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.”

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