Returned from St. John

Old Nov 20th, 2000, 10:34 AM
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Returned from St. John

Just returned from St. John. Thanks to the many of you that contributed to a wonderful vacation.

Stayed at St. John Inn for three days and rented a car to tour the island; then spent 4 days at Caneel Bay to do nothing. Both places were great; although quite different.

Visited Cinnamon Bay, WaterLemon Cay, Salt Pond Bay and most of the Caneel beaches. Enjoyed all but Salt Pond which we found more buggy, very burry, and rocky.

Ate at Chilly Billy's, JJ's Texas Cafe, Lime Inn, Fishtrap, Cafe Roma, the Beach Bar, Morgan's Mango, Skinny Legs, Hard Rock Cafe (St. Thomas), the Green House (St. Thomas) and Asolare. If you go to Asolare, go to enjoy the sunset. Will skip Skinny Legs next time.

Had a 1st floor BeachFront on Hawksnext at Caneel Bay; it was wonderful. The breeze kept both people and bugs away.

Should have reserved a car ahead of time. Took 3 calls to find one.

Should have brought the Deep Woods OFF.

Should not have brought as many clothes.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Old Dec 5th, 2000, 07:03 AM
Chad Wagner
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What did you think of Caneel Bay? I am looking for a quiet, beautiful, restful, place for my honeymoon in June. How was the food? Do you recommned the MAp or eating out? Thank you for you response.
Old Dec 19th, 2000, 07:59 AM
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Hi Chad:
I spent my honeymoon at Caneel this past June, so perhaps I can be of assistance re: what the resort and St. John in general is like that time of year.
If you are looking for a beautiful, peaceful place, Caneel is a great choice. There is not much "action" at Caneel. The place pretty much shuts down by 10:00 p.m.

The weather can be kind of iffy in June -- getting close to the beginning of the hurricane season. We stayed for 8 nights and probably only had a couple really beautiful, clear days. Also, beware of the mosquitoes! They were very bad when we went. (They actually provide bug spray in the rooms.) And about the rooms: despite the resort being classified as "luxury" do not expect too much from the rooms. They are very nicely furnished -- very Carribean -- but are not luxurious. But they are (thankfully) air conditioned. Some of the old-time guests of Caneel resent the air conditioning having been installed, but we were very happy to have it.

The beaches are gorgeous. We particularly liked Turtle Bay -- a little more intimate than some of the other beaches, although on all of them you feel like you pretty much have them to yourself.

The food at Caneel is good, but quite expensive. Unless you really want to stay put and eat at the resort for most of your stay, I would skip the meal plan. There are lots of great restaurants (mostly in Cruz Bay) to check out. We actually never had dinner at Caneel during our stay -- meant to, but there were so many other places we wanted to try. A couple of our favorites: Asolare, Morgan's Mango. Never got to Chateau Bordeaux, but it comes highly recommended.
Old Dec 19th, 2000, 10:39 AM
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If you and your bride-to-be want a quiet, beautiful spot - Caneel can't be beat.

If you plan on eating all your meals at Caneel, then the MAP is the way to go; however, we really enjoy the many nice restaurants in Cruz Bay and did not do MAP.

Old Dec 26th, 2000, 03:34 PM
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St. John has the best restaurants! Don't just go to the hotel and eat hotel food. Try it all. (The prices are better in Cruz Bay also)
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:47 PM
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Hi Janet,
I just saw your message and that you stayed at St. John Inn. Can you tell me about it and about your experiences with this particular lodging?
Thanks for your help. Bonnie

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