Caneel Bay Beach is a good choice if you would like to combine
a day at the beach with lunch at the Caneel Bay Resort. Take
a swim, a snorkel or just relax. When you get hungry, you can
enjoy a well-prepared meal at one of the hotel's seaside restaurants,
the Caneel Beach Terrace or the more informal, Beach Terrace
Starting from Mongoose Junction, go east 1.2 miles on Route 20.
Turn left on the road leading into the Caneel Bay Resort. Park
in the parking lot and take a leisurely walk down the exquisitely
landscaped path to the beach.
Be sure to take a stroll through the historic ruins of the estate's
old sugar works, which have been tastefully planted and partially
The Caneel Bay resort on St. John provides public access to
Caneel and Honeymoon Beaches
only. Access to the other beaches on the Caneel Bay property, Scott Beach, Turtle
Bay and Caneel Hawksnest, is permitted by
those arriving by sea. Use of the beach chairs, kayaks, sunfish
and paddle boats are reserved for registered guests of the hotel.
Facilities for day guests include restaurants, public rest rooms
and a gift shop.
Sunfish at Caneel Beach
Caneel Bay Beach
Calabash Tree at Caneel Bay
Snorkeling Caneel Bay
Snorkel around the rocks on either side of the bay or explore
the sand and grassy center of the bay just off the beach, where
you can often find starfish, sea turtles and stingrays. For
a more interesting snorkel, take a walk over to Honeymoon and
snorkel the reef
on the west side of the bay between Honeymoon and Salomon