I'll try to keep this as short as possible. Got back last night from our 5th time staying on island. This time we split our time 4/4 in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, normally we stay closer to or in Cruz Bay. We stayed at Hillcrest Guest House our 1st 4 nights. Positives: Lovely woman named Phyllis runs the place. She picks you up at the ferry dock. Plenty of food and drink stocked upon arrival; soda's juice, beer, bacon and eggs, snacks.... Easy walk to downtown. Off street parking. Negatives: This place is fairly clean but extremely tired. Layout for our room was NOT user friendly, lots of steps ups and down, difficult to get to bathroom during the night without breaking your neck. Bed was very uncomfortable; my husband and I slept terribly and woke up each morning with many aches and pains. Very difficult walk BACK from town as house is set high up on a hill that has to be at least a 60 degree angle; maybe if I was younger, LOL.... Locked gates everywhere to the point that borders ridiculous. I understand security but this is beyond anything I have ever experienced. I felt like I was staying in Fort Knox.
Accomodations in Coral Bay were a wonderful and delightful experience. 1 bedroom apt. 1/4 mile from Skinny Legs, so easy drive to all the area has to offer. Clean, tastefully furnished, comforfortable bed, and friendly owners who while lived on the other side ( duplex ) were never intrusive. Big front and back porch with comfortable chairs to sit out in the evening and enjoy a drink and the sounds of the island.
Food: favorites in Cruz Bay: Rhumb Line, Waterfront Bistro and La Tapa for finer dining, though each place has a great app menu for just grazing. Beach Bar for late afternoon happy hour and great lunches. Fun crowd always hanging out here.
Favorites in Coral Bay: Shipwreck Landing and Agua Bistro for nice meals, though both are quite casual. Donkey Diner for breakfast, Skinny Legs for the fun and colorful crowd, and Larry's Landing for a unique and delicious lunch at a roadside hangout with a warm and friendly owner.
Enjoyed snorkeling at Salt Pond, Hawksnest, Little Lamshur Bay, and Vie's beach. Spent a fair amount of time exploring as we had a jeep for the entire time we were there. ( 1st time! ). Also, had a wonderful day excursion on Breakaway 2 over to the Baths, Pussers at Marina Cay,snorkel spot and finally The Soggy Dollar bar at Jost Van Dyke.
WE LOVED splitting our time on boths sides of the island, each has it's own special flavor. We even put in a bid for a piece of land over in Coral Bay with killer views. Still going back and forth with the seller so we'll see how that goes.
Have to start saving again so we can be back to our favorite place ever ASAP. Sorry to have missed Julie at the Beach Bar, timing didn't work out. Please feel free to send me a private message if anyone has any other questions. Guess I didn't keep this short, after all. It's too difficult to say just a little bit about this magical place!