Spotlight on Caneel Bay Resort
Caneel Bay Resort
Uniquely situated within the Virgin Islands National Park on St John’s world-renowned North Shore, lies Caneel Bay Resort. The Resort’s 170 tropical acres are the legacy of its founder, Laurance Rockefeller and share his desire to protect this wonderful natural environment. Guest enjoy 7 beautiful beaches surrounded by lush tropical plantings, plantation ruins and modern amenities like watersports, tennis, restaurants/bars, shopping and spa treatments.
Laurance Rockefeller fell in love with Caneel Bay in 1952 while sailing in the Caribbean. It is his vision and ideals that created the Caneel Bay Resort along with the over 5,000 acres that forms the foundation of the VI National Park on St John.
This lux-relaxed resort boasts 7 stunning beaches – each with it’s own character and detailed here in no particular order.
Caneel Bay Beach
Just a stones throw away from the Front Desk/Lobby, concierge desk and business center is the main beach, Caneel Beach. It boasts stunning sugar-soft white sand and crystal clear aqua water – with easy shallow water entry. You’ll also find the Caneel Bay Pier and Watersports Dive Shop on the east end of the beach. Chairs and towels are provided to Resort Guests.
This is the only beach at Caneel that does not have guest rooms. Located west of Caneel Bay – and a short walk – Honeymoon is a wonderful spot to unwind, enjoy aqua blue waters and excellent snorkeling. There is also a watersports shack with SUP, kayaks, chairs, snorkeling gear and lockers for rent. For more info on VI Eco Tours Kayak, SUP and Snorkel Gear Rental
On the western edge of Hawksnest Bay is a magnificent white sand beach fringed with majestic palms. Hawksnest catches the early morning sun and provides welcomed afternoon shade. Snorkelers will enjoy the marine life surrounding the rocks and patch reefs that mark both ends of the beach.
This beach enjoys the protection of Turtle Bay Point. A great beach to enjoy a lazy afternoon under the sea grapes or floating on the aqua-blue water. Scott Beach is a wonderful spot to catch the sun set over St Thomas.
Located on the far side of Cottage Point. This tiny crescent of white sand offers a quiet spot for those seeking solitude.
Turtle Bay Beach
Located on the tip of the peninsula that divides Hawksnest Bay and Caneel Bay. Turtle Bay Beach is fine white sand with abundant sea grapes for shade and protection. Easy shallow water entry and sandy bottom make this a top choice to spend your beach days!
Just west of the pier is a small stretch of beach – set apart from the main beach of Caneel.