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Review of Coral Bay

Coral Bay
St. John
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Ranked #16 of 55 Attractions in St. John
Type: Bodies of Water, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Drinking
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Owner description: A home decidedly away from home for a number of U.S. expats who now reside in this eclectic community.
Prairieville, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Love”
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
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Salt Pond Bay”
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!

Visited July 2014
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South Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“"Island Time" and "No Worries"”
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) as well as the opportunity to stroll amongst the many appealing places to shop, eat, and drink.

We were looking to stay somewhere where we could unplug and get in a different frame of mind and Coral Bay turned out to fit the bill quite nicely. It is considerably less polished than Cruz Bay but that is its charm. Some of the things we appreciated about Coral Bay:

- enjoying unspoiled views of the East End of the island
- taking short drives to interesting and memorable places to eat and drink (Vie's Snack Shack,
Skinny Legs, The Tourist Trap, Aqua Bistro)
- savoring the dependable and refreshing easterly breezes
- interacting with amiable and pleasantly informal locals
- being able to explore the diversity of St. John from a central location: no more than 20 minute
drive to the snorkeling and beaches of the North Shore, the East End, and the South Shore
- taking pictures of donkeys
- chartering a sail/snorkel trip to Flanagan Island and Hurricane Hole
- kayaking East End bays
- marveling at morning sunrises and the evening sky

Book a Coral Bay villa, rent a Jeep, and pack light. No worries.

Visited July 2014
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Madisonville, Kentucky
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“Funky”
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
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“Loved Coral Bay”
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 but on this side of the island on any future visit. I love the laid back vibe and people I met in Coral Bay. Thank you for your hospitality!

Visited July 2014
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