Salomon Bay

Amazing white sugar sand and rarely busy, Salomon Bay beach is the western most beach on the north shore of St. John. You can hike the Lind Point trail just past Mongoose Junction by hiking about a mile uphill and taking the left hand path at the fork. You can continue on to Honeymoon Beach and can also reach Salomon by parking at Caneel entrance, getting a ride to Honeymoon, and hiking west.

Reef Bay Beach

Technically just 2 bay away from Great Expectations, Reef Bay is the water east of Fish Bay on the other side of Ditleff Point. Reef Bay Beach can be gotten to by boat or alternatively by connecting into the Reef Bay Trail either of Centerline Road or from hiking across west from Little Lameshur. This long stretch of sand rarely has anyone on it, except for those hiking down from the Sugar Mill and Petroglyph ruins.

Looking for some moderate exercise, followed by a swim, and a ride back to the villa with a few cold drinks - get a ride to the top head of the Reef Bay Trail (or leave a vehicle there), hike down the trail, then hire Yellow Bird Charters to come pick you up, cold drinks and snacks in the cooler, for a sunset cruise that puts you back in Chocolate Hole only a short walk or drive up to Great Expectations

Sosa's Food Truck

If you want a quick snack on the go for breakfast, or a wonderful local island lunch of stewed goat, fall-off-the-bone chicken, and sometimes beef with some rice, coleslaw or even potatoes, stop into Sosa’s 7 days a week between 6a and 6p. She has a nice selection of bottled drinks and a few cold beers. Get it for takeout or enjoy your meal in the shade in her covered outdoor dining area.


Pizzabar in Paradise

Open in-season, Tuesday through Saturdays from 4p - 9p, this Boston-style Pizza bar has pizza, calzones, salad, beer, wine and cocktails in the Shipwreck Landing area on the southern end of Coral Bay. Perfect for an afternoon stop after a hike out Ram Head and an afternoon on a secluded beach at the end of the road.

Ekaete Pink Corner

Pronounced “‘Eh-Kay-Et-A,’ this new “Local Restaurant” has a selection of Paté for drive up, a full bar, as well as lunch and dinner (not in storm season) daily. They have homemade ice cream and fruit smoothies too! Consider stopping by for a morning snack on the way out to Lameshur, or for lunch or dinner on the way back through Coral Bay.

They have a great outdoor bar and a very cute and comfortable indoor dining room w/ goat & chicken curry,


Dolphin Market

Currently the 2nd largest grocery store on the island, Dolphin is located just off the circle (our rotary) in Cruz Bay. They have a large produce selection and some hard-to-find items that might not be at Starfish Market or St. John Market. Pickup first-night provisions on the way to the villa, a few cold beers for the trip to the beach, or some frozen items for preparing a meal for the group at Great Expectations.


Caravan Gallery

You’ll find very interesting and unique items for sale every day at the Caravan Gallery in Mongoose Junction. They are constantly adding new products at their retail location just upstairs from the North Shore Deli and just down stairs from St. John Brewers Tap Room. Stop in to get a gift for a fellow St. John lover, or something just right for home to help you remember your trip to the island.