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Virgin Island National Park Reopens Cinnamon Bay Beach Amid Recovery Efforts


Cinnamon Bay is the fourth beach to reopen in Virgin Islands National Park after cleanup from hurricane damage/NPS, Murray Shoemaker

Bit by bit, Virgin Islands National Park is reopening its beaches after taking back-to-back punches in September from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which left people without power, blew the roofs off buildings, and snapped trees in half.

On Saturday, Cinnamon Bay Beach opened to visitors, although concession operations there remain closed with no estimated reopening date. Cinnamon Bay Beach is the fourth beach to reopen in the park, joining Hawksnest, Honeymoon, and Trunk Bay beaches.

“We recognize the importance of the park to the local economy, so getting this and other beaches open with basic visitor services has been one of our primary goals,” Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols said.

Water sport equipment rental is currently available at Honeymoon Bay and Trunk Bay beaches. Taxi service is available to Trunk and Cinnamon Bay beaches. Honeymoon is accessible by hiking trail.

Dive teams have inspected the swim areas for submerged debris and removed what they found; however, visitors are encouraged to use caution when swimming in all areas of Virgin Islands National Park. Public mooring buoys will be assessed as soon as possible.

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