Waterlemon Beach

It takes a bit of hike to make it to this secluded beach, but the crystalline, calm waters are so beautiful they are worth the trip.

Set toward the center of the island of St. John, Waterlemon Beach is on the North edge of the island, You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying very close. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify the Virgin Islands' beaches, but the ambiance at Waterlemon Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Waterlemon Beach is on the North coast of St. John; the area is home to other attractions such as Annaberg Plantation, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (one of the closest to Waterlemon Beach) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new perspective of the Virgin Islands.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Waterlemon Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 0.6 mi. W St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 1.0 mi. W St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.0 mi. W St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 1.1 mi. SSE St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 1.4 mi. W St. John
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 1.6 mi. SE St. John
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 2.0 mi. WSW St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 2.3 mi. WSW St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. SSW St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.6 mi. SSW St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.7 mi. SW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 3.0 mi. WSW St. John

Cities and Towns

Coral Bay is the closest city to Waterlemon Beach. It is not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those wanting to get a taste of local life. From the shore, Coral Bay isn't far off, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Waterlemon Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers will find a nice variety of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most convenient of which have been listed below.

Accommodations near Waterlemon Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 4.4 WSW Lodge
Caneel Bay Resort 4.5 WSW Resort
The Westin St. John Resort 5.1 SW Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you can dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. One of the nearest restaurants is Indigo Grill. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their sandwiches and seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Waterlemon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. SSE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 1.1 mi. SSE
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 1.2 mi. SSE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.4 mi. S
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 1.6 mi. S
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.7 mi. SW
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.0 mi. S
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. W
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 3.0 mi. SSE
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 3.6 mi. S

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Waterlemon Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Great Cruz Beach, found a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Waterlemon Cay Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found a quarter mile to the north-northwest.

You may also want to consider Hansen Bay Beach, which is located three miles away.

Maybe Waterlemon Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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