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Goin to St. John in April - has anyone stayed at Cruz Bay...

Nashville, TN
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Goin to St. John in April - has anyone stayed at Cruz Bay...

A girlfriend and I are planning a 9 night St. John vacation in April. We've bought our airline tickets and are trying to find a wonderful villa/rental to stay in while there. Does anyone know anything about Cruz Bay Villas (1/2 mile up the hill from Cruz Bay). Looks very nice on internet and is in our price range. We want to be safe, have beautiful views and need advice on which beaches best for enjoying, sunning, reading, etc. Also best place to pick up groceries. We especially want to try some of the great restaurants, but also will probably cook some of our meals to staywithin our budget. Any other great villas you know about that are not extremely expensive and in a safe and beautiful location (not too remote)?

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1. Re: Goin to St. John in April - has anyone stayed at Cruz Bay...

Family lived in USVI for 10 years- Cinnamon Bay state park on St John has a "campground" with permanent tents on the beach (One of the best in USVI ) and also screened in/one room efficiencies- very nice before summer heat- Has a little store, and a great tropical common area, island shuttle picks you up for town, and can always bail out to the Westin Hotel if can't handle the primitive and very relaxing place - if you are ok with rustic, this place is well known by island residents to send their out of town guests to-Only bad experience was when wild donkeys invaded the park and mosquitos can be nuisance inland, but not on beach with breezes! Safe place to experience what the big hotels are trying to recreate for big bucks!

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2. Re: Goin to St. John in April - has anyone stayed at Cruz Bay...

Don't know anything about Cruz Bay Villas, but the Starfish Market in Cruz Bay has the best groceries on the island--much better produce, fish, etc. than Dolphin or Marina markets.

Consider saving money by packing lunches for the beach. You won't want to leave paradise, get dressed and drive to find food in the middle of the day. Groceries are very expensive on St. John and produce is surprisingly crappy (not enough rainfall so most things are imported). We took peanut butter and crackers, raisins, carrots and fruit to the beach every day and were perfectly happy. Lets you afford to eat out for dinner!

Try as many of St. John's dozens of fantastic beaches as you can--all are different and special. My favorites are Salomon, Honeymoon, Jumbie, Francis and Cinnamon, all on the north shore, and Vie's beach on the east end (ask a local for directions). Salomon is clothing-optional and it and Honeymoon can only be reached by an easy trail from town or Caneel Bay, not by road. These two beaches are secluded and perfectly stunning, with water so clear you could find a lost contact lens in it! Francis and Jumbie have great snorkeling and are not crowded (good bird watching by Francis, too). Also try Waterlemon Cay in Leinster Bay for the island's best snorkeling--it's a rocky beach, though, so bring something to sit on.

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