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A Great Value! Coral Bay Cottage with reasonable rates

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Newly-built Coral Bay Cottage is ideal for a couple looking for an affordable, quiet cottage within easy walking distance of restaurants and bus to town. Pricing is affordable and similar to former Maho Bay Camps.

Enjoy sea breezes while sitting on deck with overlooking beautiful Coral Bay and surrounded by mountains. The cottage is private with a gated driveway--anyone with ambulatory issues should know the driveway is paved but has a steep grade. The cottage has an instant island-feel to it with tropical plants nestled around house, and walking distance to stores and restaurants. Relax in a romantic setting for couples looking to escape the crowds and live the simple life in your own cozy island-style cottage.

Cottage includes queen sized bed, sitting area, kitchenette, separate bathroom, and private deck. You can dine indoors or outdoors in lounge chairs or inside watching cable TV. Lounge on sunny deck and gaze out at hills and view of the bay over morning coffee or kick back and rest after snorkeling and hiking at nearby VI National Park.

Coral Bay Cottage is located 10-minutes from white-sand beaches ideal for swimming or sunbathing with plenty of parking and hidden trails to explore. Coral Bay offers live music in the evenings at a variety of restaurants where you can sip island drinks or feast on fish, steak, chicken or vegetarian options including locally grown organic greens.

Keywords: island, ocean, beach, cottage, caribbean, tropical, st. john, coral bay, virgin islands, U.S., mountains, secluded, affordable, low price

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Melody

St. John is one of the most beautiful places in the world and when I found it 8 years ago I packed my bags and moved to the island….no regrets! After renting for a few years, I purchased the perfect little house tucked in the hills of Coral Bay. We just finished building the new Coral Bay Cottage to have a comfortable and affordable cottage to rent.

We live just up the hill from Coral Bay Cottage so if there are any questions I would be happy to help.

Melody purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Melody chose Coral Bay

I love sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and hiking—everything that St. John offers. There are all kinds of boating possibilities within 15 minutes of Coral Bay Cottage including renting your own hobicat for a few hours, sailing on a handbuilt schooner yacht, or chartering a boat to take you to the British Virgin Islands.

What makes this cottage unique

One of my favorite times of day at Coral Bay Cottage is watching the sunrise over the bay sitting on the deck with my morning coffee. The hills take on a yellow glow, and I can hear the goats bleating as they head down the road. I love being able to walk to town or drive to a beach within 15 minutes…it’s like living in a small town but waking up to paradise every morning.


Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size bed (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
House includes wraparound deck upstairs off also outdoor deck seating with beautiful views. Ocean breezes flow through living spaces keeping temperatures comfortable indoors and out on decks. Tropical plants surround house giving privacy with caribbean flowers throughout area. Private paved driveway off dirt road in quiet, secluded, hillside location with views from every room. Indoor/outdoor shower with artistic caribbean decor thoughout the cottage.


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A Great Value! Coral Bay Cottage with reasonable rates
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
Silver Spring, MD

Great Property! Great Location! Great Value! Great Owners!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 9 nights here in June. Melody was great with pre-trip communication, and she and Tom were great onsite. They welcomed us, offered advice, and Tom even brought us some water when we were low on filtered water.

This is not a luxury villa. I liken this more to a very upscale cabin (which is what we were looking for and expecting). The bed was super comfy, and the numerous windows and fans kept the place very comfortable. I was a little worried about no AC, but it was only hot in the early afternoon, and that's when we were in the water anyways.

The views from the deck, the windows, and from the bathroom were of the valley. We made great use of the kitchenette and the grill (which was super clean!). The separate bathroom was very nice and roomy. And where else can you see goats grazing while you brush your teeth?

The location is great. It's under a mile from the 'center' of Coral Bay, so you don't spend a lot of time driving on the unpaved road to get to the paved roads. The last 1/4 mile or so were on the typical STJ unpaved roads. Our rented Coralla made it up with no problems, but I might consider a higher clearance vehicle just to play it safe. The cottage is located on a property with the owner's house up the hill, and another house just about 100 feet away. Despite this, the unit is very private and you can hardly see or hear the other houses.

Would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. I feel like the simplicity of it all connected us more with the island. We weren't cocooned away in some resort hotel room. We could see and hear the natural rhythms of the island (birds, bugs, frogs, chickens, the occasional donkey). The deck with super comfortable lounge chairs was a favorite spot. We spent three hours the first night just looking at the moon and stars.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place, and really great owners

  • 5 of 5

We loved it, it's located near the best beaches, it's very clean and well kept with everything u need on vacation. The owners Tom and Melody really treat u like family and can help u with anything u may need. We will stay there again for sure. Thanks again Mel and Tom.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Brighton

Tree house in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

You have to make a bit of an effort to get to this spectacular one room retreat- with it's own beautiful detached bathhouse just for the guest. But, it is well worth it. The best VRBO that we've stayed in- here or abroad. Nicely located, surrounded by tranquil flora and fauna, and a view over the whole jungle down to Coral Bay. Two separate evenings we turned off all of the electric and laid on the bed and listened to the jungle and it's array of birds, frogs, insects. So peaceful. Great kitchen, bathhouse, deck surrounding most of the place. Quick drive to everything anyone could need in Coral Bay. But, seriously, if you were so inclined you would never have to leave this place. If you're a birder, you will especially enjoy the constant stream of tropical aviation. I successfully identified 15 bird species from the bathroom window while shaving. And Tom will help you with identification of any of the birds and the bees and the trees. The owners are wonderful, pleasant and helpful! I can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful quiet location with everything we needed. Owners are very helpful and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

From the booking process to the departure day, the owners and the cottage are well organized and helpful. The cottage is perfect for one or two people who want the quieter side of St John and are comfortable with driving a rental and getting themselves around the island.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Special place

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was adorable and a great location from which to sit on the porch and enjoy the surroundings or jump off to explore St John. The owners, Melody and Tom were so helpful and accommodating. What a wonderful trip and an amazing spot to stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay. On the day of arrival we enjoyed sitting on the deck looking at the stars, hearing the peepers, and feeling the perfect temperature. In the other days we explored pristine beaches and coral reefs. We saw more fish in one day than in all of our previous experience. The accommodation is an informal one room cottage with a detached bathroom. In included a kitchenette which we used continuously. We cooked out on the grill a couple of times. It satisfied our needs perfectly. Most of the roads in the area are very steep and twisty and take some getting used to. The side roads can be very rough and we were glad to have rented a jeep. Almost all rentals seem to be jeeps anyway. The whole experience was magical, enchanted island comes to mind. Our hosts were very gracious, helpful and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
St. Thomas
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Aqua Bistro
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Maho Beach
Car: recommended

10-minute drive to white-sand beaches ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Easy drive or hike to mountain hiking trails in the VI National Park. Walk to restaurants, bars, organic farm, harbor. Access to charter day sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking. Owner able to arrange boating trips to nearby British Virgin Islands. Guests can sit on deck or drive into Coral Bay in the evening to hear live music at local bars Skinny Legs or Island Blues.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $49

50% deposit required with booking and balance due 60 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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