|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Gentle Winds is a private community located on the North Shore Road on St. Croix with it's own beach, pool, Beach Shack and tennis courts. Our newly renovated condo has three bedrooms each with a king size bed, three full baths and built out closets in each bedroom. The alcove has two twin beds and is great for kids. The maximum we can easily accommodate is six adults. We do have an on island manager who is there to help should you need anything.
We live just outside Washington, DC in Bethesda and have three grown daughters who were raised here. My husband and I met in Vermont and after moving for school and work settled here where we have lived on the same street for 27 years. You could say we love our neighborhood!
Marcia Wagner purchased this condo in 2010
After renting at Gentle Winds for many years we purchased I-8 and did a complete renovation which took a while but it was well worth it. We love to play golf which is what attracted us to the island in the first place and we also enjoy the beach, sailing and hiking.
The setting at Gentle Winds is unique. When you arrive you just exhale because it is so relaxing and beautiful to look at. We chose to be in the I Building because it is closest to the water and has the best views. The beach and the pool are just a stones throw away and the soothing rhythm of the ocean finds you whether you are inside or out.
The setting for this condo is beautiful. We appreciated having king beds and private bathes for each couple. Having beach bags to use and plenty of beach towels was great. The pool, bar and beach with the cabanas for shade was awesome. We were there during an unseasonably warm spell so using the air conditioner was a must for us. We liked how the location was kind of central to the island and it was a simple drive to all the attractions we wanted to visit. The best dining we found was on the shore to the west of the condo, Rowdy Joe's was our favorite dinner spot. Bobby, the on island manager, was very helpful getting us from the airport to the condo.
The only negative thing that happened was after we left the condo the management did not feel we had treated their property with respect even tho we followed all the guidelines and warned me of a bad review and possible loss of my damage deposit. If you are the kind of person who does not want to sweep up sand on your vacation and you are expecting housekeeping to take care of that you might want to consider a different rental.
Property was easy to find from the airport and was not crowded. This condo was clean, in great condition, and well stocked. Loved having snorkel/fins and beach towels in the unit. Power blinked off a couple of times but would always come back on quickly. Always had hot water for showers-even with 3 teens in the house. Perfect size for our family of 5. Beach and pool were clean and beautiful. Enjoyed drinks at the poolside bar. View from balcony was incredible. Rowdy Joes is a short distance away and delicious! Wish we could have stayed longer.
This condo was in the closest building to the beach. It was beautifully decorated with comfortable beds. Our only was complaint was the lack of towels. There were only 4 bath towels and 3 beach towels.
The beach and pool areas were clean and well maintained. There were plenty of chairs and shady areas. The sandy beach was a bit rocky in places. I suggest water shoes for protection and to take a longer walk down the beach. The beach was completely private as there aren't any public areas around.
I would definitely recommend this condo to anyone who likes a quiet vacation.
Thank You Wagner's for renting out your beautiful condo! It was as described. Neat, clean & spacious. Went with hubby and 16 & 13 yr old sons. Beautiful views looking at Caribbean Sea. Comfortable beds. Beach towels provided were luxurious. Coolers, beach bags provided were perfect. We brought our own snorkel gear, but many sets were provided. Auto ice maker didn't work, but trays were provided and we made our own, no problem. The upstairs master bedroom was very warm, but we found an extra fan and had it running into the room. The property was super well kept and beautiful. Pool well maintained, and snack bar served nice food & drinks. There is shuffle board and gas grills as well. The best part was we met some super nice people staying there as well and all hung out for some good times. Things to do a must: Salt River Bay, about 1 minute away by car, Sea-Thru Kayak Tour in the bay to see bioluminescent life and jelly fish that glow, you hold in your hands and does not sting you. Like nothing else you've ever done or seen. http://seathrukayaksvi.com/Kayak_the_Bioluminescent_Bay_St_Croix.html
Sail to Buck Island with Captain Carl/Captain Heinz. Most beautiful catamaran, guided snorkeling tour, hike to the top for breath taking views of St. Croix.
The water is the turquois blue you see in all the pictures.
Best way to tour the rainforest & have an adventure: ATV's! Gecko ATV Tours is the best. An adventurous ride and captured with a Go-Pro is the best way to tour! We rented a jeep and explored the entire island. Everyone was super friendly and welcoming. Went to Point Udall, furthest Point East in the US. Absolutely breath taking views of Caribbean and beaches. Rent a vehicle and go see St. Croix for yourself! I would definitely go back!
Thank You Wagner's!
The Clemente Family of Atlanta, GA
We loved our stay at this property. It is beautifully decorated, well stocked and very clean. It was a pleasant surprise that she had snorkels, fins and masks so we had a blast snorkeling. She also provided plenty of beach towels and bath towels. The condo is in a perfect location in the community as it overlooks the ocean and the pool. The pool is so pretty at night with all the colored lights. The only issue was the refrigerator struggled to get really cold but the freezer worked great. We would highly recommend this property as it wasn't crowded when we were there (June) so it was very quiet and peaceful. We'd spend the morning enjoying the pool and the beach. We rented a car (do note the street signs all around St. Croix are terrible so pick up a good map at the airport) and spent the afternoon touring the island to see other resorts and beaches. We were very happy to come back to this resort community at the end of a long day out exploring.
If you are looking for a peaceful private beach house with all the amenities, this is for you. The grounds are immaculate. The condo itself is very comfortable and upscale. The pool is perfect. The view and sounds of the ocean are spectacular. They even have a large gas barbecue and entertainment room in the clubhouse. And if you are a shell collector, they have a lots of tiny shells and very nice chunks of brain coral. Did I mention snorkeling in the private beach? If you want to leave this paradise and explore the historical sites on the island, that is fun too. A couple people in our group are scuba divers and said this was by far their best dives yet. They swam with sharks among other things. Incredible! My family of 8 (parents in their 70s, kids in their 20s and siblings in their 40 and 50s) are trying our best to return next year. This is our perfect vacation getaway. Thank you for providing a perfect vacation!
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