The sail to St. John was mostly up wind, about 30 miles away. After looking at the cruising guides, we decided to stop in Caneel Bay. Skip and I visited there after our first sailing charter in 1995. We sailed around the British Virgin Islands and then stayed a few days in St. Thomas. We took the ferry over to St. John and rented a jeep to explore the island. I remember Caneel Bay had the cleanest, clearest water I had ever seen. (I also remember having a brutal hangover most of the day–too many Painkillers!)
The Caneel Bay resort has private beaches. The public beaches are part of the National Park and are a favorite spot for cruise ship passengers (the pasty white people with striped towels.)
We enjoyed swimming and kayaking by the beach followed by a dinghy ride to Cruz Bay, the next bay over. Cruz Bay is a touristy spot with many shops and restaurants. We quickly found the nearest beach bar. I asked if they had anything rummy and was quickly informed that the place was called The Rum Bar. Duh!!!
View from the beach
The next day was spent exploring Cruz Bay. We had a minor adventure there. While Joyce was climbing out of the dinghy she accidentally dropped the key to the padlock. It quickly disappeared in the sand. A walk to the grocery store, pharmacy and hardware store solved the problem. Limes, antibiotics (for Jeff) and bolt cutters! (Meanwhile, Jeff had taken a taxi back to Caneel Bay, swam to the boat, retrieved an extra key and kayaked back to Cruz Bay.) After all that we were all ready for a beer or 2!
Joyce and I took shelter at the resort beach during a rainstorm. We were accosted by security as we were leaving. No boat riff-raff on the beach! What happened to ‘any port in a storm?’
After a relaxing morning, we dropped the mooring and headed to Leinster Bay, a secluded spot on the southern side of the island.
Next part, Vieques…