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.

Situated toward the center of the island of St. John, Waterlemon Beach is on the North edge of the island, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches, but the ambiance at Waterlemon Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the North coast of St. John. It is near Annaberg Plantation, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of a number of local attractions.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (positioned well within taxi range) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view the Virgin Islands' traditions and culture.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Cities near Waterlemon Beach include Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the beach, Coral Bay is not far away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings a car ride away. Some of the closest options are seen in the table below.

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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is Sweet Plantains. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Creole cuisines. Visitors often rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Waterlemon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sweet Plantains (340) 777-4653 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 1.1 mi. SSE
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
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
Vie's Snack Shack (340) 693-5033 Caribbean Very Casual 3.2 mi. ESE
The Tourist Trap (340) 774-0912 American, Caribbean Very Casual 3.3 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. John, so if Waterlemon Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Waterlemon Cay Beach. It's found a quarter mile to the north-northwest.

Another location you may want to try is Hansen Bay Beach, which is located three miles to the east-southeast.

Waterlemon Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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