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Caneel Bay

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Description: Made up of seven white-sand beaches along St. John's north shore, all but one are part of the private playground for Caneel Bay Resort guests.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Clean quite area for snorkeling. Lots of fish, conch and other creatures. Nearby resort with restrooms, bars, stores and restaurants.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It is a very small beach. When we went it was pretty deserted. It's beautiful with clear waters, but there are much better beaches in STT and STJ.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

After making a wrong turn on our hike from the entrance at the National Park in Cruz Bay we finally got to Caneel Bay. To get there you have to get off the trail at Honeymoon Beach and then walk another 5+ minutes along the access road to Caneel. OR you can take a taxi to Caneel Bay Resort and... More

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Dover, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

7 wonderful beaches, peace and quiet. Great place to sit back and relax.. Snorkeling great with lots of turtles and sting rays. Beautiful tropical fish and coral reefs. Tennis pros are the BEST! In regard to the previous review about the $20 fee to Caneel, I am betting they are talking about the parking fee. There is no fee to... More

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Short Hills, New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This great beach can be accessed via the Caneel Bay resort. Beach access in the US Virgin Islands is public. The resort cannot stop people, and does not stop people, from using the beach. But the public does not get to use the resort's towels or beach chairs. As far as the earlier review that said that the resort charged... More

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Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
94 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Beaches supposed to be free in st. John so how can Caneel bay resort charge you $20 to go in????? Bay and beach itself looked lovely from the overlook. Too bad Caneel Bay resort hates visitors.

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Hanover, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Small but protected beach due to its location. This is where Lawrence Rockefeller placed his famed resort, where you reportedly can see the rich and famous who visit St John. I didn't see any, but was busy swimming in the cerulean sea. Heard China bought the resort and have tried to make it private, but St John's beaches are open... More

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Savannah, Georgia USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We went to Caneel Bay on our honeymoon. That was 17 years ago. Caneel has not lost a bit of its charm. We visited for lunch, and they were very much welcoming. It can be pricy, but not much more than other places, and given the atmosphere, it was worth it. The one thing that I felt was not necessary... More

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New York, NY
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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

At least, that's what the nice fellow at the gate told us. Couldn't even drive in to see the beach! Oh well, next time, I guess . . . And I have no idea if the beach is average, terrible or Excellent. Tripadvisor MADE me rate it even though I didn't see it!

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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183 reviews 183 reviews
68 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Area is beautiful, quiet and not crowded like some of the other beaches. The water is so warm and crystal clear. There are some restrooms close by.

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