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Virgin Islands Campground
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Minnesota
2 reviews
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“Not your normal camping experience”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a truly upscale and comfortable way to stay on the Virgin Islands. We're used to tent camping, so it was a nice change having screened in, private cabins that looked like they were decorated straight out of an Ikea catalog. Bathroom and showers all within close walking distance. My husband and I really enjoyed getting to know the other guests who were there during our week. So glad we chose this instead of a cruise. There are plenty of small lizards and we had a few mosquitoes, but you will find these all over the island no matter where you stay. Good place to explore and close enough for day trips to the other islands. Honeymoon Beach was really nice. Recommend heading over to St Johns for a day to see more beautiful beaches and old sugar plantation ruins. Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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deborahquade, Guest Relations Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your nice review, but I did want you to know we do appreciate you taking the time to say such nice things.

Once again, thank you and do remember there is a 10% discount to returning guests.

Sincerely,

Deborah and Paul
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Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you are independent and love to be on the earth but comfortable at the same time, this is the place for you. Think: Summer Camp. Great fellow campers met, fun events like movie night on the beach and just plain slowing down time and reading, swimming and exploring. If you need to shop, eat in restaurants and need to be entertained you can take a 10 minute ferry ride to town in St Thomas. We made the trip only once and that was to buy food for our meals which we shared at the common cooking area with other campers. The property is immaculately maintained. Deborah will pick you up at the dock when you arrive. One option we enjoyed was a 1/2 day sail/snorkel on a 38 foot sailboat. The beach is clean and great for families and the food concession is very good. Come, relax and let the wind and waves lull you to a very peaceful sleep!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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deborahquade, Public Relations Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thanks so much for your review and thank you for mentioning Karl's sail boat excursion...every body loves that and it is so reasonable because he picks you up right here on the Water Island Ferry dock so there is no extra expense like ferry rides and taxi rides.

Remember you will receive a 10% discount when you return...

Sincerely,

Deborah and Paul
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Owen Sound, Canada
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Overall this is a good place to stay. The campsite owners were pleasant and very helpful. The other guests were very friendly helping to make the stay worthwhile. The kitchen has everything needed. The suite was comfortable. Limestone beach (the closest beach to the campsite) had great snorkeling and was usually empty. Pizza Fridays and Movie Mondays are worthwhile. I would consider a day trip to St. Thomas optional, at best. St. John is a worthwhile daytrip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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deborahquade, Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review...we much appreciate that. I guess I didn't tell you about the toilets using grey water for flushing. Grey water in the tank is aerated and thus does not have an order. However, grey water in the tube coming up to the toilets cannot be aerated an can have a slight odor...I usually explain that during our "walk thru".. I'm sorry I missed that point with you all.


Anyway, sounds like you had a great stay, and we are very glad about that. Remember your 10% discount when you return.

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We have stayed in a large number of places in both the USVI and the British VI. We are not a family with a 6 year old daughter, and we were looking for a fun place to come and bring a friend or two.

The campgrounds was a great place to stay - very friendly staff (Paul is AWESOME!) and we enjoyed their kitchen area as both a communal food-prep and nice place to hang out. They have two refrigerators for keeping visitor's food cold, and one of them was not working very well. Their toilets are very-low-water-usage toilets, and so can have a certain odor to them -- that was our least favorite part of the campgrounds. Otherwise, it was great facilities, great staff, and a wonderful location.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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deborahquade, Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for writing a review in trip advisor...much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Chicago
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

The owners were great, the place was very very clean, both the common and private quarters. Everyone who was staying there seemed nice and open with information.
The place is very interesting, not exactly a hotel, not exactly camping, not exactly a hostel, but the owners seemed to have taken the best elements from each of these ideas and combined them into a eco-friendly, relaxed environment where everyone feels "at home" and a place you probably won't want to leave.
We had big plans to do a lot when we were there, go to other islands, dive, take a boat, etc...we didn't do hardly any of that, not because it wasn't available, but because Water Island is just so relaxing....the less you do, the less you want to do. Great beaches, Honeymoon for the sand, Limestone for the little hike around and for the snorkeling. The golf cart is a must do! I recommend renting one early in your stay, so you can see the whole island, plus it's tons of fun. Visit the fort (bring a flashlight, so you can go inside!), also I liked the abandoned hotel, good area for snorkeling as well. Go to movie night on the beach too, a unique experience (wear bug spay). Eat at Heidi's, good food and drinks, for more late night drinks Joe's is a good little spot as well. Note that there is not a lot else on the island, which could be a down side for some people, but if you just want to relax it's perfect.
So if you're looking for relaxing, a place you can cook for yourself some, a place with a big soft bed, stunning views and a welcoming atmosphere, this is your place. You won't feel like you're in a tourist trap, rather you'll feel like you have the whole island to yourself most of the time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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deborahquade, Owner at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Sorry I have taken so long to thank you for your nice review and great pictures...I especially liked the movie night picture...

Better late than never...THANK YOU.

Sincerely,

Deborah and Paul
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Jamestown, RI
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The last time I had been to an eco-campground was the opening month of Maho Bay in St. John in Dec'77. That is now closing, as it's longterm land lease has expired. We are no longer 27 yrs old, but decided to try the experience at the new eco-campground on Water Island, when we had a few days left of our vacation in St. Thomas. We had a lovely time and met friendly, interesting people in the communal atmosphere. The cottages are very nice and breezy. A short walk to the idyllic Honeymoon Beach. All of the facilities are very clean and comfortable. The friendly, helpful owners reside on the property. We would highly recommend VI Campground.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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deborahquade, Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write a review...we so appreciate your time.

Come back and see us....

Sincerely,
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Water Island is a find; it's only 20 minutes by ferry from St Thomas, but it is quiet and residential. The campground is a 5 minute walk from Honeymoon Beach, which has to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the Virgin Islands. We saved money by making many of our meals (bring food from home or buy supplies at a store near the ferry dock) and we enjoyed the communal atmosphere at "The Pavilion" where there is a grill, stovetop, and a large picnic table. We stayed in the suite, as with 2 teenagers, we wanted a little more space and our own bathroom, but we peeked into the tents and they are lovely. The bathhouse is really nice; very clean. Deborah and Paul were wonderful hosts, and have put a lot of thought and care into making the campground welcoming and comfortable. There is a lovely second pavilion with a hammock and card table, and a fantastic hot tub; we spent every evening soaking with a view of the sea and stars. You can also eat at Heidi's or Joe's on the beach, which we did on several occasions. We recommend renting a golf cart for part of the time as it's a fun way to get around the island, and we ABSOLUTELY recommend taking a half-day sail with Karl and Katie; they take you out to a wildlife sanctuary for a guided snorkel with sea turtles and beautiful fish.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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deborahquade, Owner at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, October 23, 2014
This is such a great place for teenagers. It is safe and they can explore on their own without worry from mom and dad...I suspect they like that.

Sorry I have taken so long to thank you for your review...I missed a few during the height of the season...no excuse.

Thanks again,

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Property: Virgin Islands Campground
Address: 64 Water Isle, 00802-7803, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Water Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Water Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Virgin Islands Campground 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Introducing the concept of Upscale Camping! A handful of roomy tent-cabins feature ocean view terraces and all the comforts of home. ... more   less 
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