Salt Pond Bay

Salt Pond Bay, located on the southern coast of St. John, offers a great beach area for snorkeling and swimming. Because of its tranquil waters, Salt Pond Bay is quickly becoming a popular place for swimming in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The calm waters of this crescent-shaped beach provide ideal swimming conditions, so you can go out and enjoy the warm salty waters of the Caribbean. Inland tide pools also make for excellent exploring.

Located on the island of St. John, 1.1 miles south-southwest of Friis Bay, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities might enjoy stopping by Salt Pond Bay 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
The beach is fairly remote and requires a vehicle to get to. Guests should take Route 107 southeast, until a local road, which requires four wheel drive to traverse.

Amenities and Ambiance

The remote beach at Salt Pond Bay is located on the island's southeast coast adjacent to Coral Bay. This rocky yet peaceful beach was named for the salt pond located near the beach. The amazingly clear waters here are good for snorkeling, and there are a few fascinating tidal pools along the shore. All along the sands of Salt Pond Bay beach, there are gorgeous sea shells and pieces of coral strewn across the shores.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Salt Pond Bay is the ultimate convenience. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach does have its own picnic facilities, making dining here even less of a hassle.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Salt Pond Bay. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. This little stretch of sand is off the beaten track and often missed by tourists. Salt Pond Bay is sparsely populated, and only a few couples, singles, and locals frequent these shores.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of St. John; the area is home to other attractions such as Lameshur Bay Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Salt Pond Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 1.6 mi. WNW St. John
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.4 mi. N St. John
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 2.4 mi. N St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. NW St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. NW St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 2.7 mi. N St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.9 mi. NW St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 4.0 mi. NW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 4.0 mi. NNW St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 4.0 mi. NNW St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 4.0 mi. NNW St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 4.2 mi. NW St. John

Cities and Towns

Salt Pond Bay is close to Coral Bay, so walking the city is a definite option. Coral Bay is the closest town to Salt Pond Bay. It is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the shore, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient possibilities have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Salt Pond Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 5.0 WNW Lodge
The Westin St. John Resort 5.3 W Resort
Caneel Bay Resort 5.7 WNW Resort

Food

When you start craving an afternoon snack, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Cafe Concordia. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean menu items. They also specialize in seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Salt Pond Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. NNE
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. N
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 2.3 mi. N
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American Informal 2.4 mi. N
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.4 mi. N
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 2.4 mi. N
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.4 mi. N
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.6 mi. N
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.7 mi. N
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.7 mi. N

Other Beaches

St. John has many nice beaches, and Salt Pond Bay is just one option.

Another location you might enjoy is Great Cruz Beach, found a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might like Lameshur Bay. You'll find it a mile and a half to the west-northwest.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Hansen Bay Beach, located not a great distance away, which means a short ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Of course, the Virgin Islands has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Salt Pond Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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