Now the setting for St. John’s most famous resort, Caneel Bay Resort, Caneel Bay is a picturesque, straight bay on the western side of Hawksnest Point. During the colonial period, this area was known as Klein Caneel Bay, or Little Cinnamon Bay. Ruins of the Duurloo great house have been preserved and are open to the public. The house served as the headquarters for white plantation owners during the 1733 slave rebellion and was never taken by the Africans.
Non-resort guests can explore the ruins, shop or dine at the resort, or go to Caneel Bay beach. There is a platform a short swim offshore for diving and decent snorkeling to the right of the pier. You can also walk around the Caneel property, which includes a two-mile fitness trail and acres of open lawns and landscaped grounds. Hiking trails take you to Little Hawksnest Beach, Turtle Point, and Turtle Bay Beach.
Getting to Caneel Bay
To visit, drive into the resort (you may be asked to give your name at the guard gate) and park in the guest lot. Go to the concierge desk for maps and other information.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition