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the baths

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the baths

want to go to baths when in St. John this November, question is, to get to the baths, is there any climbing involved, do not want to climb huge boulders, can we just go and get right to beach without climbing boulders, thanks all....

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1. Re: the baths

Depends on how you go. If you approach from land there is a path leading down from the road to the "Bath Beach". It is a bit rocky in a few places but it's not overly step, treacherous or dangerous. It takes about 5 to 7 minutes to make the walk.

If you approach by small charter boat (either sail or powered) you'll have to pick up a mooring ball and swim to the beach.

FYI - you can explore parts of the "baths" without climbing over bolders but to fully explore all the various grottos and "caves" you'll have to stoop quite low and climb some boulders.

Rhode Island
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2. Re: the baths

As Caribsurfer noted, there are several ways to look at this. When you arrive by land to the top of the Baths there are two options: the first is the trail caribsurfer mentioned that takes you down to the small "Baths" beach area where you can see the giant boulders and enjoy the small food stand and lockers. The second is a longer, but less steep trail that takes you to Devils Bay, a much stretch of beach than the "Baths" beach, but with no facilities. Both areas are connected by a long trail that climbs and weaves its way through a boulder field.

If you are interested in seeing the boulder topography and want to deal with the easiest trail - and you are arriving by ferry from St John - I would get a cab to drop me off at the Crawl/Spring Bay trail which is relatively flat all the way to the beach. This area is next door (north) of the Baths but never crowded. You can also arrange to have the cab pick you up. There are no facilities at this beach but there are picnic tables.

New Jersey
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3. Re: the baths

Try to pick a day when there are NO cruise ships in Tortola. It's a tourist trap for cruisers! It's a beautiful, not to miss beach but can get VERY crowded between 11am and 3pm.

North Carolina USA
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4. Re: the baths

You could go to Spring bay and get the same experience without climbing at all:

Spring Bay looks very much like The Baths, only in my opinion it is much nicer, larger beach and a great area to just swim around in. You can get a taxi to spring bay from the VG ferry dock and it is a short wlak on flat ground the the spring aby beach.

The Baths are unique unusual rock formations that look like giant granite boulders thrown all over the beach like dice, they form labyrinths and pools as the tide runs in amongst them.

You can click on

tripadvisor.com/…35857240 for a picture i took at spring bay.

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