The Resort

Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park and seven picturesque beaches, Caneel Bay is one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations in the Caribbean.


Caneel Bay
Caneel Bay Resort
Sugar Mill Ruins
Caneel Bay
Caneel Bay

Caneel Bay Beaches

Caneel Bay is home to seven of the top beaches in the Caribbean — one for each day of the week.

SCOTT: Stroll along Scott Beach and gaze at the turtles munching on sea grass. The gentle waters are ideal for bobbing lazily on a raft or float.

PARADISE: This cozy haven, nestled at the end of Cottage Point prior to Scott Beach, is the perfect place for enjoying a quiet day on the beach.

TURTLE BAY: Gaze down from Turtle Bay Estate House to the white crescent of beach below and watch as boats travel between St. Thomas and Tortola; an ideal spot for snorkeling.

CANEEL: The most popular beach on the resort, Caneel Beach offers active and adventurous guests the use of Sunfish sailboats, sea kayaks and paddle boards.

HAWKSNEST: The first beach to catch the sunrise becomes a quiet, shady sanctuary in the afternoon. The rocks at both ends of the beach offer excellent snorkeling.

LITTLE CANEEL: This tiny refuge is tucked away just west of the dock and is the perfect spot to watch the boats in the harbor while you unwind.

HONEYMOON: Take the roadway west from Little Caneel (about a ten-minute walk along a gravel track) to reach Honeymoon. The VI Ecotours Honeymoon Beach Hut offers equipment rentals as well as guided kayaking, hiking and snorkeling tours. You will also find a small store and Cannella's Honeymoon Beach Hut, where you can order beverages, sandwiches and light snacks. Snorkeling is excellent along the reefs at each end of the beach. At the far end of Honeymoon Beach is the start of the Lind Trail, which offers a vigorous forty-minute hike into Cruz Bay.

How to Get Here


Walking through the arrivals gate, you will keep to the left and this will bring you into the baggage claim area. At the far right-hand corner of the room beyond the luggage belts, you will see a sign for Caneel Bay. Our reception area is located here. We suggest you proceed there immediately, while the baggage is processed. Our colleagues will welcome you and undertake the registration process at this time. A selection of refreshments is available in our arrivals lounge, along with visitor information and maps. You will be provided with baggage tags showing your room number and once your luggage is retrieved and tagged, it will be taken by a Caneel Bay representative. You are not required to handle your luggage from this point until you arrive in your room.

At this time, you will be directed to our safari bus and taken down to the dock at Charlotte Amalie, a 10- to 15-minute ride. The ferries are owned and operated by Caneel Bay and are clearly marked accordingly.

Caneel Bay
Caneel Bay

Subject to the ferry schedule, we suggest you walk around the historic area located adjoining the dockside. There are a number of options for dining, interspersed with some world-renowned shopping and stalls offering local fare. Our airport representatives will be pleased to arrange transportation for you to Charlotte Amalie in advance of the regular transportation provided to the dock. If you choose to enjoy a meal or some shopping, please keep an eye on the time and be at the point where our ferry departs at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

As our ferry has the capacity to leave the U.S. Virgin Islands, you will be required to have your name checked against our guest manifest by a representative of Homeland Security. Our ferry personnel will then assist you aboard and offer iced water, fruit or rum punch. The boat ride to St. John takes a pleasurable 35 minutes. Transfers are available at a one-time charge of $110 per person, which covers the arrival/departure transfers between St. Thomas airport and Caneel Bay, as well as unlimited use of Caneel's ferry between St. Thomas and the resort (discounted 50% for children ages 5 to 11 years old and complimentary for children 4 years old and under). The transfer fee is prepaid and applied against your advance deposit. If you arrive after the last scheduled ferry departure, our airport lounge staff will reserve a water taxi transfer from Red Hook to Caneel Bay.

The airlines request that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight departure from St. Thomas.

Ferry Schedule To / From St. John

Effective November 17, 2016 (times and ports subject to change)

6:15 a.m. - to National Park Dock
8:30 a.m. - to National Park Dock 9:30 a.m. - from National Park Dock
10:15 a.m. - to Charlotte Amalie 11:00 a.m. - from Charlotte Amalie
12:30 p.m. - to Charlotte Amalie 1:15 p.m. - from Charlotte Amalie
2:00 p.m.  - to Charlotte Amalie 2:30 p.m. - from Charlotte Amalie
3:30 p.m. - to Charlotte Amalie 4:15 p.m. - from Charlotte Amalie
5:00 p.m. - to Charlotte Amalie 5:45 p.m. - from Charlotte Amalie

During the day the Caneel Bay ferries depart either from downtown Charlotte Amalie, or from the National Park Dock near Red Hook at the east end of St. Thomas. Our airport lounge staff will arrange for your taxi transfer to the ferry. Ground transfer time from the airport to Charlotte Amalie is approximately 10 minutes and to the National Park Dock approximately 30 minutes. Ferry transfer time from Charlotte Amalie to Caneel Bay is approximately 35 minutes and from the National Park Dock to Caneel Bay approximately 15 minutes (transfer times are approximate and may vary depending upon prevailing conditions).

Caneel Bay


Locally operated taxis are readily available for hire at the resort entrance.

Car Rental

A day spent driving around St. John is a fun way to explore the island - it's hard to get lost as there is basically one road and you are usually driving in an easterly direction towards the town of Coral Bay or westerly towards the main town of Cruz Bay. The road is quite steep in some areas with sharp bends, so we advise caution when driving, especially at night when you may meet donkeys or deer on the road. Please observe the speed limit and remember we drive on the left, so drivers, always keep your shoulder to the shoulder! There are many beautiful spots particularly along the north shore and we recommend stopping at the overlook just before Trunk Bay for a great photo op and also a visit to the ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Mill offers spectacular views towards the BVI.

We have two-door and four-door Jeep rentals available on property, which are ideal vehicles for island conditions. The rental office is located to the right of Cololoba Boutique and Gift Shop. During high season it is highly recommend that a reservation is made well in advance of arrival, they do sell out quickly. For further information or to make a reservation, visit Mr. Pipers Jeeps website here or please contact the Concierge or call 340-776-6111.

Check in & Check out

Check in at 3:00PM and Check out is at 11:00AM

Daylight Savings

USA Virgin Islands Standard Time is four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4 ). St. John does not observe daylight savings time.

Caring for Our Community



Proud Corporate Members of the St. John Historical Society. The St. John Historical Society is a membership-based, non-profit organization. For over 41 years the Society has been an authoritative source on St. John and hosts a variety of meetings and events for the public to learn about local history.


St. John Animal Care Center

The Animal Care Center (ACC) of St. John is located in Cruz Bay, near the library. The ACC addresses the problems of cruelty to, neglect and abuse of the island animals. The shelter provides kennels for homeless dogs and inside cages for a limited number of homeless cats. Caneel Bay Resort donates to the Annual Gala fundraiser event along with a raffle prize for a stay at Caneel Bay.



Respect for our surroundings is a part of our heritage. Caneel Bay was discovered by environmentalist and preservationist Laurance Rockefeller during a family sailing cruise, and he immediately purchased the land to create a unique vacation destination that would protect its natural environment by developing very little and preserving a great deal.

Today, Caneel Bay is one of only a few marine environments within the U.S. National Park System and is home to abundant wildlife as well as colorful coral reefs that teem with underwater life. Turtles and dolphins freely roam their natural habitat while guests explore the pristine natural surroundings of this truly unique Caribbean resort.

Caneel Bay Resort maintains its commitment to the environment through a range of green-friendly programs and initiatives:



  • We use local recycling facilities

  • Printed collateral uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper manufactured with wind power and soy dyes

  • Water supply for irrigation comes from rainfall we collect, merged with “gray water”


  • Environmentally friendly electric buses transport guests around the property

  • Energy efficient light bulbs used in exterior lighting