Salt Pond Bay

We spent two nights at Salt Pond Bay while our cousins had two nights ashore.  We stayed busy.  We had a mooring right off the beach.  The beach, part of the national park, was hopping during the day, but cleared in the late afternoon and at the sight of the first raindrops which came often.  There are a few trails leading from the beach.

We climbed Ram’s Head with the Molto Bene crew.  Hannes made the summit.  Hold on to your hat, it was windy up there.  Ram’s Head is out on a peninsula just southeast of the Salt Pond.  It is isolated and rugged.  We read that some of the slaves that participated in the 1733 rebellion retreated here as the rebellion faltered.  You could see why.

Ram's Head, St. John, USVI

Ram’s Head, St. John, USVI

The barrel cacti were starting to bloom.

Cactus, Ram's Head, St. John, USVI

Cactus, Ram’s Head, St. John, USVI

The view back to St. John and Salt Pond Bay was spectacular.

View to the west from Ram's Head, St. John, USVI

View to the west from Ram’s Head, St. John, USVI

We snorkeled along the shore that was easily accessible from the beach.  Nothing exciting.  Then, we headed to the reef in the center of the entrance and were blown away by the coral especially the pillar coral and a few impressive Elkhorn Corals.  And, we didn’t have the camera.  A 4′ barracuda like the one in Francis Bay visited and Jessica and David jumped right in to swim with him.

Snorkeling, Salt Pond Bay, St. John, USVI

Snorkeling, Salt Pond Bay, St. John, USVI

Here’s the view of Salt Pond Bay from Jessica and David’s cabin.  Note the red kayak.

Salt Pond Bay from Concordia Resort

Salt Pond Bay from Concordia Resort

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