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“Highlight of our family excursions!”
Review of Reef Bay Trail

Reef Bay Trail
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Owner description: This 2.2-mile hiking trail is one of the best on St. John: descend through a shady, moist forest and a dry forest, through visible remains of four sugar mills, pass by pre-Columbian petroglyphs, and end at a beautiful, pristine beach.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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179 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Highlight of our family excursions!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hike was the most enjoyed by the family of all the activities shared together on the island.Our guide was very knowledgable of the land.Educational & exhilarating event.Good downhill hike with several points of interest along the way.Most of the hike is under foilage so the heat of any sunshine was not a factor.The ruins @ the bottom of the trail & boat ride back were pretty cool.

Visited April 2012
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English first
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great hike”
Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

We hiked this trail from the Cinnamon Bay campground. It's a great hike. Th steeper part is growing from the campground to the Centerline road. It was nice and we met no one on this part. Rainforest makes a nice shade even in the sunny day. Hiking along the Centerline road is not too scary - just stay on the right side to face the traffic. You can hear cars and especially large trucks from far away. The Reef Bay trail proper is longer, and therefore not as steep, especially towards the second half of it. We saw many more people there - park service groups hike, and hikers who parked along the Centerline road. Yet, when we reached the beach, there were only couple people there snorkeling. It's a very nice snorkeling spot , but beware of coral and sand flies. The flies were vicious the moment we took shelter in the shrubs, and the corals made walking the beach difficult. I guess we should have been ok if we packed the sandals. Anyway, I loved the beach because of the solitude and because I found two absolutely fantastic conch shells there. I highly recommend the hike and the beach - just pack sandals and bug spray.

1 Thank Oolahclaire
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Needham, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Go with the National Park Service guide”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

This was a very enjoyable experience. If you want to learn about the history of the island, this is the way to go. We went with Ranger Don who was outstanding. He provided lots of information at numerous stops along the way. Make sure you buy your ticket at least a few weeks in advance since it gets booked up. Our group was about 25 people ranging in age from about 7 to 65 years. Since this is a half day experience, it might be difficult for the very youngest visitors.

As others have said, you should not wear flip flops, but you can wear good sneakers... you don't need hiking boots. On our hike it did not rain, and there is almost always tree cover, so even though it might be warm and humid, it is not uncomfortable. If you are coming over from St. Thomas on the ferry, there are places to get breakfast, snacks, and food and water to bring in a pack for the walk. Also bring a bathing suit and towel for the swim at the end. There is a bathroom where you can change into your bathing suit.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank soxfan1975
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Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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593 reviews
237 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
“Excellent opportunity to explore”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We did the 3 miles to Reef Bay and loved it all. The Ranger, Golda, was fabulous with great local knowledge and we learned alot about plants, petroglyphs, local cuisine and the old sugar industry. The hike down was pretty easy then we took the boat back to Cruz Bay - excellent value for $30. We were lucky to get a reservation since we only went the day before so plan ahead.

Visited February 2013
Thank Peter R
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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274 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Intense Hike & Perfect For Active Types!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

I loved Reef Bay Trail. It's 3 miles each way & you can add another 1.5 miles by taking a detour toward the end. The hike up is pretty intense, all uphill & very rocky terrain. I thoroughly enjoyed the hike as it was a great start to my day! Took about 3 hours round trip. You get to see the petroglyphs and sugarmill plantation ruins. Pretty fun!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank karalyn84
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