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North Bay, Canada
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Selecting a villa

Four of us are thinking about travelling to St. Croix next January( 2015). We would like some recommendations regarding accommodations with the following criteria:

1. About $400/night

2. On or very close to the beach

3. Pool

4. Within walking distance of restaurants.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

northbay

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407 area code
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1. Re: Selecting a villa

"Within walking distances of restaurants" is going to be tough.

You may want to check www.vacationstcroix.com. They always get great reveiws for their service on the forum.

Edited: 4:06 pm, February 07, 2014
Santa Monica, CA
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2. Re: Selecting a villa

The Buccaneer may suit you very well. It's a nice resort, beachfront, and close enough to Christensted that you can hire a cab to get back and forth for dinners out (many restaurants in C'sted).

Wheaton, Illinois
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3. Re: Selecting a villa

$2,800/wk/ right on the beach might be a bit low for a well-maintained villa with a pool and the only villas I know of where walking to a couple of restaurants would be possible would be along the east end, south shore, near the Divi resort. My niece and nephew stayed at Lymin' Beach House and loved it (no pool, though, but a hot tub), and just down the beach from that villa is Sugar Bird Rest (right on the sand, pretty water entry but no pool).

You might be able to also walk to The Divi restaurants from a standalone condo unit at Villa Madeleine, though, where each unit has a private courtyard pool. .Besides our first trip staying at Villa Madeleine, a few hillside villas close to beaches we have stayed are Amonoka, Bambooshay, LaViridian, and Smuggler's Retreat. Not what I would call walking distance, though, except for Amonoka to The Reef Beach - I could do the walk down but the walk back up might just do me in (:))

We always rent from Vacation St. Croix and in 10+ rentals we have never been disappointed. St. Croix is very much a driving island and you will need to rent a car. Don't let driving on the left scare you off - if I can do it, anyone can.

Happy planning!

- Margy

St. Croix
posts: 299
reviews: 6
4. Re: Selecting a villa

There are several villas in Cane Bay. Cane Bay Beach is beautiful and there are 4 restaurants within walking distance of several villas and 7 restaurants within a 5 minute drive. There is some of the best snorkeling and diving in Cane Bay and there is a dive shop that rents dive and snorkel gear. You can also rent kayaks and go horseback riding right in Cane Bay. The Came Bay area is one of the most beautiful on the island...IMHO!

You may need to push up your budget a little. A villa like "Villa Dawn" in Cane Bay starts at $3,100 plus tax for a week in Peak Season.

New Berlin, WI
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reviews: 23
5. Re: Selecting a villa

I would highly recommend Southern Breezes Villa. Just google it and you will find lots of information. We stayed there last month and it was beautifully decorated, very private, had its own pool and a great beach. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Awesome verandah overlooking the caribbean sea. It is located on Grapetree Bay and there are several restaurants (Blue Water Terrace, Duggans, Cheeseburger in Paradise) near-by (will need a car). Divi Resort and Casino is within walking distance. Very safe and beautiful part of the island.

Erie PA
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6. Re: Selecting a villa

Great reading your comments. We are headed to southern breezes in April and we are counting the days. How is the snorkeling? Any other recommendations such as grocery store or restaurants?

Glenmoore...
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7. Re: Selecting a villa

We are headed to Southern Breezes in March which can't get here soon enough. Also interested in the snorkeling and grocery questions. We'd love to find someone to shop for us prior to arrival. Any suggestions?

New Berlin, WI
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8. Re: Selecting a villa

You will LOVE Southern Breezes. My husband and I are now spoiled for future vacations. We never ended up snorkeling right at the villa - water was a little rough when we there. There is lots of snorkeling equipment provided at the villa - masks, fins, noodles, floats etc. Sam, the villa owner, will give you directions to a grocery store which is on the way from the airport to the villa. If you ever get lost, just follow the blue Divi Resort signs as Divi is just down the road from the villa. They really helped us navigate from place to place. Ziggy's gasoline and market is not far from the villa. They have some groceries too as well as some great caribbean food. First time I ate lunch at a gas station! Would really recommend Duggan's (not far from villa) for a nicer dinner - known for their whiskey soaked lobster - not that expensive and huge!

North Bay, Canada
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9. Re: Selecting a villa

Is the villa within walking distance of some restaurants and beach bars?

Thanks in advance.

northbay

New Berlin, WI
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10. Re: Selecting a villa

The villa is not within walking distance of any restaurants and beach bars. It is more of a residential area. Its seclusion is one of the positives about its location. The Divi Resort and Casino is within walking distance. You really need a car to see all of St. Croix.

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