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Salt Pond Bay

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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Description: This scenic bay on St. John offers a secluded beach with good swimming and...
This scenic bay on St. John offers a secluded beach with good swimming and snorkeling, plus a graded hiking trail leading to and from the beach and picnic area.
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Good Snorkeling

We used this bay as a mooring for a night on our charter boat. Great snorkeling with a dingy mooring close to the rocks in the middle of the bay. That is where the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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English first
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We used this bay as a mooring for a night on our charter boat. Great snorkeling with a dingy mooring close to the rocks in the middle of the bay. That is where the best snorkeling is. Concordia is a hike , take the car path to the left of the beach. (There will be a porta pottie there) continue... More 

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Northern NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This beach is extremely remote and the parking area is barely noticeable from the road. You'll need to park in the lot and walk approximately .3 miles down to the beach. It's worth the effort! When we were there, the beach was desolate, with maybe 3-4 other families on the entire stretch. There were a few rocks/ pieces of coral... More 

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Salt Pond is great for exploring and snorkeling, but probably not for beach-only people. We love to snorkel so this was a great spot for us. Be prepared for the steep trail to get to the beach. Be sure to take the Rams Head Trail for an incredible view of the ocean and "people"

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Kent Island, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This was our favorite, because it has a lot of sea turtles to swim with. This was also the beach to see sea turtles 20 years ago, when we were on St. John for our honeymoon.

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Long Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I liked that the beach connected to Rams Head Trail, a trail over to the Salt Pond and a trail to Concordia Eco Resort. The Bay itself is pretty and a restful spot for an hour or two at most. The snorkeling didn't wow and the hike back uphill was tough after time in the sun and water. You don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Day 1 of our trip to St John and WHAT A DAY. Relaxing, no huge crowds, no screaming kids, water temperature was perfect. We got to see some sea turtles when we snorkeled, several sting rays and lots of fish

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Newnan, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is an awesome beach and bay. Sea Turtles feed on the sea grass in the bay. There is all sorts of coral on the beach. You have to drive across the island from Cruz bay to get there. You go through rain forest as well as a desert area. We saw several wild donkeys as well as a herd... More 

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maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

A nice lil hike, about a mile down hill ont he way uphill-on the way back and good parking. This Caribbean bay is CALM and has some good snorkeling. Not like the BVI Indians or anything but a few nice fish. A few boats but not many people here. the water is calm and enjoyable

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Orange Cty, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Middle of the day...we saw several turtles! Easy sand entry, no jellies, parking was ok up on street and the short hike downhill wasn't too bad. A little more difficult going back up, but not bad at all! Plenty of beach for your towel and if you're there early, you should get a spot in some shade Stop at Miss... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Accessing Salt Pond requires a 0.3-mile hike that was quite warm this time of year. Be ware that there is quite an incline returning to the hilltop parking area. A moderate amount of shade is available at the beach and we saw roughly a dozen vehicles upon arrival. The shore is rocky with very limited sandy areas, so some will... More 

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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Virgin Islands National Park

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