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Best snorkeling destinations for young kids?

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We are planning a trip with our girls (8 and 11) specifically so that they can have their first experience snorkeling. We are flexible about the destination, but would prefer easy access from the southeastern U.S.

The 8 year-old loves the water but is not a strong swimmer; the 11 year-old is a decent swimmer.

Specifically, we'd like to find somewhere to stay where we can wade in and snorkel from the beach--a good protected place that would be easy for the girls. I'd like to spend as little time driving as possible, so I really want to be able to walk to the water.

One place we are considering is Secret Harbour in St. Thomas--perhaps not my favorite island, but it seems like a great beginner snorkeler spot. We tend to prefer a rental house of something less resort-y, but maybe for a first trip with the kids the trade-off would be worth it?

We haven't been to St. John and I am intrigued by this rental:
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p208763
though it's hard to tell how protected that spot is. I'm sure it would be fine for the adults, not so sure about the kids. My daughter is excited about the prospect of kayaking, though!

Fancy is not a priority--we might even consider the cabins at Cinnamon Bay.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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