St John's Local Neigborhoods
Cruz Bay to Chocolate Hole - Cruz Bay is the charming/colorful town where
the ferry arrives. It has lots of wonderful restaurants, shops, art galleries, three banks, dive shops, etc. Short 5-minute drives west of Cruz Bay are the well-established neighborhoods of Great Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole, matching relaxed surroundings with
convenient locations. The beaches along this stretch of the south shore range from coral to sand. The closest sandy beach is in Great Cruz Bay, home of the Westin Hotel and Resort.
Rendezvous Bay to Reef Bay - The Rendezvous Bay area begins east of Chocolate Hole and is a 10-minute drive from the Cruz Bay ferry dock. It continues across Fish Bay and beyond, to remote Reef Bay. The VI National Park borders this entire
region from the north and the east. Hillside vacation villas dot the landscape, with gorgeous views of quiet bays and manicured gardens. Trails lead to the 'hidden' beaches at Hart Bay, Monte Bay, Klein Bay, Fish Bay, and even specatacular Reef Bay for beachcombing,
snorkeling, and exploration.
Gifft Hill and vicinity - Our Gifft Hill area villas offer some of the most breathtaking sunset views on St John. Located on the south-southwest side of the island, properties here are an 8-10 minute drive to Cruz Bay, yet this area is considered
to be ‘the countryside’ by many locals. The vicinity includes the area north of Rendezvous Bay/Hart Bay and south of Centerline Road. Nearby are the Catherinberg plantation ruins in the VI National Park, which is a great place for taking photos or having a
Bordeaux, Ajax, Mamey Peak - This is the mountain region of St. John, which offers some of the most spectacular
scenery on the island. Known for its stands of Bay Rum trees and both Reef Bay and Bordeaux mountain trailheads, it's always a few degrees cooler here. VI National Park beaches at Big Maho, Francis and Leinster Bays are close by and quickly accessed from Kings
Hill Road. And, it's less than a 20-minute drive to the Cruz Bay ferry dock. Coral Bay is even closer!
North Shore & Surrounding Area - VI National Park land abuts this exclusive North Shore area where unspoiled views can be had from unique villa settings. White sand beaches nearby include Caneel, Hawksnest, Gibney, Jumbie, Trunk, Cinnamon,
Maho and Francis Bays. Tour plantation ruins, see demonstrations of cultural activities, and enjoy self-guided hikes. Shopping and nighttime activities are quickly accessbile in Cruz Bay to the west and Coral Bay to the southeast.
Carolina Ridge - A few select villas share the extraordinary panoramic views of Carolina Ridge, on the crest above Coral Bay. Bounded by the VI National Park, the famous North Shore beaches are quickly accessible, as is Annaberg Plantation
and snorkeling in the Leinster Bay/Waterlemon Cay areas. Lush surroundings, excellent year-round trade breezes and creature comforts are the norm. There is quick accessibility to Coral Bay, with its growing number of restaurants, shops and seasonal night-life.
Coral Bay and vicinity - Coral Bay is a small, growing community located a 20-25 minute drive from the Cruz Bay ferry dock. Experience St. John "the way it used to be" here, but with everyday conveniences and comforts. Coral Bay has a growing
number of restaurants, shops, grocery stores (one ATM located at LOVE CITY MINI MART) and lively in-season
entertainment. History unfolds along the Johny Horn Trail and the Carolina Valley itself with historic Fortsberg and the Emmaus Moravian Church. Johnson Bay to Kiddle Bay - The quiet area south of Coral Bay - from Johnson Bay to remote Kiddle Bay - is an excellent
choice for both laid-back vacationers and nature enthusiasts. Beautiful Caribbean Sea vistas, constant trade breezes and many varieties of cactus are the norm. Visit VI National Park beaches at Salt Pond and Lameshur Bays. Hike Ram's Head, and Yawzi Point
and explore the Petroglyphs and Reef Bay Plantation. Stargazing is an art form in the evenings, yet growing Coral Bay is just minutes away.
Zootenvaal to East End - Encompassing the area east of Coral Bay, this expanse
is known for its quiet solitude and unique unspoiled views. Take snapshots of the unbelievable vistas as you travel the
winding road leading to the historic East End of St. John. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Brown Bay Trail, snorkel Haulover and Round Bays, or sun on a sandy beach in Hanson Bay. This is a wonderful area to kayak, and snorkel unique mangrove areas too!