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Villa Living in the Hills of St. John

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An August 2005 trip to St. John by brianestadt

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Quote: In August, 2005, we rented Coconuts Villa in the Gift Hill section of St. John.

Villa Living in the Hills of St. John

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Overview

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With pristine, undeveloped beaches, St. John is the ultimate island getaway for those who rate a vacation by the quality of the sand, not the number of nightclubs or resorts. One of three islands (the others being St. Thomas and St. Croix) that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is by far the least developed. We have the Rockefeller family to thank for that. Recognizing the Islands spectacular beauty, financier Laurence Rockefeller donated his land to the U.S. National Park with the stipulation that it not be developed. Lucky us. The island features several world-class beaches, the most renown being beautiful Trunk Bay. Though it's certainly worth a look, you'll be wise ...Read More

Coconuts Coast Villa

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Hotel | "Coconuts Villa"

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What makes St. John paradise also makes it pricey—the lack of sprawling resorts that cram as many tourists in as possible. Aside from budget campground accommodations (which have a good reputation), travellers may think their only options are the few luxury resorts on the island. There's another choice, and, depending on the size of your group, a villa rental can be a very affordable experience.We went that route for our visit in August 2005. After checking out several properties online, we settled on Coconuts, a pretty villa that features two buildings, a decent-sized pool, an outdoor dining area, a very nice outdoor grill, and a hot tub for two. One building features two air-conditioned be...Read More

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Coconuts Coast Villa
Cruz Bay
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
(340) 693-9100

Salt Pond Bay

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Attraction | "Rams Head Trail / Blue Cobblestone Beach / Salt Pond Beach"

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Not all beaches on St. John feature powdery soft white sand. As its name implies, Blue Cobblestone Beach—along Ram's Head Trail on the far east end of the island—is a cobblestone beach with lots of rounded bluish/black and white stones. This isn't a beach for laying out and working on your tan (well, not unless you bring an inflatable air mattress), it is for those who enjoy off-the-beaten-path treks.To get to Ram's Head Trail, you have to get to Salt Pond beach. Salt Pond is a about a quarter mile hike downhill (along a relatively gradual dirt road) from the parking area. Salt pond is nice if not spectacular white sand beach. It doesn't attract many people, so it could be a good option duri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2006

Salt Pond Bay
Route 107
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
(340) 776-6201

Cinnamon Bay

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Attraction | "Cinnamon Bay beaches"

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Comprised of three beaches, Cinnamon Bay offers visitors a lot of elbow room. If you arrive via Cinnamon Bay campground (which is run by U.S. National Parks... http://www.virgin.islands.national-park.com/camping.htm#fac), the first beach you'll hit is Cinnamon Bay Beach. To your left (while facing the sea) is Little Cinnamon Bay; beyond Little Cinnamon is Peter Bay, an enclave of very expensive villas and homes. Peter Bay is a public beach, but word is that the rich people who live/vacation there like to pretend otherwise. As I understand it, Peter Bay beach access is only from sea, since none of the landowners grant land access.Snorkelers might want to bring their mask and fins to check out a...Read More

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Cinnamon Bay
Route 20
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
(340) 776-6201

Mongoose Junction Shopping Center

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Attraction | "The Shops at Mongoose Junction"

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The uniqueness of St. John carries over into its retail community. The Mongoose Junction complex is a beautiful shopping area in Cruz Bay that features many shops that sell the work of local (and not-so-local) artisans. If you're on the island for an extended period, be sure to stop by on a rainy day, or when you're recovering from a little bit too much sun. Here are some of our favorites:CARAVAN GALLERY: By far our favorite, this eclectic shop features several items from around the world, from African masks to ornate mirrored boxes from Asia, to beautiful gourd containers to really neat jewelry from around the world to... well, pretty much anything you could imagine. You could eas...Read More

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Mongoose Junction Shopping Center
(Route 20) North Shore Road
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 00831
(340) 779-4432