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Recent Great Cruz Bay reviews

  • Splendid Trip!

    "We simply had the most wonderful vacation! The entire family didn’t want to come home:( The house was everything we expected and beyond. It was the most relaxing vacation and that says a lot with a 16, 13, and 10 year old! We are already talking about when our next trip is back to St. John."
    Guest: SOS Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 20, 2014
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  • Heaven on earth!!!

    "Our family spent Thanksgiving , 2013, at Palm Hill and it is one of the best vacations we have ever had. The view is spectacular! We loved watching the boats and ferries. The house was awesome. It is close to town however feels very private. We loved the bedrooms being across the courtyard from the living, dining area. The house was really stocked well with all you needed! We would definitely go again and definitely would recommend to anyone! We could sit on that porch forever! We also loved Cruz Bay! The shops , bars and restaurants are great and some with a great view. It was so much fun when we returned home and House Hunters were on Cruz Bay and we could "re visit" the area watching the show. This house and area are a keeper!!!"
    Guest: Suzanne D. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 22, 2013
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  • The Only Thing Wrong Is ---- You Have To Leave Eventually.

    "My wife and I, along with our son, daughter-in-law and 2 y/o grandson spent a week relaxing in luxury and making family memories at this delightful villa. Chez Shell exceeded all our expectations. Everything was the highest quality; in excellent working order; fully equipped; and the owners provided instant personal attention to assist in any way. We could not recommend Chez Shell more highly."
    Guest: Jckspann Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 13, 2014
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  • excellent

    "we took two families totaling 10. THe set up of rooms was perfect , the view was perfect! There is nothing we would change. Everything was close to us :)"
    Guest: atlanta Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 27, 2014
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Great Cruz Bay Travel Tips

Travelers to Great Cruz Bay Vacation Rentals

Great Cruz Bay is a quiet resort location on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Great Cruz Bay enjoys the relaxed island vibe characteristic of St. John. It is the type of destination that you visit to relax, put your feet up, and take some time out. For those that want to be more active, there are a wide range of water sport and land-based activities available. The coral reefs around St. John are legendary and attract divers from all over the globe. Sailing is another popular pastime and the sheltered natural harbors of St. John provide good anchorages. It is a place where you can enjoy the sunshine and warm ocean temperatures, the company of friends and family, and the tropical beauty of St. John.

Stylish Great Cruz Bay Resort Rentals

Great Cruz Bay beach was originally developed by the Westin Resort that was built there. The beach is open to the public and a safe swimming beach. Many of the rental apartments are part of the Westin Resort. This means that visitors have the benefit of using the resort facilities. Enjoy lounging at the pool or exploring the bay in a sea kayak. The area has a quiet countryside feel about it and many of the villas located on the hillside have great views out over the bay. Many homes are spacious with multiple bedrooms that can accommodate larger families or groups of friends. Relax in comfortable and stylish living areas, and enjoy some al fresco dining out in the garden or on the deck.

Activities and Attractions near Great Cruz Bay Villas

Some people might say that St. John’s greatest attraction is its relaxed vibe and atmosphere. In that way, it is a true tropical vacation paradise. You can get a taxi to visit the various other beaches and bays on the island. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the beachfront and mingling with the locals. You will soon see why many visitors return again to make St. John their permanent home.

If you enjoy being out on the water, you can arrange a sailing charter from one of the marinas. There are a large number of yachts anchored in the harbors at any given time and many are available for day cruises and excursions. Take along your snorkeling gear so when you anchor off the reefs, you can explore the underwater world. This is a great way to explore the shoreline of St. John.

St. John has some amazing coral reefs and many are quite shallow, making them very accessible. If you hold a diving certification, you can sign up for the daily dive charter that heads out to the different dive sites each day. The diving conditions are ranked as some of the best in the world. The corals and marine life are well preserved and the coral formations are impressive. The water temperatures are warm so you do not even need a wetsuit; you can simply dive in your swimsuit. The visibility is excellent, often as far as 150 feet.

Getting to USVI St. John Vacation Rentals in Great Cruz Bay

St. John does not have its own airport and is only accessible by ferry from St. Thomas or St. Croix. The most convenient flight routing is to St. Thomas; there are daily flights from major cities such as Chicago, New York City, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte. The name of the airport on St. Thomas is the Cyril E. King Airport which hosts a variety of international and regional airlines. The airport can be found on the southwestern side of St. Thomas. When you arrive, you can transfer to one of the two ferry ports on the island. Both the Wilmoth E. Blyden Marine Facility and the Red Hook Marine Facility have daily ferries that run between St. Thomas and St. John. The ferries arrive in Cruz Bay on St. John and from there, it is just a short taxi ride to get to your villa in Great Cruz Bay.

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