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Weekly Post Hurricane update and Special offers..

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6

11/07/2017- Good morning. We now have 30% power restoration and hope that our property will be soon. It is amazing to see all of the linemen putting up new poles followed by our local power crew running the lines. Any day now.

11/01/2017- Good morning from St Thomas. Everyday things are improving. This week we have the first cruise ship tourist arrival since the hurricanes. Most of the island is still without power including my condo. As soon as the power is restored we are ready for tourists.

10/24/2017- Not much new to report this week. Our only need right now is power and 500 lineman have arrived to help out. I remain optimistic but the official announcement is they now expect 90% restoration by Christmas. I'm hoping for Thanksgiving or dinner will be interesting. I have been volunteering at My Brother's Workshop. They are feeding between 500 and 900 people a day. They are awesome.

10/18/2017- This week in St Thomas. The Department of Natural Resources has their lab working. The water from Magens Bay to Secret Harbor has been certified safe to swim. Yeah!!! Cruise ships are planning to return to island starting November 15th. The Lobster Grill is now open breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Bolongo Bay. Mim's is set to open as soon as we have power. Several stateside crews have arrived to help us get the power back on. Camping here in a non damaged condo with a great bed and view is my kind of camping.

As most of you are aware St Thomas has been severely damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Fortunately my unit and our entire complex had no structural damage from the storms. I had a tenant stay through Irma and they reported " we didn't even get any water in your unit." Currently there are no commercial flights into St Thomas and I have no power or water. I am going down on a Humanitarian flight as soon as possible to help restore our island. If you wish to book I am optimistcally accepting bookings starting in December. If for any reason my home is not rentable at the time you book I will be giving 100% refunds up to 7 days prior to arrival.

I have been in St Thomas for one week and the progress is amazing. Mother nature is doing her part. I arrived to a brown landscape as all of the greenery had been stripped away. We are already 75% green. Most of the roads are cleared and this wonderful island with it's curteous people is functioning with no stop lights. New telephone poles are going in daily. The airport is open and cruise ships are scheduled starting in January. Watergate Villas has all of the debris cleaned up and yesterday we got water. They are expecting to have electricity at 90% by December. Email is only available at hotspots so if you need to reach me text me at 404.210.9033. If you wish to book, 12/15/2017 is looking good. I will honor a 100% refund if there is no power. Grocery stores are stocked and restaurants are open. Come and enjoy our paradise.

This updated condo has luxurious bedding, tasteful decor, and comfortable deck furniture so that you can luxuriate in the tropical breeze that flows through the unit and enjoy the breathtaking views from the balcony. At the request of my guests I have added a grill on the balcony. Bolongo Bay is on the south side of ST. Thomas. It is about 20 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from Havensight (cruise ship doc) and 10 minutes from Red Hook where you catch the ferry to the BVI and ST. John. No need to ever leave Bolongo Bay. 3 excellent restaurants. Iggies's bar and grill for late night entertainment. Bolongo Bay resort for beach chairs, fine dining and water toys to rent. Day and sunset sails available aboard Heavenly Days. A dive shop and our own beautiful pool. Anything else you might want or need?

Oh I forgot, pet iguanas to watch off the balcony for those of us that miss our pets on vacation.

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Karen Smith
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Karen Smith

Recently retired after 25 years in Real Estate in Atlanta, Georgia. I was born and raised in upstate New York. Moved to Atlanta in 1977 to get warm. Not warm enough and oh, no ocean. I now reside half in Atlanta and half in St Thomas. Friends and family keep me in Atlanta but my heart takes me to Bolongo Bay.

Karen Smith purchased this condo in 2006

Why Karen Smith chose Bolongo

I bought this property the minute I walked on the balcony. My dream has always been to lie in bed and hear the waves. I found it. Morning sunrise, coffee on the balcony, morning swim in the pool, snorkeling in Bolongo Bay. Dinner on the beach. No more needed. This is the life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 3:34 PM

Subject: Great Time!

Hi Karen,

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much we enjoyed our Thanksgiving vacation in your condo, there in beautiful St. Thomas! Being able to not only see, but also to hear the ocean tide was so relaxing and incredibly beautiful. We actually met some people from Chicago at Iggie's while there. I spoke to them today and we are looking at perhaps trying to do it again next Thanksgiving and meet up with them there! They wanted me to ask you if you knew any of the other condo owners there at Watergate that they could call directly to check out availability and pricing for their family? We would of course want to stay at your place again, if it is available. Thanks in advance for any info that you can offer, and thanks again for working with us on the late check out time...greatly appreciated!!

Judy Rountree

"Live what's in your soul, and dance your friggin heart out!"
Dec 2006
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Bolongo Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed in living room
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports Gear
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay/sound
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Weekly Post Hurricane update and Special offers..
average rating of 4.6538463 based on 27 reviews

Perfect location with great amenities!

  • 5 of 5

This was my 3rd time to St Thomas and I wish I knew about this place sooner! It was close to town and had a pool and beach onsite. The owner, Karen, was welcoming and extremely helpful with making our stay pleasant. Absolutely loved it!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Perfect guests. Fun, adventurous, clean, and neat. Please come again.
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Location location, perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

This property was in the center of everything, it was well equipped with everything needed for a family vacation,, steps away from bolongo bay beach and resort and the famous Iggie's beach bar , not to mention we were steps away from mim's onsite restaurant, would totally recommend,

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 10 days in Karen's condo on Bolongo Bay and what a great stay we had! You are maybe 30 feet away from the ocean and the deck outside which spans the width of the condo was our go to place in the mornings and evenings watching and listening to the ocean.The condo is centrally located to really get anywhere on the island in 20 minutes and it is a couple minutes walk to two great places to eat and drink (Iggies and Mim's) and a highly recommended scuba diving shop (St. Thomas Diving Club). We had one small issue with the toilets not flushing and the same day Karen had the management team at the condo's in to get them back up and working.

The kitchen is very well outfitted with anything you would need and the blender came in very useful for making frozen drinks. The Wi-Fi was also much appreciated by my two teenage daughters which worked fairly well (one or two restarts during our stay) compared to what I was expecting.

I would highly recommend anyone to stay at Karen's condo and hopefully we will be able to get back in the future. For location, amenities and price you can't beat this property! Thanks Karen for making our vacation one to remember.

Lisa and Steve

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great condo overlooking bolongo bay

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and quiet condo overlooking beautiful bolongo bay. Great location, close to restaurants and water activities, can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I look forward to your next visit.
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A very comfortable, well-stocked place with perfect location and privacy

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location for escaping the cruse ship crowds and walking to Iggy's, which we throughly enjoyed. Pool was wonderful on the couple of days the beaches were crowed. Sitting out on the patio every morning and evening was perfect since it would catch a slight breeze and the views were great. Condo was clean and stocked with everything we needed. Beds were very comfortable. Thank you so much! We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. Can't wait for your return.
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Great trip again!!

  • 5 of 5

We love this condo on beautiful Bolongo Bay. We have been coming for many years and it is always a wonderful trip. The owner has added a new tile floor in front of the balcony doors and it has added such a fun touch with the colorful tiles. The new mattress is a real plus. The condo is always really clean and well equipped. The view is spectacular and we spend many mornings just sitting on the balcony. There are 3 restaurants within walking distance. We look forward to coming back again next year.

Donna and John

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Looking forward to next year. You make sharing my home a pleasure.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Cyril E. King
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Red Hook Ferry to St. John & BVI
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Bolongo Bay
Car: not necessary

Watergate Villas East are located on the south side of St. Thomas on Bolongo Bay.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

housekeeping $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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