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 chairs (I wonder if they can really enforce this on a public beach (all St John beaches are public, though the land access route can be private) but I didn't want to sour a day of our vacation by challenging them on it). The Caneel resort has 7 beaches...they allow day visitors land access to Honeymoon and Caneel, while you must get to the other 5 via water. They place restrictions on Caneel to encourage day visitors to go to Honeymoon, which is out-of-sight of the resort guests. I think the party crowd would be happier somewhere other than Caneel (namely Trunk, or better yet just stay at the bars) as they'd at a minimum get dirty looks all day at Caneel and maybe get chased off the grounds, but someone who is comfortable without their beach chair and in a "button-downed" environment can have a very relaxing and enjoyable day on Caneel. The water is always calm and beautiful, and the beach is maintained at least as well as any other northshore beach. We've seen turtles and stingrays in the grasses in the center of the bay close to shore every time we've been there. There's an OK reef on the north side (the right side, looking out to sea), though it seems to have declined between 2010 and 2014. There's a nice floating dock about 100 yards out that the kids enjoy swimming to and diving off. This time, it charmingly hosted a school of sargent majors and a crazy trumpetfish that was trying to blend in with the metal ladder. Almost like a strange variant on a coral head. The best part for us was getting full beach service from the café, meaning a delicious sushi lunch and drinks delivered direct to our towel. You must pay $20 to park at Caneel, but they will credit your purchases on-site towards this so you don't actually pay for parking unless you don't throw some business Caneel's way.
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