Caneel Bay allows the public access to a beach ( not the same beach for the guests staying at the resort, however). For $20 you can park and walk on an 8 minute trail to a small beach. Beware: the snorkeling ships dock in the water and release dozens of excited snorkelers who get overly excited if they see a fish. Any fish. The water was pretty rough by island standards the day we visited. The beach was a little small and crowded. There are far nicer beaches with no parking fee. About the fee: if you purchase $20 of goods in the restaurant or store, get a validated ticket and thr parking fee is waived. Lunch is expensive so go for a drink or ice cream.
The resort has seen it's hey day and could use a serious renovation.
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