Affordable, Elegant, Comfortable - Great Views, Walk to Town!

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Gorgeous views, complete luxury and comfort. Welcome to a dream come true!


Last updated: 10/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-10 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Be prepared to feel like you have arrived at your home away from home when you walk through the doors of Tropical Blessings. The owners actually discovered St John 30 years ago, promptly fell entirely in love with the island, moved there for over a decade, and pretty much knew from day one that owning a beautiful place on St. John was very high on their bucket list.

One might say that it's good policy to believe in miracles. The owners were finally able to chase that dream and when they finally walked through the doors of Tropical Blessings, they knew that they had finally discovered their own special St. John place at last.

The result of a dream come true has translated into accommodations that have been appointed with pride in particularly thoughtful, detailed, artistic, and personal ways. No predictable interiors here. Decorating Tropical Blessings has been a joy for the owners who trust that guests will appreciate deliberate uses of color, judicious choices of furnishings and accoutrements, touches of whimsy, and their clearly predominant preference for exceptionally fine quality. The ambiance of Tropical Blessings reflects a delight in its interior and it is the owner's intention that guests discover that delight to be entirely contagious.

The open design of the great room includes a very generously equipped gourmet kitchen. One has the option of getting into some serious cooking here. You will find a generous abundance of cookware, dish ware, flat ware, mixing bowls, utensils, china, linens, and a collection of useful kitchen gadgets. You'll even find a copy of the Joy of Cooking in case you need to make hollandaise sauce and can't for the life of you remember how. Of course there's the prerequisite coffee maker, a very nice toaster, and a built in microwave. The appliances and mahogany cabinetry are appropriately high end, and the owner has provided a generous selection of spices for your in-house culinary endeavors. These spices will undoubtedly prove useful too if you decide to make use of one of two gas grilles on the pool terrace.

A long granite breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the rest of the great room, the open space of which makes both the living area and the dining area seem distinctly defined but harmoniously included as the other major sections of this spacious island living design.

The living area carries forward the overall comfortable tropical theme. Sofa and love seat, accompanied by a custom chair and other beautiful accent furniture make this a great place relax to and visit and maybe watch a movie on the 50' flat screen TV. From this living area, as is also true of the adjoining dining area, one need only open the sliders out onto the balcony. From here one is mesmerized by views of Turner Bay with images of French Cap and Great St. James in the distance. One can also turn and catch views of St. Thomas, too, portions of it visible across the way beyond the wildlife bird sanctuary and Frank Bay. The views are pretty spectacular, and on top of that you need walk only about two blocks to set foot on the small beach at Frank Bay, rarely occupied by more than a few, and a pretty good snorkeling spot.

The indoor dining area is simple and lovely and that beautiful table comfortably seats six for a nicely prepared dinner. If you prefer to be more casual, step outside again onto that main balcony and you can set the teak table to enjoy any meal as the gentle Caribbean breezes drift by. The main balcony also includes a sitting area, also furnished with teak, just a nice place to sit with or without a beverage and feel, without doubt, entirely content.

The three bedrooms at Tropical Blessings are each so appealing, all decorated so individually, imaginatively, personally, and colorfully, whether it be the stunning master suite with king bed and private balcony for two, the Coral Room with two queen beds, or the charming Aqua Room with two twin beds that can easily be converted to a king. Each bedroom has its own private bath with a large walk in shower.

Outside the Aqua Room a custom office nook and lending library area has been built in with a wide and varied selection of books to choose from and a beautiful custom desk surface where you can work comfortably, or at least spread the work out, look at it, then put it away without guilt since at least you did look at it. Don't forget: didn't you come to forget?

At Tropical Blessings you will find yourself in a private enclave of only six luxury condominium villas tucked away on a quaint island lane in a very safe and quiet neighborhood. Just far enough away from the maddening crowd. Convenient off street parking, but only a 10 minute stroll into Cruz Bay. Pristine accommodations in an ideal location. We think it's pretty close to perfect and we invite you to come discover that for yourselves.


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Property Type

  • Condo
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be over 25 years of age to rent Tropical Blessings, but persons age 25 years and much younger are entirely welcome as part of an overall rental party....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Well behaved children entirely welcome....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Not wheelchair accessible, but for some it might be helpful to know that you walk down exactly eight steps to the door of Tropical Blessings. If anyone does not feel up to going "out and about," simply relaxing at Tropical Blessings is delightful in and of itself....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Twin beds can be converted into king. Please request....moreless

  • Each bedroom is lovely and entirely comfortable. Each bedroom has been individually decorated in a most pleasing and personal way. There are ceiling fans in each bedroom, but Central AC makes sleeping in each bedroom an especially relaxing experience....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • The large walk-in showers are a nice bathroom feature. Who would ever describe a bathroom as pretty? In truth, all of them are. Imagine that. We do everything right, or close to it, since we're human and not perfect. Some might disagree about perfect and protest that in fact we are. "Very close" is fine with us since you can't improve perfection and we always try to improve....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Payments by personal or bankcheck, or cc payments with "Book-it-Now."


  • Books:

    A wealth of books...not battered and tattered. Please leave them behind in the 'lending library.' ...but check the special bookshelf in the Aqua Room for the Revolving Beach Books...books that travel....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    30+ DVD's for your viewing pleasure....moreless

  • Games:

    Lots of them....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Quite a few CD's - eclectic collection for varied tastes....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    The flat screen TV in the great room is considerably larger than what you view on my listing here. Flatscreen in the master bedroom too....moreless

  • Toys:

    Noodles and assorted beach toys often left by others. no guarantee, but beach toys can easily be picked up on island inexpensively....moreless

  • VCR


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Reefs
  • 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
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Frank Bay - walk two blocks down the lane, turn left, and you're at a small, quiet beach - great for snorkeling. Two blocks? Well, maybe. Just walk out the door and you're at the beach in 3 minutes!...moreless

  • Beach View:

    You'll see Frank Bay, and beyond beyond that you see a bit of St. Thomas. .Walk just three minutes and you'll be at the beach at Frank Bay. ...moreless

  • Downtown:

    Just a 10 minute stroll into Cruz Bay, St. John's "downtown."...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Breathtakinview of Turner Bay - on a clear day you'll see faint outlines of St. Croix, 40 miles away. The view includes little St. James and and Frenchcap. Also see Frank Bay, and a bit of St. Thomas....moreless

  • Rural:

    Our charming neighborhood lane is a shortcut to nowhere. Locals sometimes forget it. You'll love discovering it. Only a 10 minute walk to town, 300 feet to the Beach at Frank Bay. So perfect. ...moreless

  • Village:

    Just a 10 minute stroll into the village of Cruz Bay - some great restaurants and charming shops - fabulous location!...moreless

  • Water View:

    Direct and stunning view of Turner Bay, on clear day see outlines of St. Croix 40 miles away. Walk 300 feet to beach at Frank Bay, and a find a different view, St. Thomas... twinkling lights at night!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Lovely dining table that seats six. Plenty to have a lovely place setting for six. Comfortably elegant here....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central AC is great for you, but please be considerate. Monthly elec. bills that exceed $1,000 per month are no fun. We want to keep our rates reasonable for YOU!...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Cable TV...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Same for dryer - exorbitantly expensive electric bill expense - and PLEASE don't toss damp beach towels with sand into the dryer!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Free WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Yes, linens provided. Our style? First class all the way!...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Flat screen TV....moreless

  • Parking:

    One off street parking place for you. We do recommend a car because there's so much to see and do all over beautiful St. John, but walking from home to town, then back to home is...wonderful!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Space for one rental vehicle....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone on site is for local calls only. Prepaid calling card for stateside landline calls recommended. Island cell phone carriers are AT & T and Sprint. Verizon will charge $$$ roaming charges....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of nice bath and beach towels provided for you....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    The cost of water and electricity on island would shock you (yes, intended pun) so please avoid less than a full load in the washer....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    We know WiFi is essential so of course we have it. Just don't forget to go to the beach!...moreless


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker:

    Got it. Some call that morning coffee 'Elixir of Life!'...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Loaded kitchen, unlimited utensils and cookware -you'll be lacking for nothing. If you want pancakes, go for it! Island pancakes? Squeeze a little lime juice over them and sprinkle them with sugar!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    An absolute abundance!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Got it!...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Get ready to have fun in this generously equipped gourmet kitchen with lots of cookware, dish ware, utensils, gadgets. Details galore and a wide selection of gourmet spices. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Nice built in microwave...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Lots of gourmet spices for your culinary endeavors! We have it all...except for a pizza stone or a breadmaker!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French doors. Quite new. Nice? Of course!...moreless

  • Stove:

    A nice electric stove...and a nice selection of cook books too. Not much terribly exciting news about the stove, but if anyone wonders, yes it has an oven, and you'll surely turn out to a great chef!...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Both a toaster and a toaster oven ...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The property is beautifully landscaped....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Grilled steaks, burgers, or chicken. Add a salad and some garlic bread. Easy! And we have the great spices!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The pool is a nice feature, but you won't find many folks there since the beaches of St. John are SO spectacular.. a great spot to hang out for a late afternoon read or your BBQ grilled dinner!...moreless

Building Type

  • Building


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from 34 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring into Fall...Enjoy!!!
Apr 15 - Oct 31, 2016
5 night min stay
Fall into savings
Nov 1 - Dec 17, 2016
5 night min stay
A Very Cheerful Time!
Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2016
10 night min stay
Holidays of Happiness!
Dec 29 - Jan 7, 2017
10 night min stay
Prime Time for Paradise!
Jan 8 - Apr 23, 2017
7 night min stay
Spring Joyfully into Summer!
Apr 24 - Jul 5, 2017
5 night min stay
Splash into Paradise!!!
Jul 6 - Oct 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Fall into savings!!!!
Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2017
5 night min stay
Give Thanks and Celebrate!!!
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay
Quiet Bliss in Paradise!!!!
Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2017
5 night min stay
Holiday Season
Dec 19 - Jan 5, 2018
10 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • No Refund Security Fee $75
  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Tax Rate 12.5%


Plus 12.5% Hotel Tax.

In season:one week minimum stay

Off season: five night minimum stay

Holiday dates: 10 night minimum stay

No refund of first deposit if reservation cancelled less than 60 days prior to arrival.

Check-in time no sooner than 3PM, Check-out time no later than 10AM

No smoking permitted.

You will me met by wonderful people when you reach St. John. They will escort you to Tropical Blessings and welcomed with a very nice orientation of your accommodations and an overall all island orientation, an update if you're an old timer. Mary and Martin will contact you about a week before you travel to coordinate pick up details and they warmly look forward to assisting you should you need them during your stay.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/21/2016
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Car: Recommended

Tropical Blessings is in a charming neighborhood with lots of permanent residents, not just vacation rentals. The lane is so narrow that two vehicles can barely pass. The location is so close to town, but just far enough away.As a former island resident I have a wealth of recommendations and suggestions to offer. Feel free to ask. I lived on island full time for 11 years so I have a pretty good take on things. I'll be glad to help you. When you make a reservation I'll share many suggestions and personal recommendations with you. It will be my pleasure to help you with plans for a really fantastic vacation...and if it hasn't happened yet, you'll fall in love with St. John, too. After all, St. John is affectionately known as Love City!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Yes, that's me above, the owner of Tropical Blessings, as Lady Legs. You probably wouldn't guess, so I'll tell you: I'm 10 feet tall, and if you didn't know, you're seeing a Mocko Jumbie. Years ago I enjoyed starting a troupe of Mocko Jumbies for St. John Carnival Parade. Now you'd probably agree that's an unconventional thing to do, but has given me a spirit of curiosity and adventure which seems to be a common among many who become smitten with St. John. So where did I come from and what has happened? I enjoyed growing up in a small New England town, one of those towns that Paul Revere galloped through during the Revolutionary War, shouting those famous words that most of us remember learning in grade school, "The British are coming, the British are coming!" Then came high school, and after that an inspiring college education which I'll modestly say included prestigious institutions, led to a Master's Degree, after which I pursued an extended career teaching at high school and university levels...which I thought would last forever. Life is full of surprises and by definition one never expects them. Never did I imagine I would end up as Executive Secretary for a major international jeweler, and later, even more surprising if you had asked me to place bets that I would become owner of one of the finest handcrafted light. Today, I enjoy my charming post and beam house in the woods of beautiful Maine. I have so much to be grateful for and I intend to never forget that. My life is blessed with some very dear friends and a generous heart myself, or so I've been told. I do make an effort to encourage others since there are times that's just what all of us need. My favorite quote of all time was written by German poet, Ranier Maria Rilke, roughly translated: "Whatever you dream, or dream you can, begin it. A dream has beauty, power, and magic in it." My dreams are many but writing a novel, and finding the confidence to do it, fills me with joy! May you find joy too!

Why the Owner Chose Great Cruz Bay Estates (Bethany, Cruz Bay, St. John 00830, USVI):
I visited St. John in 1986, was entirely smitten with this very special island at once, a place so many call their "favorite slice of paradise." I felt so drawn to St. John, somehow sensing it was a place where dreams would really happen. Maybe it wasn't as odd as I had sometimes thought, that when I had set foot for the very first time on another tropical island such a long time I had an intuition of foretelling and being there felt so particularly right that I began to hope and believe I would end up on one. An instinct about St. John pulled my heart there so strongly, that a fierce desire I could never quite explain, drove me there. It might not surprise all that I moved there. I ended up happily living there for over a decade. I'll absolutely love St. John forever. It will always have a sense of home for me, and of course that's true of so many visitors who feel compelled to return to St. John year after year. Those visitors IMHO are brilliant.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
Tropical Blessings is, for me and many others, a perfect place in a perfect location. After four years of searching I was absolutely determined to find that treasure of a place and I finally did! A lot of love and inspired passion has gone into creating a dream place that would be beyond expectations and imaginings, a place just so delightfully enjoyable and lovely in a multiplicity of ways that all will feel like they've just arrived home. You'll find the ambiance to be especially warm and inviting, and that's exactly how I want it to feel to you. You'll always find new surprises that will tell you clearly without words that you really matter as a guest. You'll just know, and so many people are loving Tropical Blessings for just that very reasons. Guests can tell that dream in action continues to unfold, and some have told me that I should be proud of what I've done. Done?!?. I keep telling myself that the next irrestible inspiration is the last, then I dream up another and can't say no! I believe there's no risk in telling you that you'll most likely feel enchanted with a gorgeous and beautifully appointed place. When you walk in you'll know without doubt that Tropical Blessings is my dream come true, a dream that I can't help but want to sweep others right into, a dream of the heart. Each room is decorated a very personal way. Each is distinct, all inviting, and each uniquely decorated in a special ways. The interior of Tropical Blessings is touched with a hand of imagination, detail, color, playfulness, peace, and tropical themes everywhere. Everyone loves the location - just a 10 minute walk to town and only 3 minutes to the beach at Frank Bay. A private world on a charming neighborhood lane that few know about. But step out the door...fine dining, shops, all you could want just steps away! I've heard it more than once: " It just doesn't get better than this!" The fact that guests enjoy returning is a joyful affirmation my vision!

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  • Gorgeous views, complete luxury and comfort. Welcome to a dream come true!

    Gorgeous views, complete luxury and comfort. Welcome to a dream come true!

  • Or dine alfresco outside.

    Or dine alfresco outside.

  • And gaze out the kitchen window at this lovely courtyard view.

    And gaze out the kitchen window at this lovely courtyard view.

  • Then return to Tropical Blessings to enjoy moments sublime.

    Then return to Tropical Blessings to enjoy moments sublime.

  • Enjoy watching a movie.

    Enjoy watching a movie.

  • The master bedroom is sumptuous and comfortable.

    The master bedroom is sumptuous and comfortable.

  • And a private bath with a large walk in shower.

    And a private bath with a large walk in shower.

  •  And like all rooms, the Coral Room is beautifully decorated.

    And like all rooms, the Coral Room is beautifully decorated.

  • Custom Office/Library.

    Custom Office/Library.

  • Walk two blocks down this lovely lane.

    Walk two blocks down this lovely lane.

  • Or perhaps you'll venture off to another beautiful St. John Beach.

    Or perhaps you'll venture off to another beautiful St. John Beach.

  • Enjoy a tranquil Caribbean setting.

    Enjoy a tranquil Caribbean setting.

  • You'll love the spacious great room, beautifully appointed.

    You'll love the spacious great room, beautifully appointed.

  • The fully appointed gourmet kitchen has everything you need.

    The fully appointed gourmet kitchen has everything you need.

  • Serve six in this elegant dining area.

    Serve six in this elegant dining area.

  • Spend time relaxing in the living area.

    Spend time relaxing in the living area.

  • The main balcony is only steps away with beautiful views each day.

    The main balcony is only steps away with beautiful views each day.

  • With its own private balcony.

    With its own private balcony.

  • The Coral Room is charming, spacious, and has two queen beds.

    The Coral Room is charming, spacious, and has two queen beds.

  •  The Aqua Room has two twin beds can easily be converted into a king.

    The Aqua Room has two twin beds can easily be converted into a king.

  • Enjoy a relaxing swim or lounge in a chaise with a good book.

    Enjoy a relaxing swim or lounge in a chaise with a good book.

  • You'll find yourself at Frank Bay, just steps away.

    You'll find yourself at Frank Bay, just steps away.

  • Sit for just a moment and make dinner reservations.

    Sit for just a moment and make dinner reservations.

  • Beautiful Tropical Blessings.

    Beautiful Tropical Blessings.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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