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gts-20
07-24-2013, 07:35 PM
Caneel Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands: Anyone ever been there?

I'm getting married there March 11, 2014. Besides the obvious "after wedding" activities, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for things to do. We will be there for 9 days and so far we have set up the usual; snorkeling/diving, sail boat cruise, etc. Should we take time out to visit some of the other islands? This will be my first Caribbean experience, so on top of being excited about getting married, I'm really looking forward to the trip. My fiance has been to St. John before, but she stayed at the Westin resort. She picked Caneel Bay because they offer a complete wedding package with a private beach ceremony.

link to the resort: http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/caneelbay/

Mastercraftdave
07-24-2013, 09:19 PM
Go to tortuga and rent a boat to go see the captain willy ts pirate ship. It's been a while since I have been there but those were two things that stuck out. If you can find a place that will rent you a boat and go run around with that. St. John is a great place have fun.

73blue
07-24-2013, 09:22 PM
My wife and I stayed in there in May on our honeymoon. We actually did 3 nights at Caneel and 5 nights at a house in Coral Bay. The resort was great. One of the restaurants there had a spicy tuna tempura sushi roll that was incredible. If youre like us, you'll need a couple of days just to unwind from the wedding stuff. I would definitely recommend renting a Jeep for a day or two and exploring the island. There are many beaches that you can drive or even hike to. Go to Coral Bay one day and eat a burger at Skinny Legs. If you go to Trunk Bay, go early. We got there about 830 or so and the park had not opened yet. No crowds (or what passes for crowds on St Johns) and no entrance fee.

Quick
07-24-2013, 09:39 PM
Go the the rock baths if your into that. Also get a boat and captain for the day and grab your passports. Hit the BVI and visit Soggy Dollar, and Foxies. Even a good time to rent a boat and captain it yourself and stay on US waters and just get lost and jump in the ocean when you see something cool. You will have a blast. Not real familiar with St. John's but I know you can catch a boat to St. Thomas and rent boats out of Red Hook there.

pap
07-24-2013, 11:13 PM
St John is a much more laid back island than many. Some very good restaurants. My advice is to rent a scooter, put your honey on the back and just explore.

Have been there several times and it's on the short/dream list to buy a retirement home.

There is a place at the end of the island that has a kind of artist colony - glass blowing and stuff like that, it was a fun morning drive up there to watch them do stuff and we bought some nice glasswork that is all made from recycled glass.

If you can find a place to rent a small sailboat (hobie) and a calm bay, it's a blast (we stayed a few times at the Ritz in St. Thomas and they have them there in a nice bay).

At least in my experience, it's a pretty slow paced island, we didn't see a huge nightlife there, but we're really looking either.

If you do make it over to St. Thomas, we had THE BEST desert (banana soufflé) we have ever had anywhere in the world at the Ritz, and there is a very nice restaurant called Havana Blue that is worth an evening as well.

I can come up with a few restaurant recommendations for St John if you need them.

Jonb1822
07-24-2013, 11:31 PM
Just got back from our yearly 2 week vacation on St. John. We stay in Peter Bay and love the island.

I would be sure to visit the following:
Maho Bay (swim with sea turtles),
Hawksnest Bay,
Waterlemon Cay (some of the best snorkling you will ever find),
Jost Van Dyke,
The Baths on Virign Gorda,
Sandy Spit BVI (where the first Corona commercial was shot),
Woodys Bar in Cruz Bay (happy hour from 3-6)
Definantly charter a boat for a day Ike the others have stated

If you have questions feel free to shoot me a PM. I don't want to fill up the forum sounding like a know it all douche about the place. :)

CruisinGA
07-24-2013, 11:43 PM
St. John is top of my
List for my honeymoon in Oct, so I'm paying attention too! Keep the comments coming!

Jonb1822
07-24-2013, 11:59 PM
Forgot a big one. If you want to swim with Turles the size of people go to Francis Bay all the way to the right to the last picnic table around 4:30 to sunset. You can stand on the beach and see the massive things anywhere from 10-20 yards out. The grass is thick on that side of the bay and the massive ones come up in the evenings to feed. You might get lucky and seem some sharks feed further out too.

maxpower220
07-25-2013, 09:10 AM
Won't you be too busy in your hotel room to leave?



If you get island fever, jump over to Puerto Rico. Forts, Casinos, and rain forests.

h2oskifreak
07-25-2013, 11:13 AM
I have a lot of friends that go to St. Johns. The reason I haven't is getting there. Do you still have to overnight in St. Thomas on the way there and back? I like a 10 day vacation to be actually 10 days and do not like the idea of overnighting in any city other than where my destination is. I guess it could work 3 days on S.T. and then 7 on St. Johns. Is this still the way it works w/ boat transits?

Have a great Wedding, Trip and Life together. Best advice I can give as a married man, always keep and show respect and trust for one another.

73blue
07-25-2013, 11:29 AM
I have a lot of friends that go to St. Johns. The reason I haven't is getting there. Do you still have to overnight in St. Thomas on the way there and back? I like a 10 day vacation to be actually 10 days and do not like the idea of overnighting in any city other than where my destination is. I guess it could work 3 days on S.T. and then 7 on St. Johns. Is this still the way it works w/ boat transits?



Im not sure why you would ever have to overnight in St Thomas. We flew in to STT from ATL and arrived about 130pm. Rented a Jeep and took the car ferry over to St Johns. We were at Caneel by 330-4pm. On the way out we caught the 10am car ferry and had time to kill before getting to the airport before our 245 pm flight out.

St Johns is one of the cheapest/easiest islands I found to get to, especially if you are flying through ATL. I think our roundtrip tickets from Knoxville to STT were $550/each. We flew out of Knox at 7am and as I said were at Caneel Bay by 4pm

jdl xstar
07-25-2013, 12:26 PM
St. John is top of my
List for my honeymoon in Oct, so I'm paying attention too! Keep the comments coming!

Heading to Sugar Beach resort in St. Lucia in a couple weeks for my honeymoon. Keep this place in mind as it is supposed to be pretty legit.. (its a favorite of Gwyneth Paltro and Matt Damon apparently)

http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach

Jonb1822
07-25-2013, 01:44 PM
You don't have to overnight. We always fly in between 1-3:30 pm in St Thomas and catch the 5pm ferry in Red Hook to St John. The ferry schedule runs until midnight. Should give you plenty of time.

h2oskifreak
07-25-2013, 03:35 PM
Maybe why we have trouble is we live in a small town and connections arrive to late for the ferry. Good input though as we go to the Caribbean at least once a year. Maybe we drive to a bigger town to arrive a little earlier is the solution.

pap
07-26-2013, 09:22 PM
There are ferry connections pretty late - last time we got there well after dark. You can also take a smaller boat from closer to the airport, but I get seasick so we take the larger ferry.

dschnei6
07-28-2013, 12:13 AM
I wouldn't recommend the smaller Ferry that goes to Charlotte-Amalie. We were down Memorial Day weekend and took the smaller ferry the day we left thinking we could cut the taxi ride in half. Half way there one of the boat's engines blew up and we had to idle the rest of the way on one engine. Nothing like being out on the ocean watching smoke billowing out from the engine hatch...:D