Honeymoon Beach Relax + Play Day Pass / Discount Package Deal
50% OFF Expires Dec 15th, 2014
Relax and spend a day at beautiful Honeymoon Beach on St John. Our All Day Pass allows you to enjoy our luxurious foam float. Need some relief from the sun? Rock yourself to sleep under tropical coconut palms in one of our hammocks! Or just sit back and watch the waves come in at Honeymoon Beach from the comfort of your beach chair. You’ll have access to flush toilets and a wide variety of cold drinks, ice cream and gifts at the Honeymoon Hut water sports shack. And relax … your valuables will be safe in your own locker!
Food and Bar Beverages are available through Caneel Bay Resort.
Ready for some activity? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Honeymoon Beach Relax + Play Day Pass includes all the toys for fun at the beach. Discover the amazing world underneath the water with our snorkel gear. Or perhaps you’d like to venture farther in one of our kayaks? Need more adventure? We include a SUP, or stand up paddle board, so you can explore St John from the water.
The Honeymoon Beach Day Pass includes:
•locker •beach chair •snorkel gear: mask, snorkel, fins & flotation •floating matt • standup paddleboard • kayak •hammock
All of the above water sports equipment, including chairs, lockers and underwater cameras, can be rented individually if available. During season, space fills up quickly for the limited equipment, so reserve early to avoid disappointment!
If you have any questions please call us toll free at 1-877-845-2925.
Relax & Play Pass details and Rates
The ALL DAY Relax & Play includes all day use of:
snorkel gear, kayak, standup paddleboard, float, life jacket, lockes, beach chair, hammock, restroom facilities.
Hours Of Operation:
9:00 to 4:00 pm 7 Days A Week.
The honeymoon hut at the Caneel Bay Resort’s, honeymoon beach. The beach just one mile from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock, on the Scenic North Shore Road. Its very easy to get to!
Rates: [ subject to change without notice]
Adults $49.00, Children 12 and under $10
Space is limited! Please reserve early to avoid disappointment.
Getting to Honeymoon Bay Beach
Hiking from Cruz Bay: you pick up the Lind Point Trail which starts at the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center on the east side of Cruz Bay. The approx. 1 mi. hike is not particularly challenging – but plan on 20 to 30 minutes each way. Along the way you’ll have several scenic overlooks to stop and take a break and just enjoy the view.
Drive and hike: The second way to get to Honeymoon Bay beach is by taking a taxi to the Caneel Bay Resort and making the short hike along the western shoreline of Caneel Bay. You must check in at the gatehouse and pay a fee ( refunded with a $20 purchase at the Resort). Then you can either hike back along the Lind Point Trail to Cruz Bay – or call for a taxi from Caneel.
St John beaches: An interactive and mobile-friendly Google Map
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LIVE IMAGE! – St John Spice Cam – Cruz Bay Ferry Dock, St. John
OUR FAVORITE ST JOHN WEB CAMS – VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Beach Bar – Cruz Bay
East End of St John – East End Cam
Coral Bay St. John – East End Cam
Chocolate Hole / St John – Chocolate Hole Web Cam
Rendezvous Bay, St John – Rendezvous Bay, St John Web Cam
Peter Bay – Peter Bay Web Cam
Catherineberg – Catherineberg Web Cam
Cruz Bay – Villa Great Expectations
Our list ( see below ) of the Most Popular St John USVI Web Cameras – including the St John Spice Cam at the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock!
There are lots of reasons to love or hate the technology-rich time we live in. We’ll save our disdain for cellphone obsessed texting teenagers for another post. What we want to focus on ( forgive the pun ) is the growing number of web cams on the island of St John in the US Virgin Islands.
The most popular web cam is the St John Spice Cam. Ruth and Ron run one of St John’s most popular shops, St John Spice, located just outside the ferry dock. Their popular web cam has had 10s of millions of visitors since it was installed! That’s right over 20 million as of the writing of this article! The camera is pointed at the Cruz Bay Ferry and dinghy dock. It’s a great spot to watch visitors come and go AND to gauge the weather in Cruz Bay.
A reader wrote: This is my secret for escaping a long winter here in Connecticut – a quick “visit” to St John!
Know before you go … using St John’s web cams! Many people ask about the weather and our favorite answer includes … “Check out one or more of the web cams on the island”. Using web cams in Cruz Bay or Coral Bay and across the island it is possible to judge the weather and rate snorkeling and beach conditions on the North Shore vs East End or South Shore. For instance, using one of the East End web cams we can see what the snorkeling conditions are likely to be at Haulover North. Nothing else comes close to providing this level of up-to-the-minute information – short of driving out and seeing for yourself. So, before you load the family and beach and snorkeling gear into the rental Jeep …you can assess conditions around the island.
…judge the weather and rate snorkeling and beach conditions on the North Shore vs East End or South Shore
A huge number of you have either visited St John and are “bitten by the bug” or want to visit. For you our list of web cams is a great diversion from a snowy day or tired work week! For just a moment you can check out Cruz Bay or sink into your chair and daydream with a view over Peter Bay or Coral Bay or just people watch the shoppers at Mongoose Junction. A couple of minutes is enough to recharge anybody! Think of it like a cup of coffee in the morning!
My Eyes on the Island
Even if you live on St John these web cams can provide a great service. Just like the vacationer, residents can use this collection of cameras to survey the weather and/or choose a destination for a day in the sun and water. We use the East End and Coral Bay web cams to see what kind of weather is coming from the east ( the most frequent direction for weather affecting St John ). Combine the visual information with a quick look at our Wunderground doppler map and you can more accurately predict what type of day is ahead.
Bookmark the List
We hope you”ll find our list of St John web cams a valuable resource. If you do, don’t forget to bookmark it or add it to your Favorites. That way St John will never be more than a couple of clicks away. Enjoy!
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Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay panorama. Mouse-over scroll left and right!
About Waterlemon Cay
Waterlemon Cay is the #1 “St John attraction” on Tripadvisor. It’s also one of the top spots to snorkel in the Caribbean! In general, the water is clear, the reef, corals and marine life are healthy and thriving. Colorful Caribbean tropical fish of all species are abundant! Waterlemon Cay should be on every snorkeler’s “bucket list”.
#1 Snorkeling Destination on St John!
Snorkeling among the rich diversity of corals and fish is the reason so many people choose to snorkel at Waterlemon Cay. Each year thousands of people make their way here in search of the best snorkeling on St John. And Waterlemon Cay is truly one of the best snorkeling spots to see schools of fish, rays, turtles, star fish, conch as well as beautiful hard and soft coral reef formations. Access to the water is fairly easy via a sandy beach or a coral stone beach closest to Waterlemon Cay. This location is famous for the variety and density of sea life. You see lots of mustard hill coral, yellow and red sponges, huge purple sea fans, fire coral and large elkhorn. The variety of fish is equally as rich – with schools of blue Atlantic Tangs, parrotfish, blue runners, Sergeant Major Damsels and an assortment of colorful and inquisitive wrasses species. Leinster Bay and its sea grass beds are a great place to spot turtles, rays and Queen conch.
…the real draw is the panoramic view of Leinster Bay and the British Virgin Islands!
Ruins and Scenic Overlooks – so often overlooked ( forgive the pun) are the amazing ruins on the hill above Waterlemon Cay. Take a short spur trail and just a couple of hundred yards up the path are the Old Danish Guardhouse Ruins. A beautiful stone arch frames Leinster Bay. And a bit further up the trail is a destination not to be missed. The Windy Hill Ruins are an impressive collection of walls and stonework. But the real draw is the panoramic view of Leinster Bay all the way around to Tortola and the BVIs! Truly not to be missed. Check the above map for directions.
Where is Waterlemon Cay?
[ see Google Map above ] From Cruz Bay – head west ( left as you face St John) up the hill on Rte 20 ( North Shore Road). You’ll follow the twisting road for about 5 mi – passing Caneel Bay Resort, Hawksnest, Jumbie, Trunk, Cinnamon and Maho Bay beach. After Maho the road turns to a single lane. Follow it until you come to a “Y” intersection. Bear right – signs for Annaberg and Leinster/Waterlemon Cay. There is a parking area about 500 yrds down on your right. The trail starts at the end of the road nearest the shoreline. The hike is flat and approx. .5mi / each way.
The short hike takes you along the shoreline of the beautiful aqua-blue waters of Leinster Bay. The best spot to enter the water is along the coral rubble shoreline – nearest the little island or Cay just off shore. Snorkel out to Waterlemon Cay and you’ll likely see lots of huge red and yellow cushion starfish.
A Word of Caution
CAUTION! - Depending on the weather, tides and moon phase – there can be a strong current on the western edge of the Cay. Use common sense and never exceed your abilities and always snorkel with someone.
St John’s Top Snorkeling Spots
Waterlemon Cay - by far the most popular snorkeling destination on Saint John
Henley Cay – our STAFF PICK for Best Snorkeling on St John
Haulover North – on the East End but well worth the drive!
Vie’s / Hansen Bay – East End. Wonderful beach and snorkeling
Honeymoon Beach – Watersports “shack” with SUP, kayak, snorkel gear, etc.
Salt Pond - Very good snorkeling on the rocky patch reef in the center of the bay.
Our complete list of St Johns Best Snorkeling Locations
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For all of you that ate there …loved it …and looked forward to visiting DD on your next visit to St John … our condolences. Donkey Diner, the venerable and ever popular Coral Bay eatery is no longer! The news that Donkey Diner was closing came as a shock to many. A listing on Craigslist USVI briefly offered the restaurant for sale. That posting no longer exists and the landlord has confirmed to us that the owners of Donkey Diner will not be reopening at this location.
Donkey Diner is Now The Indigo Grill!
The space previously held by Donkey Diner and Sputnik II is Coral Bay’s newest bar and restaurant! After months and months of renovation they’ve finally opened for business!
With plenty of covered outdoor seating, and outdoor bar, The Indigo Grill opened for business – ending a year or more of social media buzz about the fate of Donkey Diner. And although we’ll all have a special place in our hearts for Donkey Diner, the new Indigo Grill is a welcome addition to Coral Bay’s restaurant and bar scene.
So What’s It Like?
Hippster-casual, rustic, island, modern, and stylish! An eclectic conglomerate of styles that somehow seems to work. Outdoor dining and bar – because, hey, you’re in paradise! Enjoy the tropical breeze, people watch and enjoy a cold drink and some terrific food – sky overhead and palms rustling amid the sounds of the Coral Bay community.
The Indigo Grill Menu
The eclectic style extends to the menu. From the appetizer Hot & Nasty Nuts, $4 to Local Tini’s Fire Hot Sauce Wings and Tots to fresh Soups & Salads ( including local island favorite Josephine’s Greens), Pizza and hot sandwiches. We recommend the Indigo Grill Blue Cheese Pizza with Bacon. In the mood for a really creative sandwich? Try the Goat Cheese Meatball Sub, $10. Or a healthy, fresh Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich, $14, on toasted flatbread with spicy East End Aioli, red onion and a side of fries!
Pizza served 3pm – 6pm. After 6pm, full dinners.
Next time you’re visiting St John you’ll should give them a try!
Happy Hour is 2pm – 5pm every day!
$2 Presidente and Presidente Light
$3 Cruzan Drinks
$5 Patron Shots
Not sure where their located?
When you get to ” the intersection” at the bottom of the road [ Rte 10 / Centerline Road ] leading into Coral Bay you’ll continue straight about 150 yards, just past the Moravian Church on your left and the ball field on your right.
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We spent the day with Anne of STJ Creative. Join us as we give you a behind-the-lens look at a-day-in-the-life of one of St John’s top photographers.
STJ Creative is the professional identity of Anne Bequette. A professional photographer for over 6 years – Anne moved to St John the first time in 2005, left to finish college in 2006, and returned in 2012 to launch STJ Creative, a life-long dream of hers. Since then she’s been using her creative eye to capture subjects with a modern mix of formal, candid, and photo-journalistic styles. Whether she’s shooting for a wedding, family portraits, commercial / real estate / or shooting an event – Anne manages to capture the beauty in every moment and convey it as a compelling image.
Anne’s day starts at 6am. A quick look at the day’s weather forecast and “flight check” of her equipment.
”I try to shoot during the magical times of the day: morning and dusk.” – Anne
Packing a dizzying array of photographic equipment into her black duffle, she’s off early to scout the location of her morning shoot. In this case – beach portraits for a family from Massachusetts visiting St. John on vacation. The location: world-famous Trunk Bay Beach on St John’s beautiful North Shore. Black volcanic rocks jut out over sugar-soft sand juxtaposed to the aquas and blues of the bay. The sun is just beginning to pull soft shadows. A quick survey of the light, shadows and natural forms, perfect! Anne is satisfied that the eastern end of Trunk will be ideal; and we head off to meet the family at the entrance.
The shoot combines her photographic skills with a honed ability to get the best from her subjects without inducing stress. We watched as she lead them through various poses; combining the natural forms and colors of St John with the characters and dress of a couple with two young girls. Between smile inducing humor and professional “tricks” for keeping people from blinking, Anne was pure professional. The shoot lasted just over an hour and a half – and culminated in some pictures that were decidedly fun and spontaneous.
“It’s amazing what can come out of these casual end-of-session images!” – Anne
Next stop Cruz Bay to shoot head shots for one of the busiest wedding planners on the island. The drive back to “town” was along St. John’s North Shore Road. We talk about Caneel Bay Resort and share a story or two about the crazy driving on these winding island roads. The commercial shoot shows off Anne’s wide range of specialties behind the lens. She slips into the creative, selecting props and lighting to bring the images to life. A few hours will pass as she wraps up her second shoot, and heads home to begin the post production process of all the images taken today. Just another day in paradise for those of us that live and work on this exquisite little rock!
To view the results of Anne’s morning shoot, as well as her portfolio, please visit her site at www.stjcreative.com.
Interested in having STJ Creative capture your special St. John memories?
Give Anne a call at 314.258.9120 or email her at email@example.com
BEST SNORKELING on ST JOHN
- STAFF PICK
St John is renowned for its shallow water snorkeling. With top snorkeling destinations like Waterlemon Cay, Trunk Bay, Salt Pond and Haulover North …St John certainly has its share of great places to snorkel that are easy to get to while on vacation. So it’s no surprise that one of the least talked about but most impressive snorkeling spots takes a little work to get to. That place is Henley Cay.
Henley Cay sits within sight of Caneel Bay Resort on St John’s North Shore. There are several kayak tours that visit the cay; but we chose VI Ecotours out of Honeymoon Bay for our day of snorkeling. We found the relatively short paddle over to Henley Cay provides just the right amount of adventure – and shouldn’t prove too challenging for most people. And our guide used the time to share information about the history of Henley Cay, Lovango and St John’s North Shore – before we ran the kayaks ashore on the tiny crescent of sand and stoney beach that makes upper the western edge of Henley Cay.
The sheer variety of corals and fish puts Henley Cay at the very top of snorkeling destinations on St John!
Snorkeling Henley Cay
The snorkeling is shallow water …typical of most of St John’s snorkeling destinations. Much of the reef is in 3′ to 15′ of water – providing excellent visibility. Heading along the beach toward Caneel you’ll see plenty of sea fans, gorgonians and colorful reef fish. Just past a short concrete and stone jetty, as you near a rocky outcropping, the number and variety of corals and fish will rapidly increase as will the current. This marks the “edge” of the protected cove. Stay just out of the current and circling back about 60m off the beach you’ll follow a patch reef and coral outcroppings heading toward the north western end of the cay. As you near the rocks at this end of the beach there’s a marked increase in the variety, density and color of hard and soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians and colorful Caribbean reef fish. The health of the reef here is stunning. Everywhere you look Atlantic Blue Tangs, Surgeonfish, parrotfish, Angelfish and wrasses swim! And beneath you is a “forest” of rhythmically waving sea fans, gorgonians and soft corals. Dotting the underwater terrain are well developed brain corals in mystical shades of greens. Look closer and you find a wide range of tunicates …from the simply colorful to the down right bizarre! And every nook and cranny is home to colorful sponges and encrusting corals. As we said, the sheer variety and apparent health of this location is just amazing!
A Bit of History
And when you come ashore you can wander about the 11-acre cay. At the far end of the beach is a short stone and concrete jetty. Follow it back a short way into the thicket and you’ll discover a small concrete structure built in the late 1940′s. The history of their tiny cay is surprisingly rich. During St John’s 1733 Slave Revolt it was used as a safe place for woman and children before moving them to St Thomas. In the late 40′s the son of the island’s owner crashed a small plane on the island. The wreckage is still visible on the island. More recently, during the early 1950′s, the Gibney’s lived on the small island before buying a small stretch of land on Hawksnest Bay [ Gibney Beach ]. And today it is part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St John.
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Tradewinds Cottage: Can be rented as a 1 or 2 bedroom, 2 bath.Located high above John’s Folly Bay in the quiet area of Concordia, St John, USVI
“Tradewinds” is a Caribbean wooden cottage style house, decorated simply but eclectically in original art and crafts against white walls and natural wood.
Enjoy panoramic ocean views!
The floor plan features a large, light-filled livingroom/ eating area/kitchen, one bedroom, and one bathroom on the upper floor. Downstairs, reached by an outdoor stairway, is the second bedroom and bathroom, with a separate balcony overlooking the ocean. There is also fold-out sleep sofa if needed in the livingroom.
The downstairs bedroom, also overlooking the ocean, is bright and airy, with terrazzo tiles, crafted wood finishes, unique art pieces, sitting area, and large sliders opening onto a small private balcony. Fall asleep to gentle warm breezes and the sounds of waves and tree frogs, and watch the moon rise out of the ocean.
Cottage can be rented as a one-bedroom for two people, with downstairs bedroom and bathroom locked up. Or, it can be rented as a two-bedroom for four people.
Rates start as low as $179/night!
During high season (Dec 15-April 15) a one-week minimum stay is required.
During off season (Nov 15–Dec 15 and April 15-Aug 1), only a four-day minimum stay is required.
Most of our guests arrive/depart on Saturdays or Sundays, but ask about other days of the week.
Contact for Availability and Rates
Tel#: Lois or Doug at (781)934-9070
Like Fatty Crab’s West Village, NYC and Hong Kong locations – Fatty Crab on St John combines rich Malasian style seasonings using local ingredients. The chef uses Josephine’s Greens [ organic] and locally caught deep water fish along with local fruits, veggies and meats!
A must-eat place in St. John if you are a genuine foodie. – surfonmt
True to their Malasian inspiration, Fatty Crab’s menu is a wonderful, even playful, combination of sweet, sour and spicy! Using wonderful curries, chillies, fermented condiments and coconut milk – each dish is a volcano of flavors! Supporting this play of flavors and culinary textures is a unique menu concept where portion sizes encourage diners to order several dishes to be shared by the table rather than the more traditional main entree selection. We found this to be delightful on so many levels. It allows you to taste a range of dishes. It promotes and encourages literal sharing of a meal. And the end result is a more intimate dining experience. One not to be missed when on Saint John.
We like the international-hippster atmosphere of the place. Great lighting and interesting furnishings and artwork. Booth style or open table layout [ we love booths]. The service was flawless – even while training another staff member! Each “course” came out perfectly timed and we never felt rushed or over served. We started off with the Green Mango Papaya Salad – yum! Fresh and the perfect balance of sweetness. Next up, Watermelon Crispy Pork – take our word for it and try it! Then on to the Brisket. Not like the brisket you know …this is something almost reinvented. Moist, tender and full of flavor. We all agreed this was our favorite dish!
But enough talk – here’s a peek at their dinner menu and specialty drinks.
Fatty Crab St John Menu
Green Mango Papaya Salad | palm sugar, chili, nuts, cilantro | 11
Crispy Shrimp | sweet chili sauce | 27
Fatty Sliders | mini spiced beef & pork burgers, chili aioli, pickles| 10
Vegetable Tempura | local veggies, fish palm glaze | 8
Josephine’s Greens | creamy green peppercorn dressing | 11
Crab Ramen | pork, peekytoe crab, Smoked lobster broth, egg, sprouts | 14
Local Sautéed Vegetables | chili, smokey pork jus, lemon | 10
Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork | 24
Yellow Curry Chicken | freebird organic chicken, coconut rice, pickles, poached egg | 24
Indonesian Fried Rice | shrimp, pork, chicken, fried egg | 22
Roti | green curry, local vegetables, rice | 17 add chicken | 4
(smoked in-house, low-and-slow)
Pork Ribs | Indonesian long peppercorn, fish-palm | 12
Pulled Pork | smoked BBQ pork shoulder, sweet rolls, pickle | 17
Brisket | calamansi-chili rub, sweet rolls, chili jam | 16
Coconut Rice | 3 Kim Chi | 6
Pickled Local Vegetables & Fruits | 10
Crispy Potatoes | curry spices, aioli, sweet chili sauce | 10
Coconut Panna Cotta | cucumber, rum raisin, chili-sugar-salt, lime | 10
How to get to Fatty Crab
in Cruz Bay, St. John , US Virgin Islands – Google Map with Directions
18-11A Enighed, Cruz Bay
St. John, VI 00831
ph: 340.775.9951 | fax: 340.775.9770
Wednesday – Monday | Dinner, 5PM to 10PM
Sunday | Brunch, 11AM to 3PM
Closed Tuesdays (from July 1 to October 31)
Island Fever – Brand new to the short term rental market……Hear the sound of the surf lapping at the waters edge which is a stones throw away from this pod style quasi waterfront home. East End & BVI views. Take the two person kayak for a paddle around the bay. Enjoy the beautiful sunrises, cooling trade-winds, walk to shops and restaurant. Newly remodeled living room, kitchen with new countertops and cabinets and stainless appliances, and loft bedroom, bathroom and second pod gazebo bedroom. The loft bedroom has a king bed and the gazebo bedroom has a queen bed. There are two outside decks for lounging and relaxing. The driveway is shared with a small upper cottage off to one side that has a long term tenant in residence.
Amenities and cottage details: 800 sq’, 2 bdrms, sleeps 4, 1 bath, washer and dryer, dishwasher, cable, DVD, grill, kayak, deck, beach view.
Tammy Donnelly at (340) 779-4478
Availability and Pricing:
View the VRBO Listing for Island Fever
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Bismarkia is a brand new stone 2 bedroom 2 bath luxury pool villa. The master bedroom has a queen bed, ac, large walk in closet, satellite tv, large ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen bed, ac, ensuite bathroom. The gourmet equipped kitchen has all the finest top end bosch appliances, cookware, glassware, dishes and utensils and silverware. There is a a beautiful wooden dining table for six off the kitchen. Travertine marble floors and countertops The centrally located living room comfortably seats 6 with an entertainment center and wifi. The pool veranda opens off the living, dining, and master bedroom.
There is a ample outdoor seating around the pool and beautiful mermaid fountain. Bismarkia is surrounded by lush gardens and bismarckia palms. The stone pillared entry has a large flat turnaround car park for several jeeps. Tastefully furnished and finished to the highest standards. The swimming pool is 3′ to 5’9′ deep and 15X 24 rounded. Brand new spa just added October 22, 2013! Bismarkia has central AC
Amenties and villa details: 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 3358 sq’, children welcome, A/C, gourmet kitchen, dishwasher, washer and dryer, wifi, spa, pool, grill deck/patio. Sleeps 4
Tammy Donnelly at (340) 779-4478
Availability and Pricing:
View the VRBO Listing for Villa Bismarkia