Salt Pond Bay
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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Amie B
Tucson, AZ81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, VA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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lisarose
Washington DC, DC499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We decided to give this spot a try since it's rated as one of the top snorkel spots on St. John. We stayed near Coral Bay and the drive was not that bad. If you're coming from Cruz Bay it's a long drive. When we arrived around 2 the lot was completely full and we parked a little ways up the road along the side. It's a short hike to the beach and I was glad I brought my sneakers. The beach is on the smaller side but we managed to squeeze in. Now, the most important thing: the snorkeling was excellent. The reef seemed in better condition than those on the north shore, and the water was very protected (no waves or wind on the day we went). There were rays, turtles, and tons of fish. Tip - don't sit too near the trees because there were tons of tiny biting flies.
Written December 28, 2023
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Linda F
Pittsburgh, PA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Travelwife
Tennessee66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This was a great place for snorkeling, especially for kids. There are some picnic tables, get there early to get one. In the center of the beach, we saw several sea turtles. To the left along the rocks we saw lots of fish. If you swim along the right side, there is a very nice Elk Horn Coral. There is a rock a good ways out in the center, but there was so much boat traffic coming & going, we were afraid to make it out there. You can also hike to Ram's head which has some great views. It is a little bit of a walk from the parking lot down to the beach. It is uphill on the way back. We saw someone walking around looking in everyone's cars, so make sure you lock your doors or don't leave anything in your car.
Written July 11, 2022
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Bulldog1242
Delran, NJ26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Susan L
Huntington, WV21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
I heard to not leave valuables in your vehicle in the parking lot. The trek down to the beach was not bad at all. It was 0.3 miles down. There was only 1 family on the beach when we got there around 9am. We found a great spot with some shade. We walked behind the beach to check out the actual salt pond. It was a shade of dark pink. There was a deer enjoying the salt. Back on the beach I think one would need to wear water shoes just upon entering the water. There are lots of small stones etc. We snorkeled for a long while because the water was so calm. Lots of beauty to behold under that sea. We saw one lone turtle with a stingray too. By this time the beach was pretty crowded. Overall a great beach though.
Written May 30, 2022
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Kemper
Salt Lake City, UT13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wow! Visited Salt Pond Beach on St. John’s VI. We took the car ferry from St. Thomas and then headed to the opposite end of the island from Cruz Bay. It was well worth the trip and hike to the beach. There is only a few parking spots in the dirt and then you walk on a rocky trail to the beach, but it’s not difficult. The beach doesn’t have any amenities except a few picnic tables and we only saw 4 other people when we visited on a Tuesday morning. The sand is pristine white and the water calm and turquoise color. Snorkeling was exceptional and we saw various types of fish and some turtles. I highly recommend visiting this beach.
Written September 2, 2023
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Jim T
Marietta, GA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, CO343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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