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Caneel Bay is a collective name for seven pristine beaches, stretching around Durloe Point to Hawksnest Caneel. Six of these beaches are so isolated that they can only be reached by boat unless you are staying at the Caneel Bay Resort. The seventh beach, Caneel Beach, is open to the public and is easy to reach from the main entrance of the resort. You wont be dissappointed if you you only have access to Caneel Beach as it is stunning.
Only minutes from Cruz Bay, Caneel Bay is home to the Caneel Bay Resort. The exclusive resort is nestled in the heart of the protected 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park and is the epitome of simple elegance.
If you aren't staying at the Resort and visit the beach you are required to register as a day guest. Check with the guard at the entrance about where to park. Check in, then head straight for the ocean.
Established in the mid-1950s by Laurance Rockefeller who stumbled upon the island of St. John during a Caribbean sailing trip, the 171-acre resort property features 166 guest rooms. Rockefeller's vision involved creating a world-class resort while preserving the natural beauty of its tropical setting.
The Resort's guest rooms are simple. No telephones. No televisions. Simple furnishings. Wake-up knocks replace wake-up calls and breakfast is delivered in a wicker picnic basket. Caneel Bay Resort features a swimming pool and 11 tennis courts, but there's no golf course on the expansive property and actually no golf course on the entire Island.
Caneel Beach is a fabulous white sand beach lined with lovely tropical foliage. The beach offers great snorkeling on the right side along the coast. Located on the left side of the beach is a water sports concession that rents small water crafts.
While water sports are an option for activity-minded guests, lounging on the beach remains a perennially favorite way to wile away an afternoon. This is a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a drink on their upper veranda.
If you don't want to hassle with the Resort's restrictions, get in your car, travel east a few miles to Hawksnest, Trunk Bay or Cinnamon Bay.
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