The Location. The Beach Cottage is located on the Coral Bay side of St John on the beach in a small sheltered cove called Lime Tree Cove. Not only is Beach Cottage the only house on the beach, but also the front steps of The Cottage are only 40 feet (we measured it) from the beckoning turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
The ever changing beach at Lime Tree Cove. If you look at a map of St. John you’ll notice that the island consists of numerous bays and coves that are carved into a very irregular coastline. These bays and coves usually provide good beach erosion protection from the storms that lash the Caribbean islands during hurricane season. However some years Lime Tree Cove, like all St. John beaches, suffers sand erosion, but other years - nothing. Despite what the storms do to the beaches during hurricane season, the sand always comes back. For example, in the fall of 2015 two storms roared past St. John and stole much of Lime Tree’s sand (see photo 6, taken Nov. 2015). But Mother Nature loves St. John, and what she takes away in September, she gives back in November through August (see photos 7, 8 and 9, taken in late January, 2016). So when you’re on island the beach may not look exactly like the photos you see here, for the beach is constantly changing. But for most of the months of most of the 25 years we’ve been doing business on St. John, Lime Tree Cove has been delightful and delovely.
This is not only an unusually private and quiet location, it is an exceptionally rare find on the island of St John where most of the beaches are within the National Park and no villas, condos or hotels are permitted on park lands. You might be asking, how can a house be built so close to the water on an island known for its strict conservation laws? Well, the original house was built before zoning laws were enacted on St. John, then we completely rebuilt the cottage over the existing footprint so we’re “grandfathered” and are allowed to exist within a no building zone. This means that beach cottage is, and will forever remain, the only house on the beach. Lime Tree Cove is a part of the larger Round Bay and the bright turquoise waters of the cove and of Round Bay are almost always calm because they are sheltered by the East End, which is a long, high peninsula that hooks east into the Caribbean and protects these secluded Caribbean waters. The nearly flat seas create a fantastic sea world that offers some of St. John’s best swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and just playing in and on the water. Like all beaches on St John, Lime Tree Beach changes with the seasons and storms. Sometimes it’s mostly all sand, and sometimes it’s a mix of stone pebbles and white sand. We’ve taken the photos shown here over the course of 24 months, and they show the varying beach textures. However, if you look at the ultra bright turquoise waters of the cove and bay, you know there’s lots of sand out there waiting to be washed ashore by the next storm.
Although the cottage is located just off the road, this is the so-called “quiet side” of St. John where there is little traffic during the day, and almost none at night. You’re 3 miles from the center of Coral Bay, which has lots of bars and restaurants, basic groceries, and snorkel gear and kayak and paddleboard rentals. For larger grocery stores, lots more shopping and restaurants and bars, it’s a 12-mile drive into the village of Cruz Bay.
The Cottage. This exceptionally romantic vacation home is a one-level cottage with two very private bedrooms/baths. When you step onto the entry deck the master bedroom is in the building on the right, and the great room and the guest bedroom is in a separate building on the left, with an adjoining deck connecting both buildings. The great room houses the living, dining and kitchen areas and the guest bedroom runs along the left side of the great room. From the great room two sets of 6’ sliding glass doors open to a large (500 sq./ft.) covered deck. In the living area there is a 32” tv/dvd and a stereo/cd. The kitchen is all new with a 4-burner gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and dishwasher, plus attractive granite counters and mahogany cabinets. There is dining for 4 on the deck and also in the interior dining area. The spacious master bedroom suite has a 4-poster classic white king bed with beach views, a/c, brazilian cherry floors, a 32” tv/dvd and a sitting area. The master bedroom opens to a 23’ long fully screened porch deck that is 45 feet from the water. The charming guest bedroom (queen bed) is accessed through mahogany doors off the living area and also has a/c, water views, a small sitting area and opens to the main deck. Both of the bathrooms were completely modernized and remodeled in 2012-13 and both have tiled showers.
St John Services. We have hired two of St. John’s best to welcome you to the island. Terry (she) and Olivier (he) are a delightful St. Johnian couple who are known throughout the island for their friendly, prompt and efficient manner. You will be met at the dock, escorted to the beach cottage and offered all kinds of advice on where to shop, eat and drink, snorkel, be entertained, or anything else you wish to know about St. John. If you have any issues with the Cottage (it’s mostly all new as of 7/1/13, but this is St. John, and villa things do occasionally happen), Olivier is a wonderfully adept and quite charming master fixer of all problems, large and small. Terry and Olivier live in Coral Bay; they’re a phone call away if you need them, otherwise, after they settle you in they’ll leave you alone to discover the unique joys of beachside island living.
Additional Information: Children 10 years old or older only.