Dorothea Bay

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
2.8
Scenery/View
 
3.8
Water
 
2.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.5
Snorkeling
 
3.0

Dorothea Bay has a very tropical atmosphere; lush green hills surround the wind blown beach. It is usually scarcely populated to unpopulated. Waves crash against the rocky coast and palm trees sway in the strong ocean breeze creating a seemingly intense beach scene, however the atmosphere is incredibly relaxing and is perfect for dreaming, thinking or meditating. A small residential condo development is located on the beach. No amenities are available.

Beach Amenities

  • Parking Available

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Natural Beauty
Overall rating
 
2.5
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
1.0
Shore/Sand
 
2.0
Snorkeling
 
3.0

Water was rough, not appropriate for swimming. Shoreline had various sizes of rocks and gravel from tiny to say a foot long and some sand. Palm trees and seagrape trees give a little natural shade. Beach was unpopulated; there were a few residents from the neighboring condos walking around the property. Very quiet except for the waves and wind. This isn't a swimming or laying out to tan type of beach. More of a spot where someone might come if they wanted some inspiration for painting waves crashing on rocks or to play some acustic guitar while chilling out. Very natural look and feel, beautiful.

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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty

Easy

Hiking
  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Moderate

Hiking
  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Challenging

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Difficult

Hiking
  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

Use a Map

Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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