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Located in the Virgin Islands National Park, Honeymoon Beach was once considered a well-kept secret among locals. While still very secluded, the romantically named beach has begun to claim the attention of travelers visiting the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John.

Travelers passing through on a cruise, or staying in town for a vacation should be sure to drop by this intimate stretch of sand before everyone else catches on.

How Honeymoon Beach Got Its Name

The area that’s now known as Honeymoon Beach was originally called Jumbie Bay. This remote spot is so far removed, travelers driving down Route 20 have no visibility of the beach. Because of its seclusion, it was the perfect place for lovers to go and enjoy the water views in private.

It wasn’t until the creation of the Virgin Islands National Park and Caneel Bay that the eastern two beaches at Salomon Bay were renamed, and Honeymoon Beach earned its title as one of the most romantic spots on St. John./p>


How to Get There

Much like Salomon Bay, there is no clear road to Honeymoon Beach. To get there, sun-seekers will either need to walk the Lind Point Trail, or arrive by boat. For those who prefer walking, there are two different ways to navigate the Lind Point Trail. The shortest walk is about half a mile, but is quite steep, descending some 250 feet down to the beach.

For an easier trek, there is a trail from the Caneel Bay parking lot that has no hills and no steep slopes (making it easy to enjoy the picturesque views you'll see during the walk).

Where to Stay

One of the reasons why Honeymoon Beach is such a spectacular spot to lounge seaside is because it’s removed from the island's busier resort towns. Of course, this also means there aren’t many hotels in the area.

The closest hotel to Honeymoon Beach is Caneel Bay Resort, a stunning property set on 170 acres — and only a 10-minute walk to the beach. The former sugar plantation is accessible only by boat, and provides guests access to seven beaches, including Honeymoon Beach.

What to Do

Once arriving at Honeymoon Beach, you’ll find picture-perfect white sand and crystal-clear waters. The best activity is just enjoying them.

Virgin Islands Ecotours recently opened a small stand dubbed the Beach Hut that rents out snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and paddleboards. Much of Honeymoon Beach is surrounded by shallow waters, enabling snorkelers and swimmers to see a variety of marine life, including hard and soft corals, sea turtles, and stingrays. Also available at the Beach Hut are restrooms, beach chair rentals, and light snacks.