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 near the center of the island of St. John, Waterlemon Beach is on the North coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of the Virgin Islands' beaches, but Waterlemon Beach offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Waterlemon Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North coast of St. John. It's located near Annaberg Plantation, which is situated a half mile away, and it is among the the area's interesting attractions.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's not far from the shores at Waterlemon Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

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
Full Moon Art Gallery Art Gallery 1.4 mi. S 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

Cities and Towns

Waterlemon Beach is very close to Coral Bay, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Coral Bay is the closest town to Waterlemon Beach. It is not overly developed, and it can be an interesting destination for those looking to check out the local scene. From the coast, Coral Bay is a quick trip away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Waterlemon Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers will find a decent selection of hotels and resorts to pick from in the vicinity of the beach. The closest of which are shown 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Indigo Grill. The restaurant has a menu featuring Caribbean food. They are also known for serving sandwiches and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to 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
Wok on the Beach (340) 693-3313 Asian, Asian Fusion, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 1.4 mi. S
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.4 mi. S
Full Moon Cafe (340) 774-9033 American 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

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on St. John besides Waterlemon Beach worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, located a short taxi ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Waterlemon Cay Beach is just right. It's found a quarter mile to the north-northwest.

Another option worth considering is Hansen Bay Beach, located three miles away.

You may find that Waterlemon Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in the Virgin Islands you might like.


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