Powell Bay is one of several small coves and beaches you will discover while traveling in the East End of Saint Croix. Perhaps you have noticed the increasingly dry conditions with sparse vegetation. Cactus are now growing along the shoreline. When you reach the terminus of the East End Road, the landscape seems desert-like. Compare this to the lush rainforest on the opposite side of the island. These differences in ecosystems are partially caused by the trade winds blowing across the island. Another factor is the difference in rainfall. The Northwest has about 50 inches of rain a year. The East End receives significantly less.