If you walk about .8 miles past Salt Pond Bay, you will reach Drunk Bay. This was an incredible beach to visit for a couple of reasons. First, the waves were crashing on the rocks like crazy. This was really the only time we saw big waves in the Virgin Islands. Secondly, because the waves throw so much rock and coral onto the beach, tourists or locals have created "people" all over the rocks. It was neat to walk around and see all of the creations.
It is a short walk to Salt Pond Bay and Salt Pond. The two couldn't be anymore different.
Salt Pond Bay is a peaceful beach with gorgeous white sand. It is great for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing.
Just a short walk away, is Salt Pond, a red pond full of salt that smells like sulphur. There were several people there collecting salt. I can't imagine getting in this water.
We drove past the Chateau Bordeaux many times without realizing that while it is a restaurant, it also provides a beautiful overlook. We stopped in the afternoon and had the entire place to ourselves.
You can get to the Johnny Horn Trail by first hiking the Leinster Bay trail. After hiking and snorkeling, we were a bit tired, so we only went up to the ruins at the top of the trail and turned around.
To reach this beach/island, you have to hike the Leinster Bay Trail and continue past Leinster Bay. It's not far until you reach Waterlemon Bay. In the distance you can see Waterlemon Cay. It is great fun (and a bit scary) to swim out to this island and snorkel along the way.
I am usually someone that sticks as close to possible to shore, so this was an impressive feat for me. It was amazing to look down and see the ocean floor 50-60 feet below you. As you get close to the island, the current is stronger, so be careful.
There are tons of sea urchins and rocks when you enter this beach, so take caution until you get farther out into the water.
I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys adventure. The hike and snorkel are a great combination.
To reach Leinster Bay, you have to walk the Leinster Bay Trail. It is an easy walk along the water. It is about .8 miles to reach Leinster Bay. It seems we just missed the sea turtles onshore. If you want to see them, arrive early in the morning.
This beach was very secluded, as most people don't want to hike to get to a beach.
The Annaberg Plantation is a huge estate on St. John. It was interesting to wander through these ruins (they are well preserved). It was established in 1718. There is no greathouse because the owner lived elsewhere. There is a cookhouse, jail, sugar factory, and windmill.
Throughout the Virgin Islands, we saw donkeys, goats, and iguanas, but we seemed to see the most on St. John. You definitely need to watch out for them when you are driving. They also seem to pop up when you're hiking and you least expect it.
Caneel Bay is probably most recognized as home to the Caneel Bay Resort. If you are not staying at the resort, you are still allowed to visit Caneel Bay. You just have to check in with the security guard at the entrance. Caneel Bay was very pretty, but it was crawling with people and boats, so we didn't stay long.
Hawksnest is another beach on Route 20 that tends to be very crowded during the day. We honestly didn't do any swimming here because we thought the snorkeling/swimming would be better in a place that wasn't as crowded.
We found a deserted beach that I think is Jumbie Bay. We were driving along and saw a set of stairs leading down to the beach. We stopped, got out, and walked down and found ourselves completely alone. It was so beautiful and peaceful.
This beach seemed to be packed during the day. We went after hours (around 5 pm), and there was still a bit of a crowd, but nothing like during the day. There is an admission fee to this beach ($4/adult).
Trunk Bay is popular because of its underwater snorkeling trail. There are signs identifying coral and fish that you may see while underwater. Needless to say, this area has been damaged, and we didn't think the snorkeling was very good here.
It's still a neat experience, but I would highly recommend going early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the crowds.
Cinnamon Bay is the longest beach on St. John. There are many facilities here: restrooms, restaurant, picnic table, and more. There is a lifeguard on duty during the day, so that makes this a very popular place for families.
Again, the water wasn't as clear as I would have liked, but we still managed to capture some great things while we were snorkeling. Check out my pictures! :-)
One of the first things we noticed about St. John was that the beaches were much more crowded. We still managed to find some quiet moments, but as a rule, there were more people on the beaches here. It may be because these beaches are considered to be some of the best in the Virgin Islands.
Maho Bay was so calm and peaceful. The water was a bit cloudy because of the amount of people kicking up sand, but we still had a great time snorkeling. Check out my pictures to see what we saw here!
You definitely need to take some time and wander around in Cruz Bay. The locals are very friendly, and there are numerous shops to explore. Mongoose Junction was one of my favorite places to visit. It was an all stone shopping/restaurant area, and it was so fun to see all of its nooks and crannies.
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Maho Bay, off North Shore Rd, PO Box 310, , 00831, Caribbean