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About Water Island
Honeymoon Beach

Swaying Palm trees. Moon lit nights. Deserted sandy beaches. Life is good on Water Island.

Water Island is the fourth, and smallest, main island of the U.S. Virgin Islands, or, the last virgin. At a mere 491 acres Water Island has the look and feel of a private island. With a summertime population of about 100 people and a wintertime population of approximately 200 people, you never get the feeling of being crowded.

Because the roads are very often only 10 or 12 wide and in disrepair, the most common mode of transportation is a golf cart. A traffic jam here is defined as when two or three cars pass each other. No joke.

couple relaxingHoneymoon Beach is the main attraction for both the handful of full time residents and visitors. The 1/4 mile white stretch of sand is perfect for laying in the sun, snorkeling or just floating in the crystal clear blue water. It is not uncommon to arrive at the beach and be the only ones there. Sitting on the beach and watching the fish jump and the Pelicans dive help relieve any stress you might have.

Some of the homeowners rent their homes out when they are off island to accommodate visitors. The visitors sometimes call it "The Great Escape". The beautiful flowers and wildlife, friendly Iguanas, and colorful Bananaquit birds, give you that true "I'm in Paradise" feeling. It is common for first time visitors to return year after year, and eventually become residents.

Although the only commercial establishments on Water Island are a lunch wagon that serves lunch at Honeymoon Beach every day and dinner on Saturday nights, a small beach bar with tropical concoctions and a small restaurant that is open occasionally, no one seems to mind. All supplies must be brought over from nearby St. Thomas.

Water Island ferryGetting to and from the island is easy. There is a reliable regularly scheduled small ferry between Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas and Water Island. Or, like many residents do, use your own boat or dinghy. For the larger items, like vehicles and kitchen appliances you have a good barge service between the islands that can help you.

Because there are only about 100 homes on Water Island, when one comes up for sale it usually sells very quickly. There are some building lots available and there has been some new construction over the last several years.

The Water Island Civic Association, founded in the 1960's takes care of most of the island with intermittent assistance from the Virgin Islands' government. There is also a Water Island Search and Rescue organization that takes care of medical emergencies and fires. They have an ambulance and a fire truck. Both organizations are made up by Water Island resident volunteers.

Water Island was used by the U.S. Government in the 1940s when they partially constructed an underground fort, Fort Segarra, as part of the U.S. defenses during WWII. The site sits abandoned today but many visitors climb the steps of the lookout post to enjoy the panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Fort Segarra

The US Government transferred ownership of the island to the USVI government on December 12, 1996, making Water Island the "Last Virgin". In the late 1990's the Department of the Interior began transferring Water Island land to the long-time residential leaseholders.

You just found paradise!

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