Leinster

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
3.9
Scenery/View
 
4.6
Water
 
4.3
Shore/Sand
 
2.1
Snorkeling
 
4.4

Leinster Bay, is bordered by the Leinster Bay Trail. The area before the parking lot is great for walking and exploring. Mangrove trees line the left side of the bay. The water is very shallow for a distance and then it quickly drops off and becomes the open ocean. The shoreline is fairly pebbly, however there are a few sandy areas that can be used to enter the water for a swim. A 10-15 minute walk from the parking area down the trail will bring you to a narrow stretch of sand. Another 10 minutes down the trail is Waterlemon Bay, a lovely, often quiet beach. Waterlemon Cay, located a longish swim from shore, offers excellent snorkeling. Walking along the rocky coast on an unofficial trail to the tip of the bay will allow you to enter at a closer point to the cay for a shorter swim. A strong current runs along the back, right side of the cay, use caution.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Parking Available
  • Diving & Snorkeling
  • Walking Trails

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Waterlemon memories
Overall rating
 
4.6
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
3.5
Snorkeling
 
5.0

From the hike to the Cay, to the snorkeling, to the scenery you can't beat Waterlemon. Just watch out for the mongoose who inhabit the area. They will steal you blind. Also take along some apples for the wild donkeys.

G
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Fabulous Snorkeling, Beautiful View
Overall rating
 
4.0
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
5.0
Shore/Sand
 
1.0
Snorkeling
 
5.0

After hearing that it had the best snorkeling on St. John, we decided to give it a shot. We were not disappointed. It's a hike over a rocky path, there's really no beach - and literally minimal sand, but once in the water, the snorkeling is fabulous. We saw schools of blue tang, Sargent majors, grunts, etc. Not just 10 or 15 - but 60 to 100. I've never seen so many! We saw a rather large (IMHO) barracuda. The coral was bright and healthy - I perhaps this beach doesn't get many tourists as it's not an easy place to reach - nor does it have easy water access. But it you want to see incredible underwater scenery - you want to go to Leinster Bay. Then drive over to Coral Bay for pizza at the Donkey Diner - or a great burger at Skinny Legs. It's a perfect Island day.

MS
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WaterLEMON cove
Overall rating
 
3.3
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
4.0
Shore/Sand
 
1.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

WaterLEMON cove (not to be read as watermelon even though your mind goes there!) Great place to go snorkeling, great water with lots of different sea urchins, rays, fish, turtles, and other aquatic life. A little bit of a hike but worth it, also annaberg sugar plantation is right there and then you can walk up the little trail past waterlemon to an amazing view of the islands!

AT
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Swim with the turtles
Overall rating
 
3.5
Scenery/View
 
5.0
Water
 
3.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

This was our favorite beach to snorkel we swam with the gentle sea turtles and watched as schools of fish nippled at the abundant supply of food. The beach was really rocky but there were a couple of spots to put your towels down. Go early to get a spot on the sand.

MW
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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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