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St. John | Salomon Bay

Aah, St. John. Where do I even begin? I think I’ll start by covering some of our favorite beaches and snorkeling spots, then writing a summary post with other tips and ideas for this little piece of paradise.

Hello friend

St. John is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. JK and I chose it as our vacation destination last year specifically because about 2/3 of the island is National Park land – we figured it would mean few resorts, good trails, and protected coral reefs for unbelievable snorkeling. We were not mistaken.

To make the most of your trip there, buy a copy of the must-have guidebook, St. John Off The Beaten Track by Gerald Singer. A lot of the info in this book is also available on See St. John.

Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center

While most of the beaches along the north shore of the island could easily make it onto a list of the most beautiful beaches in the world, our favorite has to be Salomon Bay.

To get to Salomon Bay, hike the 1 mile trail from the National Park headquarters in Cruz Bay (if you can’t find parking, go inside and ask a ranger for a free permit to use one of the employee parking spots). You may run into a donkey or six.

Salomon Beach

This beach is so beautiful that I could easily spend an entire day just staring at the white sand, turquoise water, and perfect palm trees, but the snorkeling is also surprisingly good.

Octopus's Garden

Swim around the rocky point between Salomon and Honeymoon Beach to see colorful coral and lots of fish.

Sneaky Trumpetfish

Scrawled Filefish

Keep swimming towards the turtle grass in the middle of the bay outside of Honeymoon, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see turtles grazing. This area is usually full of stingrays, too.


Turtle nom noms

Salomon also seems to have a higher number of locals than tourists, so it’s a great place to hear some interesting stories and get insider info on the island.

Or…you could just lie back, close your eyes, feel the sun on your skin, listen to the sound of the water and the rustling palm trees, smell the coconutty scent of sunscreen, and file this moment away in your memory bank of happy places, available to mentally revisit whenever you need it. Like I said: aah, St. John.

Best vacation ever

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  • Reply Lisa April 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    So beautiful it hurts!!! We’re planning our honeymoon now. Maui, Kauai or Mexico…this place looks so amazing. I want to be there. Just wish it wouldn’t be a full day of flying to get there!

  • Reply Ingunn April 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I hear ya – the flight there (red-eye to Florida and on to the islands in the morning) isn’t bad, but the flight home (via New York, since that’s what worked with out mileage points) felt almost as long as flying home from Norway. Of course it didn’t help that I kept puking. :^)

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