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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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Close to town. Nice beach with great shade too. You can find your own little spot to hang your bags and lay in the sun or shade. Enjoy...it's a little piece of heaven!

Reviewed 29 March 2016
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Close to town. Nice beach with great shade too. You can find your own little spot to hang your bags and lay in the sun or shade. Enjoy...it's a little piece of heaven!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

This is beautiful but have good footwear. The hike is difficult. The view is great but difficult to get too. The rocks are hard to walk on so take your time.

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Roswell, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Another great National Park beach. Close to Cruz Bay with parking, restrooms and picnic pavilions. The beach is narrow at high tide and the surf can be rough when the wind is from the North. It is also popular with the locals on weekends.

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Hawksnest Beach is the perfect combination of beauty, waves and snorkeling. The water is calm in some portions and yet opens up to waves in others. My family snorkeled, paddle-boarded, surfed waves, and floated in the water. There are restrooms (a bit stinky) and covered areas with picnic tables. We found parking spots at various times without issue. We also... More 

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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

Beautiful beach for early morning swimming before 10am. Also a beautiful beach to begin a Paddleboard or kayake adventure. Waves can vary, but often calm. Parking lot nearly empty early hours or sunset hours.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Great beach on the north shore. This one's closer to town and a great place to hang out in the shade under the sea grapes. The surf can be a little rough and the snorkeling isn't stellar but it's a beautiful spot with lots of parking nearby.

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Thank Escapists2
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

Beautiful white sand with aqua blue water. What else could you ask for? Snorkeling was a blast. We felt like it was our own beach. Not many people. Wonderful day on the beach.

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Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

It's really lovely here. Trees for shade plus a picnic table area. Changing rooms are available and bathroom outhouses (beware of smell!). Parking lot has a fair amount of space.

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Thank Marie F
Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Beautiful, but since it is one of the first north shore beaches it is crowded. Nice reef. Pit toilets are available. Pretty good size parking lot.

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Reviewed 3 March 2016

A very clean , narrow beach. Water is crystal clear and full of sea life and coral. Very easy to snorkel as it is in a calm bay. Bring your own food, chairs, ect as this National Park has no concessions. There are picnic tables, BBQ's, changing rooms. The only thing that keeps it from a 5 is the bathrooms.... More 

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