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Dugg
Link to this postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:53 am    Post subject: Note Cinnamon Bay Campground

Hi

Although we havenít been there recently (blame it on the transportation problems, i.e. the ferry system), St. John is a spectacular place and the Cinnamon Bay campground is a jewel. Trouble is, we canít squeeze in any more than two weeks and Guavaberry and Rhymers are tough competition. We try to compensate by clicking on their web site at www.cinnamonbay.com/ and listen to the tree frogs singing while youíre on the index page. There are three types of accommodation: bare sites, tent sites and cottages. The tent sites have beautiful Eureka tents on platforms and are completely equipped with all you need - lantern, propane stove, bedding for the beds, etc. Ice and a few necessary items are available at their small store - better to stock up food in Cruz Bay. Donít forget your flashlight as sunset is followed by a pitch black night in the woods (which is where the tents are). The trails can get muddy too after the typical short rain. The cottages have electric lights, fans, and a fridge but have propane stoves. They are screened in, too. Be sure you keep your food stashed inside - else the donkeys will get into it. Not a pretty sight when they broke into a cooler next door and ate our neighborís left-over spaghetti. When possible, we have tried to get Cottage #10, which is right on the beach. The sites get sold out in the following order: bare sites first, then cottages and last tent sites. There are every water toy you could ask for right on the beach - spectacular swimming too (and snorkeling). All of the north shore beaches are first class.

You really need a car, e.g. to go to Annaberg Plantation, Coral Bay and, of course, Cruz Bay. BTW, a number of car rental agencies in Cruz Bay let you park their rental car in their lot. Parking is a big problem in Cruz Bay. (Can send you a PM with a list of those that do.) Lots of good eating and shopping (at Mongoose Junction). I can still taste Miss Lucyís callaloo (near Coral Bay) and miss the candlelight dinners at Chateau Bordeaux (on Bordeaux Mountain). Still havenít done the Park Service hike from Bordeaux Mountain down to Lameshur Bay, with the petroglyphs. On gone out from Salt Pond Bay to Rams Head (where they say you can see St. Croix on a clear day). Maybe in another life. doh

Peace
Dugg & Chris
Our VI pics are at http://picasaweb.google.com/papadugg and the 2012 pics are finally done
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