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“Trunk Bay Virgin Islands National Park”

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Owner description: The world's first marked underwater trail located near the shoreline, making it one of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean.
San Luis Obispo, California
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165 reviews
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“Trunk Bay Virgin Islands National Park”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

Spent two weeks here on the island of St John. Wanted to experience as much of the National Park on St. John while I was there and I can say I did as much as you can do and still get in some relaxation. The Visitor's Center in Cruz Bay was for me a disappointment. The Rangers working there are not overly friendly, however I think this has more to do with the Island Culture which is the same way. Bough a year pass at Trunk Bay for the family. National Park pass is not accepted. The displays were not much to remember either. The trails are in good shape and I did a few miles on the trail system at the various historic spots around the island. We did some snorkeling at some of the beaches as well. Trunk Bay beach lives up to it's reputation, as the best beach in the world, and is better the earlier you get there, depending on your tolerance for crowds. PArking can be impossible if you wait till midday. Taxis will take you to the Bay for a steep price. If you are here for very long, rent a car and get to the other side of the island, it is much more beautiful and peaceful.
Attractions: Beautiful Beaches, great trails, warm water, wildlife if you look for it. Lots of history
Distractions: Cost of doing anything is very high, so plan ahead. Crowds at popular spots.

Visited July 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Interesting but fish are the big attraction”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

The trail was composed of some concrete footings with brass or bronze plates describing fish, coral and other points of interest on the reef. It added an interesting aspect to snorkeling and most of the plaques could be read from the surface. However, the reef is teeming with fish and they are the main attraction; the trail just provides a tad more information and interest.

Visited February 2012
Thank lental
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Not crowded; good snorkeling”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

I'm guessing that cruise ships come in on certain days, but Trunk Bay was not crowded on the day we went (Sunday). Good, easy snorkeling. A fair number of fish.

Visited June 2012
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Lake Forest, California
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278 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“You gotta go”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Colorful fish, coral and plants all in gorgeous clear blue water. Not to mention it happens to be in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. What's not to love about this place? What are you waiting for? Go now!

Visited May 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach great snorkeling!”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

I thought because it gets so many visitors it wouldn't be that great. It was so cool! Tons of fish corals and sea fans. It's impossible not to float in the sea so I don't think you have to be a terrific swimmer. I didn't even use fins...beautiful scenery from the water

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Nathan S
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