House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 7)
Hi We live just north of Boston, Massachusetts in the historic seaport of Salem. We love living near the water and sailing during the summer. I head-up a regional, non-profit organization that works in collaboration with the National Park Service on trail development, historic preservation, and heritage education projects. Andy works in media research and technology at MIT. We have one daughter. Cheers, Annie & Andy
Annie purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Annie chose Estate Carolina
We enjoy sailing but the season in New England is very short so fifteen years ago we started sailing in the Caribbean during the winter. We fell in love with the Virgin Islands and especially St John with its uncrowded beaches, soft sand, clear water and spectacular snorkeling. When we wanted to buy a vacation house in a warm place, we decided to buy in the US Virgins and chose the village of Coral Bay because it is the prettiest part of this beautiful island island, and it is also the most convenient place to reach the best south shore and north shore beaches in the National Park.
What makes this Villa unique
We have made every effort to make our home very comfortable for us - and for you! We like to cook; sit on the deck and admire the view; get on line and catch up on our email; go for a swim; hike in a beautiful place; explore ruins; snorkel; go our for dinner, and also just stay in and relax. The Outlook is convenient for all this and more. It is truly a place to get away from it all in comfort - and yet still have instant, excellent email/internet service in every room of the house.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
See lease agreement
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Lovely place, everything was as described and Jeremy and Annie were each accessible, and attentive!
Essential Information Missing From the Listing
Although the views from the balcony are stunning, the property had some serious challenges and we abandoned it after just one night of our week reservation.
(1) Coral Bay is subject to frequent power outages, and the electricity went out twice on our first night there. Some properties in the area have a back up generator but this is not one of them. Note, you can not run water or flush the toilet when the electricity is out. The house only had one small working flashlight so we recommend you bring your own.
(2) The water is limited and you need to be very economical when using showers, toilets or sink. The owner requests that NO toilet paper is flushed down the toilet.
(3) This property does not have air conditioning and St. John is tropical and therefore gets very hot and humid even at night and in the winter.
(4) You have to be very careful about letting bugs in the house, particularly since you need all the windows and screen doors open. One of the screen doors does not close all the way therefore causing flies, mosquitos and lizards inside the house. Also, despite the property being relatively clean, we found cockroaches in the dishwasher.
(5) Note, the showers are outdoors. See above about bugs.
(6) The house is located up a very steep, narrow and winding road. Coming and going at night is very challenging and frightening since it's a two way road that barely fits one car.
(7) The mattresses seem old, are uncomfortable and are covered in thick plastic.
Although the area is gorgeous, this property is not for everyone, and you should be prepared.
It's makes us sad to have a poor review. Our first one ever. St John is a tropical paradise but it isn't for everyone. It's laid back and fun but the power doesn't always work - although it usually isn't off for long and it's a great excuse to go to the beach or to an outdoor bar. At our house we prefer open windows, gentle trade winds, and ceiling fans to being closed-up with air conditioning, but even houses with AC occasionally have little lizards and tropical insects wandering through them. Usually guests rave about the semi outdoor showers which are considered a feature. We have tried to present our villa as clearly as we can in photos and the description – and you are always welcome to write or email us for more information. We are not a fancy hotel but for 99.9% of our guests, we provide a wonderful, relaxing, tropical experience.
Coral Bay Outlook is comfortable and beautiful, with stunning views of the harbor.
Our group was two couples and one single, so we rented the whole house for five nights. We all loved the place. Great kitchen, with everything we needed for cooking breakfast and several suppers. The beds are very comfortable, and outdoor showers in the upper unit are glorious; one has a window overlooking the bay. Other details we appreciated: the view from the deck, the sense of privacy; spacious, attractive layout and decor; WiFi throughout the villa; a nice selection of guidebooks, novels, and games; coolers, beach towels, umbrellas and chairs; screens on the windows. We highly recommend this beautiful villa.
We spent our days snorkeling and swimming at the beaches: Leinster Bay (swam to Water Lemon Cay), Francis Bay, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond Bay (where we also hiked to Ram Head) and Maho Bay. All were beautiful beaches, within easy driving distance from the villa. We saw many sea turtles, rays, sharks, and fish. Dinners out were at Oasis (good), Aqua Bistro (mediocre) and Miss Lucy's (great food and live music). We recommend grocery shopping at the Dolphin Market in Cruz Bay rather than Coral Bay as the selection is much better there. We made several lunches ourselves, and in addition, bought sandwiches and pickles from Pickles in Paradise in Coral Bay, and excellent Reuben sandwiches and delicious home baked treats from North Shore Deli in Cruz Bay.
Beautiful property. Loved the island.
Lovely 2 level apartment. Perfect for our family of 6. Beautiful views.
Coral Bay is still recovering from Irma. Many buildings are damaged seemingly beyond repair and abandoned cars litter the roads around Coral Bay. That being said, the apartment has no discernible damage and all the utilities worked perfectly throughout our stay. Several small businesses are trying to regain a toe-hold in Coral Bay. We had uniformly excellent meals in Coral Bay -Wok on the Beach, Aqua Villa, Skinny legs (we can't say the same for restaurants in .Cruz Bay). I would recommend renting snorkel equipment at Busy Bee.
The beaches and hiking are great. Our family would hike in the morning and go the beach in the afternoon (don't forget to grab sandwiches to pack for lunch from Pickles in Paradise). This villa offers easy access to national park and beaches. We did a day boat trip to snorkel in BVI which was a highlight of our trip. Don't use Rick with Lion in da Sun for a boat trip. I would try Busy Bee as they have their boat in Coral Bay.
Drive up to the villa is intimidating but doable. Worth the work to get the views!
Great villa for a home base to rest and relax after a day of activities on and off the island!
Our family of 6 plus a friend enjoyed a restorative week in St. John, made possible in large measure by the wonderful home. The home has upstairs and downstairs living quarters which provided both private space and group space. The house is very well furnished, making cooking in an option. Kids/teens/adults needing to check work email will be glad to know the Wi-Fi is great. Renting snorkeling gear from Crabbys just down the hill for $40/person for a full week, plus the abundance of picture perfect beaches makes for a perfect week.
Loved the house and the location. Would stay there again.
Great for our family. Spectacular view. Especially appreciated all the details owner provided, maps, coolers, beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, etc.
Our villa is located within a short (11-15 minutes) drive of seven of the best beaches in St John. You can try a different beach every day of the week! These beaches are also among the most beautiful in the Caribbean as they are part of the US Virgin Islands National Park.