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Our week in Coral Bay, St. John


For those who’re considering, wasn’t she simply in St. John? You aren’t improper. We had been, and you will discover that weblog submit proper right here! As I said again then, this little island left a mark on my coronary heart like no different. My husband and I’ve determined we need to discover buying property on the island, and due to this fact are visiting fairly a bit to search out the proper spot! We ventured to the Coral Bay aspect of the island final journey, however needed to get a full week’s expertise to see which aspect we most popular. Spoiler alert: they’re each superb. This submit is all about our week in Coral Bay on St. John, USVI.

As a reminder, in the event you do select to go to St. John, PLEASE keep in mind to be respectful of this place! It’s 70% Nationwide Park, which implies it’s an additional particular place. Additionally, etiquette is essential to locals. Beginning your dialog with “good morning,” “good day,” or “good night,” will likely be effectively acquired. 🙂 Don’t overlook that island time is an actual factor!

The way to Get There & Transportation

Crucial factor to learn about attending to St. John is there isn’t any airport on the island. You must fly into St. Thomas (STT) after which take a ferry to St. John. For our final journey, we booked a non-public taxi from the airport to Crimson Hook, which is the place one of many public ferries is positioned. The experience from the airport to Crimson Hook is about 40 minutes or much less. The Crimson Hook Ferry has frequent ferry instances, and it takes solely 20 minutes to get to St. John. This sounds somewhat extra difficult than is definitely is – we had a really easy expertise. I bought our ferry tickets on-line proper right here. There may be one other ferry as effectively, together with a automobile ferry, however we rented our automobile on St. John.

For this journey, we truly booked Dolpin Water Taxi by way of Antares, the ___. Dolphin Water Taxi gives personal transportation to the island. We had been arriving somewhat later within the night, and I needed to get us to the island as quickly as doable with out having to attend for the general public ferry. Dolphin Water Taxi transported us from the airport to the dock through taxi, after which to St. John through personal boat. It was undoubtedly an expense, however I’m glad we did it!

One this to notice, Coral Bay is about half-hour (relying on the place you keep) from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. So simply know you’ll have somewhat bit go a drive in the event you’re staying on that aspect of the island. Price it, although! 🙂

Renting a automobile is a should on the island! Ideally one thing with AWD or 4WD, because the roads are very hilly and steep. E book it ASAP after you guide your journey as a result of they run out! There are a selection of Jeep leases on the island. I counsel discovering an organization that can choose you up on the ferry, or one you possibly can simply stroll to from the ferry dock. They’re all just about proper there anyway! Additionally, in the event you want automobile seats, I like to recommend both bringing your personal or renting from Island Child. They delivered automobile seats proper to our automobile rental firm, in addition to selecting them up on the finish of our journey. It was no further time and value each penny! They produce other child objects you possibly can lease as effectively!

Additionally, as a reminder, you do NOT want a passport in the event you’re from the US! Nevertheless, having them helped expedite our airport expertise on our method again residence. We solely wanted a destructive PCR Covid check inside 5 days of arrival to the island that we would have liked to submit by way of the USVI Journey Portal in addition to present proof of upon arrival. We didn’t want a check to return.  Nevertheless, these tips lately modified. Please verify right here for present tips!

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Why Coral Bay?

St. John is split into two essential components of the island – Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Cruz Bay is the place the ferry dock is, and due to this fact it’s a busier aspect of the island. There are extra outlets and eating places, though the world remains to be smaller than different islands. We completely LOVED Cruz Bay, however needed to see what Coral Bay was all about. It’s a couple of 20-30 minute drive from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, relying on the place you’re going. Coral Bay is far quieter than Cruz Bay – there are nonetheless outlets and eating places, however not as many and somewhat extra unfold out. It felt extra distant, whereas nonetheless having all the things we would have liked. There’s additionally much more wildlife on the Coral Bay aspect of the island. We noticed wild donkeys, chickens, goats, and peacocks, amongst different animals. At one level the donkeys even ventured all the way down to the seashore our villa was on! I additionally felt the seashores on the Coral Bay aspect (South Shore and East Finish seashores) had been quieter than the North Shore seashores close to Cruz Bay. I’m actually glad we stayed in Coral Bay this time! We will certainly return right here!

The place We Stayed

We used Antares Property and Hospitality to guide this journey in Coral Bay and stayed on the most lovely villa referred to as Coral Cove. The villa is in Johns Folly Bay, which is certainly a extra distant location in Coral Bay. If you wish to be nearer to motion, this may not be the place, nevertheless we LOVED feeling like we had been on the island by ourselves. It was such a particular spot! It’s proper on some extent, so we had superb breezes and had been proper on the seashore. The seashore isn’t swimmable, because it’s all coral, however we loved strolling it and exploring a bit. The landscaping at this villa was completely gorgeous. My kiddos beloved discovering hermit crabs throughout yard, looking for seashells, and studying in regards to the numerous crops on the property. There was even somewhat fish pond the place they might feed the fish each morning!

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

This villa has separate pods the bedrooms are positioned in, which is one thing to remember when you have babies. We had different adults with us who shared rooms with our older two, so we didn’t thoughts this characteristic! Every room has AC, its personal full lavatory, and a closet. It’s the proper residence for giant or a number of households. Everybody has ample area to maneuver round. There’s additionally a shocking pool, hammock, and personal seashore! The home had pool towels, coolers, seashore chairs, and just about all the things we would have liked. Extremely suggest this property! Antares can guide it for you (amongst different issues….they had been unimaginable to work with and we’re reserving by way of them once more later this 12 months!)

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

The place to Eat

As I discussed in my final submit, you’ll need to grocery store in the event you’re staying in a villa. There are a number of corporations who will provision for you forward of time in order that groceries are current upon your arrival. We employed Landlubber Logistics this go round and can completely use them once more. Not solely do they store for you, however they’ll choose up arrival meals from to have sizzling and prepared if you get to the villa! We took benefit of this since we had been arriving a lot later within the day and knew we’d all be ravenous by the point we acquired settled! Extremely suggest, they had been nice!

We hit up some new eating places this journey, in addition to some we beloved from our final keep!

SKINNY LEGSAn important little spot for burgers! We ate right here earlier than heading out on Salt Deck as a result of the dock is true there! Cease by for lunch early when you have a day constitution. I had a grilled hen salad this time, and it was scrumptious! Enjoyable vibes on this place.

SALTY MONGOOSEWe take pizza very severely in our home since we reside close to the pizza capital of the US, and my children LOVED this pizza! One other place with chill vibes, it’s all open air and really informal. Drinks are nice, they’ve pizza and salads, and it’s total simply a good time. 

HIGH TIDE BAR & SEAFOOD GRILLWe beloved it right here final time, so we stopped by once more! It’s proper on the seashore, and you may take your drink and sit in chairs watching the ferry coming out and in of the Cruz Bay dock. Meals is nice, it’s close to procuring, and it’s very relaxed. We find it irresistible right here!

MORGAN’S MANGOMy husband and I truly had a date evening right here with some new buddies one night! The meals was phenomenal – HIGHLY suggest making a reservation if you may get one. I even tried ceviche (I don’t eat seafood!) and although it was unimaginable. It was crimson snapper, and it got here with plantains drizzled with balsamic…oh my phrase. So good! It gained’t disappoint. 

WINDMILL BAR: We had been informed to come back right here for the sundown! It’s on high of an enormous hill overlooking the water and the view is STUNNING. It will get tremendous crowded at sundown, but it surely was nonetheless a good time. We had burgers and drinks, and so they had a spot for the children to run round and go on swings. 

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

HOMEMADE MEALS TO GO: This little spot is true in Coral Bay and has precisely that…selfmade meals to go! We stopped in after the seashore sooner or later and grabbed a few of their vegan ice cream, conch fritters, and hen. For those who’re within the space, you MUST strive their espresso ice cream with chocolate coated espresso beans. OH MY WORD. I ate a whole container as a result of it was that scrumptious (and dairy free!!!). Great place to rapidly seize a selfmade meal to have again on the villa. 

GREENGOSWe occurred on this restaurant in Mongoose Junction one night after we had been struggling to discover a place with seating (we had been a bigger group, which makes it somewhat difficult in the event you don’t have already got reservations! Poor planning on my half). Anyhow, we ate right here for some good ol’ Mexican meals! I had a taco bowl that was scrumptious. Pat had the largest burrito I’ve ever seen and in addition stated it was nice! A straightforward spot for dinner if you wish to store at Mongoose Junction after! Hit up St. John Scoops or Irie Pops after for dessert!

You’ll be able to examine extra eating places we’ve tried in my earlier St. John submit proper right here!

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

 

St. John Seashores

Final journey we explored the North Shore Seashores, which you’ll examine right here. This journey, we stayed primarily within the South Shore and East Finish to see what these little seashores had been all about! 

SALT POND BAY BEACH: The villa we had been staying in was truly tremendous near this seashore! There’s a little bit of a hike to get to the seashore (and simply keep in mind, you must hike again to get to the automobile!) that was about 1/4 mile. It’s 100000% definitely worth the hike, although! This seashore was very calm and shallow which made for excellent swimming for the children. They had been additionally in a position to snorkel proper off the seashore. This seashore can be proper close to Ram Head Path, which we’ve got but to hike! Subsequent time. 😉 I actually beloved how calm this seashore was, and there weren’t many individuals on it! Extremely suggest checking it out.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

LITTLE LAMSHUR: This seashore is certainly an journey to get to, and we realized afterward that some automobile rental contracts say to NOT go right here consequently (that we admittedly didn’t learn, whoops). There’s fairly a little bit of off roading, and also you undoubtedly want a 4×4. Nevertheless you’ll attain a really distant seashore with some actually attractive views! There’s loads of shade, grills if you wish to prepare dinner, and a small path to the Sugar Mill Ruins. It’s a simple hike, as they be certain that it’s preserved and renovated for simple entry. My children actually favored exploring up there! The seashore was very calm and shallow, which was nice for the children. It additionally had some nice snorkeling spots!

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

 

MAHO BEACH: We went again to Maho this journey as a result of the boys didn’t include us final journey and my oldest was tremendous disillusioned about lacking the turtles. Maho is a assure sea turtle sighting! I’m so glad we went, too, as a result of we snorkeled with probably the most large sea turtle I’ve ever seen! See the video beneath! The video doesn’t even do it justice – it’s shell was simply over 3 toes vast. Such expertise! There’s additionally loos and meals at Maho, in addition to water sport leases. The one factor I’ll say is that this seashore will get CROWDED. The parking may be powerful, and there’s lots of people within the water. My suggestion goes early and leaving early to keep away from crowds and get a good spot.

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

HANSEN BEACH: We had truly deliberate to go to a unique seashore today, however ended up right here as a substitute and I’m SO completely happy issues labored out the best way they did! What a gem of a spot this place is! It’s undoubtedly far into the East Finish of the island, but it surely’s so gorgeous. It’s runs totally on donation (it has a non-public proprietor who opened it to the general public..and she or he was so candy!), and we made positive to go away one! Parking was straightforward, and she or he had some water actions out there to lease. We’re completely spending a day right here after we come again in April!

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

 

Issues to Do

We truly saved our actions to a minimal this journey, which was effective by me! We explored the outlets in Coral Bay and in addition frolicked in Cruz Bay. There are a selection of hikes I nonetheless need to go on, however we needed to chill out extra this journey. That’s the most effective a part of this island – it’s what you make of it! In order for you one thing extra lively, the chance is there. If you wish to chill out, you possibly can! We did take one other journey out on Salt Deck with Salty Daze Charters as a result of we beloved it a lot final time. I extremely suggest this constitution, particularly for households with small kiddos! The water slide is all the time successful, and so they supply half day charters (which is greatest for our youngsters). They’ll take you out to Lime Out, the floating taco stand, too! You’ll be able to learn extra about our expertise in my final submit. For those who do make a journey with Salty Daze Charters, ask for Captain Landry or Captain Justin and inform them the McBrides despatched you! 🙂

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants. 

And now the query of the journey….which did we like higher, staying in Cruz Bay or Coral Bay? Properly, I can’t actually reply that! I feel first timers will take pleasure in being in Cruz Bay higher as a result of it’s nearer to a lot of the eating places and fashionable North Shore seashores. Coral Bay is somewhat calmer! However in the event you requested me to decide on, I can’t! I like the entire island a lot that I’m completely happy to be wherever! We’re staying alongside the North Shore subsequent journey and also will be again in Coral Bay round Thanksgiving. We’re hoping to personal property on the island quickly! 🙂

Connecticut life and style blogger Lauren McBride shares her experience in Coral Bay, St. John USVI including beaches and restaurants.

Let me know when you have any questions I didn’t reply in a remark beneath! And in the event you guide a visit due to us, please inform me! I need to hear all about it!!! 


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