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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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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We took the bus from Cruz Bay to Salt Pond Bay. Kind of a scary bus ride, but well worth the effort. There is an amazing hike to Rams Head at the end of the beach. Take lots of water and food to the beach as there are no facilities.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

STJ has so many world class beachs and this is one. A short hike to the Salt pond bay gets you to the beach. Great for snorkeling, we saw a host of fish and a sting ray or two. The bottom has a lot of rocky structure the sea creatures like. Nice beach to just hang out.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

You wont find any vendors here selling food or drinks, showers to rinse off, or anything really. Just a nice quiet beach to spend time and and relax. Water was a bit murky for snorkeling when I was there, but cant fault the beach for that. Sand is nice to lay on, water felt great in July. Shade available if... More

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Bellbrook, OH
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107 reviews 107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Good beach and good snorkeling. Saw lots of conch, eagle ray, sting rays, turtles, and lots of other good stuff.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This beach is definitely different than most other beaches on St. John. The beach can be reached using Ram Head Trail and is covered with large grey rock. Not somewhere to spend a large amount of time, but definitely a beautiful pit stop.

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NJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Take the short hike down to Drunk Bay. Nice beach. Good snorkeling. Saw turtles and lots of coral and fish. Make sure you take the walk down the beach over to the Salt Pond and then Salt Pond Bay where people have built all kinds of coral structures overlooking a coast that reminded me of Big Sur. I made a... More

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The Woodlands
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121 reviews 121 reviews
60 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is quite a bit of a drive to get to, and a hot hike but so worth the end result. Stunning uncrowded beach with awesome snorkeling on the left side. There was some shade, picnic tables and a pit toilet. My husband went on to hike the Ram Head Trail which he said was HRR-hot, rocky and rewarding!

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Salt Pond Bay on the SE end of St. John has 2 nice walking trails in addition to a nice beach. We walked the shorter (.3 mile) trail around Salt Pond to the ocean. When you get to the beach at the ocean, you will seen hundreds of effigies visitors have constructed from pieces of dried coral. These little people... More

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