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“Secluded spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Little Lameshur Bay

Little Lameshur Bay
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Owner description: Bay with a beautiful, broad beach that is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, with a view of Bordeaux Mountain, the island's highest point at 1,277 feet, in the background.
Milford, Pennsylvania
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“Secluded spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What makes this beach so secluded is that the road getting there is horrible. To save money we rented a Toyota Yaris. Dumb descision!!! But we made it very, very slowly but surely. We even saw parts of a jeep laying on the side of the road. Aside from the awful road, this is a great spot. We even went back later in the week to hike to the petroglyphs. It is easier to go from Little Lamshure Trail to the Reef Bay Trail, to get to the petroglyphs. Nice ruins at top of the hill also.

Visited July 2014
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McKinney, Texas
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“Peaceful Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We found this bay on St. John's East side by mistake but I'm glad we did. When we first arrived, it was busy with campers from the neighboring camp, VIERS. However, they soon left for the day and we had it all to ourselves.

It is a sandy beach featuring beautiful water, picnic tables, shade trees, easy walk to beach, parking and a restroom. It is at the end of a very bumpy road that made me greatful for our Jeep rental! It is situated next to a small ruin of either sugar or rum mill on one side and the ruins of the Yawzi camp on the other side which made for neat exploration and photo opportunities.

The beach was good for swiming and to be away from the crowds but if you're looking to see a lot of marine life, I have heard Salt Pond Bay is much better and we had good luck on the North side beaches, just my two cents. Little Lameshur is close by to Vie's and the Tourist Shack, however, and has neat ruins to explore so I would make an effort to stop by.

Visited July 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Little Lameshur is a ways off the beaten path. And you're thinking Whats the big deal? The big deal is that we're the brilliant people who rent a Ford Fiesta in St. John! If we had been in a Jeep, this dirt road full of pot holes might have been enjoyable. All that aside, the day we visited Lameshur the water was murky and snorkeling had limited visibility. It has a cool little trail that leads to a point with a great view of Little and Great Lameshur bay. Oh and I almost forgot there was like no one at this beach. Literally, there were like ten other people there when we arrived. I really felt that because there was so few people at this beach, it made it that much more romantic. They also have a good supply of picnic tables and grills. While, we were staying in Cruz Bay on the other side of the island, this was quite a trek. However, it was a nice ending to our trip.

Visited July 2014
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“Relaxing Day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Our family enjoys spending a day at Little Lameshur Bay! We find a spot with sun and shade for the day and just relax! The snorkeling is pretty good. A "must do" is take the very short hike up to the ruins...incredible view and photo spot!

Visited June 2014
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“Some of the most unusual snorkeling on St. John”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Little Lameshur Bay is not easy to get to, but well worth it. To get there you have to go over to the Coral Bay side of the island, go past Salt Pond, to the "end of the road." Most guidebooks tell you not to go there but all of the hills are now paved so if you have a Jeep you are fine. We even saw little compacts there. Just be ready for ruts on the flat stretches.

The best snorkeling we found was to the left along the rocks. There are tons of great spots to explore. You can actually snorkel for quite a distance. Two things were of interest to us in particular - one was a giant spotted eagle ray. The first day we snorkeled he actually startled us because it was getting a little dark and we were on him before we knew it. What a wonderful creature to see flying through the water.

The other interesting thing was a little fish that kept swimming along right next to us like he/she had adopted us. Pretty cool though we felt bad after we got out and worried the little one was in danger so far from its home.

We also saw a Toby - they look so human it's almost scary. Definitely worth the trip it takes to get out there. By the time we got out we literally were the only ones on the entire beach. There is also a ruins off to your right (facing the water) that are pretty cool.

Visited May 2014
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