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Coral Bay

St. John
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Ranked #16 of 55 Attractions in St. John
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Type: Bodies of Water, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Drinking
Description: A home decidedly away from home for a number of U.S. expats who now reside in this eclectic community.
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Never would have had a real appreciation for St John were it not for the fact that we stayed in Coral Bay. The drive, the donkey and goats, the people and the rough walks to the best snorkel experiences on the island make Coral Bay the real deal.

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Charlotte NC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

loved staying in Coral Bay at A House of Open Arms- lots of restaurants to choose from and 20 minutes or less to either side of the island 10 minutes to North Shore Road and beaches -Love City Market - 5 minutes away - no need to go to town unless you want too!

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Gilbert, Arizona
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Coral Bay is fun, picturesque, and much less crowded than Cruz Bay. There is just a tiny bit of shopping in terms of art and trinkets - but still worth checking out, along with some great restaurants. It is on the way to a number of great beaches and hiking trails so definitely plan to stop for breakfast/lunch/dinner on your... More

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Prairieville, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We absolutely love this side of the Island!!! Much quieter and more relaxing than Cruz Bay side of the Island.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

It was beautiful there! A rocky start to entering water, but then excellent! After you park, you will need to hike a half mile to bay...and back. No facilities but worth the trip!

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South Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are going to be staying on St. John and you are trying to decide between Coral Bay and Cruz Bay, don't sweat it too much. One would have to work exceptionally hard to not enjoy being anywhere on the island. Cruz Bay is a bit more crowded but offers more conveniences (taxis, banks, full service groceries, gas stations)... More

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Madisonville, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The real locals and weirdos of St John. Funky, fun place to eat and shop. Great views of BVI islands. Fun hang-out for the day. Lots of donkeys wondering free, goats, chickens, dogs and cats. Very calm and relaxed attitude from the locals. Really fun bars and restaurants.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I LOVED Coral Bay...it was the perfect place to stage my visit. Close to 10/20 and plenty of trails. Isolated from the business/tourists of Cruz Bay. Lots of tourists around the area but I never saw any, except on the road. (We're easily identifiable by the huge rental car sticks on the front windshield!) I can't imagine staying anywhere else... More

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Boston
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

On our second visit to St John and both times have stayed in Coral Bay for 2 weeks. We love the peace of this side and find it easy to befriend the residents. Not as many dining options and driving across the island to get gas every few days in Cruz Bay is a drag, but well worth it. we... More

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Boston, MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Everything is just slower paced and less crowded. Plenty of restaurants and secluded beaches to choose from. Pick up an "off the beaten path" type of guide to give you some ideas for this side of the island.

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