I hope you learn from us (learn from our mistake):
Results will vary depending on how you book i.e. which condo you get. Book from vrbo or homeaway or other similar site so you know what you're getting. My best friend told me to book crystal cove and it was great advise but incomplete. They have probably the best setting on the island. Most hotels are more away from the water and the beach they have isn't as good (boats, views, noise). You're also on the east side (locals call it "the country" - it is much less inhabited (safer). Sticker shock - almost everything on the island is about 50% higher than stateside. Fish dishes should be be reasonable like the Yucatan but they are typically the most expensive. Circumstances had it where we didn't rent a car and as it turned out, we didn't need it as we took the safari (buck per person cab that runs in two loops on the island).
Our room C-6 had 5 star views and that's it. Space was 4 stars 15' x 60' and two bathrooms. Now the marginal and bad. Old flippable queen mattress - we flipped it 1/2 way thru our stay - it was a little better. Bring a thermarest. BTW, bring a headlamp and earplugs - always a good idea. Everything worked or barely worked (eg screw missing on sliding glass door so you have to use two hands so it doesn't rotate on you. Toilets are flush and hold the button down so it actually flushes. Furnishings were all old. The range still had pilot lights glowing. Signs everywhere to conserve water but they have 5 gallon tank toilets. No contact information once we arrived. You're on your own. We had every-other day towel service and they did very minor cleanup (dishes, swept floor) but i would not call it cleaning. We asked around and were able to go and view 3 different rooms that were on vrbo (or homeaway) and they were all hands down superior rooms. All 3 had nice king beds, decorated nicely and had a new feeling not a worn out feeling. You know who to contact if there's a problem and you have all the befefits of the complex which is basically easy access to the beach and use of the beach furniture. All beaches on St Thomas are public but access to them is a challenge. Parking is challenge all over the island so we liked not having a car. Ironically, we have 3 vrbos ourselves but didn't know to book one here at a "resort". If you want further info, you can always find us with the oldest vrbo in Evergreen, Colorado. There is no restaurant in the area because the neighboring complex is in chaos (nice because its quiet). Red Hook is a 1 dollar safari ride and we walked back (precarious but doable). We like fish tails and the Chinese place the best. Plaza xtra and k-mart on the same dollar loop (1 dollar there, dollar back). Cheapest stuff was there. That's also where you get off the country safari and get on the city (west) safari. Essentially, its a free stop if you're going to Charlotte Amalie. PS you cant take the safari with luggage - they will just drive by. 15 cab rid two from the airport. BTW, we went to the Elysian and viewed a room. Small but nice as the nicer rooms at Cove. Big complex, not condo's wyndom resort. average beach, congested and busy views. More likely need a car there but hard to take it anywhere. Also visited Point pleasant and they are condos so again, lots of variety. We views one vrbo there - beautiful but very tiny studio. Not as nice an area because adjacent complex is abandoned and its a getto across water bay (next to coki) beach.
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- Crystal Cove Beach St Thomas
- Crystal Cove Condominiums
- Crystal Cove Condos St Thomas
- Crystal Cove Beach Resort On Sapphire Bay St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands