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“Great Birds”
Review of Francis Bay Trail

Francis Bay Trail
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Owner description: This nature trail is a good place for birdwatching.
Reviewed 23 March 2013

The amount of birds were impressive, but the ruins were just alright, and it could have used more view points.

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Reviewed 9 March 2013

This was a quick sidetrip. We've been to St. John 5 times and never before took this hike. It is very easy on a level boardwalk through the mangroves. You have a few opportunities to look out over the pond with a lot of birding opportunities, herons, etc. Nice, peaceful setting,andthe trail ends up on Francis Bay beach with great snorkeling and white sand. Bring a picnic and spend the day.

1  Thank MomshellDolly
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

We walked the trail, with the kids, to the beach in the late afternoon. The ruins along the trail were beautiful, and when we got to the beach, we were the only ones as far as the eye can see. Which is pretty far, because Frances and Maho Bays run together. This is definitely worth the hike. We went snorkeling along the shore (to the right), and it was amazing. It was very calm and clear in the big bay. All the fish were out for supper, chowing down on the algae covered rocks. We saw every kind of fish imaginable, even an octopus! Unfortunately, no sea turtles, but we stayed along the shoreline, in the shallows since we had the kids with us. The reef goes on and on. We headed in just before sunset, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, there were sand fleas in our towels when we got in, but it was still a great time.

2  Thank MommyBird53816
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

A great way to enjoy nature on St John. An easy walk along a pond (Partial board walk) where you can enjoy the local bird life. Winter months will treat you with visiting birds but they are not always the same. The beach is close by so you can enjoy the beautiful water along with some bird watching. The pond may dry up in summer with the waders going elsewhere until the rains come. Check out the National Park for the guided bird walk with Laurel. She is awesome. You'll see more birds with her. Currently the walk is Friday mornings. enjoy it.

Thank moestoes
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

The Francis Bay Trail is easy and not to long. Some ruins along the way. Long sand beach, to the left, rocky beach with the best snorkeling to the right. Current coming back so use your best judgement how far you want to go. Lots of fish right along the shore. Rumors of lots of sea turtles but we did not see any. Huge tarpon in deeper water.

Thank BandBinPA
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