Mandahl Bay

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
2.4
Scenery/View
 
2.8
Water
 
2.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.3
Snorkeling
 
2.8

Mandahl Bay is usually sparsely populated with the exception of a couple people fishing from shore. The beach has a rustic, natural charm to it; be it the pelicans diving for lunch with their expert aim and skill or the small tide pools with tiny fish and crabs. The small tide pools are neat for exploring. The beach and the water area are rocky.  The area around the beach is not developed, there are no facilities nearby. People line fish from the rocky shore and man-made rock wall entrance to the nearby lagoon/salt pond.

Beach Amenities

  • Parking Available

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Overall rating
 
2.3
Scenery/View
 
3.0
Water
 
1.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.0
Snorkeling
 
3.0

Went to explore rather than swim. Kids enjoyed seeing the tiny crabs and snails along the rocks at the tide pools. Not much else in them because the water was rough and washing into the shallow pools. Was somewhat tough walking along the rocks. The beach had drift wood, coral and other items in some spots, rocky in others and sand. Not many beachgoers... saw one other family. They were net fishing in the lagoon. Water was rough and rocky.

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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

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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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