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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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Worth the Hike

Getting there you hike down a gravel road. Save some cool water for the hike coming back up the hill in the heat of the day. Definitely worth seeing. Narrow beach rings the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
IsleMon_Bob
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Middletown, NJ
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Middletown, NJ
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Getting there you hike down a gravel road. Save some cool water for the hike coming back up the hill in the heat of the day. Definitely worth seeing. Narrow beach rings the back end of the bay. A little rocky getting in but the water is calm and easy to snorkel. Best snorkeling is along the sides. No facilities... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The hike is about 5 minutes downhill but it's in the sun so wear a hat or something and sunscreen. The beach is very pretty but the water is slightly cloudier than other beaches I went to, probably because there are more waves. I did see a sea turtle there. You can hike a little further in and see an... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The beach at Salt Pond Bay, like many of the beaches on St. John is beautiful. It has a bit more surf than some of the beaches on the north shore (Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho, etc.), but it is very hard to get. My husband and I wondered if we there was an easier way to get there as we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I went snorkeling at the entrance of Salt Pond Bay. It was the clearest water in St John. There´s no need for a jeep, the road is paved. You park in a parking lot by the road, and walk 5 min to the beach. There are also hiking trails. I did the hike to Drunk Bay early morning. The trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Great snorkeling! Great shade! Picnic tables in shade! Get there early to see the great sea creatures and grab a table before the crowd comes! We swam with turtles and another early visitor saw an octopus on top of some underwater rocks on the western side of the rocky shore. There's some pebble to step through to get to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

this is a hidden treasure on st. john. a little out of the way and only accessible by jeep but its worth the trip. calm water, crystal clear, wonderful snorkeling for families and kids. two restaurants nearby for lunch - "tourist trap" and "miss Lucy's"....if you have a few days on st. john make this one of those days.

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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was our favorite beach on St. John! (and yes, we went to the North shore beaches too) Beach is accessible via a short trail, easily walkable in flip-flops. We liked that the beach wasn't too crowded. The bay is beautiful with clear, calm water which made for great swimming. There are a few picnic tables and I believe a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great snorkeling (saw sea turtles) or wading. Can access a few trails. Bring water. Easy walk from Concordia Eco-Resort. Remote part of St. John.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This was my first time renting a car in St. Johns. Drove to the other side of the Island and spent the day at Salt Pond Beach. We did the hike which is worth it. We snorkeled twice and saw two sea turtles, squid, barracuda, flounder, and numerous fish. Not a lot of shade and no amenities so pack everything... More 

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Kansas
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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A bit of a drive to get there from the other side of the island, but nice beach, nice snorkeling, nice hiking all in one place. Took the short hike to Drunk Bay and highly recommend that! Take lots of water since it has a bit more exposure there.

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