VILLA CAROLINA
                                Coral Bay, St. John    
                                                                                 

 
 

Island Information

   

                                                                   TRAVEL TO AND AROUND ST JOHN

St. Thomas' Cyril King Airport (STT) is serviced by most of the major carriers with non-stop flights from the US mainland.  You will then catch a 20 minute or so taxi ride to Red Hook and board the ferry to St. John.   The ferry leaves on the hour and is a 20 minute cruise to "Love City", Cruz Bay. 

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St. John is a US Territory and the currency is the US Dollar.   HOWEVER,  
YOU WILL NEED A BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND A PHOTO ID TO PASS THROUGH CUSTOMS UPON DEPARTURE.  A PASSPORT IS  PREFERRED AND IS MANDATORY FOR VISITING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, IF YOU PLAN TO MAKE A TRIP THERE.

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A rental vehicle is necessary to get around (and up and down) the island, especially at Villa Carolina due to our highly elevated hilltop location.  Unlike the mainland, in the V.I. we drive on the left.

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GROCERY SHOPPING ON ST JOHN 

There are several good markets for grocery shopping in Cruz Bay.  The biggest is called Starfish at "The Marketplace".  You can expect to find everything from fresh fish and seafood to steaks and vegetables.  They also offer prepared meals and salads for picking up and enjoying back at the villa.  All of the markets carry a large selection of beer and wines, but nothing's cheaper than the rum!

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In Coral Bay, there is the "Love City Market" which carries the basics, but not much more.  You can find beer, wine, liquor, milk, bread, yogurt, fruit, juice, cereal, etc.  It's just right down the hill past the gas station.

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DINING AND RESTAURANTS

St. John is home to many incredible restaurants.   All are unique with plenty of variety for any appetite.  There's plenty of  fresh local fish, seafood and steaks, as well as West Indian recipes that will set fire to your taste buds.  How about some curried goat?  Incredible atmospheres are often enhanced by dining open air in lovely tropical settings.  Try not to miss a totally laid back  lunch at Skinny Leg's in Coral Bay for  a great cheeseburger or Mahi sandwich.  It's tradition. 

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SHOPPING ON ST JOHN

Shopping on St. John is a great treat and there is much to offer.  From the beautiful open air ambiance of Mongoose Junction to Wharfside Village , The Marketplace and in between, shopping is just another way to ease the mind.  Spend some time browsing the shops and strolling the streets of Cruz Bay, taking a moment to visit with  the locals.  There is an abundance of local art to view and purchase as well.  St. John is home to over 100 artists all with unique talents in many forms of art.  Contrary to what they might tell you,  drinking rum is not an art form.  Although, that could be heavily debated.  Whether it be paintings, ceramics, jewelry, clothing or handcrafts, there is an endless variety of art and shopping to tempt just about everyone.

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VILLA CAROLINA GUEST INFORMATION BOOK

This book of knowledge is a wonderful resource that provides you with  "the low down"  on all of your needs and interests while living it up on St. John and the rest of the Virgin Islands.  It contains  contact information for tons of island activities like sailing, power boating, scuba diving, BVI trips, island tours, beaches, fishing, hiking, shopping, dining, in-home catering and chefs, as well as massage therapists that will come to your villa.  Massage on the pool deck? 


                                                                         
World Famous Trunk Bay Overlook

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A BRIEF VIRGIN ISLANDS HISTORY LESSON

On March 25th, 1718 a group of Danish planters from St. Thomas raised their flag at the first permanent settlement at Estate Carolina in Coral Bay.  Attracted by the possibility of cultivating sugar cane for profit, Coral Bay was not the finest area for planting but it had a natural harbor, making it easy for nautical transportation. Plantation life was hard work and St. John's mountainous terrain meant that it was necessary for the hills to be cleared and terraced.  African slaves were brought in and it wasn't long before the slaves outnumbered the free-men nearly five to one.  Incensed by horrendous working conditions and having power in numbers, the slaves revolted.  During the revolt, nearly a quarter of the island's 1300 people were killed.  Slavery was finally abolished in 1848 and with the end of slavery came the decline of St. John's plantations and a dramatic drop in population.  In 1917 the United States bought the island from Denmark and news of the beautiful American paradise had spread to the mainland, resulting in a tourism boom by 1930.  Laurence Rockefeller in 1956 donated land to the Federal Government to establish a National Park.  The 5000 acres became the nation's 29th National Park.  Since then, other donations have been made and presently the
Virgin Islands National Park includes 7200 acres of land and 5600 acres of underwater lands.  Are you ready to explore?
 
                       
                                                                                    
Old Time Coral Bay

                                           
                                                             Visit the St. John Historical Society website here

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