We rented a studio (Seaside) directly through the private owner, and it worked out beautifully. She sent greeters to meet us at the ferry, and as we made the short walk through town, they gave us the rundown on where to go and what to do, which was great. The Grande Bay is a great place to stay because of its central location in Cruz Bay. We cabbed it or rented a car to go on adventures and to beaches during the day, but we were thrilled to be steps away from everything, especially the Beach Bar, where we hung out often. Although the beach that the Grande Bay overlooks is not a swimming beach because of boats moored there, it is still a gorgeous view from the balcony, where we spent lots of mornings having breakfast, as well as evenings, watching people stroll past, then falling asleep to the sound of the softly lapping waves. The studio itself was beautifully decorated, with high-quality bedding and a good mattress, which is so important. The pool and hot tub area also overlooks the water, and is a nice place to relax on a night in. We really couldn't have been happier with staying at Grande Bay. Everything was more than satisfactory, and the setting cannot be beat. I have to say, as beautiful as a lot of the villas look, it was pretty terrifying driving up in the insanely steep hills, so I was thankful that we were on flat ground, right near town.