Salt Pond Bay

Salt Pond Bay, Virgin Islands National Park: Address, Salt Pond Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Salt Pond Bay
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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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Happyvu
Selbyville, DE102 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This beach is encountered right after you pass through Coral Bay. (Don’t pass by the painted pink building - right where you turn towards Salt Pond Bay - in the last photo - without stopping; they make excellent and affordable Johnnycakes and pasties! The ground beef pasty is awesome but my kids loved the Johnnycakes!) On the day we were there there was ample parking. It’s about a five minute hike down the hill to the beach. They have a porta potty type restroom that is big and fairly clean. The snorkeling was excellent! We saw a sea turtle!
Written December 21, 2021
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Dbeitz
Iowa50 contributions
Mar 2021
During my trip last week the best reef with easy shore access is located around the rocks in the center of Salt Pond. This reef contained a wide variety of healthy looking coral and larger number of fish than other locations.

We also so several turtles and a very large and fairly tame eagle ray in the front of the bay.

I would recommend combining your trip to Salt pond along with a stop at Little and or Great Lameshur bay.
If the weather allows be sure to get out to Yawzi point because there is some great coral out there as well.
Written March 21, 2021
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Amie B
Tucson, AZ81 contributions
Aug 2021
Salt Pond Bay is a lesser visited bay on St. John if you feel crowded at some of the more popular beaches. Head east and keep going through Coral Bay and wait for the sign. There is a parking lot and a trail leading you to this wonderful place for beach fun and snorkeling. The trail is rocky, and downhill - so think about saving some energy for the walk back up on your way out. The beach has shady spots, trash bins and restrooms. The sea grass right out in the middle of the ocean attracts the sea turtles, you can't miss them. I watched a mama turtle and her baby feed for almost 10 minutes before I moved on to other things. Bring water socks to avoid the rocks and burrs away from the shoreline and this little bay can be all yours for the day.
Written August 20, 2021
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BK Broiler
McLean, VA28 contributions
Jan 2021
We made a great stop at Salt Pond Bay during our tour last week with Sonic Charters. It was a windy day, but Salt Pond was protected and the water completely calm. The beach itself is beautiful, with white sand and some shady areas with picnic tables if you are looking to bring a picnic lunch. There is a single, public bathroom, but no other services. We stopped at Lime Out in Coral Bay and took out lunch to eat on the beach. After lunch, we snorkeled in the crystal clear water and immediately found a stingray and two juvenile sea turtles. To the right side of the beach, there is excellent snorkeling with lots of fish and some coral. We definitely will return on our next trip.
Written February 2, 2021
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Bulldog1242
Delran, NJ25 contributions
Jul 2021
Accidentally found this beach when looking for Coral Bay. Read reviews that Coral Bay was a spot to visit, didn't really find what we were looking for so we stopped here. There was about a 1/3 mile easy/moderate hike down to the beach. Had beautiful clear water and wasn't crowded at all. The drive was long from Cruz Bay because it's the other side of the island. Saw my first sea turtle! We hovered and watched the young turtle float around and eat. Tried to hit Lucy's for lunch on the way back to town, but it had just closed between the lunch/dinner shifts. I probably wouldn't hit this beach again just because of the distance but definitely worth seeing once if you have the time to cruise around the island.
Written August 19, 2021
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Linda F
Pittsburgh, PA43 contributions
Mar 2021
The house we rented was close to Salt Pond Bay, and it turned out to be our favorite beach. Go early for a good parking spot, and be prepared for a walk down to the beach on a path that could be challenging to some. There are a few picnic tables and trees that will provide shade if you time it right. The beach is sandy and we saw a lot of young children playing in the shallow water. You'll see some fish and turtles closer to shore, but the best snorkeling is a long swim out to the rocks. My friend and I used swim noodles (under our arms) for assistance; we also saw snorkelers with life belts. My husband and 20-something sons swam to the 2nd set of rocks without assistance. We saw all kinds of fish and lots of colorful coral that made the long swim worthwhile. Though our original plan was to spend one day at Salt Pond Bay, we enjoyed it so much that we came back for a 2nd visit. We all highly recommend it!
Written March 28, 2021
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Jim T
Marietta, GA11 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Salt Pond Bay was by far, one of our favorite snorkeling spots and beaches. We rented a Jeep for the week so we didn’t use an excursion company. The underway sea life was incredible. Tropical Fish everywhere, saw a few Octopus nestled on Coral under the sea surface. Squid, Eagle Ray (HUGE), Leathernecks, so much to take in. You hike down a trail maybe. 1/3 of a mile to get to the beach. Wear hiking sandals like Keel. No flip flops. Take your cooler and snacks and plan on an entire day there. We spent two there. Watch out for the Wild Donkeys, they’ll come up and try and get into your things. But not threatening at all. Good for a video.
Written November 9, 2021
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Laurie B
Boulder, CO338 contributions
Aug 2020
We decided to stop here after reading the reviews about the snorkeling. We decided to swim the distance to see the reef. It was probably a quarter of a mile to get there. The perimeter pales in comparison to this area. We saw plenty of fish and coral and it was well worth the effort to get there.
Written August 5, 2020
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Janet Penfield
5 contributions
Mar 2020
This beach was beautiful but don't go unless you are able to hike up and down a trail. Be sure to bring your own stuff, food, drinks, chairs. There is nothing there but a beautiful beach
clear water and not much else
Written March 24, 2020
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Darrin B
Milton12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My wife and I visited salt Pond Bay and drunken bay . The bay is a little difficult hike down from the parking lot but well worth it. The beach is beautiful and very clean. We snorkeled some in the bay and rocky shores… a good amount of turtles. The waves were rough that day so it wasn’t easy to see a lot of fish. We also enjoyed the short walk to drunken bay which was really cool and beautiful. Highly recommended
Written April 27, 2022
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