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Cactus Flower Cottage - a Charming Quiet Retreat with Ocean View

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 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
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Cactus Flower Cottage - a Charming Quiet Retreat with Ocean View
average rating of 4.6896553 based on 40 reviews

Cottage was well done, Tina is quite the owner to contend with...

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We stayed here 5 days/ 4 nts, but our trip began with so many difficulties with Tina. We had quite a few questions as this was our first time to USVI, and Tina was so bothered with everything we asked. Obviously, we were wasting her precious time! They charged us $25 extra/night for our 10 year old...fine. So, with that extra $100 you'd think they could offer more than one roll of toilet paper for 5 days. We met Joe, who was very friendly, but Tina never made an effort to even say hello. What a shame to have such a nice place with an owner with such a terrible attitude. The owners we rented from in St.Thomas were so awesome...they were happy to answer any questions and even stocked our fridge with Rum, juice, soda, bread and butter. Now that's hospitality!! Don't expect anything like that from Tina!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is unfortunate that you feel you had so many difficulties. We truly feel that we tried to accomodate the multiple special requests you had. We reduced the minimum night policy, we allowed a third person in a cottage that is listed as 2 guests only, we waived the damage deposit, we brought over our own mattress for your son to use...and more. Tina was not on island for the first half of your stay, so it was not possible for her to personally meet you during that time. We understand, as your husband explained when he called prior to your arrival, that you were very stressed about planning a last minute trip and wish your experience had been better. It is our goal to make our guest's experience on St John a wonderful one and wish yours had been as good as all of our other Cactus Flower guests.
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A perfect spot for us. Lovely cottage, the owners were helpful, location was private.

  • 5 of 5

St John is my favorite island because of the Virgin Islands national park.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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
Manager accepts payment in:
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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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