12 Facts About Oppenheimer Beach


Gibney Beach, called Oppenheimer Beach, is a stretch of white sandy beach located on Hawksnest Bay on St John Island in the United States Virgin Islands.

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The Gibney Oppenheimer Beach Cottage is one of the few rentals directly on the beach in St John and the other guest cottage is located in the garden area among the vast fruit trees.

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Oppenheimer Beach worked for Caneel Bay during the expansion of the resort in the 1950s.

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Oppenheimer Beach too is a lifelong resident on St John, having grown up on her family's beachfront property.

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Oppenheimer Beach is the author of A Field Guide to Native Trees and Plants of East End, St John US Virgin Islands.

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Oppenheimer Beach lived on Gibney Beach, planting and tending to a garden of tropical trees.

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When Robert Oppenheimer Beach died, Kitty began construction on a second building.

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The National Park Oppenheimer Beach took over the property at Hawksnest Oppenheimer Beach and a parking lot, changing area, pit toilets, barbecue grills, tables, benches, and sheltered pavilions were added to the property.

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Great amount of Gibney Oppenheimer Beach today is under the stewardship of the United States Virgin Islands National Park.

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Inside the forests off the shore of Gibney Oppenheimer Beach, there is an abundance of plant life.

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Gibney Oppenheimer Beach is not a big attraction for snorkelers because much of the marine life off Gibney Oppenheimer Beach was significantly damaged during a heavy rain during the excavation for the Myrah Keating Smith Clinic.

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Common fish off Gibney Oppenheimer Beach include: goatfish, grunts, tangs, parrotfish, angelfish, squirrelfish, trunkfish, trumpetfish, yellowtail snapper, blue runners, groupers, butterflyfish, damselfish, squirrelfish, porcupinefish, and wrasses, as well as octopuses and various types of eels.

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