Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores St John's Oppenheimer Beach and tire swing

Atomic Beach: Annual Honeymoon-ing in Saint John

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Somewhere along the North Shore of the US Virgin Island of Saint John,  is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve probably never heard of.

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores saint john in the US virgin Islands

Since tying the knot in 2013, an ‘annual honeymoon’ is something my husband and I try to plan each year, to treat ourselves and celebrate our marriage.  Call it a vacation, call it an anniversary trip – it’s always just the two of us, and it’s always somewhere new and unexplored.

Aerial shot of St. John's famed Honeymoon Bay beach

A West Coast girl through and through, I’d always reserved Hawaii as my go-to beach destination of choice.  But during a tour d’Virgin Islands & West Indies, while celebrating our ‘annual honeymoon’- I added a slew of new beach destinations to my favorites list.

Enter St. John.

Honeymoon Bay at St. John US Virgin Islands before a stormFashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores Honeymoon Bay on St. John in the US Virgin IslandsFashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores Honeymoon Beach on St John US Virigin Island Fashion designer Lauren Elaine at Honeymoon Bay on St John US Virgin Island

After dipping our toes in the sugar white sand and crystal clear waters of the aptly named ‘Honeymoon Bay’ – we set off to find the illusive ‘Oppenheimer Beach.’

Oppenheimer Beach on St John in the US Virgin Islands

A secret beach named after its owner, Robert Oppenheimer – father of the Atomic Bomb (ironically peaceful setting when considering the latter) – this destination is one for the books – or Instagram (it’s beyond photogenic!)  And best of all — there’s absolutely nothing there! No hotels, no bars, no beach rentals  — just some monkeys, coconuts, and one of the world’s most beautifully secluded beaches.

Oh yeah…and a tire swing!

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores Saint John's Oppenheimer Beach and tire swing

Your own. Personal. Tire swing.  It’s off the beaten path, but worth the trek.   If you find yourself on St. John, in search of a beach away from the tourists, you can find it here.

Fashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores St John's private oppenheimer beach in the US Virgin IslandsFashion Designer Lauren Elaine explores St John's Oppenheimer Beach and tire swingFashion designer Lauren Elaine explores Oppenheimer Beach on Saint John in the US Virgin Islands

And if you’re a bride in search of a unique destination wedding location – you’re in luck! Technically, you can rent this beach out.  And in the spirit of destination beach weddings, I’m sharing some of my favorite beach-inspired gowns to pair with this, and any other romantic beach location below.

Easiest Beach Elegance: “Isla” Gown

Best 2017 destination beach wedding gowns by Lauren Elaine

Mermaid Out of Water: “Arabelle” Gown

Best mermaid beach wedding gowns and destination dresses by Lauren Elaine Bridal

Belle of the Beach: “Aislin” Gown

Mermaid and trumpet wedding dresses

Siren’s Call: “Pandora” Gown

 

 

 

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