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.

Located on the island of St. John, Waterlemon Cay Beach is on the South West edge of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying very close. The Virgin Islands' beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Waterlemon Cay Beach is a little bit further from the crowds, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

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're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


Waterlemon Cay Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the South West coast of St. John; the area is home to other attractions such as Annaberg Plantation, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Ivan Jadan Museum. It's located relatively close to Waterlemon Cay Beach, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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

Coral Bay is the closest city to Waterlemon Cay Beach. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a nice day out for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the coast, Coral Bay is not far away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can attract visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotels within a car's reach. A list of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the list below.

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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. Indigo Grill is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They also specialize in sandwiches and seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Waterlemon Cay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. SW
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 1.8 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
Cafe Concordia -- American, Caribbean Informal 3.9 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Waterlemon Cay Beach on St. John.

You might also enjoy Great Cruz Beach, found a short taxi ride away. More active guests, though, may be interested in Waterlemon Beach, which offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's located a quarter mile to the south-southeast.

Another option worth considering 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; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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