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“Staghorn Coral!”
Review of Hawksnest Beach

Hawksnest Beach
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$89.00*
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Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike, and Snorkel with Sea Turtles
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great spot to snorkel - the reefs are very close and the wildlife extreme! The Staghorn coral is just staggering when seen up-close and in person! Stingrays are abundant, so make sure you drag your feet in the sand!

Thank Jill R
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Beautiful and very quiet beach. Go first thing in the morning for calmer water. Saw a sting ray, loggerhead turtle, parrot fish, a small barracuda, and tons of other fish and coral. The far left and right corners, closest to the rocks are best for coral and various fish. Concentrate in the center near the sea grass for turtles. Amazing!

Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Hawksnest (public) has the most vibrant near-shore reef of the major northshore beaches. Starting just about 50 feet from the waterline, abundant, varied coral and sea life can be found. Large-scale elkhorn coral is doing very well here and makes up the backbone of the reef. Further out into the bay a number of thriving coral heads can be found in deeper water to complement the elkhorn formations that are closer in. Saw an eagle ray here in addition to stingrays and turtles. The ocean was very calm the day we were there, so that even my 6 year old was comfortable swimming around one of the elkhorn reefs with me. We've been there other times when the ocean was a bit choppier. A few less nooks in the sea grapes here to provide a shady base on the beach than at some of the other beaches...and most are towards the north end of the beach (to the left as you look out to sea). Bathroom is available, though is really just a port-a-john in a permanent concrete building.

Thank Doug274
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

This beach wasn't very crowded at all when we went in the late afternoon/early evening. We had our post-wedidng photos taken here and they turned out fantastic. Beautiful place to visit.

Thank AV610
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

Go early to snorkel the reef that is right off the beach without a crowd. Great coral (especially elkhorn) and diverse fish. When the crowds come, the quality diminishes considerably. The beach is narrow so it fills up quickly. Go to the far left to the shady nooks which are also less populated. The Pam Gaffin book is a great guide to have for your trip and it mentions that if you are there three nights after the full moon, go to Hawksnest at dusk to see glow worms. There was one other couple there and it felt a little like a snipe hunt at first. Then the charter book arrives and you see flashlights along the right where there are houses on the beach. The idea is to flash your light into the water to attract the glow worms which come into this bay three nights after a full moon. Official sunset was 7:00 and by 8:00 it was truly dark and we started to see the glow worms. It looked like fireflies in the the ocean. Very cool. We scooped up a handful and they were translucent worms about 3/4 of an inch...and they were everywhere!

1  Thank Monet2011
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