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This is the One! Quintessential Island Cottage

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The charming kitchen is fully equipped, even for serious cooks.


Last updated: 09/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Catch and Keep is just what so many budget-minded travelers dream of finding. For less than the price of a condominium you can experience living in a real island home. The cottage is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and best of all, authentic. The affordable pricing may let you stay longer, or treat yourself to a day sail or massage. With today's emphasis on 'eco-tourism' you can experience how a 'traditional' island-style home fits into its environment in ways that appreciate the culture and architecture of the island and respects it unique environment.

In scenic Coral Bay, 'Catch 'n' Keep' is a charming, West Indies-style home. Just ten to 15 minutes from nearby white sand beaches, the cottage sits on a half acre of wooded hillside, with a panoramic view of the Carolina valley and its stone sugar mill ruins. Plants and trees native to the environment have been encouraged and a large variety of native birds feel at home in the neighborhood.

Catch 'n' Keep is nestled in a quiet cul de sac off a secondary road with only neighbors passing by, and there is shaded parking right next to the entrance. Two small markets nearby make life easier, as do a choice of eateries for those who really want to relax! Well-sited to catch the Tradewinds, the cottage is fully screened and has Hunter ceiling fans. Six large double doors open onto two covered decks where you can grill out with a Weber gas grill and dine in the fresh air. Or lounge in the hammocks and enjoy the country view, tropical breezes, and beautiful evening sky.

The full kitchen is charmingly decorated with folk art and hand-painted ceramics collected by the owner in her travels. The bathroom features native stonework in the shower and full amenities. A comfortable queen-size bed with four pillows and lovely cotton linens awaits you.

The cottage is thoughtfully appointed for your comfort, and includes guidebooks, WiFI,Cable,DVD and a CD collection, lots of vacation reading, and games. You will also find beach chairs, beach towels, and coolers for your beach days. A variety of restaurants, eclectic shopping, kayaking, hiking, and live music are conveniently nearby in the Coral Bay area. Not as developed as the Cruz Bay side of island, you will find Coral Bay less trafficked, more relaxing and exactly your dream of what an island get-away should be like!

Keywords: Eco-tourism, environmentally friendly, cottage, island style, romantic,honeymoon, quiet, BREEZY, authentic, panoramic view, affordable, moderately priced, budget conscious,local flavor,West Indian architecture, parking, St. John house rental, Coral Bay vacation rental, last minute sales,great reviews, Pet friendly, kids welcome, 55+,


Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Contact owner. Babysitting is also available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    But smoking outside on the covered deck would be a happy compromise....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Check with owner. Pet care is also available for evenings out or if you take day trips to surrounding islands....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Sleeping capacity: 1 queen, 1 child bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Queen size Beds (1) New firm mattress, Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon/couch 6' solid firm ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Indoors! Native stonework shower, separate from toilet and vanity.

Other Amenities

  • Handy to Coral Bay, on dead end road with only neighborhood traffic offers privacy, no traffic or construction noise, and peaceful setting. Mature landscaping with native plants (bananas, papayas) and lots of birds. An important renting consideration is driveway and parking are close to cottage, so you do not have long flights of hillside steps to navigate to carry luggage and groceries as in other rentals that have you park on main road away from rental....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of paper backs...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, puzzles, all ages...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:

    WiFi Portable Bluetooth Speaker With Stand Dock , Wireless Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers Built-in 3.5mm Aux Port for iPhone 6, 5S, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, HTC, Tablets, ...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Basic, with lots of World Music CD's...moreless

  • Television:

    32' flat screen ROKU streaming video box...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVDs ROKU Streaming video player....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    House does not need AC as it is well sited to catch Trade Winds and doesn't need to add mechanical air. There is a constant breeze, so fewer insects....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    DSL/WIFI connection in cottage plus three broadband computer cafes available in Coral Bay area....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Covered clothesline, great breeze!...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Screen avilable...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Parking has shade trees and a 'turnaround' area, no backing onto main roads....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Noodles for beach, ... and plenty of 'cross training' on nearby roads!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fresh new linens and bath towels. Blankets, throws, and plenty of pillows of different firmnesses....moreless

  • Living Room:

    For 'living' and at-home-comfort. Lots of books, CD's & games...moreless

  • Parking:

    Prime feature! No lugging baggage or groceries up and down flights of hillside stairs....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway lets you park and unload right next to cottage. No long flights of hillside stairs to carry groceries and luggage up and down. No leaving car on main road!...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls only. For cell phones, AT&T has best reception on Coral Bay side of St. John....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and Beach and Kitchen...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    available for longer stays....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi in cottage Bluetooth Speaker With Stand Dock , Wireless Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speakers 3.5mm Aux Port for iPhone 6, 5S, iPad Air, Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, HTC, Tablets, PC...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Several companies available on island. You can also arrange for some groceries to be bought ahead of time (your list). The cost is the cash register receipt plus service charge....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee filters and coffee bean grinder...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    New for cottage, not cast-offs...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need...a well-stocked home....moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    Stove, oven, microwave, toaster, coffee maker,coffee bean grinder, blender, dishes, pots/pans, papertowels, coffee filters, detergent, sponges, condiments, ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Usually , salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels, sponges, plus ......moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    standard size, with top freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove, 4 burners & oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    2 covered balconies/decks with hammock, comfortable seating, and dining area...moreless

  • Boat:

    Plenty of day trips available for private, or group, motor or sail, snorkle or sunset, and even to the BVI...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    2 roofed decks for afternoon shade, with hammock, chairs, couch, view, and lots of birds....moreless

  • Golf:

    Mahogany Run Golf Course, on St Thomas...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Water sport rental 5 min from cottage plus paddleboard rental at nearby beach...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Native plants and trees on 1/2 acre with mixed sun and shade...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber gas grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis court available in Cruz Bay, 8 miles from cottage....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Rental available 5 min from cottage...moreless



Write a review 5
from 43 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2016
5 night min stay
Dec 21 - Dec 27, 2015
7 night min stay

flat fee
New Year
Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2016
7 night min stay

flat fee
Presidents Week
Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2016
7 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Tax Rate 10%


Booking Gap Sales. When I have less than a week booking gaps, I offer from 1-6 nights at reduced rate.

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Last updated: 09/21/2015
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0.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Skinny Legs, Aqua Bistro, Island Blues, Cases Sea
9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cruz Bay (SJ) to Red Hook (STT)
0.09 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 10 East intersecting with Rt. 107
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Aqua Bistro, Skinny Legs, Pickles, Shipwreck

Car: Recommended

I provide information on Virgin Island National Park outings, hikes, lectures, cultural demonstrations and Ranger Guided Educational activities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: Originally from Massachusetts, retired to St. John after 30 years teaching Northern New Mexico. Travel and learning from different cultures (at heart, we are more the same than different! in what we want for our children, our lives, our world).

Why the Owner Chose Coral Bay:
I have tried to keep the cottage comfortable for your visit, while offering you the chance to experience something different, 'island-y' and respectful of the local St. Johnian culture. My guest reviews affirm it succeeds.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Located on the less-developed side of island, private-feeling yet close to all Coral Bay has to offer, this is an opportunity to EXPERIENCE what living in an actual West Indian style 'island house' might be like, rather than a concrete condo-style rental. 'Green' living is highlighted (working with native plants only, adapting to terrain rather forcing it to fit building plans, plus simpler, timeless solutions to daily living. Birds abound and so does peace and quiet.

Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The charming kitchen is fully equipped, even for serious cooks.

    The charming kitchen is fully equipped, even for serious cooks.

  • Stonework in shower enhances your tropical idyll.

    Stonework in shower enhances your tropical idyll.

  • Breakfast on the porch is unforgettable.

    Breakfast on the porch is unforgettable.

  • The romantic bedroom opens onto the oversized covered porch.

    The romantic bedroom opens onto the oversized covered porch.

  • Relax here with a good book or enjoy a movie.

    Relax here with a good book or enjoy a movie.

  • "Catch 'n' Keep" on a half-acre of mature tropical gardens

    "Catch 'n' Keep" on a half-acre of mature tropical gardens

  • Be happy!

    Be happy!

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