More great news today folks! The National Park Service (NPS) has officially reopened Hawksnest and Honeymoon beaches! As you may remember, the NPS announced that the Virgin Islands National Park was “closed” following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Here’s what they had to say about the reopening on their Facebook page:
“We are delighted to announce that Hawksnest Beach and Honeymoon Beach are officially open! Vault toilets or port-o-potties are in place. A huge amount of debris was removed from the beaches themselves and park divers removed submerged debris from the swim areas. Even so, continue to be cautious when swimming anywhere in park waters. As you well know, a lot of “stuff” ended up blowing into the water around here!”
They also clarified that Trunk Bay is not officially open, nor are any of the other beaches within the National park. Here’s what they had to say about that:
‘Howdy all. Just to clear up a rumor. Trunk Bay is NOT officially open yet. We are doing a bunch of work out there, some of it with heavy equipment, and you can best support us by sticking to Honeymoon and Hawksnest for now. The faster we can freely work on Trunk, the faster we can get it open for folks to enjoy.”
As of now, the only way to access Honeymoon is by boat (they have been working to secure the mooring field) or by foot via the Lind Point trail. You still cannot access Caneel or the beaches via Caneel’s main entrance. We have been told, however, that if you hike in via the Lind Point trail, you can exit through the Caneel gate.