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st john beaches: Grootpan

St. John USVI Beaches: Grootpan Bay

Excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer
st. john virgin islands beaches: grootpan
Grootpan Bay

Grootpan Bay, like its neighbor Kiddel Bay, is a cobble beach that offers seclusion and calm water on winter days when the ground sea makes north shore beaches uncomfortable.

There's some beautiful bright white pieces of coral to be found on the beach, excellent for use as soap dishes and paperweights .

Getting There
Take route 107 south 4.2 miles from the Moravian Church in Coral Bay. Turn left on to the dirt road. Go 0.3 miles and turn right where the road forks. When the road forks again, a little past the first fork, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Grootpan Bay.

Salt Pond
The salt pond behind the beach at Grootpan Bay is the largest on the island and salt can be harvested when weather conditions are right.

grootpan to kiddle snorkel
Southeast coast of St. John

Snorkeling
An exciting snorkel option is to snorkel from Kiddel Bay to Grootpan Bay. Starting from Kiddel Bay, snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel.