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The True West Indies at a Bargain

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

If you missed drinking rum with Hemmingway in Key West or Cuba, you can still grab a bit of that adventure in this West Indian home. Old Caribbean charm with all the modern amenities.

Callaloo was carefully built to preserve old West Indies design and ambiance. Each bedroom is a separate cottage surrounded by porches, decks, patios and open air baths and showers.

It is filled with authentic Caribbean antiques that are rugged, no need to worry about being careful. Couches, chairs, and the entire place work well with wet bathing suits and rum.

This is the perfect honeymoon place, romantic, and private, yet it is great for a group. Everyone will have privacy: Moonlight Cottage, Shell Cottage,Pineapple Cottage and a sleeping loft in the main house with a 4th bath.

The bathrooms were copied from resort cottages in Bali. Shower under the stars or the sun. Bake in the West Indian oven. Quickly smoke roasts, turkey, vegetables using aromatic tropical woods.

What Callaloo offers that you will not find in other villas:

Charming antiques, outdoor bathrooms, totally open cottages, romantic bed nets, total privacy, West Indian oven, two entry roads (one is a driving adventure and the other is for little old ladies; (I’m an older gal, but I prefer driving the adventure road). Center island location gives proximity to all the northern beaches, East end beaches, Salt Pond, south shore bays. 600 ft. elevation insures cool breezes.

Keywords: A cluster of houses with ocean and mountain views,

More Details

Property Manager
Marcia Darnell
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2017

About Marcia Darnell

I am a retired yacht designer. I've sailed to most of the Caribbean Islands and St. John is the best. For 15 years I collected photos of every charming West Indian cottage to design my own West Indian tin-roof 'shack'. I wanted a place for good times and parties; for my friends and family. Rather than a large American house such as you find in Florida or Hawaii, I wanted it to look truly Island. Furnishings were collected for years and stored in my potting shed. I designed the house and supervised the construction. Most of all I have enjoyed the visitors and parties that are always at CALLALOO

Marcia Darnell purchased this villa in 1994


Upper Carolina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Moonlight Cottage / Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Shell Cottage / Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Pineapple Cottage / Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Loft / Bedrrom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size bed can be converted to two twins
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

The True West Indies at a Bargain
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews
Brentwood, TN USA

Outstanding manager!

  • 5 of 5

What I forgot to mention was how helpful and attentive the manager, Marcia, was prior to and during our stay! She provided us with helpful suggestions and tips regarding St. John. If we needed anything or had questions, she was always available to assist. Thanks Marcia for everything!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the two wonderful reviews and comments. I'm glad my suggestions were helpful and that you had a wonderful time. We want everyone to love St John the way we do.
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Brentwood, TN USA

Amazing, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We and two other couples stayed at Callaloo. Never had any of us experienced a place so unique. It was remote but at the same time easy to get to restaurants, grocery stores, beaches, and hiking trails. The views were spectacular! It was outdoor living with a West Indies feel. It was the best equipped VRBO house we have ever stayed at. The layout gave each couple ample privacy. Would highly recommend you consider Callaloo!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for appreciating the uniqueness of Callaloo. We've always believed that it's the experience that makes the vacation and the memories.
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  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to St John for 25 years, and this was our first time at Callaloo. We were delighted! Although there were only two of us, we could see what a great setting it is for a small group or family. The individual cottage bedrooms with a central kitchen dining cottage is a great concept, and the view from the porch couldn't be better. Did I mention the really great pool area! The location can't be beat if you want to be away from the hustle of Cruz Bay. It is very close to the great North Shore beaches, and high enough to always have a cool breeze (also close to the Coral Bay restaurants). Also, Marcia is a great host, and is very helpful with your vacation planning.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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west river md

OMG! What a picturesque vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't believe our eyes when we first arrived (after dark) and saw our vacation accommodation twinkling down the hillside gingerbread cottage after another, yellow, pink ...connected by stone stairways, porches, railings ...and a turquoise pool at the edge of the cliff. "Is this all ours?!"

Many many thanks to Marcia and Georgia for a special home-away-from-home. We appreciated the piles of thick towels, drawers full of kitchen equipment and spices, delightful ceramic dishes, comfy beds, colorful sheets, art & crafts everywhere, jungle bathrooms (couldn't believe the loud tree frogs that serenaded me in the shower), al fresco living/dining/and sleeping, and photo-ops galore.

All nine of us are daydreaming about Callaloo, and hoping to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. We are so glad that our guests love Callaloo the way that we do. We look forward to your return.
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gardiner, maine

beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Having just spent 5 nights at Callaloo, I would highly recommend this wonderful villa to anyone who is looking for wonderful breezy views of coral bay. The house is beautifully decorated with an eclectic collection of art and furnishings. It is very comfortable, (we were a group of 9) and private baths and sleeping areas was wonderful. The constant breeze made this a great place to hang out when not beaching it for the day. The pool was a great addition and the outdoor bathrooms are the best. Do consider staying here without hesitation!! I would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfield, CT

Another wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a week at Callaloo, my 5th visit to this enchanting home. I feel so at home here that I spent the entire week by myself! It was heaven. I slept in, swam in the pool, went to the beach and had cook outs. I watched movies on Netflix and took naps on the couch. My favorite activity here is sitting on the porch with a book and letting the beautiful breezes wash over me. I filled a bowl with sugar and watched the birds. This is nature at its best. It is just a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in CT. I"m coming back in November for 2 weeks! Can't wait.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
St Thoman
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Skinny Legs
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Skinny Legs, Aqua Bistro, Ship Wreck
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Francis, Maho
Nearest Point of Interest
Leinster bay: great place to see turtles, rays and starfish
Nearest Point of Interest
Francis bay is excellent white sand beach & great snorkeling
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Maho bay: white beach where you step from your car right ont
Nearest Point of Interest
Visit archeological digs snorkel, visit sugar plantation rui
Nearest Point of Interest
Superb snorkeling
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Salt pond is perhaps the most favorite beach on St. John
Nearest Point of Interest
Skinny Legs - no visit is complete without a t-shirt saying
Nearest Point of Interest
Trunk Bay is beautiful
Nearest Point of Interest
Great Lameshure bay good for snorkeling & being alone
Nearest Point of Interest
Reef Bay trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Vie's End of the Road Shack
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Upper Carolina Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring & Summer 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Low Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Late Fall Season
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 2 2018
6 night minimum stay

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