Little Lameshur Bay is a relaxing paradise within the paradise that is St. John. For a great day of hiking, exploring and snorkeling, Little Lameshur is your go-to bay. Here are several tips to help you experience Little Lameshur Bay to its fullest.
Take an AWD or 4WD
The road leading to Little Lameshur Bay is an adventure in itself. It’s steep and bumpy, and after a good rain, it can be dirty and wild–a sort of a practice run for off-road enthusiasts, but a fun and challenging drive for anyone used to the manicured streets of the concrete jungle. It’s a must that you take an all wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle for this trip.
Go early for the best snorkeling
The combination of rocky undersea outcroppings, seagrass patches and calm and clear water offered by Little Lameshur Bay makes it a top snorkeling spot in all of St. John. Although snorkeling is fabulous all throughout the day, it is best to go early while the water is warm, the sun is mild and the crowds are non-existent.
You’ll see beautiful corals and rock clusters with abundant sea grass beds in the middle of the bay. This is where turtles and rays hang out. On the eastern end, you’ll see Queens Angels, Atlantic Blue tangs, parrotfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobster and a variety of hard and soft corals.
Bring hiking gear
The bay has access to many hiking trails that are truly breathtaking. There’s Lameshur Bay Trail that runs east to meet the Reef Bay Trail. Should you go this route, you can visit the Great Reef Bay House ruins and the petroglyphs and admire the ancient Indian art. For a short trek, there’s a trail to the ruins at the end of the peninsula that separates Little and Great Lameshur Bay. These trails are well-marked and traveled, but you won’t find crowds.
Bring food and water
If you’re planning to spend the day at Little Lameshur, it’s best to bring along food and water because there are no facilities here aside from picnic tables and a toilet. After the long activity-filled day, grab delicious treats from Miss Lucy’s on your way back to town.
Little Lameshur Bay is a beach where you can really get away from it all. By taking an AWD or a 4WD, going early for snorkeling, bringing hiking gear and food and water, you can make the most out of your Little Lameshur Bay visit.