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Two-thirds of the Island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is designated as a National Park. It's truly a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Leinster Bay, pictured here, is located in the shadows of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins. St. John was once dotted with these sugar plantations but they all now lie in ruin, like those at Annaberg.

As you walk along the shores of Leinster Bay, you will eventually find yourself at Waterlemon (not "watermelon") Cay, which offers some of the finest snorkeling on the island. When snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay you can encounter colorful coral, starfish, sea turtles, and stingrays in the beautiful clear waters.

You may be wondering why you're seeing European names like Leinster and Annaberg mentioned in conjunction with the U.S. Virgin Islands. That's because they once belonged to Denmark. One interesting note about Waterlemon Cay is that in the 1700's and 1800's it was a place where duels were held. Dueling was illegal in the British and Danish West Indies so the remote little island of Waterlemon Cay became a "field of honor" where this practice took place far from the eyes of British and Danish authorities.

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