Honeymoon Beach U.S. Virgin Islands

 

DSCN2066Honeymoon beach on the island of St. John is a very beautiful place to visit. It is on many island visitors must-see lists.

You can take a taxi to this spot and then walk to the beach, or you can take the trail from the ferry and walk to the beach. To access the beach via trail, you hike one mile starting from the Lind Point Trail from the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay or from a short walk from the parking lot at Caneel Bay Resort on the North Shore of the Virgin Islands National Park.

Honeymoon beach is located at Caneel Bay. There is very clear and beautiful water.. Beautiful trees and sand are located on this beach.

The Honeymoon Hut, which is tucked under the palm trees at the eastern end of the beach offers a Watersports Center, a Gift Shop, restrooms, hammocks, picnic tables, and daily departures of guided eco-kayak, hike & snorkel adventures. The kayak eco tour is a lot of fun, and you can learn a lot along the way.

The following items are available for rent individually or altogether as a discounted package for $49 per adult and $10 per child: beach chairs, locker with lock, snorkel gear with life jacket, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and relaxing floats. All of the above water sports equipment, including chairs, lockers and underwater cameras, can be rented individually if available.

During the busy season, space on Honeymoon beach fills up quickly for the limited equipment, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. There are bar beverages and food available at Caneel Bay Resort.

 

Coral World Ocean Park

A popular place to visit when on St. Thomas is to visit Coral World Ocean Park. Today we will talk about the Marine Gardens and the Caribbean Reef Encounter mainly. Be sure to come back to hear about the other attractions!

Marine Gardens

The marine gardens consist of a gallery of 21 jewel tanks. It provides great views of hundreds of marine species in their unique habitats. You can watch many, many creatures explore their habitat and it is quite a sight to see.

Caribbean Reef Encounter

The Caribbean Reef Encounter is an 80,000 gallon coral reef aquarium that surrounds you as you enter the the aquarium.  The aquarium is open to the elements, which means the thousands of reef animals that are housed here receive natural day and moonlight and experience rain just like a natural reef would, which is wonderful.

Feedings and Show times

09:30am       Caribbean Reef Encounter
09:45 am      Shark Shallows
10:15 am      Stingray Lagoon
10:30 am      Sea Lion Presentation – In the Marine Gardens
11:00 am      Turtle Talk
11:30am       Shop Talk - Wednesdays only
Noon             Bird Talk – Aviary
12:40 pm      Observation Tower
1:00 pm        Shark Shallows
1:30 pm        Caribbean Reef Encounter
2:00 pm        Sea Lion Presentation – In the Marine Gardens
2:30 pm        Stingray Lagoon
3:00 pm        Turtle Talk
3:30 pm         Iguana/Tortoise Talk

 

What to eat when you’re there

The Beach Café –  At The Beach Cafe you can have a nice lunch right outside the park gate. The beach café serves breakfast from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. so you can enjoy pancakes or an egg sandwich even before the park opens. There are also sandwiches, pizza, grilled burgers and hot dogs, sodas, ice cream, beer and specialty frozen drinks with or without alcohol available until approximately 4 p.m.

The Shark Bar – Inside the park adjacent to the Shark Shallows, under the shade of towering palm trees, enjoy fare from the grill, a variety of sandwiches and salads, chicken wings, pizza, great French fries, soft drinks, beer, and specialty frozen drinks with or without alcohol, including our signature Shark Bite.

Directions

Coral World is located near Coki Beach on Coki Point, a peninsula on the northeast shore of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It is very close to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and is only a short taxi ride away. If you are traveling from a different location to Coral World, please read the directions below.

Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to Coral World. Taxis are readily available at the cruise ship docks, hotels and the downtown shopping district. The taxi fare from the Havensight cruise ship dock and downtown is approximately $9 per person for two or more passengers. The taxi fare from the Crown Bay cruise ship dock is approximately $10 per person for two or more passengers. The taxi ride from downtown and the cruise ship docks is 20-25 minutes long.

Driving west on Route 38, turn right at the Coral World sign (Route 388) about one half mile past the entrance to the Wyndham Sugar Bay. Driving east on Route 38, Smith Bay Road, turn left at the Coral World sign (Route 388) about one quarter mile past the Texaco gas station (Route 388). Alternatively, follow the blue Tommy Starfish road signs along the blue route on your driving guide to Route 388.

Public transportation is available from downtown and near the cruise ship dock, however it might be unreliable. If you decide to take a bus, take the bus that reads “Red Hook” and tell the driver you are going to Coral World. The bus stop nearest to Coral World is about a 10 minute walk from the park entrance. The fare is $2 in exact change.

You can also take a boat to Coral World and anchor in Water Bay and then take a dinghy to the Coral World dock.

Honeymoon Beach and Fort Segarra

If you have decided to spend your day on Water Island, there are many things that you can do. The biggest features that draw visitors to Water Island is both Honeymoon Beach and Fort Segarra.

Honeymoon Beach

One of the most popular attractions of Water Island is Honeymoon beach, in Druif Bay, on the west end of Water island.

Initially Honeymoon Beach could hardly be called a beach. It was an area about 50 feet long strewn with vegetation and rocks and only extended about 10 feet from the water line. The trees and brush were removed, 200 truck loads of rock and gravel were hauled off, and the beach stone was broken up with a bulldozer. The sand was sifted to remove any remaining debris and a dredge was used to remove the seaweed and to deposit sand on the shore. Rows of palm trees were planted back from the shoreline. This was all accomplished under the direction of Walter Phillips, the Master Leaseholder in the early 1950s. Because of the work done, the beach is very beautiful and a great place to spend your vacation.

Here is what one reviewer of Honeymoon Beach said:

“We spent a week on St Thomas and headed over to Water Island for the day. The ferry ride over is 10 dollars round trip with Captain Joe. When you arrive on Water Island, you walk up the hill and take your second right to Honeymoon Beach. We went on a Wednesday and had the beach to ourselves for three hours. A woman was cooking BBQ for a cruise ship excursion that arrived around 1:30–the food smelled delicious. We soaked up the sun to a terrific view. There is a floating dock you can swim to and chill out on. Joe’s Beach Bar is located to the far left. What a great way to kick back, chat it up and drink up with a few locals. This is a great place for a quiet day free from crowds (50 people max when we were there). This is a must do for any honeymooner wanting a day away with beach and sun. “

 

Fort Segarra

Fort Segarra was built as part of the United States’ defense strategies during World War II on Water Island in the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. World War II seacoast batteries here were Battery 314 at Flamingo Point (1944, never completed) and an Anti Motor Torpedo Boat Batteries.

In addition some barracks, watch towers, ammunition bunkers were also created near Carolina Point as well as an infrastructure of docks, roads, water, sewage and power systems. It was to be an underground fort and its purpose was to protect the submarine base on St. Thomas. The war ended before its completion and the project was subsequently abandoned. The uncompleted post was transferred to the Army’s Chemical Warfare Division in 1948 for testing poison gas and chemical agents on goats and pigeons for several years. Following the conclusion of these tests, the Army transferred control of this area to the Interior Department in 1952.  Gun emplacements, tunnels and underground rooms which were created during the Second World War building efforts are still visible.

The site is now open for viewing, and tunnels and underground chambers are open for tours. The area is monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and soil samples are monitored from the former chemical test sites to ensure “that no residual contamination remains from previous Department of Defense activities.”

Water Island U.S. Virgin Islands

Water Island is the smallest of the four islands in the United States Virgin Islands. Water Island consists of 491.5 acres and is a great place to escape for when you want ultimate relaxation and fun. Less than 200 people live on the island. The island is also the youngest of the four islands and was recently transferred to the United States Virgin Islands government in December of 1996.

There are vacation homes, apartments and a campground with eco-cabins located on Water Island.  A vacation on Water Island might include very relaxing days on the beautiful beach, kayaking on the pretty water, exploring the beaches, hiking around Water island, and so on. There are many possibilities for a great time on Water Island.

Water Island was acquired by the USA in 1917 from Denmark but continued to be owned by a corporation until several decades later. In December of 1996, it became a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island is of volcanic origin and lies to the south of Saint Thomas in the Charlotte Amalie harbor.

Ferry service runs regularly from Crown Bay, Saint Thomas to Phillips Landing, Water Island, with the ferry ride being approximately 10 minutes.  It is administratively a part of the island of St. Thomas’ District. Water Island is a residential-zoned island and no significant commercial establishments.

The main attractions are beaches, including Honeymoon Beach, plantation ruins, Fort Segarra, an underground fort partially constructed by the U.S. during World War II, and scuba diving site Supermarket Reef, in Limestone Bay.

The eastmost third of the island is a gated community, Sprat Bay Estates. This includes Sprat Point, a 30 acre peninsula and nature preserve owned by the DOI, and private Sprat Bay Beach, located between Sprat Point and Carol Point. All beaches in the USVI are public when approached from the water.

Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay is often said to have the most beautiful beach in the whole entire world. When you see pictures of beaches online, in magazines and so on, a lot of the time it is of the beach at Trunk Bay. Crystal clear water and very nice white sand are at Trunk Bay.

Trunk Bay on St. John is a very popular beach because of how beautiful the scenery is.

A very popular attraction when visiting the Virgin Islands is heading on over to St. John and seeing Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park. The picturesque and beautiful beach has been photographed plenty of times by both visitors and those who live on the island. Trunk Bay is often called the most beautiful beach in the world. Do you want to see all types of fish such as Angel fish, Parrott fish, Puffer fish, sea turtles and plenty of colorful coral? Check out the Underwater Trail and Trunk Bay!

The water at Trunk Bay is crystal clear (as you can see above) and the sand is extremely white and clean. There is great snorkeling at Trunk Bay which makes for a great and fun underwater trail at Trunk Bay.

There is a shop where you can rent or buy water gear such as a snorkel set so that you can have fun in the underwater trail. There are also showers, bathrooms, public telephones, BBQ areas, areas for private events and food available for you and your family as well.

Underwater Trail

There are plenty of fish and other water life in the trail. The trail is 650 feet long and was created and is currently maintained by the National Park Service. There are signs in the water that help describe what you are looking at and where you are heading.

Cost

Trunk Bay cost a low $4 for adults and individuals 16 year old and younger are free to go to Trunk Bay. The low cost is well worth it because of the many things that you can do at the beach. If you plan on visiting multiple times, there is an annual pass available at Trunk Bay for $10 for an individual or $15 for your family.

To reserve the covered pavilion for a private event, call the National Park at 776-6201.  A gift shop provides just about everything you might need while at the beach, such as sun screen, towels, insect repellent, hats, tee-shirts, bathing suits, film, batteries, books, post cards and souvenirs. Lockers, snorkel equipment, flotation devices and beach chairs are available for rent.

Trunk Bay receives as many as 1,000 visitors per day including locals, cruise ship passengers, party boats, and tourists from the island’s villas and hotels. In order to beat the crowds, try to arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa Information

Are you planning a trip to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa anytime in the near future? Here is some information relating to the resort, in order to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Check in at the hotel starts at 3 p.m., and check out is by 11 a.m.

If you are paying for all-inclusive while at the resort, then you will receive a bracelet when you check in. It is important to keep your bracelet on at all times. This is so that you can be identified by staff for easier all-inclusive service. You must use it during your entire stay and, when checking out, you must return it to the front desk. Should your bracelet break, please return it to the front desk to have it replaced. There is a charge for lost bracelets.

When checking in at the resort, you will receive towel cards. Please present your towel cards at the pool towel hut or the front desk to receive your towels. Towel Cards must be returned upon check-out.

There are many other services offered at the hotel:

  • Car Rental
  • ATM
  • Laundry/Dry cleaning service
  • Shuttle service (intra-resort)
  • WI FI service in designated areas
  • Castaways Gift Shop
  • Full service Tour Desk
  • Pool Concierge
  • Beach Towel Service
  • Safety deposit boxes are provided free of charge for your safety and convenience. Should your room not be equipped with one, you can secure one through the front desk upon request.

 

There are also many recreation ideas and activities at the resort:

  • Secluded beach
  • Three interconnecting freshwater pools and Jacuzzi
  • Award winning Journey’s Spa and Fitness Center
  • Tennis complex, with laykold surface courts
  • Mini Golf Fun Zone
  • Red Hook Dive Center, a full Service PADI Dive facility with Dive instructions daily at the Resort pool
  • All day activities program and nightly entertainment
  • Video slot machine terminals with 12 game variations including video poker, black jack 21, Keno, 777’s, digital roulette and poker stations.
  • Water sports center offers catamaran excursions, Snorkel tours, kayaks and sail boats
  • Kids Klub

Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa – St. Thomas

header.jpgSugar Bay Resort & Spa is a popular resort in St. Thomas, and there are many wonderful reviews on the resort. Below are some recent reviews:

“Sugar Bay provided the most enjoyable, relaxing and accommodating stay!!”

My husband and I were there April 7th thru April 13 th. we will be returning….the people were very pleasant and helpful, the food was absolutely wonderful and plentiful. We took a sailboat ride for a day and visited other beaches and it was great!!! I loved the beach at Sugar Bay it was relaxing and so enjoyable and we were on the beach from daylight to dark and still couldn’t get enough!!! We always had plenty to drink. We just arrived home and we are ready to go back!! Carnival night was fabulous we enjoyed it so much…so much to enjoy and we certainly did. ALL INCLUSIVE WAS THE BEST,!!!!!! Thank you to the staff of Sugar Bay for a wonderful vacation and we will be back next year!!.

 

“Great value, great time!” – Stayed April 2013

The resort was really nice, with lots to do on property. The 3 pools were perfect for my kids. The beach is not a large beach, but does the job, and we were always able to get a chair. The snorkeling was good out on the right side of the beach, and straight out (not too far). There are lots of fish, and it’s easy to manage for the kids. There is also a coral/rock formation right in the middle of the beach at the shoreline that had a lot of colorful fish (more than I expected). The only issue may be for people that do not want to walk the 96 steps down to the pool/beach area. They do offer a shuttle from the lobby down to the pool, and the drivers always seemed to be looking to assist and were very helpful. They also have a theatre that showed a kids movie at 7pm, and adults at 9pm. It was a good way to unwind before bed.

We did not purchase the all-inclusive package, but had breakfast included. The food was good, and they had an omelet station where you could get any type of omelet, and other breakfast buffet items. We did buy sandwiches a couple of times at the cafe in the main building, and they were always good. The reason we did not purchase the all-inclusive option is that we were told there were so many good restaurants off property, and they were right. Red Hook is only 10 minutes away, and has many options that were all good.

The location is perfect (within 15 minutes of red hook, and top beaches), but I would recommend getting a car for the week as the cabs get expensive, and this seemed the cheaper option. This also gave us the flexibility to go to many of the beaches (coki, magens bay, sapphire, and secret harbor), go back to the hotel, and then go back out for dinner. Just remember to drive on the left, and keep the speed low, as the roads are very curvy. You do get used to it, and most of the drivers are courteous.

 

“Wonderful Relaxing Resort”

Chose this place as a quick getaway and we were very satisfied. Room was a little smaller than I thought they would be, but we had a wonderful beach view. Trip was all inclusive so we tried all of the different restaurants. The breakfast buffet was GREAT. Loved the made to order omelettes. We liked the little restaurant next to the beach the best. The blackened Mahi-Mahi was amazing. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. They called us by our names so that we felt at home and not just a guest. The massage parlor was great! Felt so relaxed after the “hot stone massage!”

Virgin Islands National Park

The Virgin Islands National Park is on St. John and consists of over 7,000 acres of beautiful land. Today’s post will give you more general information on the Virgin Islands National Park so that you are prepared to have a great time on your next visit to the National Park.

To get to Virgin Islands National Park in St. John from an area that is not on St. John, you will need to take a ferry. There are ferries from St. Thomas to St. John throughout the day for a nominal price. You can take Route 20, which is North Shore Road, and it runs from the ferry dock and past the Visitor’s Center on St. John to the National Park.

Virgin Islands National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year long. Some parts of the National Park may close earlier though. You can check out the Cruz Bay Visitor Center to find out further. The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is 340-776-6201, ext. 238, if you decide to just call the Visitor’s Center directly before your trip.

There is a same-day user fee that is collected at TrunkBay. Children age 16 and under are admitted free; adults, $4; individual annual pass, $10; family annual pass, $15; Golden Age and Golden Access annual cardholders are admitted half price. There is no charge for the National Park.

There is a self-registration fee of $15.00 for overnight anchoring or mooring between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. if you have a boat. Golden Age/Access Passport annual cardholders pay half price for a fee of $7.50.

Overnight fees must be paid prior to spending the night.  Overnight stays in the Park waters are limited to 30 nights in one single calender year, and no more than seven consecutive nights in one bay are allowed.  If you are wondering where to pay, there are payment stations that are located at Cruz Bay Finger Pier, Caneel Bay Watersports Shop, Hawksnest Bay, Maho Bay Camp, Leinster Bay, Saltpond Bay, and Great Lameshur Bay.

Things To Do At The Virgin Islands National Park

With over 7,000 beautiful acres in the Virgin Islands National Park, there are many things for you and your family to do.

Annaberg was once one of the larger sugar plantations on St. John and is now a historical site.  There are many things form the plantation still remaining, such as the windmill and horse mill, which were used to crush the sugar cane to extract juice. The sugar factory and rum still on the plantation is still well intact.

Cultural demonstrations, including baking and basket weaving are held on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, sections of the Annaberg School, used to educate the children, are located not far from the sugar mill. The Reef Bay Sugar Mill can only be reached by individuals hiking to it. There are hikes which are led by National Park rangers on the days of Monday and Thursday. The rangers take the visitors down a 3 mile long path through tropical forests to the sugar mill. Be sure to call first, as reservations are required and there are fees for taxi transportation to the trail and for the boat return back to the Visitor Center.

Trunk Bay is also located in the Virgin Islands National Park and is a very nice beach. It is often said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole entire world.

A very popular attraction when visiting the Virgin Islands National Park is heading on over to St. John and seeing Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park. The picturesque and beautiful beach has been photographed plenty of times by both visitors and those who live on the island. The water at Trunk Bay is crystal clear and the sand is extremely white and clean. There is great snorkeling at Trunk Bay which makes for a great and fun underwater trail at Trunk Bay.

There are plenty of fish and other water life in the trail. The trail is 650 feet long and was created and is currently maintained by the National Park Service. There are signs in the water that help describe what you are looking at and where you are heading.

There is a shop where you can rent or buy water gear such as a snorkel set so that you can have fun in the underwater trail. There are also showers, bathrooms, public telephones, BBQ areas, areas for private events and food available for you and your family as well.

Trunk Bay cost a low $4 for adults and individuals 16 year old and younger are free to go to Trunk Bay. The low cost is well worth it because of the many things that you can do at the beach. If you plan on visiting multiple times, there is an annual pass available at Trunk Bay for $10 for an individual or $15 for your family.  There is a bathhouse, snack bar, souvenir shop and snorkel gear rentals are available. Lifeguards are on duty daily also.

In the Virgin Islands National Park, there is also Cinnamon Bay.  Cinnamon Bay has a water sports center that rents snorkel gear and windsurfers, and the center can also make arrangements for day sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving lessons. There is also a campsite and cottages.

Great Music in St. Thomas This Weekend

Looking for great music while in St. Thomas? Maybe you are visiting the island for business or a vacation, or maybe you live here in this beautiful place. Well this weekend, on March 30, 2013, you will find some great music to listen to. I know that when I’m on vacation, that I always love to listen to great music that is live. The experience is always very fun and entertaining.

Etana will be playing music at Reichhold Center for the Arts in St. Thomas this weekend. You can find her music on her website.

Etana started in the reggae music genre back in 2008 with her very popular breakout hit “Roots” and soon had built a large fan base with many more great songs.  Her debut CD, The Strong One, was highly successful and she then created many more songs that became hits such as “I Am Not Afraid,” “Blessings” and “Don’t Forget.”

She is known as “Jamaica’s reggae princess” and performs at the biggest and most popular reggae festivals around the world, and made her debut in South America in 2011.

About the Reichhold Center for the Arts

The Reichhold Center for the Arts is on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This center is home to many concerts and performances and is a great location to hear many great live performances. The many great performances included Ray Charles and the Moscow Ballet.

Reichhold Center for the Arts has two levels, with the upper level consisting of a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, two star dressing rooms, and ample backstage working space and storage areas. The lower level consists of the chorus dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces, an art gallery and much more.

The amphitheater contains nearly 2,000 seats. There are both covered and open seating in the amphitheater. There is rain protection just in case it rains as well.