A family business on St. John since 1975, O’Connor has a stable of clean, reliable Jeeps that can be picked up just through the ‘circle’ or roundabout just past Woody’s and Extra Virgin Bistro in Cruz Bay.
Mr. Wonder, aka Leo Maximin, and his bright green Kermit the frog safari taxi has been driving guests of Great Expectations around for years. He loves touring groups around the island, making beach trips and also does custom private service to weddings and receptions all over St. John.
Located straight up Prince Street off the ferry dock, this jewelry store has some wonderful pieces in various metals and gems. Home to the former Kro-Go jewelry from Wharfside Village.
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.
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
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.
A small, eclectic art gallery and shop in the Shipwreck landing shopping area just south of Coral Bay proper where you can find some very unique island-art.
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.
While the Corral does not have the beach horse ride established as of mid-2019, they do offer fun activities for adults and children including learning how to groom, saddle, and ride, as well as young children’s (under 8 yrs old) half hour ride.
A Coral Bay must-do especially for Sunday Jazz Brunch or the monthly full-moon dinner. This outdoor restaurant is right on the water looking west over the outlet of Coral Bay onto the BVI. Make a point of stopping in for lunch one day or for dinner on the way back from a distant beach.
This small art gallery in Coral Bay, just on the way out to East End, is open afternoons, Tuesday through Thursday, and is worth the stop to see local artists Karen Samuel’s folk art and gift shop.
Located in the Isola Shoppes building in Coral Bay, The Danforth is a new (July 2019) restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu is Caribbean / seafood inspired and they plan to be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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,
The east end’s dive shop, Busy Bee has a small retail store in Coral Bay just across the street from Skinny Legs. They have snorkel gear rentals and are a full dive shop with almost daily trips out SCUBA diving in and around the east side of St. John.
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.
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.
Coffee Bar. Wine Bar. Dessert Bar. Local Art Galley. Crafts & Jewelry. We know it sounds like a lot and all over the board, but Bajo el Sol is worth stopping into on each trip to St. John. Enjoy a taste of wine and shop through their unique gallery
This retail shop on the North Shore Road between town and Mongoose Junction has clothing, snorkel gear rentals as well as boat charter rentals for the Bad Kitty BVI trips, Tropicat, and the new Calypso catamaran charter.
Open super early (5am) most days, Hercules is a great place to get a morning egg sandwich or paté to start the day - or load up before heading out on a boat trip or long beach day.