The Differences Between the 4 Areas of St John USVI When Buying Real Estate
St John is a little bit smaller than 20 square miles in size, though it has a lot to offer in gorgeous homes, condos, and land. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world can be found on St John, as can some of the most pristine Caribbean vacation destinations.
If you are thinking about buying real estate in St John, then it might do you some good to know a little bit about each of the 4 areas of St John USVI. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to find.
Where crystal-clear blue oceans meet sandy beaches backed by palm-tree forests, you will find the area of St John known as Cruz Bay. This area serves as home to most of the Island’s most prestigious stores, bars, hotels, and restaurants. Many of the Island’s popular tours also set out from this area. It is bustling, busy, and beautiful. If you are looking for the life of the party, you will find it here.
Coral Bay, which is located on the eastern side of St John, is quite a departure from its tourism-oriented counterpart. It has sometimes been called the ‘quirky, quiet opposite of bustling Cruz Bay’, and for good reason. This area is mostly home to either sailors who live on their boats or native residents living in the hills overlooking the sea. There’s only one road. You will find no open gas stations, though there are several grocery stores and bars to be explored.
At the extreme eastern end of St John you will find East End. There are several amazing beaches here and even some incredible snorkeling spots, though you will encounter far fewer people here due to how difficult it is to access. The only way to get to this part of St John for most people is to rent a Jeep and drive overland. There are a few businesses on this side of the Island, including Vie’s Snack Shack and the Hansen Bay Campground.
Reef Bay offers three secluded beaches and one of the most popular hiking trails in the Caribbean. A lot of the area is actually national forest, though there are some lovely beachfront buildings as well. The beaches here are especially beautiful. It is a favorite tourist destination for visitors looking for secluded hiking, picnicking, sunbathing, or even surfing. There is an old sugar mill located in the area as well, which is one of St John’s primary historic tourist attractions.