We left the ship between 9:30 and 10AM. A Taxi official directed us to transportation. Initially he was going to put us on a large open air taxi - a bit like a bus with about 6 wide benches. But it looked like were were going to be the first group on one of these. I asked if we would have to wait long and indicated we like to leave ASAP, he said that vehicle would be a little while and then directed us to a regular taxi (small van). Another small group joined us and we left right away - fare is $6 per person. It took about 20-30 minuites from the terminal to the beach. Over the mountain, and some fantastic views! The taxi driver stopped a couple times for some nice photo opportunities. The driver also arranged a return time with us for the trip back.
Cane Garden Bay is just a beautiful beach. It is not at all "secluded", but has many restaurants and areas offering chair rentals. Yet still didn't seem too crowded to be comfortable. As you approach, or walk the beach with your stuff, you will be solicited to rent a chair at a particular place ($5 each). But after that we were not approached by any vendors, although there were several places to buy things on the beach. Take your time and walk a little before you pick a spot. Some have more comfortable looking chairs and some are in the shade and some not. Further down there were some places that also had hammocks and umbrellas - although umbrellas seemed unusual as there were many spots in the shade of the hills, buildings and trees.
The water was wonderful, although a bit wavy that day (which we understand is slightly unusual as it is more often smooth). The beach is beautiful, clean soft sand on land and water - no need for water shoes here. From the beach you have a nice view of St. Thomas and St. John too.
We walked, and swam a bit, and had a great lunch with fresh grilled fish and coconut shrimp at a place called Myetts. Unfortunately our day was a bit short as our ship had a 2PM departure.
I'd definitely return to this beach.
I have some pictures on my photo site - click here