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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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 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.
|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.
|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|
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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