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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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St. John
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The service provide by this resort is top notch. From checking in at the baggage claim at the airport, to the private taxi to the dock in downtown, to their private ferry which awaits you with a cool tropical drink. Hotel is a little pricey for the rooms but they certainly have the best beaches of the island.

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Long Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This review covers the beach know as "Caneel" with the passenger ferry dock, right in front of the lobby. This beach is somewhat smaller than the main northshore beaches, and has less shade available as well. Also, much of the beach has lounge chairs which are only available for resort guests. The resort "restricts" day visitors from bringing coolers and... More

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St. John
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I know this is relatively new and there is not a category for it on Trip Advisor but I highly recommend gelato at the Canella which is part of the gift shoppe. Gelato to die for and very reasonably priced. If we go more than 1 week without a gelato from here we are hurting. Our favorite is salted caramel... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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86 reviews 86 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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102 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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