Visiting Coral Bay

When you arrive on St. John, you will debark the ferry in Cruz Bay. It may look like an idyllic little Caribbean village but just wait, there’s an even quieter side.

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On the opposite side of St. John sits a sleepy harbor called Coral Bay. It is an eclectic mix of local Virgin Islanders, pirates, and artists. A handful of restaurants and shops dot the shore line and the heaviest traffic you will encounter are the sheep and goats strolling down the road.

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Coral Bay is not to be overlooked as a fun place to explore and unwind. Visit the infamous Skinny Legs bar and grill for a burger, pick up a few gifts at Mumbo Jumbo and then meander down the road to one of the tranquil beaches. Salt Pond, Lameshur and Hansen Bay are all beautiful white sand beaches.


Enjoy Local cuisine at the seaside restaurant Miss Lucy’s or grab a pizza at Pizza Bar. The latest attraction is The Lime Out. Its a floating taco bar that sells freshly made tacos and craft cocktails out in the middle of Hansen Bay on East End. You can rent a kayak on the beach and paddle out for lunch. 

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Coral Bay is home to many boaters. Its large and calm bay make it ideal for moored boats. Hurricane Hole on the East End is the designated place where boats anchor for protection during heavy storms. 

The only commercial farm on St. John is in Coral Bay named Josephines Greens. You will find their produce on just about every menu on island. 

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Coral Bay is a unique and beautiful place that most fall in love with at first sight. Its laid back and carefree vibe allow you to escape your troubles and really relax. Make a day of it! Hop in your Jeep and traverse the windy but picturesque mountain road. St John Ultimate Villas concierge staff can circle some not to miss spots on your map and tell you about our favorite little hidden attractions.

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Pack your snorkel because some of the best snorkeling can be found around Coral Bay. It is only a 20 minute drive from any of our St John villa rentals.