Salomon Bay Beach

Almost always deserted, this beach is hidden away within the lush confines of the national park. It's any easy hike from either Caneel Bay or Cruz Bay. Perhaps because it's so secluded, it has developed a reputation for being the island's unofficial nude beach. Be warned, however, because nude sunbathing is illegal, and if a park ranger happens to stop by, you'll be fined a hefty sum.

Located on the outskirts of Cruz Bay, a quarter mile north-northeast of "downtown," Salomon Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. John. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. The Virgin Islands' beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but Salomon Bay Beach is a little bit further from the crowds, making it a good pick for those of you who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.

How to Access The Beach
This hidden away beach is accessible from two different points. The first takes you on a mile walk along the Lind Point Trail from a parking lot at the edge of Cruz Bay. The trail is about a mile long and takes visitors over a hill and through the bush, past a fork in the road. You can choose to take either fork, as they both end up in the sand. The Lind Point Trail travels all the way from Cruz Bay to the Caneel Bay Resort, and those in that area can take the trail in to the beach as well. This end of the trail is slightly less hilly and shorter, though it does have fewer interesting sites to see along the way.

Amenities and Ambiance

The small 25 yard stretch of coast features powder soft sands in hues of tan and off-white depending on how high the tide. Short, fat palm trees dot the shore, while further back the grow tall and skinny and turn into the the thick greenery of the national park. From this beach, you can relax and take in vistas of Pillsbury Sound, and on a clear day St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke, and several small cays can be seen.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Since Salomon Bay Beach is found inside an area commonly frequented by travelers, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the North West coast of St. John. It is near some interesting sites like St. John Experience Gallery, which is situated a half mile to the south, and it is among the local attractions.

If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Cruz Bay Battery, which is three quarters of a mile away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Salomon Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
St. John Experience Gallery Art Gallery 0.6 mi. S St. John
Best of Both Worlds Art Gallery 0.6 mi. S St. John
Friends of the VI National Parks Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations 0.6 mi. S St. John
Bajo El Sol Art Gallery 0.6 mi. S St. John
VI National Park Visitor Center Tourist Information Service 0.6 mi. SSW St. John
Cruz Bay Battery Historical Site 0.7 mi. SSW St. John
Donald Schnell Studio Art Gallery 0.7 mi. S St. John
Parrot Club Gambling Arcade 0.8 mi. SSW St. John
Ivan Jadan Museum Museum 0.9 mi. SSW St. John
Coconut Coast Studios Art Gallery 0.9 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Salomon Bay Beach is near Cruz Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The nearby town of Cruz Bay is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Salomon Bay Beach, Cruz Bay is not far away, roughly three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Salomon Bay Beach will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a good amount of hotels which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest possibilities have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Salomon Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Caneel Bay Resort 0.3 mi. ENE Resort
Estate Lindholm 0.5 mi. SW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 0.7 mi. S Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 0.8 mi. SSW Hotel
St. John Inn 0.8 mi. S Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 0.9 mi. SSW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 1.0 mi. SSW B & B
Coconut Coast 1.0 mi. SSW Hotel
The Westin St. John Resort 1.3 mi. S Resort

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is Caneel Beach Terrace. The restaurant serves both American and International cuisines. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Salomon Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Caneel Beach Terrace (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American, International Informal 0.3 mi. ENE
Caneel Beach Bar & Grill (340) 776-6111 ext. 334 American Informal 0.3 mi. ENE
Turtle Bay Estate House (340) 776-6111 Contemporary Fine Dining 0.3 mi. ENE
ZoZo's Ristorante (340) 693-9200 Italian Fine Dining 0.4 mi. E
Asolare Restaurants (340) 779-4747 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 0.5 mi. SW
North Shore Deli (340) 777-3061 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. S
Ocean Grill (340) 693-3304 Caribbean, Contemporary Informal 0.6 mi. S
Viva La Revolution Cantina (340) 777-3473 Mexican Informal 0.6 mi. S
Sun Dog Cafe (340) 693-8340 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. S
Margarita Phil's (340) 693-8400 Mexican Very Casual 0.6 mi. S
Morgan's Mango Restaurant (340) 693-8141 Caribbean, International Informal 0.6 mi. S
The Barefoot Cowboy (340) 228-5200 Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.7 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Salomon Bay Beach on St. John.

You might also enjoy Cruz Bay Beach, located just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Hawksnest Bay.

You might also want to visit Caneel Bay, located a quarter mile to the northeast. Caneel Bay, a chain of seven pristine beaches on St. John, offers one public beach to guests which can be accessed through the exclusive Caneel Bay Resort, where fantastic swimming and lounging areas, and basic facilities line the shore.

Maybe Salomon Bay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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