Mermaid's Chair is the strip of beach on the far western side of the island where the Atlantic and the Caribbean are literally 30 feet apart. It's the first thing most visitors see as they fly in. As other's have said, it's a long hike, but worth it. To get there, take Route 30 west, past the Farmer's Market. Park outside the Botany Bay Gatehouse. Sign in with the guard, and he'll give you directions (and so will I). From the gatehouse, walk until you come to the second street (not the first). Walk left, and keep walking straight (don't make the left). The pavement will end, and the street will become a gravel road, but a well tended road, easily walkable. Follow the gravel road to the end (there is a rounded paved area) and you will see one of the very few signs letting you know you have arrived. Take the stairs down to Mermaid's Chair. (Lat 18.352588, Long -65.04046) It's about 1.4 miles each way, almost all downhill going, and almost all uphill coming back. Note that these directions are NOT to Sandy Beach. Hitting both landmarks was a little too aggressive for our band of travelers.
Other hikers have stated that this is a good snorkeling spot, but the day we visited we judged the oceans too rough to even attempt swimming. Wear hiking shoes, and do bring plenty of water. Save most of it for the return trip. And remember your camera - this is a very scenic spot.
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