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

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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.

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.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many dining options to pick from in the region immediately near this bay. The most proximate place to eat to Grootpan Bay is Cafe Concordia, which has a menu full of American food. The restaurant is a small ways away, but distant enough that you may want to arrange for employing some mode of transport to visit there. Also nearby, you and your group will come across restaurants such as The Tourist Trap and Miss Lucy's Restaurant where you and your party should eat some Caribbean fare and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of bays, and are interested in visiting others, should consider Kiddel Bay and Great Lameshur Bay; the first is 0.3 miles to the southeast of Grootpan Bay. Other local activities include Yawzi Point Trail, which is three quarters of a mile away St. John. You might also consider heading over to Ram's Head Trail, which is another attraction not far away.

A bay is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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