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Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Br, 2.5 Bath; Views Of Hart Bay & Chocolate Hole Bay-Easy Access To Cruz Bay

Located on St. John’s beautiful south shore, Pura Vida (pure life), is a beautiful island home and private estate situated on 1.5 acres. The villa is surrounded by a profusion of native landscaping and historical Dutch ruins. Our villa's hilltop location makes for lots of lovely island breezes with wonderful ocean views of Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay.

Pura Vida boasts a wonderful floor plan and a downright glorious screened sitting area where you can sit and enjoy a good book or a nap. The two bedroom suites are private and tastefully appointed with all new furnishings and air conditioning for warm nights. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with tiled showers and glass doors, which will make you feel right at home.

An easy drive from town and top-notch beaches, Pura Vida is an excellent choice for experiencing St. John. Returning home after a long day in the sun, you can relax in the comfortable great room, prepare an island specialty dinner in the fully loaded kitchen, or enjoy a cool drink in the breeze while you watch the beautiful sunsets of St. John before rolling down the hill for a taste of Cruz Bay’s laid back nightlife.

Our community has a wonderful walking/hiking trail to Hart Bay. Just past our driveway (around the bend) there is a path on the left that will lead you through the canopy of trees to the beach. Take your coffee and stroll through the woods until you reach the beach with it's beautiful gentle breezes.

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John & Maura Kelly
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2017

About John & Maura Kelly

After finding St. John a few years ago on an anniversary trip - and falling in love immediately - we have been thrilled to purchase this wonderful and historic home in Chocolate Hole. We live in Maryland and have 8 children together - 7 children are now in college or beyond. We travel to St. John as frequently as we can as this is our favorite place in the world! We love our Island home and we know you will love it also.

John & Maura Kelly

John & Maura Kelly purchased this villa in 2013

Why John & Maura Kelly chose Cruz Bay

We chose this property because it is extremely unique for St. John. While all properties are beautiful on this island, this house caught our attention immediately as we drove up the long driveway, past the historic ruins to the expansive yard and surroundings. It is truly a private sanctuary in which to enjoy the island and all it has to offer. Additionally, the location is absolutely ideal for getting to Cruz Bay and the North Shore beaches.

What makes this villa unique

The open floor plan is ideal for a gathering or simply relaxing and viewing the ocean. Enjoy the walking trail to Hart Bay. The screened sitting area is ideal for a late afternoon cocktail, for sitting and enjoying a book, or for taking a nice nap while enjoying glorious breezes and viewing the lovely landscaping. It's a very quick trip to Cruz Bay - great for an evening of dinner or activity. The house is equipped with everything you will need for a wonderful vacation - beach chairs, coolers, snorkel equipment, and a fully stocked kitchen in which you can prepare any meal of your choosing.


Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Beautiful tiled shower with open air glass wall
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Convenient half bath off kitchen
  • Bathrooms are entirely remodeled with new tile showers with glass walls, tile floors and fixtures.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Elevated master bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private bedroom with en suite bath
  • Bedrooms are air-conditioned for peaceful sleeping on warm nights. They have been completely remodeled with entirely new furniture. Master Bedroom #1 has an elevated bed with a great view of Chocolate Hole Bay. Sliding windows on two sides of the room allow for a wonderful night's sleep enjoying the island breezes.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Pura Vida: Privacy & Seclusion - 1.5 Acres In Chocolate Hole - Great Ocean View
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews
Midland, MI

A Beautiful Week

  • 5 of 5

What a great week in St. John! We had great weather and phenomenal snorkeling at a different beach each day. The villa was beautiful, spacious, comfortable and clean. The views of Chocolate Hole and sunsets across the island are phenomenal. Everything needed for a perfect week was provided. We especially appreciated the snorkeling gear and beach chairs. The location is convenient to town and restaurants plus the kitchen and grill were great for eating in. The bedrooms are well separated and provided privacy for everyone. All of this added up to a truly memorable vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marcia - I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida - we absolutely love being there and are so happy when others have the same feeling. I'm glad you used the snorkel gear and beach chairs - we recently changed out all the beach chairs with new ones, so next time you come they will be even better! Hope to see you staying with us again in the future, and thanks for taking such great care of our villa. John & Maura Kelly
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Great house, nicely furnished

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our short stay. The living area is sprawling, with lots of spaces to read and relax. There is high quality upholstered furniture throughout. The kitchen is big, modern and well stocked. Sweet deck with view of the sea. A short walk down to Chocolate Hole and interesting little hike down to Hart Bay. The downstairs bedroom and bath are small, but nice. The property has its own sugar plantation ruins. A unique place!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

We just spent a week at Pura Vida. The home is close to town yet the location is quiet and secluded. The grounds of Pura Vida are absolutely stunning with the ruins overflowing with beautiful flowers and wildlife. We were able to walk to both Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole. The home itself was beautifully furnished and the kitchen was well equipped. The bedrooms were comfortable with fairly quiet air conditioning units however the main living space was very warm despite the ceiling fans. The wooden deck offered a beautiful view of the surrounding water and was a great spot for our morning coffee and afternoon drinks. Steve the property manager was extremely helpful both at check-in and during our stay. The owners were very responsive during the booking process and promptly answered all our questions. The deli items and bottled water provided by the owners were delicious and a nice surprise after a long day of travel. We enjoyed snorkeling each day at the beautiful North Shore beaches. I would highly recommend sailing with Kekoa to the BVI. The crew was exceptional and the view of St John and surrounding islands from the water was breathtaking

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private, unique, and convenient.

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful property and home, with everything you could need. It is very close to town yet also very private. The property is really cool with ruins right on the property and lots of exploring to do. Did not realize from description that he second bedroom is only accessible from the outside, so having younger kids we were a little uncomfortable having them stay in a separate room from the main living area.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved staying at Pura Vida

  • 5 of 5

We were so surprised when we arrived, because the house was even better and larger than the pictures indicated!

The kitchen had all the equipment we needed to prepare meals. The grounds were delightful to walk

around. The beds were very comfortable. The views from the house were amazing. There was plenty

of snorkeling equipment and beach towels. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Pura Vida. We enjoyed the

hike down to Hart Bay, but I could not have made it in flip flops with a coffee cup!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard - we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Pura Vida. It's a special place for us, and to know that someone else appreciated it so much is very nice. Several past guests have said that they were surprised at how nice it was when they arrived. . . I've got to get some better photos out there so people can see how nice it is. I hope we see you returning again. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. John & Maura Kelly
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Very special home in midst of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting St. John for 18 years. Pura Vida is the most comfortable villa we have stayed in - comfortable bed and furnishings, Hart Bay breezes all day long, view of two bays, a cook's kitchen, convenient to everywhere, in the midst of gardens and the wildlife of the salt ponds. This villa feels more like home than a vacation rental because of all of the beautiful touches John and Maura have lent throughout.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Estate Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
April - May 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer - Fall 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 12.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cruz Bay Ferry
Car: necessary

Chocolate Hole is an excellent location convenient to local beaches and downtown Cruz Bay. Our community has a beautiful walking trail to Hart Bay. Take your coffee mug with you and stroll down to the beach in the morning and take in the beautiful ocean breezes. Path starts past our driveway after the bend in the road. The path will be on the left side of the road. You'll travel through a canopy of trees ending up at the beach.


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