The anchorages on St John:
Approach straightforward from the N. Be wary of the buoys marking restricted areas and the reef of Cinnamon Cay. Very uncomfortable mooring spot in a NE swell. Only a couple of mooring balls are available for overnight stays.
Shower and toilet facilities are available on the beach and open to the public. A few small stores can be used for snacks and drinks. There are also a couple of restaurants. Transportation to the main town of Cruz Bay is available.
This is a wide bay that includes Peter Bay Beach, Little Cinnamon Bay Beach and Cinnamon Bay Beach on the easternmost side. To reach Little Cinnamon Beach from the shore, there is a short hike. The National Park Camp is located here. You will also find camping spots and accommodation facilities near the beach as well as standard amenities like restrooms, watersport rentals and some souvenir shops. Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the campsite is not open to visitors. Cinnamon Bay is the longest beach on the island with ½ a mile of pristine white sand. A great spot for families with children and plenty of space for a day spent at the beach. The area is usually crowded with day-trippers and tour boats coming and going.
Things to Do
Snorkelling is the most popular activity in Cinnamon Bay and St John island in general. The E side is preferred with lots of marine life and corals to observe. There is a small wreckage on the W side, where the remains of an aircraft can be spotted.
Cinnamon Bay Plantation
Behind the campgrounds, there is a short but beautiful trail where you visit the ruins of the old Cinnamon Bay Plantation. This is a relatively easy hike that can be done with children and takes about 30-60 minutes to complete. Along the way, signs provide information on life during plantation days.