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Salt pond for kids?

Postby PatrickMcc » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:43 am

We avoided Salt Pond for years because we thought it was hot and lacked shade. Last year we hiked Rams Head and noticed some good shade there but we also remember black spiny creatures in the water. We are wondering if that will be a problem for my grandsons next year, ages 4,4,and 7. I know I am planning way ahead but it's fun. Anyone have experience with kids swimming there? Thanks.
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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby RickG » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:36 pm

There is shade, but also acacia thorns. We wear reef shoes as we find them in the water too. It is really more of a swimming/active beach than a lounging beach. Given that, I brought my kids there many times. But, they prefer Lameshure and the north shore beaches.

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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby PatrickMcc » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:10 pm

Thanks Rick. They are definitely active so we may try it if they have reef shoes
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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby loria » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:09 pm

my kids love salt pond -- one of their favorites -- there are burrs in the sand at times -- but we can always find shade there -- the sea urchins are limited to the rocky areas on both sides -- so not a problem ! The hike out can get hot -- but .. meh.
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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby Pulley » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:49 pm

We just back from STJ. We went to Salt Pond by 9:00 and grabbed the first picnic table in the shade. Works great if you are an early riser.
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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby Teresa_Rae » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:49 pm

Those thorns are a nightmare!

It had been probably 5 years or more since we'd hung out at the beach at Salt Pond, normally we just hike through there, but last summer we decide to stay awhile and I couldn't believe how bad the thorns were. I don't remember them from past years. You definitely have to wear shoes but the thorns will still stick to your towels, bags, etc. (better than in your foot, though!). I advise wearing something other than flip flops; I needed to keep my shoes on to get into the water, but flip flops don't stay on very well.
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Re: Salt pond for kids?

Postby Pulley » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:46 am

I the OP is referring to sea urchins. The entry for first 1/4 of Salt Pond is free of sea urchins. As far as the stickers in the sand get there early claim the first picnic table and use the shade of the tree (or in the sun to the left) for chairs and towels and you are sticker free.
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