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“Stay off the beaten path in Coral Bay!”
Review of Coral Bay

Coral Bay
Ranked #18 of 96 things to do in St. John
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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.
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Our family stayed at a villa in Coral bay for a week in February. It has a great, laid back vibe. We loved trying out all of the different restaurants nearby us. Most everything (shops and restaurants) on this side of the island are really relaxed. BUT, just because it is "the other side of the island" that you are in the middle of nowhere! It is super easy to head into Cruz bay for the afternoon, or hit a ton of different beaches or hit a hiking trail anywhere on the island. It truly is an amazing area of an amazing island.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Coral Bay is quiet but its getting more and more developed as is all of St. John. Disappointed with how crowded the beaches are in St. John these days.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

My husband & I have been on vacation numerous times to St. John and having stayed in villas on the Cruz Bay side, Chocolate Hole side, Bordeaux Mountain side, we ABSOLUTELY prefer the Coral Bay side.
The roads may be a little more winding and it might take a little longer to get to where you are going but hey, you're on vacation so what is the rush!

There is less traffic and noise on the Coral Bay side of the island. There are no resorts here either.
There is some great dining offered by checking out some of these restaurants in Coral Bay: Indigo Grill, Skinny Legs Bar & Grill, Aqua Bistro, Pickles in Paradise, Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis, Miss Lucy's, Shipwreck Landing, Colombo Smoothies, and Cafe Concordia.
There is a spa and wellness center at Island Massage near Aqua Bistro. There is nightlife at Cases By the Sea, also located near Aqua Bistro. There are small markets near by and you can spend the day at Via's Beach if you head out towards the East End.

Coral Bay is only a short drive back to Cruz Bay for dinner or shopping. The North Shore beaches can be reached easily and sites like Annaberg Plantation are also close by.

1  Thank CarolinaNurse323
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Coral Bay has a completely different vibe from Cruz Bay. Coral Bay is very laid back whereas Cruz bay is very vibrant. We didn't really spend a lot of time there, just really drove through it and ate at a restaurant that was recommended to us.

Thank rhandken
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

This is a great location to stay if you're headed to St John. Although there aren't any resorts, VRBO offers a number of local, reasonable rentals. It is centrally located on the island and, in our opinions, offered the best restaurants. We took a snorkel trip on a sail boat located here and loved the local food market. The bay is beautiful and so much less commercial than Cruz Bay. The driving to/from Cruz Bay (other locations on the island) is not for the feint of heart though. Still - rustic, relaxing, peaceful. So worth it!

Thank SDC372
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