Cinnamon Bay

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
4.8
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
4.5
Snorkeling
 
4.8

Cinnamon Bay, at about 1 mile, is the National Park's longest beach. This great beach offers snorkeling, swimming, volleyball and more. A watersports concession stand rents windsurfing equipment, kayaks and mountain bikes. There is good snorkeling around Cinnamon Bay Cay, a short swim from shore. The clear waters will tempt you to spend your time swimming and snorkeling, while the palm trees will call you to spread your beach blanket in the shade and relax. Across from the beach and campground entrance/parking area is a Hiking Trail through the Cinnamon Bay Plantation ruins.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Food Vendors
  • Bathrooms
  • Hotel
  • Taxi's Available
  • Parking Available
  • Camping Available
  • National Park
  • Walking Trails

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Favorite Beach
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5.0
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
5.0
Snorkeling
 
5.0

Best beach for reading / people watching.

Deepest sand of any St John beach I saw, and convenient driving, and good facilities.

SB
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Cinnamon Bay
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5.0
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
5.0
Snorkeling
 
5.0

It’s a beautiful beach with a long shore line so nice for taking a walk to enjoy the view. The shore was white sand and in the water it is also sandy. Crystal clear water and pretty calm. Got a spot under a tree for some shade. Snorkeling was particularly cool as there were a lot of tiny fish – basically a wall of small fish; so many that at times it was hard to see through or passed them. There were also larger reef fish, some of which were eating the tiny ones! Also saw a sting ray. Some nice coral and sea fans too. The restaurant at the campground was good for grabbing lunch. It’s a little bit of a walk from the shore, short walk.

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Overall rating
 
4.3
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
3.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

Wonderful Beach all around & easy to get there - when it doesnt rain! Best @ Sunset because the water is still warm, you will have one of the best beach/sunset views on the planet, drive-in guests are gone & campground guests are herded into the restaurant. When crowded, walk from the parking lot to the end of the dirt road, hang a right and walk for about 1/3 mile. You will have no shade but your own piece of beach. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Beach
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5.0
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
5.0
Snorkeling
 
5.0

Go early - another beach that can be crowded from cruise ship dropoffs. But definately worth seeing.

DK
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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty

Easy

Hiking
  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Moderate

Hiking
  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Challenging

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Difficult

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Use a Map

Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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