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Cactus Flower Cottage - a Charming Quiet Retreat with Ocean View

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 2

Cactus Flower Cottage is a charming 1-bedroom cottage nestled in Fish Bay, one of St. John's quietest neighborhood. Built amoungst 200 year old ruins still visable on property. Enjoy fresh papaya, coconut and other fruit from trees throughout the gardens when in season. A 10-minute ride from Cruz Bay on paved roads. The cottage includes a full kitchen, covered deck, outside private native stone shower, established landscaping, air-conditioning in the bedroom, cable TV, high-speed internet, solar hot water, water view of Fish Bay and the Caribbean Sea. Guests at the cottage have full use of the pool, which is adjacent to the main house. North Shore Beach access is a 5-10 minute drive. South Shore Beaches, historic ruin sites and National Park Trails are walking distance. Vehicle rental is strongly recommended. Taxi service is also easy.

Property Manager
Contact Joe and Tina
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

About Contact Joe and Tina

I am licensed contractor on St. John and specialize in woodworking. Windsurfing and sailing are my primary hobbies. I have two daughters who attend school stateside. I have lived on St. John since 1974 when I moved here with my parents. Two siblings and my parents still live on St. John.

Why Contact Joe and Tina chose St John

I found a unique piece of property with historical ruins and pictured building my home. I first designed and built Cactus Flower to live in. The cottage has all custom woodworking throughout. I now live in the main house that I designed and built encompassing the ruins on another piece of the property.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a fantastic contrast to out home in the woods! We built our dream home amongst cedar and pine, near a gorgeous lake in the mountains of Northern Idaho. And here we are, in a home built with the same love and passion and nuture, amongst palm and frangipani, near a gorgeous ocean in the beautiful hillsides of St. John. Thank you for sharing your vision with worth it!
May 2013
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Fish Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Outdoor Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Air Conditioned Bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Cactus Flower Cottage - a Charming Quiet Retreat with Ocean View
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 38 reviews

Love the cottage, perfect location. Easy island to navigate. We were able to experience it all!

  • 4 of 5

We now need an outdoor shower. So great!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cary, NC USA

Home away from home!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to return to after a day out snorkeling or laying on the beach. Tina and Joe have furnished the cottage with everything you need. The outdoor shower is an added bonus. We had all of our meals on the deck and enjoyed the time spent there in the morning and evenings. Tina and Joe are very welcoming and accessible. Although we didn't use it much, having access to their little pool was a nice touch. The kitchen is well furnished. It was also nice having AC in the bedroom if required. If they could just get better cell reception that would be an added

bonus. We had a wonderful time and will look them up Upon returning.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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sarasota florida

An Ideal Caribbean Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Cactus Flower to find it even more charming than our first visit! This cottage offers everything we needed for an ideal St. John vacation. A traditional style West Indian cottage in a peaceful location that is not not far too far from town. The large deck with a view always provides shade, and the outdoor shower is the best! Tina and Joe are very helpful and easily accessible. Thank you again Tina and Joe for sharing Cactus Flower with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and lovely cottage with a great view and location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were so ready for a get away and this was the place to take it. Joe and Tina were so helpful when we asked directions and needed information of cool things to do. They have a fantastic book about everything on the island of St. John and the amenities of the cottage. Thanks again Joe and Tina for sharing a superb view and a great cottage for our get away.

Donna and Royce

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great couples cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved staying at Cactus Flower in St. John. The cottage was clean and comfortable. It had everything we needed. It is quiet and private, and is was far enough from "town" to be quiet and close enough to still be convenient. The outdoor shower was Amazing. We enjoyed coffee on the deck over-looking Fish Bay every morning before our dive classes. In the evenings we returned to enjoy the fabulous outdoor shower before heading out to dinner. Cactus Flower Cottage is a excellent, affordable place to stay on St. John and is located just a short 5 minute drive from Cruz Bay.

We plan on recommending it to all our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Wonderful Place and Wonderful People Make for Wonderful Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

Planning a wedding is hard enough, so you want the honeymoon to be easy. Joe and Tina make everything easy. As our wedding neared my finance's father's health was worsening. I emailed Tina about our situation and floated the idea of changing our vacation dates (within a month of our planned arrival) and she was so wonderful. She made us feel at ease that we would be able to have the honeymoon we had planned for and be able to be there for our family if we were needed. In the end we kept our original dates, but Tina's flexibility with us in our time of need will not be forgotten.

The cottage is amazing, only a short drive from Cruz Bay. Joe graciously picked us up from the ferry dock even though we were on the last ferry of the night, it was after 12am. The accommodations were very private, yet Joe and Tina were available when needed, like when we needed beach recommendations or the propane ran out. We really appreciated being able to eat in and enjoyed the experience of grocery shopping. The bed and outdoor shower were comfortable, and the bedroom was cool at night. We spent the most amazing week ever on St. John with this cottage as home-base. We also took advantage of the coolers and snorkeling gear that Joe and Tina make available to their guests. Overall it couldn't have been a better vacation and both the outstanding cottage and Joe and Tina have a lot to do with that. The perfect place to escape to after an emotion packed month.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
St. Thomas, VI
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Reef Bay-east, Ditleff-west, and Fish Bay-south
Car: recommended

Ask about Jeep Rental and Boat/Charter Day Trips.

Hiking trails walking distance from Cottage!


Rates & Availability

Fish Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Post Peak
Apr 16 2017 - Jul 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Off Season
Aug 1 2017 - Nov 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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