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Newly Expanded 'LITTLE LAGOON-Beachfront Apartments @ $65 - $280/night!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,680 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 4 comfortably (8 max)

LITTLE LAGOON HAS GROWN UP! ! ! Little Lagoon's renovations are complete. The apartment next door to it has been renovated and connects with the existing space that spans the ENTIRE FIRST FLOOR OF THE HOUSE! You can rent the FULL 2-BDR/2-BATH ADJOINING SPACES (which includes everything listed in the Amenities Section), or you can rent one of two 1-BDR apartments (a small 1-BDR apt. called LITTLE LAGOON NORTH or the larger 1-BDR apt. called LITTLE LAGOON SOUTH...SEE NEW PICTURES)! The entire 2-BDR apartment is screened-in!

For 1-BDR options: 'LITTLE LAGOON NORTH' is a cute 1 bedroom apartment with a 3/4-Bath (tiled shower stall), outdoor porch & kitchenette on the ocean side first floor of a solid masonry 2-story building right on John's Folly Bay lagoon. If you prefer something a bit larger, 'LITTLE LAGOON SOUTH' is a larger 1-BDR/1-Bath apartment with a full kitchen, living room, A/C in bedroom, 3/4-Bath (tiled shower stall) and outdoor porch (half of which is screened-in)!

CARIBBEAN SEASIDE, LOCATED ON A LAGOON!!!!: We are 100 yards from the beach at John's Folly Bay and 20 feet above sea level on a beautifully landscaped vista of flowers/native trees/palm trees/fruit trees. The building is owner-occupied with 2 young children, and has a small outdoor play area available. We are steps away from a gorgeous shallow lagoon which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and fly-fishing. We're on the public bus route, but car rentals are highly recommended.

You might have many interesting questions to ask the owner, Ernest, who is a native Virgin Islander and a former OLYMPIC athlete who competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France! Bobsledding, no less! We even have an historic ruins built in 1882 on site, of which Ernest is the 5th generation. We are surrounded by hiking trails & various white sand and rocky swimming/snorkeling beaches. The V.I. National Park constitutes 2/3 of the island, and the skies are usually sunny with an average year-round temperature of 85 degrees.

SPECIAL OFFERS: All Little Lagoon Rentals Come With Free snorkel Gear, Beach towels, and Beach Chair Use.

All Returning Guests Get A 10% Discount...Any Referral (Friend/Relative) Of A Prior Guest Gets A 10% Discount!!

Visit Us Any Time In May, June, October or November And Get 10% Off Any Stay Of 2 Weeks Or More!

Come and enjoy a very affordable Caribbean vacation, and the beauty & serenity that is ST. JOHN, USVI ! !

Plan Your Escape From The ''Snow And Ice'' To The ''Sun And Fun'' Today!

More Details

Donna Matthias
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

This comment was left in our guest book:

"Dear Ernest & Donna,

Thank you for a wonderful stay! We thoroughly enjoyed EVERY aspect of our vacation. Your warm and inviting hospitality made us feel welcome and at home (and not just visitors on vacation).

Best wishes and thank you again! Jen & Joe Denkenberger

PS-LOVED the SCUBA! Thank you for suggesting...we wouldn't have done it otherwise.
Apr 2009
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Estate Johns Folly Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1680 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3/4 Bath 1 - toilet , shower , private bathroom has a tiled shower stall
    3/4 Bath 2 - toilet , shower , private bathroom has a tiled shower stall
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom #1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom #2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
LITTLE LAGOON NORTH has a minimal kitchenette...just enough to prepare a simple meal, make breakfast, or reheat leftovers. Cooking Utensils Provided: Refrigerator/sink/microwave/2 burner hotplate/toaster oven & some kitchen utensils, just enough for minimal cooking/reheating. LITTLE LAGOON SOUTH has a full kitchen with everything listed in the 'kitchen' section. Ceiling fans and screened-in windows in each room. Broadband Internet: We have high-speed DSL wireless broadband Internet. The Internet telephone service 'Skype' may be used. We have local phone service. Please use calling cards for long-distance. Handicapped Accessible (may have limitations). Kid Friendly: These are first floor apartments. There is a small outdoor play area on the property. We are 100 yards from the largest outdoor saltwater 'pool'-John's Folly Bay lagoon-on the entire island! All Little Lagoon Rentals Come With Free snorkel Gear, Beach towels, Floats and Beach Chair Use.


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Newly Expanded 'LITTLE LAGOON-Beachfront Apartments @ $65 - $280/night!
average rating of 4.92 based on 26 reviews

Our most relaxing vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Donna & Earnest!!!!

We had an amazing one week vacation this past February. The house was beautiful and very clean. We rented both units and enjoyed having the little beach only steps away!! There was everything we needed including a cooler and beach chairs we used every day. The humming birds in the shrub in front of the house were amazing to watch every morning and I have to mention the friendly dogs we hung out with on the beach each day (we loved Shadow too!!). We would totally recommend this property to anyone who wants an authentic, peaceful, relaxing vacation home!!!! Thanks again, Sara, Chris & Zoe

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing property! Fantastic hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Little Lagoon was the perfect place for us and our longtime friends to spend a week! We rented both units. We prefer a kick-back type of vacation in a rustic/rural location right on the beach. Little Lagoon filled our needs and exceeded our expectations! What we hadn't fully realized is how wonderful it is to have the perfect hosts living right upstairs. Donna and Ernest never interfered with our lives, but would magically appear at polite times of the morning or late afternoon and inquire about our

day's activities, offering suggestions as needed. The quiet house is beautifully appointed, with excellent beds and a full kitchen. We were surprised to find it was never uncomfortably warm, with only the ceiling fans occasionally running. Everything is top notch and we're looking forward to returning in the near future.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great rental and friendly helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 6 night stay at Little Lagoon South, didn't want to leave. It worked out well with three of use, 2 in the queen bed and one on the couch bed. This will be the place we stay next time on St John, we prefer this side of the island for the quite beaches and laid back atmosphere. Donna and Ernest are helpful and great people to get to know. Highly recommended. Lots of restaurant options between the rental and Coral Bay, and Concordia Restaurant is very close. Kitchen is great for preparing meals and we ate most nights at the rental. Grill is provided. No problem accessing the property with a car, most folks seem to rent jeeps for St John, but a car works fine (and is 1/2 the price) unless you are heading to Lameshur beach, which can be done in a car (we did it) with a few bumps and scrapes.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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HIGHLY recommend Little Lagoon- too bad there's a limit on how much I can gush about this place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Little Lagoon for 2 weeks on our first visit to St John - 2 adults and a 4 year old. The day we left I was ready to come back to the island and back to stay with Donna and Ernest. They provided excellent instructions for getting from Cruz Bay over to Coral Bay to the Coccoloba shops where Ernest met us and had us follow him to the house. If this is place is actually 100 yards from the beach, I'd be surprised. The water (and some chairs and great snorkeling) are SO, SO close. We rented L.L North because South was already booked. I'd forgotten that only South has air conditioning in the bedroom and so when we arrived was afraid that 2 weeks without AC at night would be torturous. But it was not. We were there in February/March and there was always a breeze. That plus plenty of fans kept us comfortable at night, and we were barely there during the day. For the 3 of us, North was fine. I think next time we'd still like to get South, but if you're just one or two people or three who are not staying a long time, North is fine. Don't plan to do major cooking with this kitchenette (no counter/prep space) but breakfast basics or a simple supper are possible. Plus you can't beat the price, if budget is a huge concern. We were basically comfortable with the the 3 of us in North, but with 3 of us, all of our stuff for 2 weeks, and using the couch for a bed, seating, time we'll stay in South. That said, the apartment was immaculate, they left us a beautiful vase of fresh flowers from the property, were super helpful and informative and I just can't say enough how great a place this was to stay. Donna and Ernest are so kind -if we lived there I'd want to be friends and hang out with them. We really liked having that little beach right there, but also being close to the other east and south beaches. The north/west beaches are more "crowded" but even that is a stretch. You'll find just about everything you need (except a gas station!) in Coral Bay. We grocery shopped there, bought gifts there, ate there and were in Cruz Bay only to arrive and depart. It's definitely the quiet side of the island, so be aware of that, but you almost feel like a native! Our son enjoyed the swings, Ernest lent us a boogie board, they often came out when we got back in the evening to see where we'd been or to make recommendations. It was a wonderful vacation. I'm ready to return. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Beautiful Location on St. John's Quieter East Side!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Little Lagoon! We especially liked being away from the busier west side of the island - it feels very secluded and is a quiet location away from roads. My husband and I and our 4 young children fit well here - the apartment was the perfect size for us (Little Lagoon - South) and has a nice kitchen that allowed us to prepare daily meals for our family. Our kids enjoyed the swings out front and walking down to the water. Ernest and Donna and their family were very welcoming and were always available to answer any questions we had about the apartment or places to snorkel/play on the beach. We would recommend the Little Lagoon to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Wonderful Visit

  • 5 of 5

Little Lagoon is absolutely perfect in every way for a single/senior traveler as myself. I have enjoyed this apartment on several occasions and look forward to returning again and again. Being able to walk to the lagoon to enjoy the view, the breeze, the peace and calm of the water is amazing. The location and accessibility is convenient and if you love St. John and Coral Bay the way I do, you really should enjoy Little Lagoon. Thank you Donna and Ernest for your kindness and creating this paradise at Johns Folly to share.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas, VI
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Concordia Eco-Camps
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Mahogany Run Golf Course, St. Thomas
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Coral Bay intersection
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Miss Lucy's Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Little Lagoon is right on John's Folly Bay
Car: recommended

We are surrounded by hiking trails & various white sand and rocky swimming/snorkeling beaches. The V.I. National Park constitutes 2/3 of the island, and the skies are usually sunny with an average year-round temperature of about 85 degrees.

We view several U. S. and British Virgin Islands, the shipping lanes for cruise ships, and sailing & motor vessels. We face N.E. and experience awesome sunrises and reflections of beautiful sunsets.

Other Activities: watersports activities, shopping, boating, basketball court, horseshoes


Rates & Availability

Estate Johns Folly Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $100

L.L. NORTH (small kitchenette) ..... L.L. SOUTH (large full kitchen)
SPRING: May 1-June 30, 2017.................$80......................................$100
50% OFF SUMMER: July 1-Aug 31, 17.......$65........................................$90
FALL: Oct 1-Nov 30, 2017.......................$80......................................$100
WINTER: Dec 1, 2017-Apr 30, 2018.........$130......................................$180

50% Deposit in advance by personal check, certified check, money order, (or Paypal if booking is within 2 weeks of arrival)
50% Balance due upon arrival by cash, certified check or money order

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.