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Address: Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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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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Great snorkeling. On the way to/from Ram's Head

It is about a 1/2 mile in from the parking lot. If you continue past this beach you will be treated to one of my favorite hikes on the island, Ram's Head, which is about an hour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Peter R
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Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States

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Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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326 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is about a 1/2 mile in from the parking lot. If you continue past this beach you will be treated to one of my favorite hikes on the island, Ram's Head, which is about an hour in each direction and moderately strenuous. Bring plenty of water, hiking shoes and a hat with a cord (high winds). The beach is... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have visited Salt Pond Bay many times. The times that we have visited the waters have been very calm. It's an excellent spot for snorkeling or just floating about in the water.

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Thank JillS259
Biddeford, Maine
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a hike, uphill on the way back. Nice sandy beach not as crowded as some of the others. I counted 16 hermit crabs in one small area. It was the best snorkeling we encountered on the island.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

SP was our only afternoon snorkel for the week (we were out early each morning hitting 6 different beaches/getting a parking space no problem; snorkelers' heaven!). We came from Haulover North and South, ate at Tourist Trap, and headed for SP. Parking was not a problem like we thought it might be at 2 pm. And neither was the trail... More 

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Thank rh1979
Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this beach. I suggest hiking Rams Head and then spending the rest of the day here. There is great snorkeling to both the right and the left. We saw a nurse shark, turtles and an octopus. The beach is nice and big with shade when needed. The path down to the beach is a bit steep and long,... More 

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MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to salt pond on Monday. The weather was good and there was a ranger down there so I asked about the best place to snorkel. He suggested we start off on the left - looking out at the ocean and work our way left. We saw sea turtles and a lot of fish. We made our way from left... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short 0.2 mile hike from the parking lot leads to this very pretty beach. Pros: Very pretty & secluded beach. Has picnic tables, plenty of trees along the beach for shade. When you visit at the right season, you can see piles of foam/mineral salts floating about the beach. The end of the beach continues onto Drunk bay and... More 

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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive is deceiving. Although the island is small, driving is tough. Took almost an hour. Then have to hike in downhill. The hike out, uphill, in the heat wasn't fun. The beach was beautiful. The water was clear and snorkeling was good. Nearby restaurant was good. We did see wild donkeys on our way home!

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Thank Pierce8
Lexington, Kentucky
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We fist hiked Ram's Head Trail which overlooks Salt Pond Bay. I was not overly impressed with the bay's beach (small pebbles with sand and not pretty white) but the snorkeling along the left side reef proved to be great. It is a bit of a hike from the parking area to the beach itself. There is a road but... More 

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New Jersey
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54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were trying to hit good snorkeling spots and decided to hit the very southern tip of the island on this day. We believed from the map (because we didn't read enough TA reviews, clearly, that the best place to park was at Concordia. It was a good place to park. This involves a 15 minute hike along a trail,... More 

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