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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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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
10 helpful votes 10 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
82 helpful votes 82 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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