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

Located on the island of St. John, 1.6 miles south west of Friis Bay, Grootpan Bay happily welcomes customers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. However, even if you aren't staying very close, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. From this location, Coral Bay is two and a half miles (four kilometers) to the north.

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

And, one of the most delightful options while spending some time exploring the area is enjoying a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of this body of water. Cafe Concordia, which offers American fare, is also the closest restaurant to this bay. It is maybe around less than a mile away from this body of water, so stop in and enjoy a meal. Miss Lucy's Restaurant and Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar offer additional dining possibilities in close to this bay. At Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar you should make it a point not to ask for your check without taking a bite of their specialty, seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy bays, and would like to see others, ought to think about Kiddel Bay and Great Lameshur Bay; the first and closest of which is 0.3 miles away from this page's natural attraction. Other types of local attractions include Yawzi Point Trail, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might want to also consider visiting Ram's Head Trail, which is another attraction in the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. Attractions close-by can be found in the following table.

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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