Quiet, deluxe private entry studio with A/C, king size bed & kitchenette.
Julie Van Pelt
- english, french, spanish, norwegian, mandarin
About Julie Van Pelt
My wife and I are both originally from Southern California and grew up about 60 miles apart. It wasn't until we both moved to the British Virgin Islands that we actually met and fell in love. We were married in 2000 in Lake Tahoe, CA. and have no children, only one very special dog named Kai that lives with us here on St. John. Kai, our 9 year old Vizsla was also born in Southern California so we're a family of sorts all Californians at heart. We're both very outgoing and have and operate our own businesses. Julie spent her high school senior year studying in Norway and then went on to UCLA where she studied political science and was granted a scholarship to attend Nanjing University in China where she learned to speak Mandarin. She also speaks French, Spanish and Norwegian. She is a professional chef and has one of the most successful upscale catering companies, East West Catering, that provides private chef services to the high end vacation villas here on St. John. As a special offering, she is also offering a room service menu for those that would like to have a gourmet meal delivered to your private deck ready to enjoy for that romantic outdoor dining experience overlooking the moonlit bay. I am currently promoting our line of mild pepper sauces including our favorite and best selling Avocado Pepper Sauce. Ask us to taste it and you'll have to take some home with you.
Julie Van Pelt purchased this Studio in 2008
Why Julie Van Pelt chose Lower Carolina
Unlike most other accommodations , our Coral Bayside studio is actually on the side of the bay and lives up to it's name. Located only 300 feet from and 100 feet above the bay you can't get much closer to the water's edge. Every place has a view of the bay from afar but you won't find anything like this. Our studio truly lives up to it's claim of 5 star luxury at an affordable price.
What makes this Studio unique
We have what I call the Million Dollar View. It's not on the water but it is as close as you can get. Only 100 feet above and just across the road from the water's edge overlooking more than 100 boats at anchor. Also, unlike most accommodations, we actually have pure filtered rain water that is perfectly safe to drink right from the faucet. No need to buy bottled water. Our water is dual charcoal filtered and then treated with ultra violet light to kill any and all bacteria or micro organisms. With our 19 years living here on St. John we can provide a wealth of inside information about our favorite, secluded and secret beach and snorkeling locations. Julie is an avid hiker so she can give you some ideas and suggestions to help you find just the right hiking trail to suit your needs. There is also a very informative hiking trail guide in your information binder. We also have an in house Jeep rental so save you the hassles and time to rent, pick and return a rental car. For a nominal charge we meet you at the ferry dock on your arrival and bring you back to Coral Bayside and on your departure day we deliver you back to the ferry dock in time to catch your flight back home.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We absolutely loved staying at Coral Bayside. Its an amazing apartment in a fantastic location. Jack and Julie are the best hosts on the island. Julie is a phenomenal chef and cooked my wife and I some of the best food we have ever had had. When we make our way back to St. John we will be staying here again. The room is clean, the bed is super comfy and the bathroom is awesome. The AC works amazingly and the views from the porch swing cannot be beaten.
There is no kitchen but they do have a microwave and toaster oven as well as two mini fridges.
Can't say enough good things about this place. You will have an amazing time if you stay there. BOOK NOW!
Best place for the price
Super reasonable for what you get out of this property. Our stay was wonderful and we barely heard a peep out of other guests on the property. It was great with privacy and we loved the view of Coral Bay. Julie is a wonderful cook and Jack is super helpful if anything goes wrong with the rental vehicle that they you rent out. Also, super great price on the rental vehicles as well! We loved our stay and really enjoyed Jack and Julie. Great place for first time in STJ. They are super helpful and give lots of tips to help people enjoy their stay to the fullest. They also have a pretty awesome dog!
Matt and Becca were awesome guests and left our studio and rental car in pristine condition. They were out and about and enjoyed all St. John and Coral Bay had to offer! We would welcome them back anytime!
Julie, Jack and Awesome Dog Kai!
Very clean, comfortable king size bed, great shower and pleasant view. Loved the wrap around deck. Enjoyed the swing on the deck. Would stay at Coral Bayside again. Jack, Julie and Kai are wonderful. Made our first visit on the island perfect.
Lovely view of the harbor at Coral Bay in a comfortable and private apartment
We spent two happy weeks at Lower Carolina with Julie and Jack. The apartment is just as shown and is below their rooms above. There are two other smaller apartments for rent as well, one next to ours and one above. But we never heard a peep from other guests and Julie and Jack carefully protect all guests privacy. Our only negative comments were that we didn't realize that the only "kitchen" equipment are two small refrigerators, a microwave and a small toaster oven. Our fault for not reading carefully. That said, Julie is a professional caterer and wonderful chef and she made us several delicious and generous evening meals during our stay. Each was so large that we had leftovers for lunch the next day. Delicious shrimp and mahi mahi were stars but we also enjoyed her Pad Thai. Jack is a former pilot and deep into checklists so when you check in be prepared for a 20-minute session while he reviews the house rules (maybe more appropriate for college age renters than us seniors, but who cares. The rules include some silly replacement costs (more than $100 for a lost towel) but you won't be losing your towels so grin and bear it. This apartment is down a few steps (maybe 15 or so) which you need to be aware of if you are walking challenged. Didn't bother us a bit! And it is just up from the main road from the main intersection in Coral Bay south past Pickles in Paradise. You turn before Oasis and their driveway is the first you come to. Easy to find and easy in and out. We loved the location but do know that road noise and sometimes evening band music sounds do waft up to your apartment. Never bothered us, but it is not a silent retreat house, for sure. All in all, we loved our stay and Jack and Julie are great and thoughtful hosts.
Clean, affordable, convenient, Coral Bay location
Perfect place for our 25 anniversary. Jack and Julie were kind and helpful hosts. Had Julie's cooking two evenings and it was delicious. Jack picked us up at ferry and dropped us off at end of our stay. Went out of his way to hook us up with a fantastic deli on way out so we had food to take with us to the airport.
Jack shared some great local knowledge about beach spots which was so helpful. As helpful as Jack and Julie were, they were not overbearing. We rented one of their Jeeps and also used their beach chairs, towels and snorkeling gear. Worked out great. Go to open mike night on Thursdays at Pickles in Coral Bay. Great local talent.
Thank you for being such wonderful guests and taking such great care of our studio and rental vehicle. You are welcome back at anytime!!
Julie & Jack
Great location in Coral Bay, small studio that met our needs.
Coral Bayside is a great studio, the patio was fabulous for our morning coffee. Wonderful host and hostess in Jack and Julie providing us with valuable information about St. John. Everything we needed for beach exploring and snorkeling was provided. Julie's room service was excellent.
Just off the main bus line that runs the length of the island can be ridden for only $1.00 per person. A short 5 min. walk in either direction will take you to grocery stores, shopping, watersports/kayak rentals and restaurants.