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Driving in St. John: Coral Bay to Bordeaux

Yesterday I shared some information about driving in St. John, whether you need to rent a vehicle, and whether or not four-wheel drive is necessary. (Click here if you missed that story.) Today, I would like to share a closer look at some of our roads, so you can see exactly what it’s like to drive in certain parts of St. John.

The following video starts at the old Aqua Bistro in Coral Bay and up Route 108 toward Bordeaux Mountain, which is the highest point on St. John. If you’re curious about what a switchback is, fast forward to four minutes and 44 seconds. You will see a pretty good one there. There’s another good one around five minutes and 12 seconds.

There are numerous vacation rentals in this area. If you are not staying at one of those, chances are you wouldn’t be driving this road unless you wanted to check out St. John’s highest point. This road does not lead to a beach, although it does lead to the Bordeaux Mountain Trail which takes you down to Lameshur Bay.

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  1. Jo

    Wow – in all our years coming to the island, we’ve never done that road. Coming in November – maybe we can do a tour with you for that. 🙂

  2. Dick L

    Really enjoyed the drive on Rt.108. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken that road. Is there still a restaurant on Bordeaux Mountain?

  3. Joe Quinn

    Thanks for the video. You gave me something to show my friends and family about that one time we turned up Route 108 while visiting St. John’s. And no I didn’t have a four wheel vehicle. I only made it up about 100’ past the drainage ditch before turning around, which I would have much sooner had there been an opportunity. This is by far the craziest and steepest road I’ve ever seen. I was certain our little rental car was going to just stop and not go any farther. When he says 4wd recommended, I would most certainly agree.

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