Month Visited: January
Special tips and warnings about this trip: Some of the roads on the island can be quite rough, with dirt tops and large potholes. Make sure that any vehicle you have can handle the rough terrain if you are going over these roads to keep from getting stuck or stranded.
Description: Great Lameshur Bay is a remote beach area on the southern shore of the island. Few tourists visit this beach because it is quite rocky, and the waters can be rough making swimming and other aquatic activities less than ideal. Residents of the island tend to come to this beach but it is seldom crowded.
Our Experiences: We only stayed here for a few minutes. The beach was too rocky and that made it unacceptable for our family. After a couple of minutes we left and headed to Little Lamesur Bay. Our family was really disappointed and we would not recommend this stop.
Description: Little Lamesur Bay offers a beach that has white sand which is soft and smooth, and it is a popular spot for visitors and residents both. During the winter months when the beaches on the north shore of the island may be less than optimal for swimming and snorkeling this beach offers calmer waters and more visibility. There are mountain trains and ruins located near this beach area for anyone who wants to explore and feels adventurous. There are few amenities here but you will find picnic tables and grills for barbecuing.
Our Experiences: Our travel from Great Lameshur Bay to Little Lamesur Bay was quite rocky. The road was dirt and there were many big potholes. The guide books that describe poor roads are very accurate, and the roads were extremely bumpy and rutted. The drive itself was not long and we had fun going along the roads. We felt like we were on a safari at times and the road goes between the trees. When we arrived at Little Lamesur Bay we were glad we made the trek. The beach area was very sandy and soft, and there were trees that provided plenty of shade. There were only a few other people on the beach and the water was very calm. This was a stop that the kids really enjoyed, and the area had a remote feel but incredible views that were gorgeous. We ended up staying here for around three hours. If your vehicle will make the trip and you are willing to get bounced around a little then this stop is highly recommended and well worth seeing.
Description: Salt Pond Bay is a bay that offers water which is extremely clear, and a beach that is never crowded. In order to reach the beach area visitors will have to take a short hike down the hill from the parking lot, but the end result is worth the effort. There is a salt pond close to the beach area, and snorkeling is possible in the middle of the bay as well as the shoreline. There are jagged rocks that can be seen above the surface of the water out in the middle of the bay.
Our Experiences: The walk down from the parking lot was not hard, even our youngest child had no problem although there were a few close calls with tripping because of the rocks. There were few amenities here so do not expect much in the way of comfort. We saw very few fish when we were snorkeling, although some of the other people said they had fantastic results and saw large numbers of fish when they were in the water. It is possible that we arrived at the wrong time of day, around 3 in the afternoon, and the fish were not very active as a result. There were some sea urchins that we discovered when chasing a toy in the water. There was not really any shade on the beach because there were no large trees, just short shrubs that were too short to provide any shade from the sun.
We rented a car (actually 2 cars) for this trip on St. Thomas from Discount Car Rental. We found them to be pleasant to deal with, and their rates were competitive. We chose to rent on St. Thomas, because it was more economical to rent on St. Thomas than St. John (based on prices we were quoted at the time), and if we had to take cabs from the airport in St. Thomas to the ferry or car barge, that also would have cost more money. So all around it made sense for us to rent on St. Thomas. and we were pleased with our choice of Discount Car Rental. I would definitely recommend calling them for a quote. At the time we traveled, they advised us that they do service the cars that go to St. John (not all St. Thomas rental companies do that). Confirm this with anyone that you rent with.