Neltjberg is a beach that never makes it into guides because most of the people who know about it don’t want anyone else to. Why should they? It’s one of the last remaining spots of nearly untouched paradise left on St. Thomas, or just about anywhere for that matter, and usually people like to keep such secrets for themselves.
From the moment you first emerge from the bush onto the smooth, white sand you feel like you’re on your own personal deserted island. Not everyone likes this feeling, but for those who do, this is the spot. Period. Sitting on the crescent quarter-mile of Caribbean heaven you’ll see scarless green hills rolling up around you without another soul in sight – unless someone else happens by at the same time as you. This is possible, but not inevitable. Neltjberg is the stuff that island dreams are made of, and we at the Source know of more than one person who’s hatched their own personal have-to-live-here plan while under the spell of this beach. But getting there is no joke.
Seriously, don’t even try it unless you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle with some serious clearance. Head west on Crown Mountain Road, Route 33, from Four Corners, after you pass the gas station on your right, start paying attention. From Four Corners the turnoff is approximately 1.2 miles, but it’s only .25 miles past the gas station. On your right you’ll see a pink cement house with a spooky driveway-looking thing just to the left of it. That’s your road. Head downhill and good luck. For most of the trip down you’ll find the road is a steep, rock and dirt mess with several switchbacks. Go left at a fork when the road starts to level out and you’re there. Good luck and remember to be respectful of this beautiful place: if you bring it in, take it out with you when you leave.
- Adventure Factor: Extreme
- Shade Factor: High
- Ocean patrol: Neltjberg is often rough and murky, but on those rare days when the seas are mild and clear (often in the summer months) the snorkeling rocks!, with beautiful, living reef all over the place.
- Food and Drink!: Only what you can bring.
- Peace Factor: Extreme
- Sports: Only what you can bring.
- Family Factor: Depends. See description above.
- Extras: See description above.
- Getting There: See description above.