Cane Bay

Overall Rating

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

Cane Bay is a great spot for sunbathing, walking, snorkeling, having a cool drink at a beach bar or just hanging out. The long white sand beach is lined with many trees which provide good shade. Cane Bay is renowned as an excellent snorkeling and scuba diving site. About 1/4 mile offshore, the depth plunges to 1,000 feet, so divers can merely swim out and dive "the wall", as it is called. This beach is easily accessed from the main road. A dive shop, kayak shop, restaurant & bars are located in walking distance from the beach. Volleyball net is available on the left side of the beach. The water is usually calm but there can be strong currents.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Food Vendors
  • Parking Available
  • Diving & Snorkeling

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

Nice beach with sandy shoreline. Good for swimming as the water area is also largely sandy. Also has good snorkeling. There were various levels of rocks with not much in the line of coral gardens but a good bit of fish everywhere – almost like swimming in a big fish tank! Water was nice, calm and clear. The tree line offered some natural shade, under the trees. The beach is just off the main road; parking is along the road so not so scenic when looking from the water back at the beach but very nice looking out toward the water. There were a couple restaurants, one on the beach and one just across the road. Chairs were available for rent so was snorkel gear.

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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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