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B-11: Bargain on the Beach (at 'Crystal Cove') 109 5* Reviews and 3 4* Reviews

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Some of the beautiful colors of the water of Sapphire Bay


Last updated: 06/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Why does B~11 get all those great reviews?

But first, why does TripAdvisor rate Sapphire Bay Condominiums West (which they call 'Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay) only seventh of twenty-two 'hotels' 'in' St Thomas?

Got me, here are the facts:

Cielo Vista Villa is rated number one by guests, with five bubbles, but this is based on a single review.

SBCW is in a three way tie for second, with Marriott's Frenchman's Cove and Point Pleasant Resort--each with four and a half bubbles. There is something, however, that should be noted. On 2014 April 1, the management of Point Pleasant Resort changed. The new management somehow managed to purge all but one of the hundreds of poor reviews that been left when the previous management managed the resort. I'm glad that Point Pleasant has its act together, but this seems to be a unique accommodation of the part of TA.

Now to the original question

It's not because B~11 is the closest unit to the beach—although it's just a short and pleasant stroll.
It's not because it has the best view. The view is not at all bad, but it's not anything special. You can see it in one of the photos in this listing.
It's not because it is the most fully renovated. We are working on it, but we need a few more years.
It's not because the rates are the lowest—although they are close to the very lowest.
And as hard as we try to be the best hosts, there are many others that are just as good, and probably a few that are better!

So here is our secret formula.
First we try to offer the best value in the area. We know that there are more desirable units, and there are less expensive units. We strive to approach the quality of the very best units while remaining priced only slightly higher than the least expensive.
Then, we strive to describe both the condominium and our unit as accurately as we can. We do not promise what we cannot provide. If there are surprises for our guests, we want them to be good ones.
We do not try to provide a “hotel experience”. When our guests arrive at B~11, we want them to feel that they have arrived at their own vacation home.
We try to make B~11 as comfortable and convenient as we can. This includes providing almost everything that we reasonably can, so our guests need to schlepp as little as possible.
We do what we reasonably can to furnish our guests the best vacation that we are able to. Problems inevitably arise, but when they do (unless they are extremely minor) we try to get them resolved as quickly as possible.
And, finally, a few days after our guests (not including friends and family) leave B~11, we email them and ask them to leave a review.
We hope that you will join the many happy guests who have shared B~11 with us and leave another glowing review.

PLEASE READ: Scammers abound. Before sending any money to reserve this unit confirm the authenticity (as recommended by HA/VRBO)by phoning me AT THE PHONE NUMBER ON THIS LISTING PAGE.

Thanks, Steve

This condominium has been owned by our family which has been enjoying the magic of Sapphire for over fifty years. It was largely renovated and offered for rental for the first time in late 2007. The condo is located just minutes from Red Hook where you can find groceries, restaurants, shopping and access to the ferries which can whisk you away to St. John or the British Virgin Islands.

The condo is only one hundred and fifty steps from the front door to the beach. While on the beach you can see St John and the British Virgin Islands. Because the unit is on the lower level, when you arrive you park at the rear of the unit and bring your luggage and groceries into the unit by walking about thirty-five feet from your car and up just four steps, rather than lugging them around to the front of the building and up a flight of stairs

The unit retains the original floor plan, except that the original front porch has been enclosed and now expands the already large living/dining room, and a large fenestration has been cut between the kitchen and living/dining area.

The unit contains its own front-loading washer and matching dryer. For drying wet towels and such, there is a solar powered 'clothesline' just outside the rear door. There are two televisions, and 'expanded digital cable' (a total of approximately teventy channels) and Showtime are included. Local phone service and Wi-Fi internet access are included.

There is a 52 inch TV in front and and a '32 inch class' in the bedroom two DVD players (one Blu-Ray), and and two stereo systems.

The locks have been removed from all closet doors, except for one-half of one closet.. We do our best to keep 'starter supplies' of non-perishable essentials in the unit, so you won't have to begin your stay buying things like coffee filters and dish detergent.

Please note: Because we keep improving B~11 faster then we can take new photographs, most of the photographs are somewhat obsolete. The only change that may be the slightest bit controversial is that we have removed the dining table by the front window which served primarily as a workbench for Steve when we were in B~11—the round dining table accommodates five without any problems.. This enabled us to move futon-like couch from the bedroom to under the front window. There were two reasons for this. First, it will sometime allow more rational sleeping arrangements when there are five occupants. Secondly, It frees up space in the bedroom which Steve will use to construct a “storage wall unit” which will also have space for a larger television. I am sure that you will agree that all other changes that we have made are a functional and/or aesthetic improvement.

To ensure continued enjoyment by all occupants, smoking and pets are not permitted.

SHORT STAYS: Condominium regulations require that rentals be for a minimum of a three nights,

LONG STAYS: Except for 'prime times' stays over ten days will be discounted on an individual basis.

ITRAVEX: We welcome iTravex guests at all times with one iTravex point = one USD.

Email about extended stays, corporate rental, and corporate housing.

IF YOU HAVE FLEXIBLE DATES: Please review our calendar for 'gaps' in bookings. If you would like to fill one, please EMail me for a special rate.
Look for more reviews under 'Crystal Cove Beach Resort on Sapphire Bay', and 'Crystal Cove Villas'. Also visit our FaceBook Page. On FaceBook search for 'Sapphire Bargain' and it will pop right up,.

Our family has been enjoying Sapphire for half a century, and we are sure that you will as well!


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Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 1
  • 926 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Although we are not aware of any particular hazards, the unit has not been 'child-proofed' in any way. Adult guests are completely responsible for the safety of child guests....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Animals that serve as documented, registered, service animals are permitted. Such animals must be registered, with documentation, at the SBCW office prior to each visit to SBCW....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Not up to ADA, or even 'Universal, standards, but some modifications have been made to accommodate the original wheelchair- bound owner who lived in this unit. Email for further details...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    See below...moreless

  • This is a one-bedroom unit. The bedroom has a King sized bed In addition to the sleeping accommodations in the bedroom, the 'living room' has a King Murphy bed (actually a double twin), a twin size 'futon', and a sofa which can sleep one small person. Although the unit can sleep six, condominiums regulations limit occupancy to five. This additional capacity, however, allows increased flexibility in sleeping arrangements...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Low 'lip' for wheelchair access...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Nota Bene: Some furniture was replaced in 2011 October, so when you arrive the interior of B~11 will be slightly different than it appears in the photographs. Actually, because we have been improving B~11 much faster then we have been taking pictures, at least some posted photos are always out-of-date. Animals that serve as documented, registered service animals are permitted, Such animals must be registered, with documentation, at the SBCW office prior to each visit to SBCW....moreless


  • Books:

    About 190 Traditional Library ('dead tree books'): approximately 190...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray in living room; standard in bedroom...moreless

  • Games:

    A handful of board games and jig-saw puzzles...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Approximately 50 CDs...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    'Expanded Digital Cable'. About seventy channels in all (about thirty are available in HD) + Showtime.....moreless

  • Stereo:

    In living room and bedroom. ...moreless

  • Television:

    52 inch in living room installed June 2010; '32 inch class' in bedroom....moreless

  • Toys:

    A five gallon bucket of sand toys...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Approximately 150 DVDs...moreless


  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Communication / Internet

  • Fax


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    New compressor 2013. New Air-Handler and ducts 2009. Also four ceiling fans....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer installed 2009. Solar powered 'clothesline' just outside the rear door for wet beach towels &c. Coin operated laundromat available....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    We have a very, very, minimal amount of exercise equipment in the unit. At least two nearby hotels have exercise rooms and "spas" which are available to the public for reasonable fees....moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    W-Fi and Ethernet cable connection. Unfortunately, Internet access on island is not quite up to mainland reliability....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Beach towels are also provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Convenient communal parking (no reserved spaces). We have always found it extremely adequate....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Pull right up to the rear of the unit. Walk about thirty-five feet, up four steps, and you're inside!...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Unlimited local calls (St Thomas, St. John, St.Croix)....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Including Beach Towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Front loading washer, installed 2009...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Included in the rental.There is also an HP 'four-in-one' printer, copier, scanner, fax, which can be accessed with a wireless or wired (USB) connection. There is also an Ethernet cable connection....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    New dishes, glasses and flatware 2007. Bar-ware. All the 'small appliances' we could think of except toaster-oven....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    New appliances 2007. Although small, fully functional. Gas stove/oven. Sorry, no dishwasher until we expand the kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small, but powerful...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

    Can be rented from many local enterprises...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Minimal, but smoking permitted...moreless

  • Golf:

    There is one course about five miles away which is said to be terrific. They will rent you sticks`....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Condo has two lighted courts. A few hundred feet from rear door. We supply a couple of old tennis rackets and the cheapest tennis balls that we can find. if serious, bring your own....moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Loads of Snorkel Gear for our Guests...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    A salt water pool-- almost no Chlorine! It's a walk of about a hundred feet from the rear door....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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May 1 - Dec 19, 2015
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Dec 20 - Jan 5, 2016
7 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Jan 6 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

May 1 - Dec 19, 2016
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Dec 20 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning $50 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


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Rates shown are for double occupancy. For each guest over two, there is an additional fee of $20.00 (plus tax) per night. BECAUSE I AM UNABLE TO INCORPORATE THIS CHARGE INTO VRBO/HA's COMPUTATIONS (when applicable) IT WILL BE ADDED AFTER RESERVATION IS MADE

The $300.00 deposit is due within ten days of making the reservation. The rent itself is due two calendar months prior to your arrival.

Although we recommend travel insurance (especially during the peak of hurricane season), and possibly a medical evacuation plan, we do NOT recommend Property Damage Protection

Do NOT trust "Instant Quote".

Discounts are frequently available if your dates are flexible. Don't be afraid to email me so that we can work together.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 06/28/2015
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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cyril E. King (STT)
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Red Hook

Car: Recommended

Other Activities: Great place to fly a kite (bring your own kite)

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1969

Contact us

Speaks: english, English

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  • Some of the beautiful colors of the water of Sapphire Bay

    Some of the beautiful colors of the water of Sapphire Bay

  • One View of Living Room--Windows Closed

    One View of Living Room--Windows Closed

  • Kitchen in Background; Library in foreground.

    Kitchen in Background; Library in foreground.

  • A Corner of the

    A Corner of the

  • Tennis Courts  available to SBCW Guests

    Tennis Courts available to SBCW Guests

  • View into the unit from the rear door.

    View into the unit from the rear door.

  • Front of the Condo

    Front of the Condo

  • There is Plenty of Storage and a King-Sized Bed in the Bedroom

    There is Plenty of Storage and a King-Sized Bed in the Bedroom

  • King Bed in Bedroom

    King Bed in Bedroom

  • Sapphire Beach at Dusk

    Sapphire Beach at Dusk

  • Bedroom Showing

    Bedroom Showing

  • The m]Most Beautiful Cook in the World Prepares a Delicious and Healthful Meal.

    The m]Most Beautiful Cook in the World Prepares a Delicious and Healthful Meal.

  • Only 150 Steps From Your Front  Door!

    Only 150 Steps From Your Front Door!

  • Another View of Living Room showing Kitchen

    Another View of Living Room showing Kitchen

  • Sony 52

    Sony 52

  • Floor Pan-- not 100% accurate, but pretty good

    Floor Pan-- not 100% accurate, but pretty good

  • Rear Bathroom

    Rear Bathroom

  • Front Dining area and

    Front Dining area and

  • Relax in the Living Room, Enjoy the 52 inch TV,

    Relax in the Living Room, Enjoy the 52 inch TV,

  • Honey and Steve

    Honey and Steve

  • Sapphire Beach

    Sapphire Beach

  • Front Entrance

    Front Entrance

  • Front of Building

    Front of Building

  • Your View with Front Windows Open

    Your View with Front Windows Open

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