My wife and I have just returned from our best vacation stay ever in the Caribbean. We have been spending our Februarys in Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands for the last 10 years and have finally found the best place to stay at a very reasonable price. John and Adele own and operate the Villa Margarita guesthouse that essentially is a villa containing three guest suites and the owner’s quarters. The location is ideal for visiting the island, being located on the very scenic north shore of St. Croix and overlooking the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. Beautiful Cane Bay with its funky restaurants, shady beach, and great snorkeling is only 8 minutes away. Historic Christiansted with many good restaurants and stores is only 20 minutes away to the east, and the very long soft sandy beach at Sandy Point 30 minutes to the west. A small sandy beach is just a few steps down from the pool but the sea is too shallow for swimming. A short walk west (100 feet) along the beach leads to a bigger beach with good swimming and if the water is calm enough to swim over the reef is also good snorkeling. A short walk to the east (along the beach or down the dead end road that leads to the villa) brings one to the site of Columbus’s landing in 1493 where there is also good snorkeling protected by the outer reef.
We stayed in the immaculately clean studio suite with queen bed on the ground floor that was plenty big enough for us. The bathroom was very clean with only a shower (no tub). Being on the east side of the villa we were lucky to get the breeze through the suite and with the ceiling fan did not need to use the air conditioning. The suite is equipped with a small kitchenette with medium sized fridge, microwave, coffee pot, toaster oven and separate toaster. There is no stove per se, but there are two electric cooking rings and an electric skillet if you want to cook meals. We used them quite a bit in order to save money by only eating out 2 or 3 times a week. Unlike many of the Islands, St. Croix has several supermarkets with the Plaza Extra (West) (15 minutes away) being nearly as well stocked as the supermarkets back in the States.
The suite also comes with all your beach needs—towels, snorkeling gear, wet shoes, and even beach chairs. The latter we would put in the car and take them with us when we visited the numerous beaches on the island.
A big plus for the studio suite is its large patio overlooking the pool and Caribbean Sea. We would drink our morning coffee while watching the dive boats arriving just a few hundred yards off shore. In the evening we would sip our beer and wine watching the skies darken and seeing the twinkling lights of St. Thomas on the horizon some 40 miles away.
Finally we can’t finish this review without expressing how gracious and thoughtful our hosts were. Greeting us with rum punch and a bottle of wine on arrival, and offering all the guests a “happy hour” about twice a week. They were full of recommendations for restaurants and things to do but were never invasive.
Overall a fabulous place to stay, unwind, and relax in the sun and turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An intimate Oceanfront retreat that caters to couples and adults, with a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Give yourself a few days at beautiful Villa Margarita and your body and soul will be soothed, restored and rejuvenated. Our villa is located next to Salt River Bay National Park where, in 1493, the fleet of Christopher Columbus anchored to get fresh water from shore. Salt River Marina and restaurant are within walking distance and offers casual dining, as well daily kayak tours and scuba diving along the unique Salt River Wall. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Margarita Hotel Christiansted
- Villa Margarita St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands