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Viewing this from the deck, you just know you're gonna have a great day!

Viewing this from the deck, you just know you're gonna have a great day! Approaching serenity  from the parking area. Open air design absorbs the Caribbean Trade Winds.. Galley & berth areas, with a queen size bed. Desk/lounge/entertainment area. Sunrise on the ocean's horizon awakens Coral Bay. Our tropical open air shower. The other half of same bathroom tucked under the eaves of the cottage. Mini bedroom below cottage...cozy for one. Aft deck: Barbeque and dinette in the garden area  :) Side deck view of Coral Bay...Normans Island is in the distance. A  pool view from our cottage deck. This spacious deck & pool affords many hours of drenching sunshine daily. Just hanging out on a typical St. John beach......This one is Hawksnest. Spliting the "fry" off a coral reef. Relax in the jacuzzi after an exhilarating hike up to RAMHEAD.

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Coral Bay cottage description

Rates: Minimum 3 nights

May 15th-Nov.15th $145 night $870 weekly

Nov. 16th-May 14th $175 night $1050 weekly

Mini bedroom Add $10 per night

Plus 10% VI Room Tax as of January, 2012.

St. John is the most beautiful of all the Virgins, and this cottage is located in the heart of its dynamite views! The boat anchorage of Coral Bay lies dead ahead of us. A little further East the Hurricane holes etched into rugged mountains are clearly seen from our deck. East End continues from Hurricane Holes, and is the eastern most point of the United States. Norman Island and the rest of the British Virgin Islands continue in the distance forming the Sir Francis Drake Channel, all under your watchfcul eyes. The right quarter of our deck is framed by the tallest of St. John's mountains, Bordeaux, which climbs majestically out of the valley. Our tiny settlement of Coral Bay lies directly below, separated by 400 feet of elevation, a distance enhancing tranquility, yet only a stones throw from the action.

Have a taste for local cuisine? Skinny Legs, Island Blues, Cases By the Sea & Aqua Bistro can be checked out right from your deck, affording you 'panoramic coctails', before venturing down to the village. Just beyond eyeshot lies Donkey Diner, Sputniks, Shipwreck, and Miss Lucys where a scrumptious buffet is served Sundays on the water accompanied by live music.

But, forgive me, I became so excited about island life I neglected to describe the cottage and its inception. My wife and I embarked on our honeymoon, aboard our sailboat, ENCOUNTER. We contemplated worldwide travel, but became enamored with the Caribbean, spent months in the Bahamas, visited all of the Windward and Leeward Islands, spent the better part of two years off the Northern coast of Venezuela and surrounding islands. Ultimately we returned to the Emerald Isle of St. John. With luck we purchased property, and with limited resources physically built our little cottage. Its design features outdoor access. One six foot slider and an eight foot slider pockets into the walls in a 12'X16' structure. The result is open air living under a roof. Covered decks help deter driving rain. The shower is another 60 sq. ft. of open air, tiled and privitized with a strategically placed arbor. Our 'ship's wheel chandelier' originated as salvage from a sunken vessel. The roof rafters and collar ties are typically West Indian. Our galley, (kitchen), has everything needed to prepare the family meal, when you're not lured to the local cuisine. Spacious decks surround the cottage as well as the pool, and the sun is easy to catch on those poolside lounge chairs. Evenings cool to the low 70s. Trade winds keep most folks under a blanket even in summer slumber, but an AC unit is installed should you prefer to close the sliders.

Our daughters, Carrie & Jane, accumulated during fifteen years of cruising aboard boats, were afforded a small bedroom below our cottage with one single bed...they thought it was a mansion!!!
It is tiled, clean and a great retreat for one person.

Beaches are the highlight of St. John. Trunk Bay is rated #2 in the world by National Geographic, and there are probably two more that are superior to any other Caribbean Beach! The North Shore Beaches are reached within 15 minutes of the cottage. But don't forget to visit Coral Bay's showcase: Salt Pond, Lameshur, and Haulover (great coral).

Key to St. John's pristine tranquility is the National Park which owns two-thirds of the island. All major beaches are managed by them as well as a multitude of hiking trails located throughout the island. These trails connect much of our island's history in the form of Sugar Mills, ruins from plantations dating back to slavery, and cryptics etched into stone from Indian tribes of long ago. It is truly a bonanza for history buffs.

The Hurricane Holes are special. My daughter Jane is currently doing her Masters Thesis on the Coral & Mangroves within its confines. I visit this secluded haven in my kayak often.You are welcomed to use the kayak to venture there and to many other places on island.

The activities list is endless for an Outdoorsmen or Romantic: Sailing, charter fishing, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, beach combing, hiking. What do you want to do? Let's talk about it.

Finally, I'd be remiss not to mention our big city, Cruz Bay. Only 8 miles from Coral Bay one can 'have it all.' Restuarants flourish and pubs overwhelm. How about a 3 hr. Happy Hour, daily, at Woody's with $1.00 drinks. Our two main grocery stores are in Cruz Bay, as well as our only gas station, and a flurry of shops surround the town park. Only thing to remember is that one drives on the left side of the road, and there are no traffic lights on island. Speed limit is 10 mph in town and 20 mph in the country. 'Open container' is permitted while driving, but you must wear a seatbelt....and a shirt while in town. Always say Good Morning before conducting business....the locals will luv Ya! So what's keeping You :o)

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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Refrigerator
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen

              Amenities

              • Parking Off Street
              • Linens Provided
              • Air Conditioning

              Other Amenities

                  • Kayak with paddle and life jacket. We have the satallite air card from ATT that you are welcome to borrow for internet use....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • DVD Player

                  Communications

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        We have an air card from ATT that you may borrow, as well as WiFi, which receives in the cottage....moreless

                      Pool & Spa

                      • Hot Tub:

                        5 person hot tub, great way to relax after one of St. John's many hikes....moreless

                      • Communal Pool

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Balcony
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Location & View

                      • Ocean View
                      • Mountain View

                      Activities

                      • Swimming
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Hiking
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Tennis
                      • Fishing
                      • Sailing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Shelling
                      • Shopping
                      • Restaurants
                      • Boating
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Parasailing
                      • Horseshoes
                      • Horseback Riding

                      Other Activities

                          • Kayak with paddle & life jacket
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Fantastic views, wonderful value and terrific owner

                            Fantastic views, wonderful value and terrific owner

                            • Guest Michael S.
                            • Date of stay 03/29/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/13/14
                            Our family of three-- husband, wife, and adult son had a great time staying at this cozy cottage half way up a hill and situated to have absolutely incredible views of St. John and the BVIs. We had everything we needed at the well-maintained cottage and enjoyed cooking and eating meals on the spacious deck and looking at the views. The owners were terrific hosts who provided snorkel gear, and were always more than happy to advise us on the best place to snorkel for the day, pros and cons of different restaurants, and provide other island information.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway.

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                          • Fun Two Weeks at Vistas Supreme

                            Fun Two Weeks at Vistas Supreme

                            • Guest Binger and Lillie (Brighton, Michigan USA)
                            • Date of stay 02/09/14
                            • Review Submitted 02/27/14
                            We had a wonderful two weeks staying at Tom and Dee Conrad's guest cottage in Coral Bay. Tom and Dee are very warm and fun people who go out of their way to make sure your stay is great. Dee even took us out snorkeling to one of her favorite spots and then helped us identify the fish we saw! The cottage is clean and is great for a couple and has an amazing view of Coral Bay and a great breeze from the Trade Winds. We used their hot tub every night after coming back from exploring the island which was great. Good restaurants in the area include The Oasis, Miss Lucy's, Aqua Bistro and The Shipwreck. Of course you have to have a burger at Skinny Legs when in Coral Bay. Tom and Dee recommended The Oasis and we ate dinner there about seven times - they have four different entrees every night that cost only $9 each! If you want, Tom will load up his kayaks and drop you off at Princess Bay to do some exploring among the shallow waters. We might take him up on that in the future. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle to get up the road to their place. We had no problem navigating the road with the Jeep we rented - just go slow and "stay left". Tom and Dee know the area very well as long term residents and are willing to share their knowledge of the island. They go out of their way to make sure your stay in Paradise is great!

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers.

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                          • Two Weeks in Paradise

                            Two Weeks in Paradise

                            • Guest Ken and Theresa (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
                            • Date of stay 01/10/14
                            • Review Submitted 01/26/14
                            My husband and I arrived on January 10 for a two week stay at Vistas Supreme. This was our first trip to St. John, but within 5 seconds of standing on the deck looking over Coral Bay we were in love! The pictures here are gorgeous, but don't come close to describing how spectacular this view is. The cottage itself is comfortable and clean (as advertised), and had everything we needed. Our college-age son joined us for 5 days, and the small room downstairs was perfect for him. Oh, and did I mention the view? The trade winds kept us cool and comfortable day and night (coming in from Boston at the tale end of a frigid Polar Vortex, we needed to get reacclimatized to hot and humid weather). Now for the best part; our hosts, Tom and Dee, were as spectacular as the views. They know this island very well, and as newcomers we were extremely grateful for their advice, directions, and recommendations. They helped us out when our jeep got a flat tire (My husband, with Tom's generous assistance, was able to fix it quickly and easily - no waiting for the rental company to show up!), when we wanted to charter a boat to Virgin Gorda, when we were looking for a good place to eat in Cruz Bay, or trying to decide where to hike or snorkel. I can't say how much we appreciated and enjoyed getting to know them. Having said that, we had plenty of privacy and never felt stifled or watched over. One final thing I would add - this cottage is located up on the mountain, and you do have to drive up quite a bumpy dirt road to get here. We highly recommend four wheel drive (plus, then you get to explore some of Tom's "short-cuts." The one between Coral Bay and the Columbo Stand on Centerline Road at the junction of North Shore Road is the best - make sure you ask Tom about it!) We truly can't wait to go back again next year!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • A Perfect Vacation Home

                            A Perfect Vacation Home

                            • Guest Judy M.
                            • Date of stay 12/27/13
                            • Review Submitted 01/12/14
                            Vistas Supreme is so much better than advertised! Waking up with the sunrise and having breakfast on the deck overlooking Coral Bay is the perfect way to start any day! The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for a vacation in paradise- including beach chairs and a cooler! The hot tub was a great way to relax after a day of snorkeling or hiking. Tom and Dee are extraordinary hosts whose top priority is for you to have the best vacation ever! They told us about their favorite snorkeling spots, beaches, and places to eat - and even let us borrow their kayak! Tom and Dee were so helpful - especially when a snafu with our car rental threatened to ruin the vacation. Our advice to anyone planning to visit is to check with Tom about renting a jeep on St. John. Do not rent in St. Thomas. Staying at Vistas Supreme was like visiting friends! We will be back!

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • RELAX, REGENERATE, REVIVE

                            RELAX, REGENERATE, REVIVE

                            • Guest Chris D.
                            • Date of stay 12/07/13
                            • Review Submitted 12/16/13
                            If you need to relax, regenerate and revive yourself, this is where to come. The owners Tom and Dee are the best of the best and make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable… St. John is a beautiful place to visit and get laid back with the locals. Snorkel, Swim, and Shop. Have breakfast at Pickles, drinks at Skinny Legs and so much more… thanks for a great stay…

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Living the Dream

                            Living the Dream

                            • Guest Josh C.
                            • Date of stay 11/14/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/19/13
                            Tom and Dee are extraordinary hosts and went out of their way to make sure that we had everything we needed to make the most out of our stay in St. John. They helped us find the best beaches and hikes the island has to offer. Moonlight hike at Ram Head was a fantastic idea! The property has a spectacular view overlooking Coral Bay, along with a hot tub and pool on site. The road leading up to their house is steep, but perfectly manageable. Can't beat the price. Loved talking with Tom and Dee, as they have such an interesting life story.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Great experience

                            Great experience

                            • Guest Lulu (Florida)
                            • Date of stay 11/07/13
                            • Review Submitted 11/15/13
                            We had a wonderful time at the cottage. The view is spectacular and Dee and Tom were great hosts. Beginning from the minute you step foot on the island they were excellent guides helping throughout our stay. They recommended snorkeling, restaurants and hikes. There is a kayak you can use (we didn't have enough time) and a lovely pool and hot tub. We will definitely be back!!

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Coral Bay Cottage visit 6/2/2013-6/9/2013

                            Coral Bay Cottage visit 6/2/2013-6/9/2013

                            • Guest Art (St. Augustine, Fl. USA)
                            • Date of stay 06/02/13
                            • Review Submitted 06/15/13
                            From the pictures of the cottage with views of Coral Bay and after reading the reviews of previous guests, my husband and I knew this was the place for us to spend seven days of our vacation. As soon as we met our host Tom at the ferry, we knew we were in good hands. His love and enthusiasm for life on the Island became contagious and we were "hooked" by the time we made the second overlook stop on the way to the cottage. We already knew that seven days would likely not be enough. We found the cottage to be perfect for two. It was clean, well equipped, comfortable and came complete with amazing views and glorious breezes (24/7). The outdoor bath and shower was a true Island delight. You will want a high clearance all wheel or 4-wheel vehicle to get comfortably up to the cottage and will enjoy having it to tour roads off the beaten path that lead to even more fantastic views. Tom and Dee provided us with information to the best snorkeling, kayaking and hiking on St. John, as well as sending us to the best "snack shacks" (Vy's), smoothie shacks (shot of rum free) and restaurants on the Island. At the end of our very active days, it was great to know that these two 62 yr olds would be sitting on that deck, sipping a Rum drink and talking about our day until the gentle breezes sent us to bed to be awakened by the beautiful birds singing just before dawn. PERFECTION !!!!! Our hosts are indeed one of the BIG reasons to stay at their cottage. They are genuinely warm, helpful and fun people who have an amazing knowledge of the Island as only sailors and long time locals can know. To see the Island through their eyes, is to know it's true beauty. Thank you both for one of the best vacations ever. WE WILL BE BACK!!! Art and Janet, St. Augustine , Fla.

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Loved our Stay at Vistas

                            Loved our Stay at Vistas

                            • Guest Rodmannm (New Mexico)
                            • Date of stay 04/05/13
                            • Review Submitted 05/26/13
                            It's all been said in the unanimous 5 star reviews below. Fabulous views, beautiful grounds, and absolutely great owner hosts. Vistas is all that. We most enjoyed the deck. Sunrise, coffee and breakfast, Heineken and Cruzan for happy hour, and a nice glass of wine trying to identify the constellations before turning in. We also loved our hosts Dee and Tom. Again it has all been said. They gladly provide information, advice and tips, even the loan of a Kayak whenever you need it, but Vistas is serene and your privacy is assured. Well there is the great music filtering up the hillside on Friday and Saturday nights. I am 60 and my wife is 55. We enjoyed a different unbelievable beach each day (Trunk, Cinnamon, etc) and spent a fun afternoon swimming and snorkeling from a boat. Donkey Diner pizza passes the Boston North End quality test and the fresh fish at Aqua is unbelievable for that special meal. The bed was comfortable, the small kitchen well equipped, and the new grill was excellent. Our only problem was booking only 4 nights. Achieving the full therapeutic mental benefit of island vacationing requires at least a week. We highly recommend Vistas. It is a great value and I don't think you will find better people on St. John than Tom and Dee. Thank you both from the New Mexicans for making our short vacation so memorable.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, adventure seekers.

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                          • Great location in Coral Bay

                            Great location in Coral Bay

                            • Guest Michele (Tempe, AZ)
                            • Date of stay 05/14/13
                            • Review Submitted 05/25/13
                            My husband and I stayed for eight nights at Vistas Supreme. The cottage is intimate! We loved the outdoor bathroom so you don't heat up the cottage. We really loved the location as we used the goat trail and 108 to walk down to town just about everyday. There are several restaurants/bars within walking distance if you're OK with the steep walk back up. One thing to be aware of is the sound travels from the town, so we could hear music from the bars. None of them went too late or kept us up at night so it didn't matter to us. Tom and Dee were very personable. They checked with us several times to make sure everything was going well. They always had suggestions for where to eat, snorkel, hike, etc. It was wonderful to have them next door and so accessible. They even bought a blender for us as I wanted to be able to make smoothies during our visit!! Thanks, Tom & Dee! You do need a high clearance vehicle as a good portion of the road is unpaved. It was a fun ride up and down the hill and finally gave us an excuse to rent a Jeep Wrangler. Vistas Supreme was a great place to stay at a great price. I would recommend it. Enjoy!

                            Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers.

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                          Year Purchased: 1991

                          About the owner: Tom & Dee: Our photo is of a typical Friday night at SKINNY LEGS. We are from Michigan, both of us taught school & coached. I was in the Parochial system 13 yrs... Archdiocese of Detroit. Dee lived and taught in Kalamazoo. Friends introduced us and we were married one and a half years later at the tender age of 40. Our honeymoon was on a boat, cruising....for 15 yrs. We navigated the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, down the Eastern Seaboard, and the Gulf of Mexico. Our lifestyle was funded by stints as waiters, managers & cooks, captain of private vessels, and contractors in the construction industry. Eventually we dropped down into the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands. Our 1st daughter, Carrie was born a year later, 1986, in Tortola. After a short construction stint we continued down the windward/leeward island chain to Venezuela, visiting all those islands in between, and returning a year and a half later to the Emerald Isle of St. John. Jane was born in 1989, also in Tortola. That year HUGO, the most powerful hurricane of the century hit our Virgin Islands. We sustained 150 mph winds most of the night, only to be leveled by three funnels in the morning...our mast taken under water each time. We managed to beach the boat into the mangroves before swimming ashore, a 3 month old baby in one arm and a 3 yr. old in the other. In 1990 we bought property in Coral Bay, and with family members only we built the cottage you're viewing. A year later the main house went up. In 1998 we returned to St. Augustine, Fl...on a boat, for education. Dee and I were able to coach once again, this time with our daughters on the bench. And now our mission is accomplished. Both girls graduated college, while Jane still pursues a Masters in Marine Biology, University of the Virgin Islands. Dee and I have returned to our beloved St. John. With us is our surviving boat cat of 17 yrs. CORAL...All of us are retired :)


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                          • Viewing this from the deck, you just know you're gonna have a great day!

                            Viewing this from the deck, you just know you're gonna have a great day!

                          • Open air design absorbs the Caribbean Trade Winds..

                            Open air design absorbs the Caribbean Trade Winds..

                          • Desk/lounge/entertainment area.

                            Desk/lounge/entertainment area.

                          • Our tropical open air shower.

                            Our tropical open air shower.

                          • Mini bedroom below cottage...cozy for one.

                            Mini bedroom below cottage...cozy for one.

                          • Side deck view of Coral Bay...Normans Island is in the distance.

                            Side deck view of Coral Bay...Normans Island is in the distance.

                          • This spacious deck & pool affords many hours of drenching sunshine daily.

                            This spacious deck & pool affords many hours of drenching sunshine daily.

                          • Spliting the "fry" off a coral reef.

                            Spliting the "fry" off a coral reef.

                          • Approaching serenity  from the parking area.

                            Approaching serenity from the parking area.

                          • Galley & berth areas, with a queen size bed.

                            Galley & berth areas, with a queen size bed.

                          • Sunrise on the ocean's horizon awakens Coral Bay.

                            Sunrise on the ocean's horizon awakens Coral Bay.

                          • The other half of same bathroom tucked under the eaves of the cottage.

                            The other half of same bathroom tucked under the eaves of the cottage.

                          • Aft deck: Barbeque and dinette in the garden area  :)

                            Aft deck: Barbeque and dinette in the garden area :)

                          • A  pool view from our cottage deck.

                            A pool view from our cottage deck.

                          • Just hanging out on a typical St. John beach......This one is Hawksnest.

                            Just hanging out on a typical St. John beach......This one is Hawksnest.

                          • Relax in the jacuzzi after an exhilarating hike up to RAMHEAD.

                            Relax in the jacuzzi after an exhilarating hike up to RAMHEAD.

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