Great Lameshur Bay
Great Lameshur Bay is located on the remote south shore of St John. With its stoney beach – it’s mostly visited by residents and VIERS students and staff.
Although you’ll see cars make the trek – this dirt road really should only be traveled in a 4×4.
Coming from Cruz Bay you can take Centerline Road ( Rte 10) or North Shore Road (RTE 20) toward Coral Bay. At the bottom of the steep hill coming into Coral Bay you’ll come to a “T” intersection. Take a right and travel the twisting winding road about 5 mi., past Concordia and Salt Pond. At the end of the paved road you’ll find the entrance road to VIERS and the 2 Lameshur bays.
Great Lameshur Bay beach
Just over a mile from the entrance, and just past a salt marsh that comes up to the roadside, you’ll see Great Lameshur Beach through the trees on your right. The beach is a long crescent of mostly stone and pebbles. Access is not as easy as some of the sandy beaches but not a huge challenge.
Because there are so many wonderful beaches on St John – this one doesn’t get a lot of visitors. Most continue on past Great Lameshur and go to Lameshur Bay beach. Unless you are looking for a secluded day …I would suggest that you do the same …
Snorkeling – For accomplished snorkelers, this is the best reason to visit this beach. Hike along the eastern shoreline about 300 to 400 yards and you’ll come to a small pocket cove. From here you can enter the water and snorkel along the eastern edge – across some deeper water rock walls and structure that few people visit. A word of caution: as you get closer to the point you’ll likely find the waves increase in size making snorkeling difficult.