Soloman, Honeymoon & the Lind Point Trail

brain coral soloman

Brain coral on Soloman

Yesterday was the first time that I was able to hike the Lind Point trail since before Irma. The lower trail that begins behind the National Park Visitors Center is clear all the way to Soloman and Honeymoon Beach. A big thanks to the residents and volunteers who cleared the trail for all of us to enjoy.

The trail itself is in pretty good shape. The grass in many areas is overgrown, but it’s not a big deal. There is also mud in some spots due to the rains we’ve been receiving, so it’s a bit slippery in some areas. As long as you are careful, it’s a very doable hike.

The first beach we stopped at was Soloman. I had heard from several people that it was “gone” but I had to see it for myself. To be honest, it was not a happy sight. The area where the trail hits the beach is now littered with coral, many good size pieces of brain coral, and even some concrete. As you walk to the western end of the beach, there is a small swath of sand. The western edge of the beach is now very rocky. And sadly, the three palms that stretched out toward the water are gone.

But on the positive side, the water looked beautiful. And although Soloman itself has changed, it too is still beautiful.

Parts of the trail are a bit overgrown

Parts of the trail are a bit overgrown

trail at soloman

The trail at Soloman

western soloman

Looking west at the bottom of the trail at Soloman

soloman looking east

Looking east from the trailhead

soloman far eastern side

The area where the three palms stretched toward the water

soloman looking west

Looking east

soloman water

From there, I hiked over to Honeymoon Beach. The first thing I noticed was that one of the very large trees that stood near the trailhead head been uprooted and was on its side. I walked over to the beach, and it looked stunning! It appeared to be longer and wider in many spots. The drop-off now, however, is nearly five feet in some areas due to erosion.

beach near trail honeymoon

The area near the base of the Lind Point trail at Honeymoon

honeymoon

honeymoon palm

honeymoon beach

honeymoon beach 2

There was a lot of work happening in the area, which was a great sight to see. The National Park rangers said that the large root systems of the trees beachfront saved it from further erosion. They also said that the corals we saw over on Soloman were likely from the reef right off of the beach. (That’s what I figured, but I wanted to confirm.) Lastly he said that the Christmas Winds will likely bring some more sand onto the beach. So it’s possible that Soloman will be sandy once again. Fingers crossed…

beach hut at honeymoon

I also chatted with a friend of mine who works over at VI Ecotours. He was on site cleaning up the beach hut near Caneel’s snack shack. He said that the were readying it to reopen in a few weeks, which is great news. He said that beach rentals will soon be available, as will cold drinks. More great news! He also said that stairs will be installed so people can get down to the beach safely.

Again, thank you to those of you who cleared the trail. Yesterday was a great day, and I thank you all for that.

Have a great Monday everyone!

Honeymoon

Honeymoon

18 comments for “Soloman, Honeymoon & the Lind Point Trail

  1. marc
    November 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

    glass half full! Great reporting!

  2. Mary Brockway
    November 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I am wondering if Arawark Expedition will have customers hiking in via the trail or will they provide golf carts through the Caneel property which is now closed?

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      November 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

      I know that VI Ecotours will be hiking them in. You cannot access Caneel via its main entrance.

  3. Robb Hamilton
    November 13, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Come on Christmas Winds! Soloman is our favorite beach in St. John, and we’re heartbroken to see its transformation. Thanks for the update, Jenn.

  4. Sue Moody
    November 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

    What is the snorkeling like now? Fish? Coral? Sea fans? etc.

  5. Connie & Bill
    November 13, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Thanks once again for updating !!
    ❤️ Honeymoon & Soloman so happy to here they are getting close to opening the Ecotour & Snack Shack !!
    So happy with the Progress!!!!
    Connie & Bill

  6. Penny Cromer
    November 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Looks like Mother Nature decided to move all the sand from Solomon over to Honeymoon!

  7. Linda Amme
    November 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for your photos and reports on damage and recovery efforts. Each little bit of news is like a balm to our souls. St John is our happy place…our island in the sun…in our eyes, the most beautiful place in the world. It will be a different place when next we visit, but we will always love it, no matter how much it is reshaped by nature.

  8. November 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Have you heard anything about the condition of Peter Bay or Cinnamon Bay, or the properties on Catherineberg, or Lower Peter Bay? Heard one person say La Jola Caribe was flattened. Such beautiful places hope they are fixable.

    • Kirk
      November 14, 2017 at 7:50 am

      La Jolla Carine isn’t flattened. Kitchen and great room are gone.

  9. Ann
    November 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Jen, thank you so much for this terrific update. Things are moving forward.

  10. Dave Woodside
    November 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks so much for this report. I’ve been eager to find out how the trail and beaches survived. We will be back in late March to enjoy them.

  11. Anne
    November 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for this fantastic update on two of my favorite Beaches.

  12. Cherie
    November 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Wondered the condition in the water? Is there anyone there monitoring reefs? Fish? Thanks for the great reporting!

  13. Bill
    November 13, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the updates. Can’t wait to get back toSTJ. Do you have any pics of Denis Bay? It’s a favorite.

  14. Lynn
    November 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    As always you do a great job with all these updates

  15. carlene
    November 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for the updates! Can you please provide photos of Cinnamon, especially the beach in front of the cottages that were already suffering from some serious erosion? Thanks in advance!!

  16. Julie
    November 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you for the update and the photos!

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