Welcome to Coral Bay St John
Coral Bay: We’re the “other” town on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands; the quirky, quiet opposite of bustling Cruz Bay. Many of our residents are sailors who live on their boats in Coral Bay Harbor. Others are landlubbers, living high up on the hills overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the British Virgin Islands. In between, there are quite a few donkeys, goats, roosters, and some mongoose who call Coral Bay home! (You’ll see them hanging out in the middle of our main road, so slow down to “island time” as you head into town!).
Coral Bay has GREAT bars and restaurants, three grocery stores, and funky shops, all catering to tourists and locals alike. (There’s no gas station, so you’ll want to fill up before you head our way.). You’ll know you’re in Coral Bay when you get to the spot we call The Triangle.
Look left and you’ll see the historic Moravian Church with its distinctive orange roof. Look right and you’ll see the bus stop, surrounded by tempting signs pointing to our wonderful attractions!
No Gas Station as of 04/20/2016
Turn right and you’ll be heading through the driest part of the island, towards the beautiful Salt Pond (a great place to snorkel) and dramatic Ram’s Head (famous for magical, full-moon-night hikes). On the way you can pick up your snorkel gear at Crabby’s Watersports (he’s actually quite friendly), shop at the Coccoloba “mall,” sample local dishes at the food carts, or dine at Pickles in Paradise Deli, Aqua Bistro, Shipwreck Landing, or Miss Lucy’s. On your way back, stop at the Tourist Trap for one of Larry’s hot dogs.
Coccoloba has a grocery store, the Keep Me Posted mail center, and many shops where you can find local art, like the wonderful Full Moon of St John, Jan’s Creations by the Sea, and Steinworks Jewelry at the Coccoloba Mall.
Stay straight at The Triangle and you’ll take a roller coaster drive through St. John’s East End, enjoying spectacular vistas of the surrounding islands and Hurricane Hole, one of the best-protected harbors in the Caribbean. You can shop for souvenirs at Island Muse Boutique, -C4th Embroidery, Jolly Dog, or Mumbo Jumbo, and check out the work of local artists at Sloop Jones.
Connections East mail center can mail your post cards, hook you up to the internet and mail all your presents home. Boaters can find all of their needs at Coral Bay Marine, serving sailors and power boaters since 1984. Miss Vie’s Snack Shack is famous for her fried chicken and Johnnycakes. And of course there’s Coral Bay’s unofficial town hall, the legendary Skinny Legs, a classic burger joint and bar with excellent food. (Same Day Service guaranteed… the local gossip is free!).
Coral Bay in the news!
Coral Bay was just rated #4 by The New York Times for best Places to Go in 2016.
Vogue is also singing St. John’s praises, recommending Coral Bay: “A few days here and you’ll forget what snow even feels like. Well, almost…”
Coral Bay was the center of St. John’s plantation life in the early 18th century. For the best information on the history of St. John, visit the St John Historical Society. For what’s happening here these days, check out the Coral Bay Community Council. The Island Green Building Association (IGBA) has information on responsible and sustainable development on the island.
One of the best things about Coral Bay is how we take care of each other. Come visit… You’ll see!