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Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

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Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

I was able to put air on a 24 hour hold and am looking for a place to stay in April! I found a great direct flight for under $500 to STT. I want to stay part of the time on STT (probably only a couple days) and then the remaining time on STJ. I am traveling alone and don't need a huge living space but I would like clean, comfortable, safe, great view, pool, air (do i need air in April?) and close enough to get some grub if I don't feel like cooking and dont feel like driving all over up and down zig zagging around at night. I have narrowed down a few places and would like input on them if anyone can help.

coral bay: Captains Cabin

Bamboosha Villa

New Moon Cottage

cruz bay: Gallows pt 1br

Grande Bay Studio or 1 br

Lavender Hill 1 br

Aqua Bay Villa 1 br

Westin Suite

This is a busy time so there aren't alot of options for a small place. I need to decide soon since my air is only on hold until tomorrow midnight. I have been to St. John but only for the day previously. i'm leaning towards Cruz Bay so i can walk into town and eat vs. drive all over. Plus i think i can save some $ without a car rental a few of the days and just take the open air bus to some of the beaches. Both parts of St John look beautiful and different but I am leaning towards Cruz Bay for my first time and since I will be alone. Any other suggestions for accommodations for one would be appreiated. thx all

Edited: 1:53 pm, January 29, 2014
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1. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

Should Say April stay! lol

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2. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

We have stayed at Gallow's Point several times and have always had a great experience. The snorkeling right out front is excellent. They have a small pool. The grounds are like a tropical garden. The ocean view rooms are quiet with a view of the sunsets and St Thomas. Some people do not like the noise from Cruz Bay when they stay in the Harbor view rooms. The restaurant they have on site is excellent from reviews I have read. The on site store has some staples for breakfast/lunch and beverages (soft drinks and beer/wine/liquor). Walk to town is only 5 minutes tops.

Grande Bay is also very nice, though we have not stayed there. It is directly on Cruz Bay, so the walk to town is very short.

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3. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

Do you think its best to stay in Cruz Bay the first visit to get acclimated to the island?

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4. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

Cruz Bay has more restaurants/shops/stuff than Coral Bay. Coral bay is less busy/quieter than Cruz, not that Cruz is that busy.

If you want to spend more time in a villa reading a book or just relaxing with a great view, Coral Bay may be what you want.

If you want to have more choices of places to eat, shops, things to do, then Cruz may be what you want.

If you want to explore - make sure to rent a jeep for at least a couple of days. Some rental places require a minimum of 5 days during high season.

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5. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

We like Lavender Hill. Great view of the harbor and many units have good views west (out of the harbor towards stt) for sunsets. The website has pics of each unit and views.

Easy walk to everything in town. Great backpack beach chairs!

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6. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

I believe most first time visitors would prefer Cruz bay, especially solo. Gallows-Grande bay-Lavender hill are all great choices.

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7. Re: Coral Bay or Cruz Bay?? Input for Two Week Stay in Feb

Well, all your choices sound just fine - but one of the newer places, and one of our favs, is Grande Bay! Some of the Units have really nice views, clean, safe - walk to town/bars/restaurants/groceries and easy to get around to all the beautiful North Shore beaches. You can make arrangements for extra activities right there - theres a gym - usually each unit comes with its own parking place - a pool, etc. Like the above post said - Coral Bay is the quiet side. Its a long winding road. STT is not for us...at all....we land and get over to STJ as fast as we can! ENJOY :)

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