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.

Positioned on the southeastern side of the island of St. John, 1.1 miles south-southwest of Friis Bay, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. It's often said that Salt Pond Bay is one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Most other beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more crowded since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

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.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Salt Pond Bay, which are great for lunches or as a home base for your belongings.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. 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


You'll 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 most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Salt Pond Bay, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Salt Pond Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Lameshur Bay Ruins Historical Site 1.6 mi. WNW 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
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 4.2 mi. WNW St. John

Cities and Towns

Salt Pond Bay is close to Coral Bay, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town to Salt Pond Bay is Coral Bay, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests wanting to scope out the local scene. From Salt Pond Bay, Coral Bay is not far away, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a pretty nice variety of hotel options to pick from in the area that encircles the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

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


When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. Cafe Concordia is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

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
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 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
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 3.3 mi. NW
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 4.4 mi. NW

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on St. John you might like besides Salt Pond Bay.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Great Cruz Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Lameshur Bay is just right. It's located a mile and a half to the west-northwest.

You may also want to consider Hansen Bay Beach, which is located three miles to the northeast.

You may find that Salt Pond Bay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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