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Ten dollar parking at Caneel

Postby hugo » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:17 pm

In a move that will NOT be popular on island, Caneel reopened yesterday without free parking for beach use, etc. They will now charge a flat $10, which will be waived if you spend that much on food, etc, while you're there. Looks like the parking along the road by the front gate will be crowded in the future....
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Postby promoguy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:41 pm

Guess things are getting tough at Caneel also.
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Postby mbw1024 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:45 pm

I don't think we've ever gone to Caneel without hitting the bar or having lunch or something so not a big deal for us.
I can understand it I guess. And there are other options that will get you there w/out parking if you are really bothered by it.
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Postby promoguy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:49 pm

The only beach we visit that requires parking is Honeymoon. Bar prices seem to be a bit on the high side when you can take a 10 min ride over to the Beach Bar.
What's the other option? Taxis??

But it's like everything else, when you've been doing it for over 10 years, you kind of take a second look.
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Postby mbw1024 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:59 pm

there are trails that will get you to Honeymoon if you are so inclined. I'm not inclined so a fun cocktail on the way out works for me :lol:
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Postby promoguy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:21 pm

trails can be inclined. therefore I'm not inclinded.
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Postby mbw1024 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:32 pm

promoguy wrote:trails can be inclined. therefore I'm not inclinded.


LOL!
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Postby Agent99 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:08 pm

SJfromNJ wrote:Since I have to pay $10 to park, I hope they don't mind if I go out to Scott Bay for a snorkel. I usually eat a lunch there too.


Ask forgiveness not permission. :wink:
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Postby tipsy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:52 am

I guess $10 is a small price to pay for a day on a beautiful beach. And not have to be bothered finding a parking place elsewhere. :)

We pay that here on LI to get into parks & beaches from April to Oct, and some places charge all year long.
No ticker anymore. Next vac will prob. be the Fl Keys.
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Postby mindehankins » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:16 am

I agree, though we might be starting down a slippery slope. We'll pay to park at Caneel, and be grateful they decided to give $10 credit at the bar.
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Postby liamsaunt » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:25 am

I personally think that this is more than fair. I've only stayed at Caneel during the off season, and even then parking is very tight. The whole front of the lot is taken up by taxis (as it should be). I'd guess there are about 20 other spots before you have to park along the side of the road leading to the lot. I imagine it's much worse during the on season. I do think it's nice that they offer you a credit back. Tip: many cocktails are $5 each at the bar, 5 PM to sunset. :D
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Postby Teresa_Rae » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:33 am

My only thoughts are that they could be shooting themselves in the foot. The only reason we've ever even considered staying at Caneel with its outrageous prices is because we've walked around the grounds (for free) and liked the place. From the beginning if we had had to pay, we probably never would have gone there or ever considered staying there.
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Postby tipsy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:56 am

I would think that if you were staying there, parking would be free,as part of the amenities. The fee sounds like its for non-guests/visitors. I might be wrong.

This might be the beginning of alot of new charges occuring,in other posts & forums,sounds like STJ & STT has finally started to feel the recession?
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Postby Randy in MD » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:10 am

I have mixed feelings about this... Caneel is undoubtedly feeling the economic pinch like everyone and is looking for innovative ways to provide income, and they certainly have a right to charge whatever they want to park on their property. But Honeymoon Beach is where my wife and I were married and we make a pilgrimage there on every trip. But I guess I should be grateful for all the free access I had there in the past, and look forward to discovering their bar drinks!
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