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Karen Smith

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

St. Thomas - Waterfront Condo-Bolongo Bay

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 6

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.

  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

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 Southside

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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based on 15 traveler reviews

St. Thomas - Waterfront Condo-Bolongo Bay
average rating of 4.733333 based on 16 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Dear Karen,

I am SO glad we were finally able to get to St Thomas for a week instead of a few hours. It is a beautiful place, and even driving on the "wrong side" was fun. The eight of us want to let the world know that Bolongo Bay and your condo (and Andrew's) are the perfect places to explore the islands, play on the beaches, and relax all your cares away. (We spent loads of time in both of the units!) You have decorated a lovely island retreat and it made our stay even more wonderful.

We're all back home, but dreaming of sunrises over the water and dinners in the soft breezes at Bolongo Bay. 'Til next time.... our heartfelt thanks! Jerry, Mary Jane, Lamar, Cheryl, Leonard, Vicki, Alan, and Melonye

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous views

  • 4 of 5

Proximity to bar, restaurant and other island destinations made this location perfect. I can still hear the ocean roar!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well located and quiet

  • 4 of 5

This was our first experience abroad, but we have rented other vacation properties. We don't spend much time awake in the rental. The cooking facilities were satisfactory. The beds were comfortable. We did not realize that water is limited in St. Thomas, but we did not find any constraint on our water usage. The scenery was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Beach Condo

  • 5 of 5

This condo is ideal for long stays in Saint Thomas. It has everything you need, blender, grill, towels and plenty of space! The patio is huge and expands through two rooms. I would definitely stay here again!

The area is super cool with a great bar less than two minutes of walking and you can visit the resort attached to the bay. They have a great breakfast buffet and swim up bar! But Bolongo Bay isn't ideal if you're wanting to snorkel and swim in the water. There are a lot of rocks and sea urchin warnings.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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spacious, comfortable but worn

  • 3 of 5

The unit was ok and generally comfortable. The A/C broke on our first night there and the owner was certainly not proactive in ensuring a repair. There were bugs (no see-ums) and it was quite hot with door shut. Unit was out of date but certainly fully functional albeit with slider doors that require two people to pull shut. All in all it was an ok place to stay but we would not stay again.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I knew we were not a good fit when upon arrival the guests emailed to see if there was a gym. No. Only the pool, tennis courts, volley ball on the beach,and the ocean. St Thomas is not for indoor people. If you love the ocean and the outdoors we are your place. One of the three air conditioners did go out and I was not able to get it replaced for a week. I suggested they open the doors and let the trade winds cool them. I have never experienced no see-ums but apparently they did. The sliders are very difficult to open as they are on the ocean side and the rebar is failing. Scheduled for replacement this summer or fall.
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another wonderful visit

  • 5 of 5

Since this was our third trip to Karen's condo she knows we love it. The view from the balcony is just gorgeous. The condo is very well equipped with everything you could need. We love walking every morning before heading off for a day sail or to explore a new beach. We love Iggies, the open air beach front restaurant and there is also Mim's and Lobster Grille at Bolongo Beach Resort which is just a short walk down the beach. We like to take the ferry to St. John's for the day or check new restaurants on the island. It's location about half way between downtown shopping and Red Hook is perfectly situated. We have been coming to St. Thomas for several years but when we discovered Karen's condo 3 years ago we now think of it as our home away from home. Thanks Karen for sharing your piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 - Dec 19
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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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Southside Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
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
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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