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Garden by the Sea B&B

203 Contant and Enighed Enighed, Cruz Bay 00831-0037 St. John
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#1 of 3 B&Bs in Cruz Bay
Location
4.8
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4.9
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4.9
Value
4.9
2023 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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Garden by the Sea is St. John’s only “True “ Bed and Breakfast. A quaint Caribbean style home with gingerbread trim , Garden by the sea is nestled in lush gardens of Gannip, coconut and banana trees with dancing birds, iguanas, and peacocks. We are located in Estate Contant and Enighed – a neighborhood just a short walk to downtown Cruz Bay and a quick stroll from Frank Bay Beach. We offer three private rooms ,each with its own personality , all with individual air-conditioning and private bathrooms . Our beautiful outdoor living room is for all to enjoy whether reading a book, listening to music or just relaxing with a sunset cocktail. Every morning, wake up to a full hot homemade breakfast served on our tropical Terrace, surrounded by nature . Once your belly is full, head off for a day full of adventure. We supply beach bags, chairs , snorkel equipment ,and towels along with coolers and Insulated water bottles for your convenience. After a long day of sun and fun, relax on the deck and watch the sunset over St. Thomas. Retire to your suite and enjoy a good nights sleep in our cozy beds . Make Garden by the Sea your carribean home away from home! We can’t wait to meet you!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Diving
Snorkeling
Adults only
Baggage storage
Street parking
Wifi
Swimming pool toys
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Kitchenware
Radio
Walk-in shower
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English
5.0
440 reviews
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Garden by the Sea B&B is a gem that reviewers frequently commend for its amenities, including sumptuous breakfasts and cozy, well-appointed rooms complete with beach gear on the house. The outdoor shower is a luxurious touch that has enchanted many guests, adding to the serene and picturesque atmosphere enveloped by verdant greenery. Nestled conveniently near the town, guests appreciate the easy access to attractions and the natural beauty of the surroundings. The hospitable hosts, Eileen and John, are often praised for their exceptional service and insightful local recommendations, making the B&B a noted value.
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Kendra D wrote a review Feb 4
Covington, Kentucky5 contributions1 helpful vote
It was magical, it definitely is a garden by the sea. It’s secluded ,and yet, walkable to Cruz Bay for food and drinks, using the path. Eileen and John are wonderful, they provide great recommendations for restaurants, beaches and activities on St John. Breakfast was delicious and one meal we didn’t have to think about! We can’t wait to visit again!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Kendra… thank you for taking time out to write this kind review….we are glad you enjoyed your time with us AND on beautiful St.John. I look forward to you both coming back again and maybe doing Jost with you!
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Angela J wrote a review Jan 2024
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Our stay at Garden by the Sea was nothing short of spectacular. This was the absolute perfect place to stay for a romantic getaway. The hosts, Eileen and John were incredibly kind, hospitable, yet down to earth, providing exceptional service throughout our entire stay. The room was incredibly clean, bed was super comfortable, sheets were so soft. I could not believe how well I slept every single night! Eileen was more than willing to save our breakfast in the fridge for us in case we wanted to sleep in past 8 when she serves them. John makes the best coffee, which is ready by 7:30 (he even prepped it for us when we wanted to leave earlier one day!) Though they were around in the morning and offered great conversation and recommendations, we still felt solitude on the deck much of the time, especially for the SPECTACULAR sunset that made it back for almost every night. We rented the Jeep offered on site and it made things so easy for us. We chose to walk from the ferry with our carry on luggage when we first arrived and it was about a 10 min walk. There are some big hills in the area but it’s surprising how quick you get around, even by foot. You may even see the neighborhood peacock on your way, which we saw everyday, along with chickens and roosters. We even had a giant iguana watch us from a tree while we ate breakfast! We were given a ride back to the ferry upon our return which was so nice. Downtown is super close and offers plenty of dinner/bar options for a fun night scene, but still found the evenings to be quiet in our room. Overall, we had a fantastic time in St John, much in part to choosing to stay here. With many amenities like beach chairs, towels, snorkeling gear, coolers, beach bag, etc and an “honor” bar on site as well as bug spray and sun screen, you don’t have to worry about the little things when you get here. Just come and be ready to enjoy yourself!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Jan 6, 2024
Angela…. Thank you so much for taking time to reviews us in such a positive light. I too, feel the Garden by the sea is a special place. It’s location is serene yet so close to town, the best of both worlds! And , in the winter , we have on of the best sunset views on the island, which I’m glad you took advantage of! Thanks again for choosing Garden by the sea and we hope to see you again in the future!
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Natalie D wrote a review Jan 2024
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The rooms are beautiful, the view is gorgeous, there are birds and flowers everywhere, and the whole area is so peaceful. Eileen and John are the most thoughtful hosts, and so full of knowledge about the island and the best things to do and see. This was my fourth time staying here and it just gets better and better. And Eileen's breakfasts are to die for, especially the bananas foster French toast.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Ask about the walking trail shortcut if you're on foot so you can avoid the big hills!
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded 3 weeks ago
Natalie…thanks for the kind review! It’s always great seeing you both! We look forward to your visits! Pina colada, Bananas foster French toast for the win! Lol
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Nicole770 wrote a review Jan 2024
Andover, Massachusetts82 contributions53 helpful votes
WE LOVE GARDEN BY THE SEA AND CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN IN APRIL. WE ARE TAKING OUR CHILDREN AND 3 FRIENDS THE NEXT TIME WE GO. WE LOVE ST JOHN AND WE LOVE THIS BED AND BREAKFAST. WE ARE HOPING THE SECOND TIME IS AS GOOD AS THE FIRST!! LOVE THE PERSONAL TOUCH
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded 5 weeks ago
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay enough to not only return but bring friends! We look forward to seeing you again! Thanks for the kind words!
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Kelly L wrote a review Jan 2024
Devils Lake, North Dakota15 contributions2 helpful votes
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We loved our stay at Garden By The Sea. They were wonderful hosts to their beautiful place. We enjoyed the delicious breakfasts in the morning, convenience of location, and hospitality of beach chairs, snorkel gear, and beach towels. We would recommend staying here. Top notch trip!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Jan 13, 2024
Thank you Kelly! We are so glad that traveling such a long distance was worth it! St. John AND Garden by the sea are both very special places. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you again in the future!!
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marklosasso wrote a review Jan 2024
Havertown, Pennsylvania39 contributions28 helpful votes
Spending the festive season at Garden by the Sea again was an absolute dream come true! The warmth and hospitality of John and Eileen made our Christmas and New Year's celebrations extra special. The attention to detail in the holiday decorations added a magical touch to the already charming ambiance. Waking up to the beautiful surroundings of St. John, enjoying the delicious breakfast spread, and being part of such a welcoming atmosphere made our holiday season truly unforgettable. The cozy rooms, breathtaking bathrooms, and serene environment provided the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and joyous holiday. Garden by the Sea exceeded all expectations and made our Christmas and New Year's celebrations truly memorable!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: Book early and stay long!
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Jan 6, 2024
Mark… we are so glad we got to share the holidays with you. We are so happy when guests truly enjoy all the things that Garden by the sea offers that separates us from all the rest. We loved having you and look forward to another visit!
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michellemonak wrote a review Dec 2023
Cleveland, Ohio1 contribution
My second year staying at Garden by the Sea was just as great as the first time. The breakfasts are amazing and the king bed in the terrace room was so comfortable. Fiona and Cooper are the best breakfast companions to start the day. Cant wait for next year!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Jan 1, 2024
Michelle… it was so great seeing you again! I’m glad you enjoyed the bed in the terrace and your companions over breakfast! See you next year! Happy New Year!
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Claire C wrote a review Nov 2023
Milwaukee, Wisconsin2 contributions
We had a wonderful stay at Garden by the Sea for our honeymoon. The hosts really went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and gave tons of recommendations on what beaches to go to and where to eat and drink. We enjoyed delicious homemade breakfast each morning and appreciated the cash bar in the kitchen in the evenings. Being able to rent a Jeep through the B&B was so convenient. While we were able to walk to a lot of restaurants/bars/shops, we were grateful for the jeep to get us to the beaches and allow us to explore the other side of the island. They also had bug spray and sunscreen provided as well as beach chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gear! While the B&B is walkable from the Cruz Bay Ferry dock, I would not recommend the walk if you have luggage because it is very very hilly and the paths were quite muddy in November. Would definitely recommend Garden by the Sea to anyone looking to visit St. John!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Jan 1, 2024
Thank you so much for choosing Garden by the Sea to be a part of you honeymoon memories!. We are so glad you enjoyed all that we have to offer our guests. Also, thank you for using the Jeep .. we are glad you found it Covient and useful!! We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Marcella G wrote a review Nov 2023
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From the moment we arrived at your amazing B&B, we felt welcomed, and were so pleased with our choice of where to stay on St. John. Our guest hosts, and the hosts, added to our wonderful island experience. The breakfasts were amazing, as was the experience with mingling and getting to know our other B&B guests. We could not have asked for a better location to spend our wedding anniversary.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Nov 26, 2023
Thank you for choosing to spend your anniversary with us! Mary C Morgan, Rick and Travis are awesome! They’re the only people I feel 100% confident leaving Garden by the sea with while away! We are so happy you enjoyed the daily breakfast chit chatting with the other guests! That is always so fun! Happy Holidays and we hope to see you again!
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Jeff D wrote a review Nov 2023
Owensboro, Kentucky1 contribution
Where do we even start!? Wow!! What a wonderful place to stay and even better hosts! Not only did we wake up every morning to a breathtaking natural setting, we were served fresh coffee and decadent breakfasts daily! It was great to mingle in the common areas in the mornings and afternoon/evenings and talk with other guests. We got tons of good advice on how to spend our days on the island. Better yet, we got to know some lovely people from various cities across the US. The room was comfy and cozy with a beautiful view from balcony. Booking was a breeze, pre-arrival communications and suggestions were informative and precise. There is so much more I could say about how much we enjoyed this place and why. For us, it wasn't just the perfect accommodation, it was the people we met at this special place that made the trip and stay so much more rewarding. There was something I read (can't remember if it was wall art or in some sort of literature on the property) that said "come as guests, leave as friends". That perfectly sums up the personal touches that make this place unique and very special. We'll definitely be back!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Eileen Cullen, Owner at Garden by the Sea B&B
Responded Nov 19, 2023
The quote on a plaque is the front of the house where the gate is.. and that’s truly our goal..,to leave as friends! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us AND on beautiful St.John! We look forward to seeing you again … Happy Holidays!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Garden by the Sea B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Garden by the Sea B&B?
Nearby attractions include Drink St. John (0.1 miles), Love City Food Tours (0.2 miles), and Coconut Coast Studios (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Garden by the Sea B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Garden by the Sea B&B?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a seating area, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Garden by the Sea B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Garden by the Sea B&B?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Garden by the Sea B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Our Market Smoothies, Extra Virgin Bistro, and The Lime Inn.
Are there any historical sites close to Garden by the Sea B&B?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Cinnamon Bay Nature Trail (3.3 miles) and Catherineberg Ruins (1.8 miles).
Does Garden by the Sea B&B have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.