Vessup Bay

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
3.4
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
3.9
Shore/Sand
 
2.9
Snorkeling
 
3.0

Vessup Bay is a lovely beach. The shoreline is mostly undeveloped and there you will find a variety of flora; sea grape trees, cacti, century plants among others. The long stretch of sand is great for taking a leisurely stroll and the calm waters are nice for swimming. It is common to find sea grass in the water and washed up on the shore. During the week the beach is often lightly populated but on weekends it is a favorite choice for residents having birthday parties, barbecues and family picnics.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Parking Available

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Vessup Bay
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Vessup Bay Beach ~ Skip It!
Overall rating
 
2.6
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
3.5
Shore/Sand
 
1.0
Snorkeling
 
2.0

The water and view looking from the sand into the bay is gorgeous.  The view from the water looking to the beach is awful.  There was the seat from a car, a broken office chair and trash strewn everywhere with plastic shopping bags hanging from trees.  I'm thinking a trash can would be a good idea because people obviously aren't taking their trash with them.  I didn't see a booth renting equipment but if there were one, that may cut down on the broken furniture littering the beach.  There seems to be a resident rooster and chickens calling the beach home.  This beach has potential but right now, it's trashy and a little sketchy.  Don't waste your time here.  Go somewhere else.

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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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