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 outer parts of Cruz Bay, a quarter mile north-northeast of the downtown area, Salomon Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. John. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Vacationers who want their beach to have a little bit of everything——a hint of seclusion, with a somewhat social scene—— might enjoy stopping by Salomon Bay Beach for a few hours. Generally, it's not an overly popular part of the coast, but it's also not completely secluded.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Remember to take into account that the region in which Salomon Bay Beach is located is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the North West coast of St. John. It is near St. John Experience Gallery, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of the local attractions.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Salomon Bay Beach) offer an entertaining diversion and a new way to experience the Virgin Islands' culture.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 very close to Cruz Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cruz Bay is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Cruz Bay is a quick trip away, about three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).

Hotels

How many other people you encounter at Salomon Bay Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient options 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

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Caneel Beach Terrace. This restaurant serves both American and International cuisines. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

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
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
Uncle Joe's Bar-B-Q (340) 693-8806 American Very Casual 0.7 mi. SSW

Other Beaches

St. John has many beaches, so Salomon Bay Beach is just one of your options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Cruz Bay Beach, located just a little ways away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might find that Hawksnest Bay is just right.

Another location you may want to try is Caneel Bay, located a quarter mile away. 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.

While the Virgin Islands has many alluring attractions, a trip to Salomon Bay Beach could end up a family favorite.

 

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