Honeymoon Beach is located on the north shore of St. John, in the US Virgin Islands. It has a soft, white sand shoreline. The upper and near shore area of the beach gently slopes, causing the water to gradually deepen. The water is typically calm, and it is a spectacular crystal-clear turquoise color, almost pool-like. Honeymoon Beach is great for swimming and wading.
On Honeymoon Beach you can catch some rays or choose to relax in the shade. The tree line at Honeymoon Beach includes large sea grape trees and coconut trees. You can therefore spread your beach blanket near the trees to take advantage of the natural shade. Another option for shade, and comfort too, is to rent a private cabana at Honeymoon Beach. This is a great option for small groups and families. If you are more of a sun seeker, then choose a spot on the sun kissed sand to set up your towel or beach chair.
A big plus for Honeymoon Beach is the view! Whether basking on the sand, or wading in the water, the view is fabulous. From the beach you will enjoy a panoramic that includes St. Thomas in the distance, the nearby islands of Grass Cay, Mingo Cay, and Lovango Cay, boats cruising by, and a great variety of blues and teals of the ocean. From the water your view inland is of the beach and the lush green hillsides of St. John island. Honeymoon is unquestionably a pretty beach.
Snorkeling at Honeymoon Beach
The snorkeling from Honeymoon Beach is good. You can bring your own snorkel gear or rent some at the beach. There are options for snorkeling on both sides of the bay. On the west side there is a patch reef. Swim and snorkel around the rocky headland that extends into the water between Honeymoon Beach and Solomon Bay next door, and you will find the reef. The reef is in semi-shallow water which makes it easy to see the fish and corals up close. The reef sustained damage during the 2017 hurricane season however, and as a result you may need to snorkel into slightly deeper water to see marine life. Occasionally you might see a turtle or ray. On the east side of the beach, you can snorkel along the point between Honeymoon Beach and Caneel Bay.
Snorkeling and Kayaking Tours at Honeymoon Beach
If you want to try snorkeling further offshore, where its more pristine, or want to snorkel where you are sure to see sea turtles, than you will be excited to learn that several snorkeling adventures are available from Honeymoon Beach. There is the Honeymoon Beach to Henley Cay Snorkel Trip where you kayak to Henley Cay for great snorkeling. Another great option is the Snorkel with Turtles Tour where you kayak over to deserted Scott Beach and stop for snorkeling in an area frequented by sea turtles. The Caneel Bay Kayak and Snorkel Tour is a favorite, its scenic with good snorkeling, plus turtle sightings. Finally, the Best of Caneel Bay and Henley Cay Tour is a combo-trip and one of the most popular. It is a five-hour kayaking and snorkeling adventure. Both Caneel Bay kayak trips start at the VI National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, and end on Honeymoon Beach. On all the tours your guide will provide information along the way and help to point out the marine life while in the water.
Is there watersports and food service at Honeymoon Beach?
The Honeymoon Beach Hut rents snorkel gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, floats, chaise lounge chairs, cabanas, and lockers. The watersports gear can be rented individually, or you can get the day pass and use them all. The Honeymoon Beach Day Pass is a great option for those that love watersports. The pass includes snorkel gear, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, floating mat, chaise lounge chair, and locker. It is a good deal for a fun beach day.
If you get hungry while at Honeymoon Beach you can head over to Bikini's on the Beach. Bikini’s is a beachside bar and grill. The menu includes tacos, pizza, burgers, wraps, and salads. They serve delicious cocktails, smoothies, frozen drinks, beer including local favorite St. John Brewers, wine, piña coladas and their famous rum painkillers. There is a fun vibe at Bikini’s on the Beach. Occasionally they have live music. A gift shop sells souvenirs, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and snacks. Credit cards are accepted.
The beach concessions areas, which includes the gift shop, rental gear area, and beach bar, have a barefoot-beach-vibe. Some picnic tables and chairs are available. There are no umbrellas. There are restrooms, and basic changing rooms. There are no showers. There is a foot rinse.
How do I get to Honeymoon Beach, St. John?
There are three ways to get to St. John’s Honeymoon Beach. You can jump on the beach shuttle, take a scenic hike, or cruise in by boat. Let us start with the first option, taking the shuttle.
The Honeymoon Beach shuttle takes you from Caneel Bay Resort’s entrance, through the former resort property, to the beach, along a compact dirt road. Due to Caneel Bay Resort being closed, pedestrians are no longer allowed to walk through the resort property to access the beach along this route. Taking the shuttle is currently the only option. You can either take a taxi to the Caneel Bay Resort entrance, or you can drive yourself. If you drive, you will enter through the Caneel Bay Resort entrance. Next, check in with the greeter. They are usually near the entrance/gatehouse area. Let them know you are there to take the beach shuttle. The greeter will indicate where you should park and point you to the shuttle departure area to go to the beach. The shuttle cost $10 per person round trip, and $5 one way. Reserve your Shuttle Ride to Honeymoon Beach
The second option for getting to Honeymoon Beach, is hiking. You can walk from Cruz Bay to Honeymoon Beach along the Lind Point Trail. The trailhead is just behind the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center. If you park behind the Visitor Center, you must go in and get a parking pass. Parking is limited. The scenic hike is about 1.3 miles each way. It takes about 20-30 minutes at a regular walking pace. The trail is easy, partially shaded, not very steep, there are signs, and its well maintained. It is a short hike and helps build up the anticipation of arriving at gorgeous Honeymoon Beach. If you decide to hike in on Lind Point Trail, you can also stop at Solomon Bay along the way. That is two beautiful beaches on one hike. On the trail you may see birds, hermit crabs, butterflies, a donkey or two, maybe even a deer.
Taking the Caneel Spur Trail to Honeymoon Beach is another hiking option, its less popular than Lind Point Trail. To access the Caneel Spur Trail you need to drive up North Shore Road (Route 20) from Cruz Bay, past the Cruz Bay Overlook, and then turn left just before the Virgin Islands National Park entrance sign. There are a couple spots to park, not much. Walk past the National Park sign until you see the Caneel Spur Trail sign. Follow the trail down the hill to Honeymoon Beach. The trail is a little steep but short at .2 miles. Be aware that the Caneel Spur Trail is intersected by Route 20, so part of the trail is on one side of the road, and the other part of the trail is on the other side. You must get on the part of the trail that is heading down to Lind Point Trail and Honeymoon Beach, and not the part that is heading up to Caneel Hill Trail.
The third option for getting to Honeymoon Beach, St. John is by boat. Various charters from St. Thomas and St. John include Honeymoon Beach on their itineraries. If you visit on a boat charter, you will typically have a few hours to enjoy the beach, arriving in the late morning and usually leaving by midafternoon.
Crowd Factor at Honeymoon Beach, St. John
In the not-so-distant past Honeymoon Beach was a quiet, often sparsely populated beach. That was before the various amenities, beach bar, and tours were added. Today, with the combination of a beautiful beach and a variety of amenities, it has become a popular choice for visitors. During high season months (December-April) Honeymoon Beach can get busy.
Do I have to pay to get into Honeymoon Beach St. John? Is there an entrance fee?
Honeymoon Beach is free, there is no entrance fee. That is the short answer. There is however a longer answer and it involves paying for stuff, so you should keep reading.
Your day at Honeymoon Beach can cost you nil, nada, zippo while at the beach, if you do it on your own! You know, take it old school. Go to Honeymoon Beach the way visitors did a decade ago when there were no amenities available at the beach. Here is how you do it. You hike in on your own along Lind Point Trail to access the beach, bring your own snorkel gear, bring a beach chair or towel, and pack a picnic lunch and drinks. That is, it, a self-sufficient beach day.
Orrrr, you can go the amenity filled route, and your day at Honeymoon Beach will cost you. The total price tag depends on the services you choose to use at the beach and the size of your group. All the following conveniences are available at Honeymoon Beach, at a cost: shuttle ride through Caneel Bay Resort to the beach, snorkel gear rental, beach chair rentals, cabana rental, floating mat, watersports, food, drinks, souvenirs, kayak trips, and snorkel tours. You can learn more about and book your Honeymoon Beach shuttle, cabana, watersports gear, and tours below.
Reserve your Honeymoon Beach Shuttle, Beach Gear, and Tours
Honeymoon Beach Watersports Day Pass
Have a fun filled and relaxing day at Honeymoon Beach with a watersport’s day pass! The pass allows you all day use of a chaise lounge chair, snorkel gear, kayak, standup paddleboard, floating mat, and a locker. Snorkel and admire the beautiful marine environment. Kayak and enjoy the view. Try your balancing skills with SUP. Chill on a float. Or do it all!
This package includes the Honeymoon Beach shuttle, a reclining chaise lounge chair, and full snorkel gear. You save by booking these three amenities together. The shuttle ride takes you from the Caneel Bay Resort entrance to Honeymoon Beach. Once on the beach, head over to the Beach Hut where you will get set up with your lounge chair and get fitted with a complete snorkel gear set including mask, snorkel, fins, and a flotation device.
Experienced kayakers and snorkelers will love paddling across Caneel Bay to Henley Cay. Henley Cay is an uninhabited cay inside the Virgin Islands National Park. Its protected beach is fringed on both sides with a fabulous coral reef teeming with colorful schools of fish. Booking options include tour with or without transportation to Honeymoon Beach where the tour starts.
If you want to hike to Honeymoon Beach and would like to learn about the islands’ ecosystem, history, and culture along the way, this guided tour is a great option. The trip departs from the Visitor Center in Cruz Bay and follows the Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach. At Honeymoon Beach your tour continues in the water with snorkeling. Includes snorkel & mask, life jackets, and a locker. After your tour and beach day, you can hike back to Cruz Bay on your own or book the beach shuttle and a taxi.
On this adventure you will board your kayaks at Honeymoon Beach and paddle across Caneel Bay to the beautiful and deserted Scott Beach. There you will snorkel over sea grass beds to watch sea turtles grazing. It is common to see from two to twelve turtles, plus stingrays and sometimes spotted eagle rays too. Tour includes snorkel and mask, life jacket, locker, water, and snorkeling instruction. Booking options include tour with or without transportation to Honeymoon Beach where the tour starts.
This tour is a favorite! You will explore the best that St. John has to offer above and below the water. Enjoy scenic views of sandy beaches, plus the lush hillsides of the Virgin Islands National Park while kayaking through Caneel Bay. Next enjoy a snorkeling stop where you are sure to see turtles and other beautiful marine life. This a three-hour guided kayak and snorkel tour. The tour departs from the VI National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, and ends on Honeymoon Beach. You can hike back to Cruz Bay, or book the beach shuttle and a taxi.
This combo guided tour combines kayaking through beautiful and scenic Caneel Bay, with a stop at quiet Scott Beach for snorkeling with turtles, and then it is out to Henley Cay for snorkeling at a fabulous coral reef teeming with colorful schools of fish. This a five-hour kayaking and snorkeling adventure, where you will explore the best of two beautiful areas. Lunch is included. Departs from the VI National Park Visitor Center and ends at Honeymoon Beach. You can hike back to Cruz Bay, or book the beach shuttle and a taxi.
If you are traveling with your family or group, this is a great option. Enjoy a great view from your private cabana, and have a shaded place to relax, plus a comfortable area to eat and drink. Nap on the couches or in the hammock. Includes a table which seats eight people, three couches, and a hammock. The oversized tent is 20 x 20 feet. Private cabanas come with beach attendant service.
Book Shuttle & Amenities for your Honeymoon Beach Day
Reserve the amenities you want for your day at Honeymoon Beach. Book the beach shuttle from Caneel Bay Resort’s entrance to Honeymoon Beach, $10 round trip per person. Just pick a date and book your shuttle ride! The ticket is good for use between 9am and 4pm. You also have the option to book your kayaks, stand up paddleboards, lounge chairs, floating mats, snorkel gear and lockers at the same time.
If you plan to spend the day at beautiful Honeymoon Beach you may want to chill on the shore in a chaise lounge chair. You can reserve your chairs in advance, so they are waiting for you when you get there. Book now.
The hike to this beach is really easy. The day we went we mostly had it all to ourselves. There was a snorkle boat that stayed anchored off to one side for awhile. This is one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to. Palm trees line the beach and offer shade. The water is crystal clear and the ocean is gentle. We stayed all day spent most of the time just hanging out in the water. This is the beach you picture in your dreams...Beautiful!
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