The anchorages on St John:
Chocolate Hole is a picturesque but less-visited anchorage on the southwestern coast of St John island in the Caribbean. It is located south of Cruz Bay that operates as the main centre of the island and is well connected to nearby St Thomas with daily ferries. On the other side, you will find the charming and wide Rendezvous Bay. The area features beautiful villas and resorts that welcome visitors to the tropical island of St John and are an ideal setting for relaxing holidays.
A well-protected anchorage, Chocolate Hole is best for those that seek peace and solitude. The surrounding area, shore and beach are less developed than nearby areas and have retained the charm of the past. Overall the anchorage provides good shelter, however, it can get a bit rolly during SE winds. The head of the bay is often occupied with local yachts and boats so visitors might need to anchor further out.
The name Chocolate Hole most probably comes from the dark chocolate coloured boulders that are found in the area. In previous years, these stones were used in the construction of houses and stone walls.
Things to Do
Hart Bay and Hart Bay Beach are at the westernmost part that makes up Rendezvous Bay together with Klein Bay and Monte Bay. This is a narrow beach with a shallow reef ideal for snorkelling and underwater exploration. There is no road access to Hart Bay. Due to its location, access to the beach is limited and hence there are seldom any crowds. You can spend the whole day exploring and swimming with tropical Caribbean fish and other marine life like eels, sea fans and sea rods. If you stay longer, you can explore the short trail off of Chocolate Hole East Road that will take you to the nearby beach.