Spring Bay National Park (Tower Rd., no phone, free), about half a mile north of the Baths , has the same captivating landscape and beautiful beach as the Baths, but often with far fewer people. A moderately sized crescent bay is fringed by shade trees and equipped with picnic tables. A swimming area is framed by large boulders while smaller pools are ideal for explorers. Hunt for the “crawl,” a magical, calm pool of water entirely surrounded by boulders.
If you walk south along the shore you’ll find another beach—this one is longer and straighter and bordered by the vacation cottages of Guavaberry Spring Bay. To the north there is an unmarked trail through the boulders that takes you to Valley Trunk Bay, yet another boulder-strewn beach lined by sea grape trees.
Look for signs to Spring Bay just before Guavaberry Spring Bay Apartments on the road to the Baths . Park in the lot and follow the trail about 20 yards to the beach.