Insider's Guide to St John

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One of the most beautiful and most convenient beaches on St John, Hawksnest Bay is a favorite for families with children and visitors coming from the ferry docks at Cruz Bay. Swaying palm trees line the narrow beach, which has restrooms, grills, and a shaded picnic area.

Hawksnest Bay faces east and gets lots of morning sun, and shade arrives earlier than on other St John beaches. For beginning snorkelers, an offshore reef is a short swim away, set in shallow waters where novice divers can see a cornucopia of colorful fish, corals, and sea creatures. Ambitious snorkelers will find much to discover farther out, where large, orange elkhorn coral brighten up the deeper waters.

If you want to get away from the crowd, head over to Little Hawknest: a quiet stretch of white, sandy beach, lying west of the main beach.

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Caneel Bay Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the Caribbean beauty of St John on a combination kayak, hike and snorkel tour of Caneel Bay. Kayak in the turquoise waters of UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: St John, US Virgin Islands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.99

Beach Day Pass at Honeymoon Beach in St John

Delight in the breathtaking beauty of St John with a full-day beach pass to Honeymoon Beach. You'll have access to a variety of fun – and relaxing – activities ...  Read more

Location: St. John, US Virgin Islands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.99
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Henley Cay Adventure Tour in St John

Embark on an outdoor adventure amid the gorgeous natural surroundings of St John and enjoy three fun activities in one tour! Paddle your kayak across Caneel ...  Read more

Location: St. John, US Virgin Islands
Duration: 3-5 hours

From USD $88.99

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