Grootpan Bay

Calm waters and smooth sands make Grootpan Bay a popular spot for snorkeling on St. Thomas. Though most snorkelers begin at Kiddel Bay and swim over to Grootpan, both are definitely worth the trip.

Aside from snorkeling, Grootpan Bay is also recommended for the salt pond behind the bay from which salt can be harvested.

Location

Grootpan Bay lies on the island of St. John, 1.6 miles south west of Friis Bay; it's 2.5 miles to the south of Coral Bay.

To get to Grootpan Bay, begin at Moravian Church in Coral Bay and take Route 107 south. About 4.2 miles, turn left on to the dirt road, and drive until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right, then another right when the road forks again. After just under a quarter mile you will reach the bay.

Nearby Restaurants

If you work up an appetite while visiting this body of water, you're going to be in luck -- you can find a plentiful supply of dining possibilities in the general vicinity. Cafe Concordia, which has a menu full of American meals, is very close-by, making it a great option for visitors here. It is just around less than a mile from Grootpan Bay, so check it out and enjoy a meal. Also within a short distance, you and your party will come across options such as Miss Lucy's Restaurant and Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar where you and your companions shouldn't leave without sampling their specialty seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Those who like bays, and would like to see others, should consider Kiddel Bay and Great Lameshur Bay; the first of which is 0.3 miles to the southeast of this page's natural attraction. Other kinds of local activities include Yawzi Point Trail, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. Furthermore, you can think about visiting Ram's Head Trail, which is another attraction nearby.

If a visit to the Grootpan Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

Attractions Near Grootpan Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Yawzi Point Trail GeoFeature 0.8 mi. (3.2 km) NW 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Ram's Head Trail GeoFeature 0.8 mi. (4.4 km) E Concordia St. John
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historic Site -- -- 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Lamshur Bay Trail GeoFeature 1.7 mi. (3.3 km) NW 2.0 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historic Site 2.0 mi. (3.1 km) NW 1.9 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historic Site 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) NW 2.0 mi. South West of Coral Bay St. John
Petroglyph Pool Waterfall GeoFeature 2.3 mi. (3.5 km) NW 2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John
Petroglyphs Historic Site 2.3 mi. (3.5 km) NW 2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Coral Bay St. John

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Location: St. John

 

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