Cinnamon Bay Campground
Cinnamon Bay, United States Virgin Islands
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Cinnamon Bay Campground Reviews
Camping By The Beach Jul 02, 2008
My son Tyler and I stayed at this campground on the recommendation of my sister Laura, who lives on St Thomas and had stayed here before. We are both avid campers, and don't mind roughing it at all. What this place lacks in amenities (hot water, electricity) it more than makes up for in affordability and location. We stayed in an army-style walled tent, on a raised wooden platform, which came with 4 cots with pillows, a cooler, and a storage bin. The site had a picnic table, propane lantern and camp stove, and a fire grill ideal for charcoal cooking (bring a grate to put on top of it, though!) Bed linens, pillow cases and towels were supplied at the front office. For a $20 (refundable-on-return) deposit, they gave us a bag of pots, pans, cups, flatware and cooking utensils. The location was perfect, and the tents were not crowded together. (You can also bring your own tent and gear, and rent a "bare site"..even cheaper!) A short walk takes you to Cinnamon Bay Beach, the longest beach in St John. We were there off-season, and the beach was never crowded (except 4th of July) A few times in the morning I was the only one there! Excellent swimming and snorkeling location, soft white sand beach with no rocks or seaweed. They have a beach house where you can buy beach items, and you can rent kayaks or take wind surfing lessons. They have a restaurant on site, and a camp store for food, ice, etc. The beach has many day users, but the campground was not too full or crowded at all. We were warned about bugs, but there were not that many...we used 3 citronella candles around the tent, and I brought mosquito coils, but never needed them. Just bring a small bottle of Deet bug spray per person, and you'll be fine! They had bathroom houses with outdoor shower stalls, the water isn't hot, but it isn't cold either. There are outlets in the bathroom to charge cell phones, etc. They have cottages for rent also, for those who don't want to stay in a tent. If you're used to hotels, then this probably isn't for you...but for the tent camper, it's a perfect place to stay! Centrally located on the island, but only a 10 min. drive to "civilization" in Cruz Bay, this is an excellent 'home base' for going to various hiking, swimming and snorkeling spots around the island. If staying a week, renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended, but you can utelize numerous taxis available if staying only a day or two. (Warning: it may be difficult to get a taxi back here after hours from Cruz Bay, unless you have 4 or more people. Sharing the open air taxis is common..but they need enough people to make it worth the trip) We had a great time, and would camp here again!
Part of the St Thomas, St John, and the British Virgin Islands, 2008 travel blog
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