Just an easy 10 minute hike west of the Salt Pond Bay beach on the Coral Bay side of St. John, is Drunk Bay. Despite its name, this bay is not named for being the spot where St. Johnians come to party.
But rather, the name ‘Drunk’ is taken from the Dutch Creole word for ‘drowned’ – as this is a rare St. John bay that isn’t protected and calmed by a reef. Thus, a lot of shipwrecks and drownings happen off this windswept and wave pounded rocky beach.
We had been curious to check this beach out, and having an island visitor was a perfect opportunity to go explore something new!
When we first reached Drunk Bay after hiking past the Salt Pond, we thought we might be seeing things – as it appears there were remnants of drunk people scattered across the beach. The closer we looked, it seemed to be a full on pirate massacre!
Apparently, it’s become quite a tradition to create people and animal art out of coral, shells, driftwood and anything else washed up on shore. Such a fun collaborative art project that is constantly changing with the creativity of visitors and the endless pounding waves.
And we couldn’t resist adding our own art to the project..