Surrounded by National Park lands on the northern coast of St. John, Caneel Bay has several beautiful white-sand beaches that match the luxury of this world-famous resort. The entrance to the main beach at Caneel Bay is through the resort, but all beaches in the Virgin Islands are open to the public. Accordingly, guests staying elsewhere on the island are allowed to experience the beach, provided they do not venture onto the hotel grounds or accommodation areas. Bathrooms, several restaurants and a gift shop can also be enjoyed by visitors. Needless to say, beach chairs, towels and similar amenities are for the use of hotel guests only.
Set in Caneel Bay, 1.0 mile north-northeast of downtown Cruz Bay, this beach is on the West coast of St. John. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will probably enjoy this beach because of its crowded, urban location. Actually, Caneel Bay is probably a great fit for guests of nearby hotels, and those who don't mind large groups of people.
White, sandy shores and crystal blue waters are found on each of the beaches at this resort, so expect superb swimming and beautiful views from the shore. Palm trees line the beach area, providing opportunities for shade, while rolling green hills supply the backdrop.
You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to sample the local fare is right next to the coast. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.
The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.
Caneel Bay does have public restrooms for your convenience. On the resort's shore, guests at Caneel Bay most often rent rooms in this upscale area, meaning most of the beaches' guests are travelers.
However, you will want to realize that while there are luckily some forms of conveniences available while at Caneel Bay, it is found inside a commonly visited area. If throngs of people are something you want to avoid, it's an appropriate cause to plan ahead and beat the crowds, perhaps heading to the beach before the sun it at its hottest. If you do not, you could not be able to use all the amenities which the beach has to offer.
Beachgoers will find Caneel Bay on the West coast of St. John; it's located near attractions like Bajo El Sol, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.
If you're intrigued by the Virgin Islands' history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Cruz Bay Battery, which is just a walk or cab ride away.
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.
|Bajo El Sol||Art Gallery||0.9 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Best of Both Worlds||Art Gallery||0.9 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations||0.9 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Tourist Information Service||0.9 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Ivan Jadan Museum||Museum||0.9 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Cruz Bay Battery||Historical Site||1.0 mi.||SW||St. John|
|Donald Schnell Studio||Art Gallery||1.0 mi.||SSW||St. John|
|Parrot Club||Gambling Arcade||1.1 mi.||SW||St. John|
|Coconut Coast Studios||Art Gallery||1.3 mi.||SW||St. John|
Caneel Bay is in the Cruz Bay area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Cruz Bay, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Cruz Bay isn't far off, maybe less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).
How many other people you encounter at Caneel Bay will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.
You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options can be viewed in the following table.
|Caneel Bay Resort||0.1 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Estate Lindholm||0.8 mi.||SW||B & B|
|Inn at Tamarind Court||1.0 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
|Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel||1.1 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
|St. John Inn||1.1 mi.||SSW||Hotel|
|Hillcrest Guesthouse||1.2 mi.||SSW||Guest house|
|Garden by the Sea||1.3 mi.||SSW||B & B|
|Coconut Coast||1.3 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|The Westin St. John Resort||1.4 mi.||S||Resort|
If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Caneel Beach Terrace. This restaurant has both American and International dishes on the menu. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.
Nearby restaurant options are shown below.
|Caneel Beach Terrace||(340) 776-6111 ext. 334||American, International||Informal||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Caneel Beach Bar & Grill||(340) 776-6111 ext. 334||American||Informal||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Turtle Bay Estate House||(340) 776-6111||Contemporary||Fine Dining||0.1 mi.||SE|
|ZoZo's Ristorante||(340) 693-9200||Italian||Fine Dining||0.2 mi.||SE|
|Asolare Restaurants||(340) 779-4747||Asian Fusion, Caribbean||Fine Dining||0.8 mi.||SW|
|North Shore Deli||(340) 777-3061||American, Caribbean||Very Casual||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|Ocean Grill||(340) 693-3304||Caribbean, Contemporary||Informal||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|Viva La Revolution Cantina||(340) 777-3473||Mexican||Informal||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|Sun Dog Cafe||(340) 693-8340||American||Very Casual||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|Margarita Phil's||(340) 693-8400||Mexican||Very Casual||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|Morgan's Mango Restaurant||(340) 693-8141||Caribbean, International||Informal||0.9 mi.||SSW|
|The Barefoot Cowboy||(340) 228-5200||Tex-Mex||Very Casual||1.0 mi.||SSW|
There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. John, so if Caneel Bay doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.
Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Scott Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.
The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Caneel Bay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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