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Most beautiful beach

All of the beaches at Caneel Bay were exceptionally beautiful but Turtle Bay was our favorite... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Erin D
Houston, Texas
Beautiful beach

Stayed at the Turtle Bay house and it was perfect to have such a beautiful beach only a few feet... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Josh A
Keene Valley, New York, United States
via mobile
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Located on St. John's north shore, this beautiful beach is located inside the Caneel Bay property and assessable only to guests of the resort.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caneel Bay 00831, St. John
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

All of the beaches at Caneel Bay were exceptionally beautiful but Turtle Bay was our favorite! Aside from the beautiful view, it also has great snorkeling and no crowds at all. Very relaxing, quiet and gorgeous and still has food and beverage service.

Thank Erin D
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Stayed at the Turtle Bay house and it was perfect to have such a beautiful beach only a few feet away from you room. The coral is beautiful, abundant sea life of all kinds. Chairs are covered by trees from the sun. No need for...More

Thank Josh A
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Great location for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing and taking in the sea life and corals. In addition you can watch the sailboats as the pass through the channel.

Thank merlinsurrietrekker
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Worth the ferry ride from St Thomas! Amazing! Chairs are pricy at $10 each, snorkels and such are there for rental, not sure how much they were. Bathrooms were clean. Everything you need at one location. Could stay all day, but take time to tour...More

1  Thank DianaL229
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Turtle Bay is lovely. It is one of Caneel's private beaches and there is no access across the property, though perhaps by boat. It's been a favorite over the years for guests who return to the property as it is quiet and has beautiful landscaping...More

Thank Katie F
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We went to this beach every day we stayed at Caneel Bay. There were times we were one of 2-3 couples on the entire stretch. You could not ask for more, the sand is soft, the water is blue as can be, the scenery beyond...More

Thank Christopher P
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Gorgeous beach in St John, easily accessible by car or taxi (they wait out front). Trunk Bay has a snorkel trail (with reasonable rentals), a gift shop, a great snack bar and a bar with frozen drinks. Also has restrooms with showers which is convenient...More

Thank bostonbeachy
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Turtle bay is excellent for snorkel or just swimming. It is not crowded and at times I felt like I was in a private beach just for my family. We had a lot of fun and the kids definitely loved this place.

1  Thank Mariana B
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This is a very beautiful swimming spot on St. John. Turquoise waters and plenty of big trees for shade.

3  Thank princessdeirdre
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This beach was featured in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition a couple of years ago and is a lovely smaller beach at the Caneel Bay Resort. I did some snorkeling here but the water in the central area is much too deep for the turtles to...More

3  Thank jehenson81
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4 February 2015|
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Response from DaveMC311 | Reviewed this property |
Turtle Bay is for guests of Caneel only. There are rooms only a few steps from Turtle Bay beach (beachfront) or rooms elsewhere on the property that you can be close to Turtle Bay. It's very quiet and secluded most of the... More