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“Caneel Bay Looking a Little Tired”
Review of Caneel Bay Beach

Caneel Bay Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 29 June 2017

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.

Thank Celeste D
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying that Caneel Bay is a lovely beach, as most beaches on St. John are. We visited twice as a day visitor, a $20 per car fee, as we were not guests of the resort. We stayed in a lovely villa nearby. Between our first and second visit, my 70 year old mother broke both bones in her leg while hiking in the national park. Getting around on new crutches on uneven ground and in a hot climate was difficult, to say the least. So, we called ahead to inquire about renting a wheelchair to utilize while visiting for the day. A wheelchair was easily offered while visiting Cinnamon Bay beach the day before. We were told by the front desk via phone call that Caneel Bay could provide a wheelchair during our visit. When we arrived at Caneel Bay, the security guard held us at the gate for 15 minutes, because he didn't know what to do or who to contact. Then we were told by the front desk and finally the manager that they were out of wheelchairs (after realizing we were not guests) and that my mother would have to reach the beach on her own. Finally, the kind driver, who delivers luggage to the dock, drove my mother down the path on his own. The manager informed me that we should visit another beach, as they clearly didn't want the liability. But, we already had my mother settled and knew she could not handle the trip back to the car without rest. After a few hours, my mother needed to use the rest room. I asked again if a wheelchair was available and told it was not. So, my mother labored for 30 minutes to the bathroom, resting on chairs we provided. At the bathroom she knew she didn't have the energy to return to the beach and started to cry. Again, we asked the front desk if they could provide a wheelchair or a lift in a golf cart back. The manager of the hotel rudely responded that no, there were no wheelchairs, no they would not provide help via golf cart and finally asked, "why did you even bring her here?" A shouting match ensued, with the manager refusing to speak with us further. At this point everyone in our family was either disgusted or in tears over the blatant lack of help from hotel management. Security and a few kind hotel employees (on their own) finally provided transportation back to our cars. This was a terrible experience for everyone involved and so easily avoidable with a tiny bit of compassion from the hotel staff. Our hope is that some sort of protocol is established for future disabled visitors. After all, this beach is open to the public (with $20 car fee), and owned by the national park. The unprofessional attitude of the hotel manager, her unwillingness to help and suggestion, that we "go elsewhere" was completely inexcusable. Please reconsider your treatment of disabled individuals.

3  Thank Mandemhamm
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

The public can use this beach, have lunch in the cafe, or drinks at the bar. But only registered guests can use the chairs and water toys. Definitely worth a visit around sunset. Lovely views from here to St. Thomas.

Thank Katie F
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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited Honeymoon Beach while visiting St John on our honeymoon It was a beautiful place to spend the day if you're up for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. We brought our snorkel gear and were pretty disappointed with the lack of underwater sights, but above water was a different story! The water has a sandy entrance which continues for a bit...great for kids or those who are looking to float around and relax. There was a rental gear shop and a drink bar on site which we found convenient although we didn't partake in anything they had to offer. We had to find something to spend the $20.00 parking fee on and decided to try the Gelato offered in the Cafe....WOW! As self admitted ice cream addicts, this stuff really impressed our taste buds! The fresh pineapple was delightful and refreshing after being in the sun.

We would both recommend this spot for those who are looking to relax, however we do not plan on returning.

Thank Taylor P
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

This beach is located smack in the middle of the Caneel Bay Resort. If not staying at the resort, you can access by parking for $20. The $20 is not required if you spend that amount on the property. Once you park, this beach is easily reached on foot. The Resort does not allow you to bring coolers or beach chairs, so leave these items at home (or go to Honeymoon Bay). The white sand beach is great for kids. The best snorkeling is around the rocky points to your right as you look towards the water.

Thank Steveh3Texas
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