While Coral Bay, St. John, may not be the most remote place in the United States, it may well be the most laid back. The original main port of St. John is today, a sleepy little place where goats, chickens and donkeys roam free and no one is in a hurry. For the traveler looking for relaxation, Coral Bay can't be beat.
Years ago, an AP reporter wrote the following about Coral Bay:
CORAL BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands -- You can't travel much farther east and remain on U.S. soil. There are no ATMs, post offices, stop signs or curbside garbage pickups. The police rarely pass through. For the community of mainland Americans who have dropped out here on the island of St. John since the 1960s -- and their occasional visitors -- it's a life of sultry climes, misty views of the lush British Virgin Islands, rum cocktails and very little longing for the pressure-packed world left behind.
Progress seems to reach every corner of the world and today, things are a bit different in Coral bay. There are a couple ATM's now and a small shopping center with a market, restaurant, and some shops has appeared on the South side of the bay.The Marketplace, called Coccoloba Plaza contains the restaurant, Aqua Bistro, several gift shops, a grocery store called Lily's, and and a place to rent snorkel gear and other watersports stuff called Crabby's Watersports. There is a bit more activity then there was a decade ago but Coral Bay is still the quietest piece of American paradise you'll find without having to own a boat.
Speaking of boats, Coral Bay is also a floating trailer park of sorts. Many Coral Bay residents actually reside on their boats using dinghies to come ashore to work and shop. The docks behind Skinny Legs Bar and Grill serve as sort of a combination boat yard and dinghy parking lot.