staff nice and helpful, once we got used to their Island pace. Getting around the island using taxis or bus was OK.

  • Liked — Close to the beach
  • Disliked — White gas not available at Mini-market
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
9 Thank Joe2258
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Rochester,NY
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170 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2007

I have to laugh when I read others review. If you love to camp and want to be close to beach (30 seconds and you're there) you'll love this place. If you like to stay at 5 star resorts and be pampered this place is not for you.

My husband, 14 year old daughter, and myself stay here during winter break in February of 2006. We love it. We definately would go back. We learned that we needed to slow down our New York State pace for the Carribean pace. You are vacation, RELAX. The cottages are rustic with electricity. The showers use cold running water. I recommend after a day on the beach not first thing in the morning. The restaurant has very tasty food with a different theme every night. Service is slow but if you talk with the staff, they are very accomodating.

The mile long white sand beach is gorgeous and has good snorkeling. The best snorkeling is a cab ride away to Waterlemon Cay. There we saw sea turtle, morey eels, octopus, nurse sharks, and the biggest, most colorful starfish, I have ever seen. We also saw many colorful fish.

In Cruz Bay there is a restaurant, that serves New York style thin crust pizza. The best deal in town at only $10 for an 18 inch pie with pepperoni. Mongoose Shopping Center is a great place to shop.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
13 Thank cj-poohfan
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Berlin, MD
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2007

We took a day trip from St Thomas to St John. We found the beach at Cinnamon campground to have rough surf and huge rocks that crashed on your feet and legs when the waves broke. We didn't feel safe swimming there. I do have to say there was a high surf advisory the day we went. The beach was very small. The scenery was nice and there was a family of donkey there.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
Helpful?
Thank Melli56566
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Additional Information about Cinnamon Bay Campground

Property: Cinnamon Bay Campground
Address: Virgin Islands National Park 00831-0720, St. John
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Virgin Islands National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Virgin Islands National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 126
Also Known As:
Cinnamon Bay Campground Hotel Virgin Islands National Park
Cinnamon Bay Campground St. John/Virgin Islands National Park

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