WATERFRONT! GREAT VIEWS, GREAT HOUSE, GREAT SNORKELING!

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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WATERFRONT! GREAT VIEWS, GREAT HOUSE, GREAT SNORKELING!

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

La Dolce Vita is a charming, 2 bedroom, 3 bath St. John Waterfront rental located just south of the peaceful town of Coral Bay. Surrounded by 376 ft of pristine shoreline and breathtaking views of the Caribbean, La Dolce Vita sits on an acre of lush tropical landscaping waiting for you to explore . Native stone retaining walls and stairs lead you to a sunbathing deck and the waters edge, inviting a refreshing swim or snorkel. An exceptional spot to begin or end the day in peaceful meditation.

The U shaped, paved driveway makes for easy in and out access as well as ample parking for several cars.

Custom mahogany cabinets, Corian countertops and Italian tile floors bring warmth and elegance along with easy maintenance. The house is tastefully and comfortably furnished and the ocean breeze flows freely through every room. Though not really necessary, the bedrooms are air conditioned. Most of the time, guests find their favorite spot in the hammock or in one of the over sized chairs on the terrace. A perfect place to relax and enjoy as the balconies have a unique railing system that allows for unobstructed water views and the feeling of being on a cruise ship instead of on land.

There are actually 2 incredibly well equipped kitchens. One of the bedrooms is also a separate studio, allowing for greater versatility and privacy when you are more than 2 people. It has a separate driveway entrance and stone stairway leading to the lower garden and water.

La Dolce Vita is a privately owned and managed home. The owners have lived on St. John since 2000 and are ready to assist you in anyway they can to assure you have a great vacation. 'Captain' Fernando is your on-island host and will thrill you with his enthusiasm and dedication to the St. John lifestyle. Be sure to ask about 'Fernando's Republic', which is a 30' Hunter, for a memorable day on the water snorkeling around St. John or a trip to the BVI's.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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We were both born in the mountains. One is from Colorado and the other from Northern Italy. La Dolce Vita was created out of the labors of love. We hope you will enjoy our home and property as much as we do.

The Owner purchased this house in 2000

I think it was really the people that made us choose to move to St. John. Great community spirit. People always say that they want to 'retire' and move to an island. (We moved but we didn't retire!!!)

Having a house on the water in St. John is an incredible luxury. Sometimes the water is so clear and still we feel we're looking into an aquarium instead of the ocean. Having an acre of waterfront land is great because you don't feel any neighbors and the gardens are beautifully landscaped so one can really walk around and enjoy the property.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Waterfront! Great Views, Great House, Great Snorkeling!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
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Waterfront! Great Views, Great House, Great Snorkeling!
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Coral Bay St John
5

SIMPLY WONDERFUL!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed here for 5 days and how I wish it could have been longer!! The house is simply amazing and we really hope to return one day. Snorkeling from the house was fun and its location to restaurants and beaches was really convenient. We enjoyed the hammock and hot tub and all of the wonderful amenities. You can't go wrong with this place!!
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Waterfront! Great Views, Great House, Great Snorkeling!
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Coral Bay St John
Minneapolis, Minnesota
5

PRETTY DARN PERFECT

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week in La Dolce Vita in June and it was ideal (four people in our 50s). We snorkeled every day on a different beach, all within a 10 minute drive of the house, and took a couple of very nice hikes. The house lives up to the pictures and is perfectly well appointed. It even has respectable Internet wifi, which is handy for weather reports. The two bedrooms were just fine, and one of our party slept in the living room upstairs on the foldout, which he said was comfortable. From our perspective, maybe the house’s best attribute is the ability to snorkel straight off the rocks from the property. It’s a little tricky getting in and out without getting stuck by an urchin, and it wasn’t as fabulous as the noted snorkel spots; but pretty good, super-convenient snorkeling is a wonderful thing. And the house is just a nice place to hang out. La Dolce Vita, indeed.

The best grocery shopping on the East side of St John is the Calabash Market just south of the house. It’s fairly new and beats out the other two options in Coral Bay: Lily’s and Love City. For more serious groceries, it’s the Starfish Market in Cruz Bay. Mostly, we cooked at the house, but we had a good lunch at Miss Vie’s and nice dinners at Aqua Bistro and Miss Lucy’s.

Other than a bit of chop from the wind on the mostly-exposed bays, the snorkeling was great. We went snorkeling at Salt Pond, Maho, Hansen Bay (at Miss Vie’s Snack Shack), Haulover North and South, and Waterlemon. Maho was the easiest and had many turtles as well as a reef at one end. Haulover south was decent; North was better, though we stuck to the East side and not the purportedly better West side, because of pretty strong winds. Salt Pond was very nice, but the rocks out in the bay were a tough swim before we got some snorkeling experience built up. Hansen Bay, especially around Pelican rock, was excellent. And we’d have to count Waterlemon Cay as the best. A couple of us brought 3mm shorty wet-suits. All of us started feeling cold after an hour or more of snorkeling. When we broke out the wetsuits, we were more comfortable (and buoyant).

All in all, it was a great vacation, and La Dolce Vita was a terrific headquarters. It’s hard to see how it could have been better. Dorothy and Fernando were perfectly pleasant to work with, and really want to ensure everything is perfect. We’d certainly love to go back.
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Coral Bay St John
5

WOW

  • 5 of 5
To begin, just know the pictures, while beautiful, don't do this place justice. There are 3 levels with 3 wrap around covered decks on each floor. This is in addition to the sundeck they have on the 2nd level. The views from every location are breathtaking. You can just watch the ships in the Bay or the weather change. My favorite was watching the sunrise each morning while drinking my coffee. There is a constant breeze that is very relaxing. Everything is very clean and comfortable. Each bedroom has it’s own A/C. The top floor has the living room and large kitchen. The kitchen is fully loaded with all the utensils and tools you could need to cook. The hot tub worked great. This was our 1st trip to St. John and the location is perfect if you like the quieter Coral Bay side of the island. You are 10 minutes to the north shore beaches and 20 minutes to Cruz Bay. You can also eat at a few good restaurants a couple minutes down the road in Coral Bay. There are 2 markets close by as well. We had an amazing week staying at this magnificent house. The owner’s Dorothy and Fernando were very friendly and helpful. Dorothy planted all the beautiful flowers and plants herself. They have a very special home which they obviously work hard to keep at such a high level. I wouldn’t have changed anything. Well, we would have stayed longer but that’s it. Congrats to anyone who has the good fortune to stay at La Dolce Vita next.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Coral Bay St John
Kinnelon, NJ USA
5

NICE!! FANTASTIC WATERFRONT LOCATION BEAUTIFUL HOME AND GROUNDS

  • 5 of 5
This was our fourth time staying on St John and our third rental and some might say the third one IS the charm. La Dolce Vita is now number one, correction, the only one on our list for future visits to St John! The waterfront view of Coral Bay is spectacular, the location is very private, the Coral Bay shops and eateries are low key and close by, props to "Pickles in Paradise" for a phenomenal spicy pulled pork! Back at La Dolce Vita walk the native stone footpath down to the oceanside deck to sit waterside and if you're up for a slightly adventurous entry into the water you will be rewarded with opportunities to spot porcupine fish, corals, sponges, lobster rays and conch. Afterwards a refreshing outdoor shower and maybe a relaxing sit in the hot tub. La Dolce Vitas' owners have paid attention to every detail, the kitchen is first rate and well supported, the living area has three eight foot sliding doors and overlooks the water it is surrounded by a wraparound covered deck, a wonderful place to sit and relax while watching the weather change or the sailing ships which come and go from Coral Bay. The middle level consists of two bedrooms (one of which is a nicely appointed studio complete with a smaller kitchen and full bath) and another fantastic wraparound covered deck. You will be lulled to sleep by the trade winds and ocean sounds and if it gets too hot in the bedroom windows can be shut and the air conditioning can be put to use. There are native stone walks which inter-connect the living space, an outdoor shower (yes there are also three additional indoor shower/baths) an open sun deck complete with wonderful reclining deck chairs, outdoor table, hot tub and also waterfront deck. It was so nice to take trips to all the wonderful cays, beaches and into town (Cruz Bay) all the while knowing that La Dolce Vita was our home base. La Dolce Vita does truly feel like home thanks to the efforts of its owners Dorothy and Fernando and by this I mean the obvious Love and attention to detail they've put into La Dolce Vita to truly make it your home away from home.
  • Submitted: May 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Coral Bay St John
Long Island NY
5

CLEAN, GORGEOUS VIEWS, SPECTACULAR DECKS, PRIVATE

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented this villa for our 25th anniversary; we stayed for a week. The villa had multiple decks; several shaded, and several exposed to the sun. There was a spotlessly clean hot tub; perfect for late-night stargazing. There were 2 gas grills, and since the view of the water was spectacular, we grilled dinner and enjoyed our evening on the deck several times rather than going out every night. The tradewinds were very pleasant but we did use the excellent air conditioning in the bedroom at night. The villa was spotlessly clean and had an excellent washer/dryer among the amenities. It was unusually well stocked with kitchen items and beach supplies (umbrella, chairs, coolers, beach towels). The outdoor shower was great after the beach. Fernando, the owner, was very friendly and helpful, and had many excellent recommendations for restaurants, snorkel spots etc. We did not attempt to swim in front of the villa (it looked to have strong currents and the entry spot had numerous sea urchins right there) but there were excellent beaches nearby. The property had numerous spectacular plantings and there were iguanas, lizards, geckos, Bananaquits, and hummingbirds throughout the gardens. Several donkeys wandered in one afternoon.
Some St. John suggestions; stop and buy groceries in Cruz Bay before you attempt the drive over to Coral Bay. It's not far by mileage, but the road is very twisty with numerous switchbacks; there are very limited groceries available at the other side of the island. Go to the Marketplace in Cruz Bay and shop at Starfish Market for food; there is also an excellent drug store (Chelsea Drug Store) in the same complex. If you like snorkeling, this is the island for you. If you've never snorkeled, this is the place to start. In Coral Bay, there is excellent snorkeling at Salt Pond Bay. On the North Side, Caneel Bay has spectacular snorkeling right at their main beach; go all the way to the right (looking out at the water) and snorkel by the rocks there. Caneel officially charges $20 for parking, but if you eat/shop there they will validate your parking. Trunk Bay is touristy (Mon-Wed cruise ship traffic) but the snorkeling is excellent. By the villa, eat at Shipwreck Landing; highly recommend citrus grilled Mahi-Mahi.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Coral Bay St John
St. Petersburg, FL
5

THE PERFECT HONEYMOON!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at La Dolce Vita and it could not have been more wonderful! The apartment sparkled, the view stunned and the soft crash of waves lulled us to sleep each night. You are right on the water and a beautiful breeze kept it cool enough that, with the fan running, we didn't even need to use the A/C. The Dorothy and Fernando were never intrusive, but accessible if you needed anything -- fantastic hosts, and I wish we'd had the chance to cruise around on Fernando's boat, I bet it would have been a blast! The location is great, close to Coral Bay and it's fabulous restaurants (Sweet Plantains and Sylvia's Clean Plates/Sputnik II were highlights) but just a 10-15 minute drive to Salt Pond Bay and some beautiful hikes. As a bonus, there is a hot tub that's great for stargazing and relaxing. Can't wait to go back -- I already miss reading on the deck in the warm sunshine!
  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The beautiful thing about this island is there is always something more to see or do when you return. So now you have something else to look forward to... a cruise on "Fernando's Republic".
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Map

Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Salt Pond
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Shipwreck Landing
Car: recommended

About a mile south of Coral Bay off of Rte 107. Just a few minutes to the National Park Beaches, Restaurants and Shopping.

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Coral Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer- 2 pers
May 12 2014 - Nov 21 2014
4 night minimum stay
$2,600
 
 
Thanksgiving-December
Nov 22 2014 - Dec 19 2014
4 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Christmas-2 pers
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,700
Flat fee
 
 
New Year - 2pers
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,700
Flat fee
 
 
Winter- 2 pers
Jan 4 2015 - May 1 2015
4 night minimum stay
$3,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300.00
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 4 night minimum stay. There is a $25 surcharge per night for less than a week stay. Above rates are for 2 people only. Please add $200 for 1-2 extra persons. 50% deposit required at booking and the balance is due 60 days before arrival.
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. No refunds for cancellations less than 30 days before arrival. All cancellations will be charged a 20% handling fee.
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Amenities

Coral Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
  • Water View
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sofa bed in great room suitable for families with kids
  • Bedrooms each have Queen size Beds, Great room has a sofa that is convertible to a queen bed
Entertainment:
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Games
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • bay/sound
  • reefs
  • churches
  • ruins
  • duty free shops
Leisure Activities:
  • miniature golf
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • shopping
  • horseshoes
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
  • shelling
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • basketball court
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • hiking
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • water skiing
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • tennis
Notes:
Boat charter, restaurants, gas station, water sports rentals and grocery stores, just 5 minutes away. National Park Beaches only 10 minutes away.
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