My husband and I recently returned from a one-week stay in Coral Bay on St. John. It was our first visit to the island, and we learned a few things I thought I'd pass along. First, although groceries are expensive everywhere on St. John, they're even more expensive out in Coral Bay. For example, a 24-pack of bottled water is $10 in Cruz Bay and $20 out in Coral Bay. For this reason, it really pays to buy your groceries at one of the two grocery stores in Cruz Bay. In addition, Lily's is on the second floor, and you have to climb stairs to get up there. This isn't great when you need to shop for a cart full of groceries. Navigating the cart down the stairs is no fun at all.
Nevertheless, if you find yourself out in Coral Bay, Lily's is an option and stocks most of the basics. Like most places in St. John, there's not much parking available, so just do the best you can. Lily's does have a (very) small deli, where they will make you sandwiches for lunch ($7.99/sandwich). This would have been a great option for us, as we were always trying to pack a lunch for the beach. The only problem is that the deli doesn't open until 10:00 a.m. even though the grocery store opens at 7:00 a.m. Therefore, if you want to go out to one of the beaches early in the morning, unless you want to drive all the way back to Lily's, this doesn't work very well. The guy that works at Lily's isn't very friendly and doesn't seem to care whether you want to shop there or not. But, the simple fact is that there just isn't a lot of competition in Coral Bay.
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