Dec 022013

Salt Pond Beach, St. John USVISalt Pond is a personal favorite beach. The calm water, great snorkeling, wonderful hiking and white sand make for the perfect day.

Salt Pond is on the southeast end of St. John.  Like most of theHummingBird hill to Salt Pond Island, the scenic ride from Hummingbird Hill offers great views along the way.

There is a small parking lot at the trail head to the 0.3 mile walk to the  beach.  Once at the beach you can break from sun-bathing and swimming in the clear calm waters of Salt Pond beach.  If you like, you can  take a short walk past the actual Salt Pond over to Drunk Bay.  The entrance to the salt pond is at the far end of the beach.  It is an easy walk past Salt Pond to Drunk Bay.

At Drunk Bay  you will encounter great plant life, marvelous views and unique coral sculptures (feel free to add you own).    The ocean hits the shore  a bit harder here and its easy to see why drunken sailors  wrecked off its shores.

Drunk Bay St. John USVI CoastDrunk BayBeautiful Plant life




Rocky coast at Drunk BaySlat Pond View from Drunk BayCoral on Drunk Bay

If you would like to add a more adventurous hike to your day you can walk the 1.2 miles to RAM’s Head where you can experience panoramic views of the Caribbean.  (See more trail info here hosted at see St.John)

Rams Head panoramic

At the end of the day – stop for conch fritters and a Bushwhacker at Shipwreck landing – on the way back to Hummingbird Hill.

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Aerial view of Salt Pond Beach, Salt Pond, Drunk Bay and Ram’s Head.

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Sep 292012

Map at trail head Leinster Bay

Leinster Bay/Waterlemon Cay – Great Beach – Great Snorkeling

After visiting the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins,  take the 0.8 mile hike to Leinster Bay/Waterlemon Cay.  The path to the beach is flat and shaded.   The walk hugs the shoreline and you hear the soft sounds of the surf.   The area is a nesting ground for Sea Turtles and you are bound to see them on your adventure.

From the beach, you can access the fine snorkeling around Waterlemon Cay, the small island just offshore.  The shoreline water is shallow, and the sea floor is a mixture of sand and coral rubble. You will find that  the sea-life accessible to snorkelers is abundant along the shoreline as you head out to the Cay, so be prepared to spend time mask down enjoying the scenery.  It is about a 0.2-mile snorkel to the edge of the reef off Waterlemon Cay.

Along with the turtles you will see stingray’s, sea cucumbers, blue tangs, parrotfish, sea fans and sea plumes, starfish, barracuda, clown fish, squid etc… While the turtles pop their heads up the pelicans take a dive.   Leinster/Waterlemon Cay is a great experience. The sound of the small waves and calm waters on the beach makes for a relaxing day. The trip to Waterlemon adds the adventure.

Waterlemon Cay - St.John USVI

Waterlemon Cay is the small island in the center