Excellent home base for exploring USVI
This vacation rental is exactly as described, as is the high level of helpfulness from the owners. The views never grow tiresome, that's for sure. This time of year was windy on top of the hill so we didn't spend much time enjoying the home's outside amenities. We did enjoy the snorkel gear, beach chairs, coolers and plentiful beach towels for some beach days and a trip to snorkel at Trunk Bay on St. John. The home is clean and comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed, and we cooked several dinners during our eight nights. Directions to the home are great, but we passed the mirror landmark for the home's turn off. We expected a round mirror, but it was square and in a screened box. Adds to the adventure, and these islands are full of adventures in living. Also, if you use a Garmin GPS, you may find it doesn't know some roads very well. We purchased ours in late 2009, and it couldn't find its way on Skyline Drive. It did well on the primary roads we drove most days. Spending a week here far exceeds the one-day cruise experience many people have. We visited Water Island and rented mountain bikes to explore this traffic-free, quiet place. No cruise ships so plenty of bikes available. Bikes were pretty used, but they did the job. Explored Charlotte Amalie, but note the historic walking tour costs $14 each person. Ate lunch in town at Cuzzin's for Caribbean food. Very nice, very good food. We did eat the first night at Mahogany Run Grill, truly delicious, but you might get quicker service if you make a reservation. Our favorite St. Thomas beach was Secret Harbor, and the restaurant there, formerly Blue Moon, is now the Sunset Grill and the Cruzan Beach Club. We ate at the Beach Club twice since it was a lovely sunset spot right on the beach. The Grill part of the restaurant is more expensive, but also right on the beach. Snorkeling at Secret Harbor was also nice. We rented kayaks at the Ritz-Carlton beach. Ate one night at Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill in Bolongo Bay, over the hill behind the cruise ship dock. Visited Magen's Bay, where sea birds constantly dive in the water for fish. Great fun. The house is located close to the Red Hook end of the island, and we tended to do most all our activities in this area. We'd love to return to do the eco-tour to Hassle Island and more snorkeling/hiking on St. John. We'd rent this house again because it's a super value compared to beach resort prices.
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