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Vistas Supreme! Adorable Cottage Viewing Coral Bay & Bvi

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About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

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)


Guest House, cottage, studio, retreat, getaway, Awesome!

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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January 9, 2018

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 :)

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1991

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are new home owners in the VRBO rental market, and have been delightfully surprised with the reception our little cottage has received. Folks were always pleased with their accomodations, as well as the many adventures they experienced on this pristine paradise. Dee and I have very much enjoyed the enthusiasm these vacationers bring.

So let me summarize four months with VRBO travelers: One gentleman is actively pursuing local employment that would permit him to relocate here; Another couple from ST. Croix is in the process of closing on a home here in Coral Bay; A third professional is calculating the chances of landing a position in the islands based on the St. John experience. Everyone left St. John with their "batteries charged" and a hop in their step! Enough said?
May 2012
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Upper Carolina Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Kayak with paddle and life jacket. We have the satallite air card from ATT that you are welcome to borrow for internet use.


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Vistas Supreme! Adorable Cottage Viewing Coral Bay & Bvi
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews

Cozy and comfortable. Great views of coral bay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Tom and Dee for your hospitality 😎 We were very comfortable there and loved the accessibility to restaurants and beaches. Hope to see you again next year

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation! Thanks so much...

  • 5 of 5

Could not have been a better place to stay for our St John vacation! The hosts, Tom and Dee are very nice and where always helpful, but they still give you your privacy which is good. The villa is stunning with fantastic views of coral bay and the open ocean beyond. The accommodations are comfortable and charming. It is an open small one room villa with a bed, kitchen, and sitting area. The porch is breathtaking with its views. The hot tub was perfect after swimming all day. Our adult son stayed in the room below the villa and it was his own private space with a twin bed. We snorkeled every day with Dee giving us pointers of where to go and what to see. This villa is perfect for a couple or a small family like us. Thanks Tom and Dee for a fantastic vacation! You guys are the best....

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodbridge, VA USA

Beautiful Views, Great Hosts, Third Time Staying Here

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed here for a week; and every time we have had a blast. Tom and Dee are terrific hosts. The views are gorgeous. The cottage is comfortable and has everything we need, There is a fully functional kitchen and a outdoor grill. We enjoyed eating our breakfast while watching the boats in the bay. All beach equipment is provided, chairs, cooler, and towels. We absolutely love St John. We did a lot of snorkeling, hiking and eating. Tom and Dee are always generous in sharing their island knowledge. We look forward to visiting again soon!! The un-paved road up to the house is a bit bumpy, so be prepared for that. Maybe some day soon come it will get paved. :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Better we could have ever expected!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week in Vistas Supreme and it was a wonderful stay! Everything you need to get started is included in your villa- complete with one breathtaking view! Tom and Dee are amazing hosts and love to share their knowledge of the island with you. The best restaurants, hiking trails and places to snorkel. We took Dee's recommendation to hike Ram's head and it was an incredible view at the end. The villa is clean and comfortable with an outdoor bathroom. I cannot wait to come back and explore more of the island. 6 days was not enough. Make sure to visit Skinny Legs, rent a jeep and explore all the great beaches, hike one of the many trails and relax on your wrap around porch. Thank you again for sharing your home with us- it was one of our best vacations to date!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brief Review but Two Thumbs Up!

  • 5 of 5

We've been remiss in not submitting this review, but reiterate all the other reviews - this is a great place to stay and we'd stay again in a heartbeat. Great hosts, amazing views, a perfect escape.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY

Amazing Views and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed here in October of 2013 for two weeks, not 2014. I was too late in submitting a review and can't go back to 2013! I hope this is OK. My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon. This place was absolutely perfect. We went low budget with high reward, this cottage fit the bill exactly! The price allowed us to have an amazing two weeks, with a fantastic view and money left over to rent a jeep and explore everything and everything this amazing island has to offer. The hosts are incredibly friendly (and gay friendly :-), their our house is right next to the cottage but the cottage is slightly ahead, so privacy is possible. They are very respectful and announce themselves before coming by. This only happened once or twice for a change in towels and sheets, etc. They were happy to tell us all about the island. Dee even took us snorkeling early one morning to her favorite spot. It was like fish disneyland, you must ask her about it! We slept well, the trade winds kept the mosquitos away. The night sounds were comforting and after two years, I still remember that first night of amazing sleep we had when we arrived. Tip for those who enjoy cooking at home a lot: bring your own spices, coffee, condiments, etc. in zip lock bags and some empty ones too. We saved a lot by bringing these staples. It would have a cost a ton to buy everything there. We also bought local fish and grilled it up, it was a amazing! There is a micro greens farm in Coral Bay with amazing prices, we only discovered it during our second week there. The prices are super reasonable. We also enjoyed skinny legs and the food stand just below (which you can see from the deck). We can't wait to go back. Thank you Tom and Dee!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kayak with paddle & life jacket





  • $145/nt
  • US Dollars
  • May 15th-Nov.15th $145/night-$870/week
  • Nov. 16th-May 14th $175/night-1050/week
  • Mini Bedroom: Add $10/nite-$60/week
  • Please add 10% for VI Room Tax

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