Magical Eco-Paradise: Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI

Caneel Bay

It’s tempting to conceal how incredible of an experience my boyfriend Bryan and I had in St. John this past February. Those who’ve visited the island share one thing in common: a deep-seated fear the masses will flock to their hidden gem.

It was my maiden voyage and our first official vacation together. It’s a magical, ecologically rich place that promotes happiness and love.

In a Caribbean increasingly defined by overdevelopment, St. John remains an exception. It’s the smallest, least developed and the most stunning of the three major United States Virgin Islands. Approximately nine miles long and five miles wide, St. John is home to breath-taking white-sand beaches, framed by the forests of Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 60 percent of the island.

Caneel Bay Resort was a highlight of our trip. Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the Virgin Islands National Park, it’s an ideal eco-destination for those who prefer a mix of nature and luxury. Bryan and I enjoyed relaxing on the beach (they have seven!) and the most delicious organic lunch at Caneel Beach Bar and Grill. Go for the locally caught lobster tacos.

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About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine,,, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network (now Z Living) and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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