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Cinnamon Bay Beach

  • North Shore Rd., Rte. 20 Map It
  • Cinnamon Bay
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 02/09/2015

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This long, sandy beach faces beautiful cays and abuts the national park campground. You can rent water-sports equipment here—a good thing, because there's excellent snorkeling off the point to the right; look for the big angelfish and large schools of purple triggerfish. Afternoons on Cinnamon Bay can be windy—a boon for windsurfers but an annoyance for sunbathers—so arrive early to beat the gusts. The Cinnamon Bay hiking trail begins across the road from the beach

parking lot; ruins mark the trailhead. There are actually two paths here: a level nature trail (signs along it identify the flora) that loops through the woods and passes an old Danish cemetery, and a steep trail that starts where the road bends past the ruins and heads straight up to Route 10. Restrooms are on the main path from the commissary to the beach and scattered around the campground. Amenities: food and drink; parking; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming; walking; windsurfing.

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North Shore Rd., Rte. 20, about 4 miles (6 km) east of Cruz Bay, Cinnamon Bay, St. John, 00831, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Website: www.nps.gov/viis

Updated 02/09/2015

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Cinnamon Bay Beach Review

Beautiful, both the beach itself, and the drive there (we went by taxi - $7/person). Winding road up the mountain, then back down on the other side. Amazing the difference as you leave the loud, crowded city to the woods and quiet of the country. Bring bug spray! The mosquitoes are hungry when the car and wind stops! Was hoping to rent mask and snorkel at Cinnamon beach. However, the Aqua-center was closed (it was a Saturday, but this is September).

So, be sure to rent them in the city before you trek there.

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