Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cinnamon Bay, St. John, USVI

View of Cinnamon Bay hills while floating in Cinnamon Bay

The island of St. John is scalloped with beautiful little bays, many of them with National Park Service moorings that are free for day use. So one day Chris and I, along with our friends Steve and Lynn, took a day jaunt from St. Thomas to St. John. Mooring at Cinnamon Bay, we dinghyed ashore and did an easy hike along the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail. The trail wanders through some ruins—including sugar and bay rum factories, manor house, and cemetary—and the forest. Informational plaques pointed out such sights as bay rum and sweetlime trees, some animals and insects, and the historical spots. Particularly interesting was the way that the hills were terraced for planting, the stone rows still discernible, albeit a bit worn and knocked out of place. We ate lunch at the T’ree Lizards Restaurant at the Cinnamon Bay Campground, which had sites for tents, and also some great cabins right on the beach. Finally, we went for a nice snorkel around the reefs. All this, and a great sail back to Charlotte Amalie. The short distances between islands here can be really handy. 
Danish cemetary crypts, a little creepy out here in the woods

Ruins tower

The T'ree Lizards Restaurant-casual and inexpensive, good sandwiches

Pretty soft coral over white sand

Chris showing Lynn a sea urchin

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