|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our large, one bedroom apartment is ideal for quiet, retired folks seeking the Caribbean sun and sea. We are located in the best neighborhood on the island (yes, we are biased!), simply known as Miss Bea, after the woman who formerly owned the entire area. The apartment is under our home, with it’s own driveway and private entrance.
You’ll enjoy the tropical breezes and lovely views of Buck Island from the apartment, but when the beach pulls at you, there are two to choose from, both an easy 5-6 minutes walk away. Relax in the lounge chairs provided by the neighborhood association on Miss Bea Beach - chances are, you’ll have it to yourselves - or take the plunge for some lovely snorkeling. At Crescent Beach, the odds are good that you'll see a sea turtle.
Another five minutes walk will get you to the beach at Chenay Bay Resort where you can have lunch or dinner and a pina colada, and rent a stand up paddle board or kayak to explore the waters of nearby Green Cay island, a National Wildlife Refuge.
Speaking of walking, people come from other neighborhoods to walk our roads, especially “the loop” which offers beautiful water views east and west. If you prefer more of a workout, we have challenging hiking hills, also with great views.
The apartment has everything you’ll need to make it your home away from home, including Dish Satellite TV for the flat screen, and high-speed internet for your laptop. There is an a/c unit but, truthfully, you will probably never turn it on: the apartment stays cool and breezy most of the time. (Please note that there is a surcharge for use of the a/c.)
Linen, towels and beach towels are provided as are beach chairs and a cooler; iron and ironing board; rain umbrella, blow dryer. Just bring your bathing suit and toothbrush!
Enjoy seasonal tropical fruits from our fenced yard with a gated drive. Do some bird watching - there are many interesting birds to see right from the patio including kestrels that nest in the sugar mill behind our house.
Eat in with the fully equipped kitchen or dine out at numerous restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive. There’s an 18 hole golf course 7 minutes away and you can also be in downtown Christiansted in under 10 for duty free shopping or hop aboard a boat to Buck Island.
Andy and I are long-time residents of St. Croix and met here when we were both involved with the St. Croix Environmental Association. It was work about which we were both passionate and are proud to say we had major roles in the conservation of what is now Salt River National Park and The Nature Conservancy-owned Jacks and Isaacs Bays.
In 2001, Rosie became a part of our family and is an island girl through and through, having taken her first several day sailing trip when she was just 8 months old and earning her skin diving “fins” at the age of 9 on another boat excursion.
When we aren’t busy with work and school, we enjoy reading, gardening, traveling, kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and diving. We look forward to sharing our love of St. Croix and Caribbean living with you.
Robin Freeman purchased this apartment in 2002
When Andy and I met, we each owned a home, and neither wanted to live in the other's. So we set about looking for our home, but couldn't find one that suited us both. One place we did agree on was Miss Bea neighborhood, so when this house became available, we jumped on it.
The views, the sugar mill practically in our back yard, the fruit trees, several beaches within walking distance, close to town yet in a quiet neighborhood.
I just returned from another very nice stay at my home away from home in Saint Croix. The location is so convenient and I just love the view and the breeze. You also really could not ask for better hosts. The apartment is in fantastic condition, and there is really nothing else that I could ask for. It is also very affordable. I am not sure when my next trip to Saint Croix will be, but this property will again be my first choice when I return.
First off, we have been coming to the Virgin Islands for over 8 years, and this was our first stay in St. Croix. Words can not describe the difference between this beautiful island and the other two. Like many, we choose this place for its close proximity to everything, including some of the best beaches on the island. The apartment is located in a safe, clean, quiet residential area on the east end. There's a sugar mill on the property next door (which you can not visit) but it's a nice, welcome sight as you're pulling up the road to the spacious, clean well ventilated apartment. Robin has filled it with all the amenities one would need at home, including a charcoal grill outside should you decide to grill your fish. There are fruit trees around you, starfruit, bread fruit, and even young mango tree... never mind the setting and view to Buck Island. Oh my!
Staying at Miss Bea's Retreat made an already memorable vacation, a better one.
We selected this spot at Green Cay to explore the east end of the island and experience neighborhood living on St Croix. It was the perfect spot for us to get a feel for island life. We were welcomed with a bottle of Rum and fruit from the on property trees. Robin and Andy were very welcoming and helpful with any of our questions. It was a great neighborhood for morning walks and close to beaches so you could feel sand under your feet. The location was very quiet, peaceful and secure a perfect place to get a feel for island life.
My Wife and I have been back a month now and after being able to catch our breath and get our children moving towards final exams and wrapping up high school sports for the Spring, I am finally able to sit down and brag on what a wonderful time we had.
I have been to nearly 20 Caribbean islands and when it comes to beauty St. Croix is at the top of the list. When in St. Croix for a short week it is nearly impossible to cover all the highlights in 7 days.
We chose Miss Bea's for value and convenience. It was a nice first floor apartment with Amazing views of the water and Buck Island. Jennifer and I spent most of our time out exploring, snorkeling/lounging at several of St, Croix's endless number of amazing beaches. It was nice to have a comfortable clean place to grab a shower and a quick bite before we would venture out again or crash for the evening.
There was a great breeze in the apartment and not once did we have the need to use AC. The kitchen was fully Stocked and we usually prepared our own breakfast. There is a coffee maker but I recommend bringing your favorite coffee because coffee on the Island I have found is expensive and not very good. I highly recommend cooking breakfast at the apartment and then doing the other meals out and about. Groceries are costly and restaurant prices are not that much higher than a major city. The seafood at restaurants is excellent but really disappointing to buy at the grocer.
The apartment is conveniently located to Christiansted and a good 30 minutes to Fredricksted. I highly recommend a rental car which can be expensive on the island. They can get as steep as 750 a week. We found a family owned reliable company (Midwest Auto Rental) that had our car ready at the apartment the night we arrived around midnight, then we just dropped it at the airport our last day, all for 250 a week. If you rent from them they will cover your transportation from the airport, it's dark and roads at times are not well marked, I highly recommend it. Then you can figure out directions in the morning.
Robin was most hospitable and had a nice bottle of Cruzan rum waiting for us when we arrived, along with balloons celebrating my 50th.
I must say, I thought I would never get to St. Croix because air is so expensive but I did this trip for around 1800 thanks to Robin, included lodging, air and a car, I highly recommend flying out of a major city we saved nearly 800 for two by flying out of Chicago.
My husband and I just returned to Maine after spending a week at the Miss Bea Retreat. What a time we had. We were welcomed with a bottle of Rum and Birthday balloon (my husbands 65th). This lovely apartment was just right for what we needed. As we called it "a great base of operation". We ate out most of the time for dinner, but prepared our own breakfast there. It was well equipped, though I would have loved a larger coffee maker. The Miss Bea Beach was very convenient and we enjoyed quiet mornings listening to the surf.
We made so many new friend, including our hosts and were able to explore the island in depth, hoping maybe someday to own our own little piece of paradise.
I would return here in a heartbeat
We were very pleased with our "home away from home" choice for our week of vacation on St. Croix in January. The apartment is well maintained and had all of the conveniences of home. The property owners are on site in case of any issues which is very reassuring in a new place, but we had our privacy as well. There was a nice welcome gift waiting for us when we arrived which was fabulous after our long travel day. The property is located within a very nice neighborhood off of the main roads. At most times the area was quiet and at night we could hear the waves on the beach. The view from the enclosed porch/patio is spectacular. The apartment is the right size for a couple; it is not appropriate for a family. A neighborhood beach was within walking distance and there are nice places to eat within a short driving distance. You do need to rent a car as there is no public transportation in close proximity to the property; but you need a car to reach all of the fabulous beaches, attractions and parks anyway. All reservation transactions were flawless and we received helpful travel planning information well in advance of our trip. The people we encountered were extremely friendly and quickly shared their own personal favorite places to visit. We would definitely stay here again if we make a trip back to St. Croix.
After you have your base tan, a trip to Buck Island is very worthwhile. The water is SO clear, the beach beautiful, and the snorkeling great. There's also a nice hike to the top of the island.
There are lots of good restaurants within just a 5-20 drive. We are lucky that we have such a variety of fine restaurants on our tiny island.
The east end offers kayaking and, on the right day, stand up paddling. This is the end of the island with the best snorkeling, as well with many spots from which to choose.
One of my favorite hikes is just 10 minutes away - to the top of Goat Hill, which affords breathtaking views of all of St. Croix, Buck Island, the sea. It's a great place to meditate.
If you decide to venture out more and explore the rest of the island, the possibilities are endless!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
*CANCELLATION POLICY: Payments made are refundable, less a $150 administrative fee, if your dates can be re-booked for the same rate. If we offer a discount to secure a replacement rental, you will be charged the difference in the rental amounts plus the $150 administrative fee. If we are not able to re-book for your dates, no payment will be refunded. Reservations are not transferable to another party. We suggest you purchase travel insurance to cover your costs in the event you are forced to cancel.
*Hurricanes and Emergencies: Hurricane Season in St. Croix officially runs from June 1st-November 30th but hurricanes can occur at any time of year. Other natural disasters, airline delays or personal emergencies can also prevent or interrupt a vacation. Vacation insurance is readily available and relatively inexpensive and will protect you from many different events that might preclude or interrupt your vacation. We strongly advise that you purchase such insurance. Other than as stated in our cancellation policy, we will not provide refunds if you are unable to reach St. Croix; or if your stay is interrupted due to any reason outside of Homeowners’ control.
*Reservation will be confirmed upon receipt by owner of deposit
*$200 refundable deposit due with final payment. Deposit, will be refunded within 7 days of departure.
*Check-in after 4:00 pm; Check-out by 11:00 am