Waterlemon Cay Beach

Considered to be one of the best snorkeling spots not only in the Virgin Islands but all of the Caribbean, Waterlemon Cay is a small cay set within Leinster Bay. There is no way to access the cay except by swimming to it, so most take advantage of the trip by having a snorkel and mask ready to go.

Set on the island of St. John, Waterlemon Cay Beach is on the South West edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify the Virgin Islands' beaches, but at Waterlemon Cay Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach

In order to get to Waterlemon Cay, park your car at the Annaberg Ruins parking lot, then follow the trail to Leinster Bay. It should take about 20 minutes at a good pace. From there, you can put on your snorkeling gear and swim 100 feet out to the cay.

Amenities and Ambiance

You can get a good look at Waterlemon Cay from the beach at Leinstar Point before you dive into the water and start snorkeling that way. You'll see a beach of blinding white sand and deep blue waters. If you're heading to Waterlemon Cay to snorkel, you'll be pleased to find that the water is shallow and the water is clea enough to see the coral and sand between your toes. Less than a quarter mile from the shore is the reef where you'll encounter starfish, turtles, sea cucumbers, and stingrays.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Waterlemon Cay Beach is on the South West coast of St. John. It's located near Annaberg Plantation, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Ivan Jadan Museum (located just a quick taxi trip away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Waterlemon Cay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 0.5 mi. WSW St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 1.0 mi. WSW St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 1.0 mi. WSW St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. WSW St. John
Emmaus Moravian Church Historical Site 1.4 mi. SSE St. John
Fortsburg Ruins Historical Site 1.9 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 2.7 mi. SSW St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 2.8 mi. SW St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 2.8 mi. SSW St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 3.0 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Waterlemon Cay Beach is in the Coral Bay area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The closest town to Waterlemon Cay Beach is Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it will be a nice day out for visitors looking to check out the local scene. From the shore, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient possibilities are displayed in the following list.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Sweet Plantains is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Creole dishes on the menu. They are also famous for their seafood. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a little ways away.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Waterlemon Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sweet Plantains (340) 777-4653 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 1.4 mi. SSE
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. SSE
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 1.4 mi. SSE
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 1.5 mi. SSE
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 1.7 mi. S
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 1.7 mi. S
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.3 mi. WSW
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.3 mi. SSE
Miss Lucy's Restaurant (340) 693-5244 Caribbean Informal 3.3 mi. SSE
Vie's Snack Shack (340) 693-5033 Caribbean Very Casual 3.4 mi. ESE
The Tourist Trap (340) 774-0912 American, Caribbean Very Casual 3.6 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on St. John, so if Waterlemon Cay Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, located a short taxi ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Waterlemon Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a quarter mile to the south-southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Hansen Bay Beach, located three and a half miles to the east-southeast.

Maybe Waterlemon Cay Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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