If you’re a free, active spirit , and would rather not use a car to get to the beach, but don’t fancy a mile-long hike then a paddle to Salomon beach might be for you.
It’s a beautiful, palm-fringed beach with turquoise water and can be reached from Cruz Bay via a stand up paddleboard. It takes about 10-20 minutes to get there (depending on your skill and the wind) and is much faster then the hike
How to Paddleboard to Salomon Beach:
Start your paddle in Cruz Bay, to the Eastern Side of the Ferry Dock (where the Katamarans are, and the short term parking). Paddle straight out, and then carefully cross the boat route that goes into Customs. Paddle along the rocky shore (stay clear from the rocks). Paddle around the corner to the right, be careful, the reef can be shallow (check tide). You will see a tiny, rocky, beach, go past it. The next beach to the right will be Solomon Beach.
Usually the paddle out is mostly upwind and the paddle back downwind, but still safe some energy for the paddle back, since it can be against the current (depending on tide). Don’t have a paddleboard? You can rent one from www.sup-stjohn.com, they also have paddleboards that have luggage nets attached, so you can take all your beach gear with you (drybag recommended)
Here is a video of Salomon Beach to get you in the mood: