The Grotto

Overall Rating

Overall rating
 
3.8
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
3.0
Shore/Sand
 
4.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

The Grotto is located at the Buccaneer Resort, just one cove over from Mermaid Beach. The Grotto is mostly sandy with a rocky shoreline area. The beach is long and makes for an enjoyable stroll. Chairs, kayaks, restaurant & bar are available at the resort. Hotel guests have free access to the beach.

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Food Vendors
  • Bathrooms
  • Hotel
  • Taxi's Available
  • Parking Available
  • Diving & Snorkeling

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Overall rating
 
3.8
Scenery/View
 
4.0
Water
 
3.0
Shore/Sand
 
4.0
Snorkeling
 
4.0

Nice long sandy shoreline, neat for taking a stroll. There are a couple small 'pools' along the shore where the hard sandstone ledge that is right by the shore forms a sandy small area with water. The 'pools' are neat for sitting in and relaxing. The sandstone ledge runs basically the whole length of the beach except for a small area just at the beginning of the beach where you can swim and enter the water. There is good snorkeling starting there and running parallel to shore along the sandstone ledge. Saw various juvenile fish on top of the ledge and larger fish under it. Good beach for hanging out on and for snorkeling, the water is clear and calm but because of the ledge doesn't make it great for swimming though you can swim.

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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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