The Beach Cottage is an exceptionally romantic vacation home. It is a one-level cottage with two very private bedrooms/baths. When you step onto the entry deck the master bedroom is in the building on the right, and the great room and the guest bedroom is in a separate building on the left, with an adjoining deck connecting both buildings. The great room houses the living, dining and kitchen areas and the guest bedroom runs along the left side of the great room. From the great room two sets of 6’ sliding glass doors open to a large (500 sq./ft.) covered deck and there is a 23’ long second deck that is fully screened and covered off the master bedroom.
- Bedrooms: 2
- Beds: 2
- Bed Description: 1 King, 1 Queen
- Bathrooms: 2
- Property Location: Lime Tree Cove
- Proximity: Beachfront
- Property Size: 1800 sq. ft.
- Year Property Complete: 2013, updated
- Beach: 45 ft from the deck
- Pool: No
- Hot Tub: No
- Air Conditioning: Yes, bedrooms only
- Children: 10 years and older
- Wifi: Yes
- Housekeeping: No
- Ipod Connectivity: Yes
- Damage Deposit: $500 prepaid damage deposit
- Distance To Town: 3 miles to the shops, restaurants and grocery stores in Coral Bay, 12 miles to the shops, restaurants and grocery stores in Cruz Bay
- Living Dining: The great room has lovely water views and for entertainment the living area has a 32” TV/DVD and a stereo/CD. The interior dining table seats 4 – 6 while the table on the covered deck seats four.
- Kitchen: The kitchen is all new with a 4-burner gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker and blender, plus attractive granite counters and mahogany cabinets. There is a washer dryer off the kitchen.
- Bedroom Details: The spacious master bedroom suite has a 4-poster classic white king bed with beach views, a/c, Brazilian cherry floors, a 32” TV/DVD and a sitting area. The master bedroom opens to a 23’ long fully screened porch deck that is 45 feet from the water. The charming guest bedroom (queen bed) is accessed through mahogany doors off the living area and it also has a/c, water views, and a small sitting area, and it opens to the main deck through a screened sliding glass door. Both bathrooms are tiled and have mahogany cabinets, and both were completely remodeled in 2013.
The ever changing beach at Lime Tree Cove. If you look at a map of St. John you will notice that the island consists of numerous bays and coves that are carved in to the coastline. These bays and coves usually provide good beach erosion protection from the storms that lash the Caribbean islands during hurricane season. However, some years Lime Tree Cove, like all St. John beaches, suffers sand erosion but other years – nothing. Despite what the storms do to the beaches during hurricane season, the sand always comes back. For example, in the fall of 2015, two storms roared past St. John and stole much of Lime Tree Cove’s sand (see photo dated Nov. 2015). But Mother Nature loves St John, and what she takes away in September she gives back in October through December (see photo’s marked Jan. 2016). So when you are on island the beach may not look exactly like the photos you see here, for the beach is constantly changing. But for most of the months of the 25 years we have been doing businiess on St John, Lime Tree Cove has been and still remains “delightful and delovely”.
The Beach Cottage is located on the Coral Bay side of St John on the beach in a small sheltered cove called Lime Tree Cove. Not only is Beach Cottage the only house on the beach, but also the front steps of the cottage are only 40 feet (we measured it) from the beckoning turquoise waters of the Caribbean. This is an exceptionally rare find on the island of St John where most of the beaches are within the National Park and no villas, condos or hotels are permitted on Park lands. The original Beach Cottage was built before zoning laws were enacted on St John, then the Cottage was completely rebuilt on the existing footprint so it is “grandfathered” and is allowed to exist within a no building zone. This means the Cottage is, and will forever remain, the only house on the beach. Lime Tree Cove is part of the larger Round Bay and the bright turquoise waters of the cove and of Round Bay are almost always calm because they are sheltered by the East End, which is a long, high penisula that hooks east in to the Caribbean and protects these waters. The nearly flat seas create a fantastic sea world that offers some of St John’s best swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and just playing in and on the water. Like all the beaches on St John, Lime Tree beach changes with the seasons and storms. Sometimes it is mostly all sand, and sometimes it is a mix of stone pebbles and white sand.
Although the Cottage is located just off the road, this is the so called “quiet side” of St John where there is little traffic during the day, and almost none at night. You are 3 miles from the center of Coral Bay, which has lots of bars and restaurants, basic groceries, and snorkel gear and kayak and paddle board rentals. For larger grocery stores, lots more shopping and restaurants and bars, it is a 12 mile drive in to the village of Cruz Bay.
Children 10 years an older only.
ST JOHN SERVICES. The St. John services for Beach Cottage will be provided by two of St. John’s best service providers. Terry (she) and Olivier (he) are a delightful St. Johnian couple who are known throughout the island for their friendly, prompt and efficient manner. You will be met at the dock, escorted to the Beach Cottage and offered all kinds of advice on where to eat and drink, shop, snorkel, be entertained, or anything else you wish to know about St. John. Terry and Olivier are a phone call away if you need them, otherwise, after they settle you in they’ll leave you alone to discover the unique joys of beachside island living.
Vehicle Information A 4 Wheel Drive vehicle is needed for travel on St John
Rates, Printing Errors, Changes and Omissions: Caribbean Villas is not responsible for printing errors and inadvertent omissions. All rates and villa details are subject to change without prior notice.
PHONE SERVICE/CELL PHONES: Local phone service is interrupted regularly and in spite of our efforts to reinstate service it can some times take weeks. AT&T is the only cell service we find operates efficiently on the island. If you do not have AT&T we strongly suggest you bring a pay as you go AT&T cell phone with you as we do not provide cell phones should the local phone service be interrupted.
Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile. There will be no refunds due to the internet not working.
Pool Floats: Pool floats are not guaranteed with your villa rental. If you want access to them, please bring them with you.
After making your villa/condo booking with us, you have 7 days to send us your rental deposit and guest contract. Payment is by check, personal check is fine. Your sending us payment on your villa rental becomes a binding agreement; it constitutes your acceptance and agreement to these terms, conditions, limitations and restrictions as mentioned in our Payment and Cancellation Polices section on this page. If you have any problems or questions with any of this information, please be sure to call us for discussion and explanation before you send us your villa rental deposit monies and contract.
PAYMENTS: Caribbean Villas requires 50% down within 7 days of making your reservation by check only. Failure to make this payment subjects your reservation to automatic cancellation. The balance of your reservation including the tax/service charge and security deposit where applicable; is due 60 days prior to arrival. If traveling during the Christmas/New Years time period, the balance including the tax/service charge is due 120 days prior to arrival. Rates are based on Cash Prices – Payment is by check. To pay with a visa/mastercard there is a 3% service fee. Please make the checks payable to Caribbean Villas and mail them to 89 Mussey Rd., Suite 103, Scarborough, ME 04074.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Once Caribbean Villas has received your deposit all payments are non-refundable/non-changeable. If you cancel/change your reservation, and we are able to rebook your entire set of travel dates, your money will be refunded, less a 20% administration fee of the total room charge. If a replacement rental is not obtained for your entire set of travel dates, there will be no refund. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Caribbean Villas highly recommends trip cancellation insurance.
HURRICANE AND/OR STORM POLICY: There will be no refunds given for acts of God or force majeure, such as hurricanes, tropical storms etc on St John, USVI. This policy applies to current and all future guests who have reservations to travel or are on St John. We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance. If insurance is not purchased and St John is impacted by an act of god or force majeure we will hold your money on account for a future stay. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: If you do not have a source, Caribbean Villas highly recommends CSA Travel Protection. It is the guests responsibility to cover themselves in the event they need to cancel or change their vacation plans.
Please note: If we do not have your arrival information 60 days prior to your check-in, there will be a $50 charge applied to your security deposit.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix) you will need Proof of Citizenship; this is a Photo ID and a birth certificate with a raised seal (photo copies are not allowed). *For further information: http://www.travel.state.gov * Please note: If you are traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix) and are planning to do any day trips/day sails to the British Virgin Island or any other Caribbean country you will need a valid U.S. Passport
MAID SERVICE: Our homes/condos do not include maid service. Maid Service may be arranged at an additional cost. Towels, linens, beach towels and paper products are provided for your entire stay. Any additional supplies will need to be purchased by the guest.
HOTEL TAX/SERVICE CHARGE: If traveling to St. John, a 12.5% hotel tax and 5% service charge will be added to your reservation. (When the hotel tax changes all reservations are subject to the tax increase.)
DAMAGE DEPOSITS (Security Deposit): Our Villas and Condos for the island of St. John all require a damage deposit. The deposit is $500-$1500 depending on the property reserved. In most cases this deposit may be applied to a Visa or MasterCard. Our consultants will advise you at the time of booking which policy applies to your rental home. The security deposits are fully refundable within 60 days of your departure, provided there is no breakage, damage, missing items, no charges incurred before, during or after your stay, still outstanding. All normal utilities (except long-distance phone calls or careless or extremely excessive use of your villa’s water supply) are included in your rental price. You hereby agree to pay Caribbean Villas on behalf of the owner of your villa the cleaning or replacement costs for all damages to personal property or to the real estate, which may occur as a result of your occupancy, excluding normal wear and tear. Locked pantries and closets are reserved for the use of the villa owner and are not included in this rental. You as a Guest agree to take all reasonable steps to ensure that your family and other guests in your party adhere to the rules and regulations affecting your villa. All villas are privately owned, so decor, colors and inventories will of course vary. All villas are fully furnished, including an ample supply of bed linens and towels for Guests’ use. Rearranging of furniture or removing any items from the villa is prohibited.
LIABILITY: Caribbean Villas, is acting hereunder as an agent for accommodations, and assumes no liability for property loss or damages, nor liability for injury, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or the acts of any company or persons engaged in conveying passengers to or from their villa. Transportation (airlines, ferries, charter vessels, rental cars and taxis) is supplied by providers who operate independently of Caribbean Villas. We assume no responsibility, therefore, for any loss, injury, or damage to person or property because of the acts of those providers. Furthermore, guests are responsible for their villa during occupancy, and must lock villa windows and doors securely at all times when not on the premises, and must exercise care in securing all personal property. Guests must observe all cautions as given in our blue guest book and/or by your local contact. All Caribbean Villa’s properties are privately owned. The Owner and Caribbean Villas reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at their complete discretion. Any and all disputes will be subject to jurisdiction only in the USVI.
COMPLAINTS AND MAINTENANCE: Caribbean Villas shall make every effort to keep all villas and their inventories in good working order. In case of a maintenance problem, they will strive to repair the problem as soon as possible after being notified. However, no refund or rate adjustment shall be made for unforseen failures such as the supply of electricity, water, pool filtration systems, air conditioning, television/cable service, internet access, appliances, etc. Due to wild fluctuations in our island electrical service and the lack of trained technicians here, we cannot guarantee that hot tubs at villas will operate correctly at all times, and no rebates will be given due to hot tub malfunctions. It is the Guest’s obligation to report any problem or damage IMMEDIATELY to us, regardless of the hour. No refunds will be considered unless problems are reported and reviewed by our staff during your stay on island.
CONSTRUCTION NOISE: Due to the amount of new villa construction on St. John, it is a possibility that construction may occur near your villa rental. Any construction and the possibility of new construction is outside the control of Caribbean Villas.
ENTRY INTO VILLA: Caribbean Villas or its staff may enter your villa to perform any repairs as necessary. If your villa is on the market for sale, we reserve the right to allow the villa to be shown, but only by advance appointment made with Guest. We will make every effort to schedule such brief showings at a time convenient to you, to respect your privacy, and not interrupt your vacation.
SUBSTITUTION: Caribbean Villas reserves the right to substitute comparable or better accommodations without liability, should the villa reserved be sold, out of order, double booked or be deemed substandard by us for any reason. If comparable accommodations are not available, Guest may receive a complete refund of all pro- rated rent and Hotel Tax/Service Charge paid for the original villa.
CAPACITY OF VILLAS: The total number of persons allowed in the villa at any one time is restricted to the number of persons scheduled and paid for (based on two persons per bedroom). Should a group misrepresent themselves, they will not be allowed entry into the villa. Exceptions to this term are made only by management, prior to your arrival dates and for infants under 2 yrs old; if sleeping in a baby crib and not occupying one of the villa’s beds.
QUIET ENJOYMENT AND PARTIES: Caribbean Villas wishes to maintain a family atmosphere for the quiet enjoyment of Guests. We rent to family groups and responsible adults only; absolutely NO house parties or functions such as weddings are allowed at the villas. Guests shall be sufficiently quiet and peaceful, so as not to disturb other residents of the neighborhood.
RATES AND PRINTING ERRORS: Caribbean Villas is not responsible for printing errors and inadvertent omissions. All rates and villa details are subject to change without prior notice.
CHECK IN TIME: St. John – 3:00 p.m. and forward. CHECK-OUT TIME: 10:00 a.m. sharp. PETS: No pets of any kind are allowed in or on the villa premises. A pet or evidence of a pet found on the villa premises will cause immediate eviction and forfeiture of Guest’s entire rent and deposit.
ARRIVALS: For St. John there is one complimentary arrival that brings the arriving guests to the vehicle rental to pick up their reserved vehicle and then escorts the party to their villa. For 8pm -12 midnight arrivals there is a $50 check-in fee. You may schedule additional arrivals as needed for $75 per arrival. Please note: If we do not have your arrival information 60 days prior to your check-in, there will be a $50 charge applied to your security deposit.
CABLE TELEVISION: For St. John, most of the homes have expanded cable, with a few exceptions. Occasionally there is a problem with the cable television service. Caribbean Villas does not have any control over the cable service and repairs are currently taking between 8-14 days to complete.
PHONE SERVICE: ALL LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS ARE RESTRICED. We ask all guests to use a calling card to make long distance phone calls.Local calls are free. Occasionally there is a problem with the telephone lines for the villa and condo rentals. Caribbean Villas does not have any control over the telephone company and repairs are currently taking up to 30 days to complete. Rapture and Kalorama only have cell phone service.
CELL PHONE USAGE ALONG THE NORTH SHORE: If you use your cell phone on the north side of the island there is a good chance you will pick up the cell tower on Tortola (British Virgin Islands). If this happens you will be charged for an international call on your cell phone plan. DRUGS AND
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Guests and members of his party shall not use or permit to be brought into any villa and illegal substances, inflammable fluids (e.g., gasoline, kerosene, naphtha or benzene), or other explosives or articles deemed hazardous to life, limb or property.
VILLA, SAFE AND GATE KEYS: Caribbean Villas shall charge Guests $175 for each set of lost or mishandled keys; gate remote controls will be charged at replacement cost. Guest is required to follow all instructions precisely on where to leave your villa keys and gate remote controls when you depart–call if you are unsure!
CONSERVING ELECTRICITY: Due to the cost of electricity doubling, the air-conditioning in our villas/condos will not be turned on when you are checked into your property. At check-in, our staff will be happy to show you how to turn the systems on and off, should you decide to use the air-conditioning. We are requesting that you turn the air-conditioning off in all rooms when not at the villa. It does not take long to cool a room down when you return to the villa. We understand this is your vacation and we want it to be enjoyable and relaxing. Anything you are willing to do will be appreciated in conserving your electrical usage.
SMOKING: All Villas are non-smoking. Guests may be fined up to $150 for smoking violations. GARBAGE REMOVAL: Guests are responsible for removal of all trash from their villa. A $75 fee will be applied to guest’s security deposit if rental agent is required to remove trash left behind. There are numerous dumpsters throughout the island for your use.
CABLE/INTERNET/TELEPHONE/ELECTRICITY: In the Virgin Islands these services may be interrupted. If an interruption occurs the rental manager will report the problem but we have no control over service repairs. There will be no rental refunds due to the interruption of these services. Internet Service: The internet service is subject to frequent interruption. We cannot guarantee internet quality or speed. Renters might find it convenient to travel with a cellular carrier MiFi – a couple of examples are AT&T and Virgin Mobile
- In Season Prices
Dec. 16, 2017 – April 13, 2018
$4620/wk for 2-4 people
Christmas/New Years (Dec 16 to Jan 6)
- Off Season Pricing
April 15, 2017 – Dec. 15, 2017
$3150/wk for 2 people (1 bdrm) * $3395/wk for 3 * $3640/wk for 4
Rates are based on 2 people per bedroom
- Hotel Tax/Service Charge
12.5% Hotel tax/5% Service Charge
- Damage Deposit
Prepaid refundable $500
(the damage deposit is refunded 30 days after departure as long as no damage has occurred during your stay)
Caribbean Villa Comments
- Caribbean Villas Comments:
This an exceptionally rare find on St. John - a secluded and private sand beach with only one house on the beach. We’ll let the photos tell the story of the Beach Cottage, but there are a few features worth restating:
For people who value being alone on a Caribbean beach, while also being a few feet from their comfortable home, this is indeed one of the few places on St. John where you can have both,
Even though this is the south side of St. John, the waters of the cove are well sheltered by the peninsula called the East End, so the sea is usually calm with waves of 1-foot or less. The small seas make this an ideal playground for all water sports, but especially for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and small boat sailing,
Three couples own this cottage and they did an excellent collective job of remodeling a neglected old cottage into an enticing, stylish and very romantic new beach house. Even without a beach in the front yard, this would be a lovely place to relax and unwind,
We have been to The Cottage numerous times and it really does have a truly peaceful, very tranquil essence, while at the same time it offers the opportunity to wear yourself out playing in, on, or under the warm, clear waters of your front yard,
For honeymooners and couples, this is someplace special, and for people who want to return from vacation tanned, relaxed and feeling like they have just spent a week alone on a tropical isle, this is your place.