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 the "downtown" area, Salomon Bay Beach is on the North West coast of St. John. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. The beaches in the Virgin Islands aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Salomon Bay Beach is less exposed than the others, which offers some middle ground to those who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.
Since Salomon Bay Beach will be located inside an area commonly frequented by travelers, you might need to hunt to get a spot!
Set on the North West coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Bajo El Sol, which is a half mile away.
Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (situated three quarters of a mile to the south) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.
|Bajo El Sol||Art Gallery||0.6 mi.||S||St. John|
|Best of Both Worlds||Art Gallery||0.6 mi.||S||St. John|
|Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations||0.6 mi.||S||St. John|
|Tourist Information Service||0.6 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Cruz Bay Battery||Historical Site||0.7 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Ivan Jadan Museum||Museum||0.7 mi.||S||St. John|
|Parrot Club||Gambling Arcade||0.8 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Virgin Luck Games||Gambling Arcade||0.8 mi.||SSW||St. John|
Salomon Bay Beach is very close to Cruz Bay, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Cruz Bay is the closest city and 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, maybe three quarters of a mile (a kilometer).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
You'll find a fairly wide assortment of accommodations to pick from in the area around Salomon Bay Beach. The closest of which can be seen in the table that follows.
|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|
|Westin Resort, St. John||1.3 mi.||S||Resort|
If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Caneel Beach Terrace. This restaurant offers both American and International dishes on the menu. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.
The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.
|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|
|Virgin Fire||(340) 777-3473||Caribbean, Creole||Informal||0.6 mi.||S|
|Sun Dog Cafe||(340) 693-8340||American||Very Casual||0.6 mi.||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|
|(340) 776-6611||Caribbean||Informal||0.7 mi.||S|
Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Salomon Bay Beach.
Another location you may want to try is Caneel Bay, which is 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.
Perhaps Salomon Bay Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.
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