Settled in on site #16!
We had a good first nights sleep in our tent cabin, and Tyler and I awoke around 6 am. We weren't bothered by bugs at all-- the tent has a screen over the entrance, which overlaps and has several tie-down cords. The tent flap itself also can be closed for privacy, but we never bothered. Better to keep it open for light and ventilation. As of yet, there was no one else around anyway! Cinnamon Bay gets a lot of "day users"... people who come in just to spend the day at the beach, then most are gone by dusk. There were a few other people staying at the campground, but none were in our area. Most of the others were on "bare sites", where you bring in your own tent and gear- these were the cheapest.
Visitor Center in Cruz Bay
on the other side near the beach, they had small cabins or cottages, which had a few more amenities (electricity, small fridge, etc.) We seemed to be the only ones using the cabin tents at the moment. We fired up the camp stove and made a breakfast of French Toast and bacon...fueling up for the hiking that was to come!
After breakfast, we gathered up our snorkle gear packed up our backpacks. We drove back into Cruz Bay, which is the "town" on St John, where all the stores and businesses are. It is also where the National Park Visitor Center is located (approximately 75% of St John is National Park) We figured this would be a good place to get a handle on where the best hiking and snorkeling spots were.
If you can't hike here, you have to come by boat!
The ranger there gave us maps, and pointed out that there was a hiking trail leading to a nice beach, that started right behind the visitor center, not far from where we parked! The Lind Point trail was an easy one, and it led to Honeymoon beach, which was secluded and not well populated, since you could only get there by hiking or by boat. In fact, Honeymoon is known as a somewhat "clothing optional" beach-- although public nudity is not legal in the Virgin Islands, it would be difficult at best to enforce that , due to the difficulty of getting here. There was one young lady taking advantage of this, at least partially! Other than not being crowded, Honeymoon was a smaller than average beach, with a mixture of sand and reef just offshore. Tyler and I snorkled down to the next beach and back, and watched some larger fish chase around a large school of shiners, small silver fish no longer than your thumb. There weren't many other people on the beach, due to it's seclusion. We spent a couple hours here, most of them in the water... Then we hiked back the way we came. There were a few other trails branching off from there, but we didn't check them out. We have a lot more island to explore today!