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Salt Pond Bay

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Bodies of Water, Beaches
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: Salt Pond Bay is a great place for families--the water is usually calm, the bottom is sandy with sea grass, and there are usually sea turtles in the... more »
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English first
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I love this beach! Sandy with a few rocks. You can hike the Ram's Head trail if you want spiritual time & exercise. Then the beach is often less crowded for a NICE day on the beach. You can then check out the fun restaurants in Coral Bay.

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St. John
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You have to hike down a little to get there but once there, you won't regret it. Great to go when all the other public beaches are packed with people.

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Oyster Bay, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Salt Pond Bay is a destination for beach sitters and hikers. The beach is never crowded due to the long drive from the west end. If driving on St John does not phase you, go! There are a few shady spots along the beach, including 3 picnic tables. When you tire of the sand and water, take the short walk... More

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Katy, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The pond itself is nothing to look at but it is worth going for the beach area and the hike on Ram Head trail. It is quite a drive out there but it lets you see the entire island. Worth the trip!

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De Soto, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I really liked this beach. Relatively few people, due mostly to a lack of parking I think.

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Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were on a quest to find this bay. The drive provided us different views than we had seen thus far and offered several exciting hairpin turns (CA Route 1 has nothing on this road). When we did find the bay, we parked and walked through "jungle like bushes and cacti to reach the water. The walking path is sand... More

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were staying just up the road from Salt Pond so we went there a couple of times. Beautiful sandy beach. Loked for turtles but didn't see any. Hiked over to Drunk Bay and up to Rams Head, which has an amazing view. Parking is at the top of the hill, so it takes about 5 minutes to walk to... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The walk has a slight incline and is a rocky road, but worth it. The beach is a large crescent and it is a deep beach in comparison to some of the other strips of sand on St. John. Go here for the fantastic snorkeling - far left and far right for the reef fish, fans, elk horn corals, and... More

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I'm always up for trying new beach spots but this one I could do without on St. John. It's definitely a big beach but the snorkeling was tough with the currents. I actually felt a little nervous trying to swim back... It's a long steep hike back up to the top. We did stop at Lucy's restaurant on the way... More

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Newberg, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Salt Pond Bay is on the other side of St. John from Cruz Bay. It takes some driving to get there but it's well worth it. You have to hike maybe 1/4 mile or so to the beach, but there are relatively few people there and the snorkeling is great. You should go off to the right, along the rocks,... More

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