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Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay beach at Caneel Bay Resort

Turtle Bay beach is part of the Caneel Bay Resort – and non-guest access is limited to arrival by sea. The Resort asks that you respect the privacy of guests and refrain from using resort beach chairs, towels and facilities. We second that appeal …

Turtle Bay beach
Guests of Caneel Bay Resort can soak up the warm Caribbean sun on this tiny stretch of “private” white sand beach. This north-facing beach gets terrific early afternoon sun and some shade later in the afternoon. Located at the northern edge of Hawksnest Point, one bay over from Scott Beach, Turtle Bay Beach enjoys views across Durloe Channel to Henley Cay, Ramgoat Cay and the island of Lovango.

Notable: Turtle Bay Beach was a featured location for Sports Illustrated’s 2015 swimsuit issue!
Click here to view SI’s location video … 2015 Sports Illustrated St John, USVI

Snorkeling is good along the left ( Turtle Bay Point ) and right side of the beach with rocky coral outcroppings to explore. Great spot to see a sea turtle or stingray as well as a myriad of tropical fish and corals. Wind and waves increase as you head west (right as you face the water ).

Getting there:
Caneel Bay Resort is just a few miles away from Cruz Bay heading South on North Shore Road (Rte 20). On your left is the main entrance and gatehouse to Caneel Bay Resort. Visitors can check in at the gate and use the lower parking area. There is a $20 charge – refunded with a $20 purchase during your visit. Access is limited to  Honeymoon and Salomon beaches and does not include use of beach chairs, towels or amenities.

Warning informationDepending on weather conditions – beware of the current if you swim/snorkel around the Turtle Bay Point from Turtle Bay beach to Scott Beach.