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.
- 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.