|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
This newly decorated,800 sq.ft., one-bedroom condominium sits right at the water's edge, in a small, gated complex. Sliding glass doors in both the bedroom and living room open out onto the patio and the Caribbean, just yards away. Sandy beaches (called Pelican Cove, as Pelicans dive for their food there),ideal for swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling (equipment at the condo) and long walks, sit both within and adjacent to the complex (the beach area within the Association, with chaise lounges, is just about as close as one can hope for to a 'private' beach), which has a pool (barely visible from the back of the unit). While in the condo or on the patio, which sit slightly above the water, you'll enjoy hard-to-match privacy, thanks to a short( but perfectly located) rocky stretch of beach and a low, stone wall that runs in front of the condo, discouraging public beach strollers from passing in front. Refreshing year-round trade winds cool the beach and the unit, which nevertheless has large ceiling fans, and bed room air conditioning available upon request (but almost never needed, as the breeze is constant and divine). Laundry rooms and a reserved parking space are on site seconds away from the condo.
Take a few minutes walk along the sandy beach to find a 4 1/2 star hotel (The Palms) with a seaside restaurant serving throughout the day,on-the-beach yoga classes (just $10 for a 90 minute session). and snorkeling at Long Reef that matches any in the Caribbean. Or take a short drive to any of the island's many other restaurants (we'll send you a list of many of them), including those in the nearby (less than 10 minutes by car) historic waterfront town of Christiansted, which also features cobbled streets, old churches, a 1700s fort, several museums (art, pottery, etc.), a book store (with occasional readings by authors who live or vacation on the island), and a 27-acre historical area maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. And, of course, all sorts of shopping.
Other available activities, all within a 25-minute drive, include the island's only gambling casino; three golf courses (one, Carambola, designed by Robert Trent Jones, another at a luxury hotel [The Bucanneer] that nevertheless charges only a $50 greens fee, and a third [The Reef: 9-holes] with a $30 greens fee); great scuba diving at Cane Bay and Buck Island; tennis (courts seemingly everywhere, including one at The Palms Hotel); a rain forest; sport fishing;seaside horseback riding; and a gym. And, of course, just gazing at the sea from the patio, including a gorgeous sun rise for the early riser.
For quiet nights (or days) at 'home,' the cable TV menu, in addition to the major network and cable channels, includes a multitude of sports (NBA, MLB, Golf, Tennis), movie (Bravo, TBS, TNT,TCM), music (almost 40 genres) and other channels.
Food shopping is nearby:one small store is half-a-mile away, and two supermarkets are within a 5-minute drive.
Judi-of-Croix, a local car rental company, can pick you up and drop you off at the airport, where, in any event, several chain car rental offices are located. And for those interested in buying a home or condo on the island -- many guests inquire about this -- a brochure available at the condo will direct you to a great broker.
Keywords: condominium, villa, vacation rental, beachfront unit.
We read and write (plays, articles, etc.) professionally. We treasure quiet time, 'alone' together.
Gary Mailman and Emily Mann purchased this condo in 2010
A long-held dream for both of us has been to have a romantic retreat on a Caribbean beach, quiet and private (a writing place), but with culture, restaurants and sports nearby. We always thought that meant a too-expensive private home, and so could not believe our luck when we found Seaclusion. The rocky beach and stone wall running just a bit longer than the length of the patio assure the privacy and quiet we wanted. With a long sandy beach just yards away, and Christiansted but a short drive, our dreams have been realized. Perhaps not unique, but close to it, except for private homes beyond our means.
Every place is sort of unique, and no place is truly unique in important features. Suffice to say that seaside locations -- to say nothing of seaside locations where the gentle surf can be heard and a comforting breeze blows 24/7 -- are very hard to find except at enormous prices.
We spent most of our time touring the island. When we were there, morning and late evening, we found it very comfortable. We especially enjoyed sitting outside in the morning, drinking our coffee and watching the waves. The condo was just as you described.
We had a great stay. The condo is as advertised. The views are spectacular. Roy the property manager is very accommodating if you need anything. We were looking for something out of the resorts to get a feel for living on the island / cooking our own food and this was a perfect fit. It has a good location so you can get anywhere on the island easily. I do recommend renting a car though, but I would regardless of where you stayed on the island there is just too much to see not to be able to get around. The bottom line is the condo was well worth the money and I'd stay there again. Hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.
We came to this island ahead of hurricane Sandy after conferring with and getting ok'd by the owner; stayed for 8 nights. We had previously intended to come for my husband's birthday in August but he ended up having surgery! The owner was quite accomodating.
The condo was as described and pictured and ocean front (sea wall separates condo from ocean). It was clean and well maintained. Well stocked with whatever you need for a beach/island vacation (they even had a bottle of vodka and a bottle of white wine!), including pots/pans/cups/glasses, lots of towels, clean linen, snorkel, fins, books for down time, and anything else to make your stay comfortable. A bit of a problem with internet access (no wifi in condo) but go to sitting area by the office and wifi to no end. But you are not on the island to go on the internet, so this is not a big deal. Sleep with the sliding doors open and low ceiling fan setting--you won't need AC. The sound of the ocean waves will lull you to a restful sleep but if you a light sleeper, then bring ear plugs.
Places to eat: Mocha Jumbies Cafe, La Reine Chicken Shack (go before 4pm or call ahead to pick food up at the bar after 4:30pm), Blues bbq grill (11-7pm Wed to Sun), Pier 69 in Frederiksted (newly reopened, new owners), Angry Nates, Rum Runners. You will get too much food and always end up with leftovers to eat the following day. I really wanted to eat at Ace Roti but could never find it! Foodtown and Pueblo for groceries. Best drinking water: Niagara brand or Dasani, can't drink tap water.
Finally, Mr. Roy (condo manager, super) is ever present and willing to answer every question and meet every need you might have. Thank you for the yellow plantains (coat lightly with sugar, fry in butter until golden brown and caramelized and sprinkle with coconut flakes for dessert--his recipe!). Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It really was lovely stay on a lovely island.
It was amazing. We now know what it is like to have the ocean on your front door.
It was a bit hard to find as the road signs were sparse.
Would definitely recommend getting some help (taxi the first trip)
We felt safe and welcome.
Gary's Seaclusion rental was exactly what we were looking for when we came to St Croix for a destination wedding of a friend. We decided to rent a car and book a condo to save money on eating out and the wedding venue prices were over $300 a night! I am so glad we chose this spot instead. The ocean right outside the bedroom was so soothing and coffee and breakfast on the patio was a highlight of the day. 2 couches for reading and the perfect little kitchen for prepping meals, smoothies, and coffee. The location was close to Christensted and we took a day trip to Fredricksted too, I thought the location was perfect. Grocery stores near by and not too far to have a drink with dinner and worry about getting home. We even found ourselves looking at other condos in the complex to own! This is not a super fancy shi-shi place or development, but for an incredible view, great location, and convenience at the right price we couldn't have been happier.
I have never slept closer to the ocean. It was simply amazing. You can hear the sounds of the ocean all night long. I have never slept so soundly. The patio is literally 10 feet from the water, and only a sea wall keeps the ocean from coming right up to your door step.
The condo is conveniently located close to the Palms (walking distance), which has great food and drinks. It is also a 5 minute to drive to Christiansted, which is the town with the best food and night life.
Saint Croix itself is a great island with many different parts. There is good food in christiansted, cane bay has a surfer laid back vibe, and there are several other marinas to explore. We'll definitely be back!
The condo is just as pictured on web site and a good value for the price. There is very good snorkeling and a nice restaurant with happy hour bar a few hundred yards down the beach. We loved sitting on the patio looking at Buck Island, Christianstad, and the other Virgin Islands in the distance. The kitchen appliances are modern and work well and it was a treat to have lots of towels and bedding plus in house Internet. Pool area is very nice and clean.
10 minutes west of Christiansted.
Other Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Boating, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Kayaking, Shelling, Miniature Golf
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 19 2017
6 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$79|
2 weeks, off-peak: $1,370. 2 weeks, peak: $1,940.
Holiday Weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year) .. 1250/Week; 2,250/2 weeks
1 wk=7 nts;Rates Are for 2 Guests; Add 150/Week for 3 Guests.
Mandatory government hotel tax of 10 percent, and $69 property damage protection policy (so you don't have to pay a security deposit!). NOTE: SUMMER WEATHER NOT MUCH HOTTER THAN WINTER: Temp. in 80s usual.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.