I have not stayed in any of the following so I cannot give firsthand reviews. I do have freinds who have stayed at Cinnamon Bay and Maho Camp and they have loved it.
St. John Inn is in Cruz Bay and not waterfront. Hummingbird villas is in Frank Bay. Vie's, Maho, Concordia and Cinnamon are all waterfront. The only drawback about waterfront can be the mosquitos and no-seeums at night and during the summer months it can be hot and humid at water level. As you rise above sea level the cool breeze increases.
Vie's Beach Camping and Vie's Snack Shack, call 340-693-5033 for camping reservations - only $35.00 per night to stay on a secluded beach property.
http://www.cinnamonbay.com/ $30/night baresite, $64/night with tent, $77/night cottage
http://www.maho.org/ $80/night Maho camp tent, $105/night Concordia eco-tent
http://www.botanicalvillas.com/services $12.65/night baresite, $57.50/night cottage
http://www.acharminghideaway.com/hummingbird.html $140/night apartment
The overwhelming choice of accomodation in St. John is the private villa. To find a waterfront accomodation you will end up paying about $400/night in the off season UNLESS you consider camping or bare cottages.
This is a luxury campground, built on the hillside and has stunning view over Salt Pond Bay. There are tent/cabin and studio available. we opted for a tent and we do not regret it!! the tent has everything, bathroom with shower, kitchen with fridge and real beds. we felt like we were kids in a tree-house! the view and the feeling of getting closer to nature pays off having to pump water or not having electric plugs. In addition the resort has a swimming pool, cafe-restaurant, a store, and snorkeling gear and beach chairs rental. The closest beach is Salt Pond Beach which is perfect for both sunbathing and snorkeling; getting there takes about 15 minutes hiking. Definitely to recommend!!
I would like to offer this suggestion: I'm the owner of a new villa on St. John and I would appreciate your taking a minute to check it out. Our reviews from the first season of guests have been awesome. Indigo Villa (www.indigovillastjohn.net) is 4 br 5bth with a great very private pool and an outdoor shower right by the pool. Two of the bedrooms are identical masters with great baths all done in travertine. Above those two bedrooms is an awesome roof top deck with a wetbar and views of St. Thomas, Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole and then on the Ramshead. Happy Hour and late night star gazing are unbelievable up there. Down some stairs will get you to two more secluded bedrooms with ensuite baths. One has a gueen bed and one has two twins that can be put together. All floors are Turkish travertine. The living area is huge with a large chef's quality kitchen, The dining table inside sits 10 and there is another on the veranda that sits 6. The porches are 14 feet deep and wrap around the main house. I promise, you'll love it, I guarantee it. Scott Harrelson 843-277-1117 OH, there is high speed wireless, flat screen tv, etc.
Pool with great views
Roof top deck with large planters that have bougainvilla and palm trees. Roof top deck views are from St. Thomas to Ramshead featuring open water and two bays with boats, etc.
All travertine floors.
4 bedrooms each with beautiful baths.
Poolside outdoor shower with half bath.
Lots of privacy for all bedrooms.
If you want upscale amenities, this is not for you. If you want to be close to nature but still comfortable, and to get to know your fellow campers, this is a great way to do it. Very family-friendly, but its possible to have privacy as well (honeymooners, do not be daunted). Bathrooms are shared. No hot water (but this is the Caribbean--water temp is fine and if you want a hot shower, take it late in the afternoon!). Everything is casual and friendly. You will not meet many native Virgin Islanders at the campground. On the other hand, this is part of the U.S., so what do you expect? The island taxis are basically trucks with benches in the back and they run frequently between the beach sites and the main towns of the island. The taxis are operated by Virgin Islanders and some natives are found in the towns. The Maho Bay staff will help to make your stay comfortable.
The tent-cabins occupy the slopes above Maho Bay. Many have views; the others are shaded by surrounding trees. No a/c, but the cabins have ceiling fans and open screens to the breezes. Each cabin has its own deck, kitchen area, living room, bedroom. Hike down the wooden steps to the beach. Trails lead to several nearby beaches, each with its own personality. The glass-blowing shop has daily demonstrations that are worth seeing, using recycled beer bottles from the restaurant. Yoga classes and other activities are held at the upper pavilion. There may be live music after dinner at the restaurant pavilion.
If you crave more action, the taxis into town run pretty often.
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