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“Best Family Vacation Ever” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virgin Islands Campground

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Virgin Islands Campground
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New York
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1 review
“Best Family Vacation Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Every summer my husband and I plan a family vacation to spend quality time with our two daughters, now age 11 & 12. We knew we wanted to stay on a tropical island somewhat away from the noise and crowds where we could just relax, snorkel and play on a beautiful beach. After some research, we came upon the VI campgrounds in Water Island. And what a find it was! Deborah and Paul, the owners, have built an amazing self contained paradise within paradise. The campgrounds are beautiful, well organized and clean. The cottages are comfortable and airy and set in the hills high above the water so that there are beautiful views wherever you look. Even though it was hot, there was always a cool breeze, especially in the common area where everything was perfectly set up for meals to be cooked and eaten. If you didn't want to cook, no problem; lunch at Heidi's or dinner at Joe's Bar and Grill both on Honeymoon Beach were just a short walk away... And if you wanted to explore St. Thomas the 7 minute ferry ride was just down the road. The only regret we had was that our stay was too short. Thank you Deborah and Paul for everything. It has unanimously been voted one of our best vacations ever!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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deborahquade, Owner at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear All,

Wow!! Best family vacation ever!! This place is magical for your kid's age. We appreciate your review and hope you will visit us again. There is a 10% discount for returning guests...

Sincerely,

Deb and Paul
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Springfield, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Well managed (owner operated), clean, beautiful location, peaceful and natural surroundings offering breathtaking views at all times. One full week was great but too short a stay as the peace gained was priceless. We are sure to return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank KeithandKristin
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deborahquade, General Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
So you can imagine how we feel when someone only stays 3 days...such a pity...Thanks for the nice words and we are looking forward to your return visit. Say hello to Ohio for us.

Don't forget 10% less the next visit.

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was the best vacation we have ever had. It is a paradise and the owners, Debra and Paul have thought of everything. It was immaculate in every nook and cranny and the kindness of the them was overwhelming. I loved this wonderful place and will return again and again. Thanks Debbie and Paul for a wonderful vacation.

Room Tip: We were in cottage number six which had the most perfect view of the ocean and a beautiful wind. We...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Diane B
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deborahquade, Front Office Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
You all were so much fun to have here...cause we knew you were having such a good time...let me tell you that's what keeps us in business...the feeling that you know you have brought such happiness by sharing.

Thanks again for the hotel suggestion in Las Vegas. That was an amazing find I could not have done with out local knowledge.

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

My husband and I stayed at VI campground from May 5th to 8th. We arrived in St. Thomas around 3pm and took a taxi to Crown Bay Marina. While waiting for the last ferry Water Island, we were able to stock up on groceries at Gourmet Gallery. When we arrived on Water Island Paul was there to pick us up and took us for a quick tour of the island.

Deborah met us with a drink and took us for a tour of the facilities. The campground is very well maintained and the cottages are well designed and comfortable with great views. We were in cabin #5, which was on the right side of the property and a bit more private, but further away from the washrooms. It was unseasonably hot the first two days we were there so the cottages were quite hot, but the third day went back to more normal temperatures and we had a nice breeze. The common area had fridges and a big BBQ, and each cottage is designated their own cupboard of dishes and utensils. We met some great people while we were there and often enjoyed food, drinks and stories in the common area.

We stayed there to start off a 12 day trip of the USVI, so our main focus was to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet that the campground and Water Island has to offer. Honeymoon Beach is a short walk and a great way to spend the day. Eating lunch at Heidi’s is a must!

We loved it, but it’s obviously not for everyone. If you’re looking for 5 star accommodations, please stay on St. Thomas! These are the islands so there are bugs and mosquitoes (no matter where you go or stay), so make sure to bring some bug spray. We had a great time and would definitely go back! Oh and make sure to get one of Deborah’s toe rings! Deb, I still have mine!!

Room Tip: We were in cabin #5 which was further away from the washrooms & common area, but more private.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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deborahquade, Director of Sales at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
I really appreciated reading your review again...sorry it has taken me so long to respond. You are quite the writer and it is great all the information you have passed on to potential guests.

Thanks again and do come to see us again.

Sincerely,

Deborah
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Bronx, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I took our year delayed honeymoon last week to the Virgin Islands and booked the suite at the Virgin Islands Campground on Water Island and had a fabulous time!!!! The owners Paul and Deborah are wonderful and have a beautiful property with an amazing view and a great breeze to cool you off at night. The suite was very clean and beautiful with private kitchen and bath, however we realized we would have been just as happy with a cabin because they are adorable and the communal shower/bathroom area is also great. We mostly used the outdoor common cooking area at night to grill delicious food we bought at the grocery store. It's so nice to feel like you are sleeping surrounded by nature rather than cooped up in a hotel or resort. We had a great time getting to know the other campers... they were so nice! Water Island had everything we could want. Honeymoon beach there is the best! The bar and grill there serves up amazing food and drinks during the day while you're hanging out at the beach. We made use out of the sand volleyball court there which was an added bonus and found lots of fun people to play against. The movie night on the beach was magical... soooo much fun! Great snorkeling around the area. We barely even left the island during the week because we loved it so much. The grocery stores on St. Thomas are very easy to get to on the ferry, and travel back and forth is a breeze as long as you time it right. Next time we will likely do a day trip to St. John and see some of the beaches in St. Thomas. We will definitely plan to return here soon! Even if we have kids in the future we will bring them, it seems very family friendly and is extremely safe. I love the quietness of Water Island and the feel that we really escaped from big city life and crowds. This is the best vacation spot ever! Thank you VI campgrounds :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laura G
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deborahquade, Owner at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Dear Laura,

I really loved your review...what you liked about VI Campground and Water Island are the same things I like. I love the cottages...love the quietness and know it is easy to get the things you need and come back to the serenity of our island. I am really glad you all enjoyed it here.

We are looking forward to your return visit.

Sincerely,
Deborah and Paul
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a fantastic visit to Water Island. Very quiet island with great views and beaches for swimming. The campground was very clean and well maintained. Keep in mind even though you are in a cottage, there still are bugs so it's not for people looking for a pampered stay. We packed and brought most of our food with us. The food prices at Crown Bay are expensive. Snorkeling is best if you take a day sail out to Buck Island but there are some great spots to enjoy a nice long swim near the campground. The prices are very affordable for the Virgin Islands, Paul and Deborah also offered us a 10% military discount.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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deborahquade, Owner at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Dear Stephen,

Thanks so much for the review and helping us get out the word that we do give a military discount. Thank you again for your service...next visit a 20% discount!!)

Sincerely,

Deb and Paul
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

We had so much fun at the campground. It was beautiful and you are just a short walk away from the beach. If you want a 5 star hotel experience, don't stay here. If you like a little adventure and aren't worried about bugs or being close to nature, definitely plan a trip. Deborah and Paul were such great hosts. We went to Honeymoon beach at least once every day. There are 2 bars on the beach, Heidi's Grill which has amazing drinks and delicious food (burgers, salads, sausage) for lunch. My boyfriend and I are picky about food, and Heidi's definitely impressed us. Joe's Beach bar also has really good drinks made in the blender. We took our blender with us and plugged it in at the common area to make smoothies each day. It was so much fun to chat with the other guests in the kitchen area and discuss each day's adventures. I purchased toe rings from Deb which I am still wearing,and she was right, They have never fallen off and are still beautiful. I am so happy with my toe rings. Honeymoon beach was so beautiful with clear blue water and white sandy beaches. A lot of the time, we almost had the beach all to ourselves. I highly recommend staying here to anyone who can handle being in nature. I would definitely go back to the campground.

Room Tip: I think all rooms seemed good. The cabin we stayed in (4) did not have wi-fi access. I think some of...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hillary E
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deborahquade, General Manager at Virgin Islands Campground, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Dear Hillary,

Oh my gosh what a nice review and I am always happy to hear you like your toe rings...awesome. I hope you all will join us again and do remember a 10% discount will be given when you book thru our website.

Thanks so much. Deb and Paul
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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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