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Take a Bath in Virgin Gorda!

Along the south coast of the enchanting Caribbean Island of Virgin Gorda, a unique personality is in full view to visitors, known as the Baths. It is now a part of the designated National Park, which contains an awesome natural phenomenon and introduces the Caribbean perfection at its best.

The Baths are actually named for huge black granite boulders that tumbled down from the hillside onto the shore and into the sea. Originally they are the remnants of volcanic activity; whereas, successive volcanic eruptions caused the boulders to break up into smaller pieces.  In time, erosion from the sea, wind and occasional storms carved them into the fanciful forms that will stimulate the imagination. Some of the boulders are as wide and tall as 40 feet.

A little slice of paradise is waiting for you in Virgin Gorda.

A vacation villa affords you independence.

A vacation villa affords you independence.

Although Virgin Gorda is an easy day trip by ferry from neighboring islands, you deserve a more intimate and leisurely visit in a fabulous vacation rental retreat. Spend at least a few days here and enjoy the Baths and beaches without the crowds when the day-trippers sail away.

And after your departure from the Baths National Park, relax in the Sugar Mill Villa; a wonderful and fully equiped two bedroom with vistas of tropical gardens set among the natural terrain and and added bonus of panoramic water views of Virgin Gorda and neighboring islands. You have all the amenities of a luxurious home and more; the views worth a million.

It’s so fantastic to climb around in the maze formed by these bizarre boulders; you won’t want to hurry along. The boulders have formed scenic grottos, tunnels and mysterious warm pools formulated an opening to the sea. A cave with a sand bottom pool is in one area and is probably the most photographed cave in the world!

With such imperial presence, take note not to leave that disposable underwater camera and snorkeling gear behind.

You may never wish to leave Virgin Gorda

You may never wish to leave Virgin Gorda

The Baths National Park has a sister park on the east end of Virgin Gorda.  Spring Bay National Park also has granite boulders jutting out of the sea. The difference between Spring Bay and The Baths is that there are more fine sand beaches and areas to lounge on and soak up the rays here.

The Crawl is the highlight in the bright Spring Bay.  It has its own reef and tropical fish in its pool making it perfect for the wee ones to participate in discovering the underwater environment with safe snorkeling.

Allow the beauty of Virgin Gorda and its charm seduces you. Your villa by way of a vacation rental alone will do that.

St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Island is Calling You!

With only 33 square miles in size, enjoy the fantasy of island life in St. Thomas, whether under water, in the air or on land. The style set on this island has no limits and is calling you to partake. Transport yourself where time slows down to match to the beat of the soothing rhythm of swaying palms and picturesque turquoise waters caressing pastel sand.

A Vacation Rental Overlooking Magens Bay

A Vacation Rental Overlooking Magens Bay

Open your eyes and feast upon Magens Bay in St. Thomas. National Geographic and many major travel authorities have listed Magens Bay as one of the top ten beaches in the world.  It has been imaged as one of the most beautiful sites in the world and should not be missed. 

Better yet, a villa vacation rental will assure you that view everyday during your stay. No need leave anyone behind as this luxurious three bedroom Villa Gardenia sleeps six comfortably. With such soothing surroundings, reassure yourself to leave the premises and enjoy what St. Thomas can offer. ´

Beyond Magens Bay, The Nature Conservancy oversees a 300 acre preserve. Put on your walking shoes and follow the trail that takes you through the tropical forest and mangroves in the preserve. The scenic botanical gardens are perched 1,000 feet above sea level and with another trail heads down towards the beach.

Spend a day in the signature Caribbean waters both above and below at Coral World Ocean Park. This is not the run of mill aquarium. You have a choice of staying dry while viewing marine life in their Undersea Observatory 15 feet below the water’s surface. Your other option is Coral World’s “moon walking,” in which you wear an underwater helmet reminisce of “Flash Gordon” for a actual visit in the reef with a guide.

Board the high-tech Atlantis Submarine and be a passenger exploring the depths of the Caribbean’s fauna and inhabitants. If a sub is too confining for you, this world renowned corporation also offers catamaran snorkel sailings, so you won´t miss a thing under the sea.

Live the life of luxury in St. Thomas

Live the life of luxury in St. Thomas

Aerial cable cars are not just in ski resorts. St. Thomas provides one carrying twenty four passengers and is known as the Skyride. Whisking you 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie to Paradise Point is just that; paradise. The harbor view will be embedded in your mind for life for its majestic beauty. Taking a few photos from the observation deck will help, in case you do forget. At the top, stay a while, enjoy a drink and admire the charms of nature.

Hunt for St. Thomas’s Caribbean treasures. There are many more ranging from eco-tours of the mangroves to Bluebeard’s Castle. Plan out which you desire for the next day, while settling back in your vacation rental. Have you answered your call from St. Thomas yet?

Tortola is the New Zen!

Zen is all about relaxation and appreciation of the beauty that surrounds you. There are many private islands with villas abound in the Caribbean for those seeking their Zen, both with simplicity and splendor. Many believe that if you are not independently wealthy, the chances of a similar visit are null. Unless of course you consider this alternative solution; Tortola!

Live on a lush island with your own vacation rental

Live on a lush island with your own vacation rental

Appreciate much of its charm, rather than with a short visit, but by staying in a villa vacation rental instead. The beaches on the East End of the island are a lot less popular, not because they are any less beautiful, but they are developed to assure privacy. Have you independence and luxury with this wonderful two bedroom sleeping four. This villa allows you to have the convenience of a resort next door, if you hanker for some live entertainment or dining out.

There is never a long enough visit in Tortola to savor the beautiful scenery and get a feel of this lovely island. Here you can enjoy a fruity rum punch and lounge around in the ambiance of nature for awhile while listening to Calypso band playing in the distance. There are other things to see and do on this lush island.

The Sage Mountain Park

This is tallest mountain in the British Virgin Islands and a delight for hikers. There are remnants of the primary rainforest near its peak. You have numerous trails that will lead right to it. There are also placards that identify various vines, flowers, trees and several rare and endangered plant species that grow within Sage Mountain. If this your only chance to see a rainforest, visit it.

Dolphin Discovery

Yes, swimming and playing with the dolphins will create a fun and unforgettable experience. This is your opportunity to encounter these highly intelligent and friendly marine mammals.

Mount Healthy National Park

The sugar plantation era in Tortola was strong and the evidence was left behind of the windmill and old mill of this National Park. There are also other remains believed to be the Boiling House and the Overseer’s Quarters in the immediate area.

Now is the time for your visit.

Now is the time for your visit.

The Callwood Rum Distillery

Callwood is a historic rum manufacturer that has been in operation for over four centuries. Plan a visit while discovering the family behind the plant and how rum is manufactured. What’s more is that you get to sample the product. 

Fort Recovery

Fort Recovery was built by the Dutch colonists in 1648. The ruins are on the grounds of the Fort Recovery Estate. You are allowed to wander around the ruins and visit the lookout tower.

An open-air jitney bus is a great way to see most of the island’s beautiful beaches, coves, and bays. You will want to swim in them all and it is certain you can never choose a favorite.

Ride along a spiraling road down from the hills and the view as you approached magnificent scenery. Lots of small sailboats may be anchored in the bay making the view even more picturesque if that is possible. Often people sail around the island, anchoring for a night or two; but you have the advantage of a vacation rental villa in Tortola and can stay as long as you wish.

St Martin / Saint Maarten, Caribbean

Perhaps the most diverse culture in the Caribbean can be found in the beach vacation destination of St Martin / St. MaartenBeach front rentals show the division of the island stems from half ownership by both the Dutch, yielding Saint Maarten, and the French, called St Martin.  The split between the cultures only enriches the experience for those renting holiday villas on this colorful island paradise.  With cooler temperatures in the high eighties year round and mounds of sunshine, vacation rentals in St Martin / Saint Maarten make the perfect place to listen to the steel drums and enjoy a tropical drink. 

Vacation homes in St Martin / Saint Maarten enjoys access to 36 beaches across the island making every cottage into beach rentals.  On the French side of the island, St Martin boasts of more restaurants per capita than any other place on earth making food always close to your vacation home in Saint Maarten.  The Dutch side of the island, St Martin embodies the best of the thriving city life with a tropical island flair that surrounds your St Martin vacation rental home.  With activities such as snorkeling, golfing, and sight seeing, the two sides of the island should provide the ideal backdrop for fun in your vacation rental in St Martin.

Attractions near your St. Martin Vacation Rentals:

  • Fort Amsterdam:  As the first Dutch built Caribbean fort, Fort Amsterdam was built to protect the Dutch interest in the divided island.  While the peace lasted, the Dutch strong hold of Fort Amsterdam had a significant influence on building the Dutch culture.  However, less than two years after completion of Fort Amsterdam, it was captured by the Spaniards and remodeled to include a chapel.  Because of neglect and frequent harsh Caribbean storms, the most impressive part of the once great Fortress is the view of the island.
  • Marigot:  Marigot is the perfect island paradise to pick up duty-free gifts to take home to loved ones or that great souvenir that will always remind you of your trip to St. Martin.  Enjoy a day in shopping in the sun and hit the highlights of great cafes to watch the sun go down with a refreshing cold drink.
  • Fort Louis:  Fort Louis was originally built many decades ago to protect the businesses district of St. Martin from the raids of privateers in neighboring islands and frequent attacks from within the city.  Mostly demolished by time, Fort Louis has an incredible view of the bay and coastline spanning around the island into the sunset below.

No matter which side of the island you pick a vacation rental home in Saint Maarten or one of the vacation rental homes in St Martin, the beach homes are sure to please!  Easy navigation throughout both halves of the island, vacation rentals Saint Maarten are centrally located to let you roam the island at will.

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St John, Caribbean

Staying in St. John beach homes is a garden paradise vastly untouched by human hands.  With over two thirds of St. John designated as a United States National Park, beach house rentals are coveted in this island home of natural beauty.  With much of the landscape still the way it was hundreds of years ago, your vacation rental home in St. John will give you an old world feel with all the modern conveniences.  To the north, a lush rainforest exists near your vacation rental in St. John with snorkeling trails and scuba diving spots for the water explorers in your group.

As most of the land is a wildlife and nature preserve dedicated to a natural park, interaction with nature is the activity of the day while at your St. John vacation rental.  At beach rentals in St. John, events of lazy days watching the waves roll on the shore while reading or swimming contently in the azure waters of the ocean off the coast of your St. John vacation rental will fill your days with relaxation.  While shopping is available in the small villages that dot the coastline of St. John, the beach rentals are primary the home base for scuba, snorkeling, and hiking.  And, if you are drawn to the perfect romantic scene, the sunset at your beach front rentals provides the right backdrop for an unforgettable experience.

  • Star Clipper:  Stand on the deck of this 19th century pirates ship and experience the island of St. John like the very first sailors to see the beautiful blue waters of paradise.  From this vantage point, the tropical Caribbean island of St. Johns looks like an emerald green jewel of lush foliage set in the shining crystal white sand setting of powdered white sand.
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine:  As the place where religion, history, and paradise meet, Cathedral of St. John the Divine holds services in this ancient testimony of beautiful architecture and antiquity.  The serenity of the religious services combined with the awe inspired surroundings and the historical preservation of unique artwork.
  • Catherineberg Ruins:  The center of historical presence for St. John, Catherineberg Ruins serves as the explosion of the sugar trade in the Caribbean islands that lead the well established Caribbean connection to rum.  The home to defector and rebellions through out history, Catherineberg Ruins are the best representation of the influences of sugar and rum in the Caribbean.

As the perfect mixture of many cuisines based on several cultural influences, every night at holiday villas can give you a new chance to treat your taste buds to temptation.  Of course, surrounded by a tropical paradise, seafood is prominent around your St. John vacation home.  However, a variety of cultures fuse together to bring you Asian, Mexican, and French inspired dishes with the tropical twist of St. John.  Every mouth full of each gourmet meal will inspire mouthwatering memories for days after you leave your vacation rental in St. John

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St Barts, Caribbean

As changing of ownership is reflected in other Caribbean islands, a beach vacation in St Barts is no exception.  With beach homes in St Barts, you immediately loose yourself in the beautiful, upscale surrounding of the finer French culture.  Those traded to Scandinavia by France for many years, the influences of Scandinavia is felt less in the area around the vacation rentals in St Barts.  The holiday villas in St Barts are built in the sheik, classical Caribbean style as common as the upscale boutiques and elegant French restaurants in their shadows.  Beach front rentals are blessed with beautiful white sand caressed by warm waters colored blue by the tropical environment.  If you choose to stay on the beach, the accommodations of one of the 14 powder sand beaches could not be better.

St Barts vacation rentals are close to every form of activity available.  Not far from your cottage are scooters for touring the terrific sights of St BartsSt Barts vacation homes also offer many water sport like fishing on chartered boats or scuba diving off the coast to visit the real natives of the island in their natural environment.  Vacation homes in St Barts offer the opportunity for novices to learn to sail or experienced sailors to enjoy the coastal waters.  From the incredible secluded beach of Anse du Gouverneur, you can see to several neighboring islands as well as search for pirates treasure before you leave your vacation rental St Barts.  If you are an explorer, then the beaches of Petite Anse de Galet are the perfect place to pick up shells to mark your visit to your vacation home in St Barts.

Activities around your St. Barts Vacation Home:

  • Hit the Beaches:  Surrounded by the most picturesque beaches in the Caribbean, it would be hard not to envision yourself lying on the beach soaking up the sun while the waves roll gently in against the warm, white sand.  Whether you choose to indulge in a good book or make the most of the perfect sandy beach front to build sandcastles, the end of the day brings lovely sunsets sinking below the waterline as the steel drum plays in the background.
  • Water Sports:  Are you ready for the fun of every type of water sports you would imagine from snorkeling, swimming, surfing, boating, sailing, and scuba?  Its up to you which one makes you happy. 
  • Food, Wine, Song:  Having a strong French influence and still owned as French colony, St. Barts displays an amazing array of food and wines to provide the perfect melody of tastes to compliment your St. Barts vacation.

From the fine French restaurants dotting the country side near your St Barts vacation home to the trademark beaches allowing for rest and relaxation, the only things you have to bring to your vacation rental home St Barts is your appetite for food and fun!

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St Thomas, Caribbean

From home to pirates to beach homes for visitors from across the globe, St Thomas teams with excitement and energy.  The “must see” island of the Caribbean, beach houses in St Thomas spot the shores now where once Bluebeard, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd onces dropped anchor.  Still standing in Charlotte Amalie, not far from vacation rentals in St Thomas, is the famed home of the notorious pirate Blackbeard.

With the unbelievable coastline of St Thomas, each vacation rental in St Thomas is treated to a spectacular view of crystal blue waters drinking up the pristine white sandy beaches.  A short trip from your vacation home in St Thomas to Magens Bay on the North Coast yields an unsurpassable view found only movies and on postcards.  Such an amazing view from above the waterline surrounding vacation homes in St Thomas that it is hard to believe that anything as beautiful could exist underwater as well.  A snorkeling or scuba diving trip quickly yields a treasure of underwater jewels swimming by leaving you with a new respect for the paradise that is your St Thomas holiday villa

Things to see around your St. Thomas vacation home:

  • Drake’s Seat:  Known as the point of watch for the famous British Officer Sir Francis Drake, the view of the island from this vantage point is breath taking.  Tourists in cars and buses have the ability to pull off to the side of the road for snapshots and the opportunity to enjoy one of the most incredible views in the Caribbean.  The sparkling blue Caribbean waters shine in the sunlight that enhances the view of the whole island and port below.
  • Magens Bay Beach:  Noted by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on the planet, Magens Bay Beach does not disappoint.  With a long history of uses by the military, rum runners, and sugar plantations, the picturesque playground in the sand is now the best place to relax and enjoy sun filled activities.
  • Fort Christian:  As the oldest building still withstanding time and the tropical weather, Fort Christian stands in bright relief of red and green against the tropical atmosphere of St. Thomas.  Originally built to protect the island against invaders, the excellent condition of Fort Christian is due to its constant use as a military installation, a prison, and, most currently, a museum.  Don’t miss the fabulous port views from the roof of Fort Christian.
  • Blackbeard’s Castle:  Whether due to the statues of Blackbeard, Edward Teach, around the tower or the impressive view of the town of Charlotte Amalie, the legends and lore surrounding the pirates are built into the culture of St. Thomas.  A visit to Blackbeard’s Castle with a walk up the 99 steps (ok…there are 103…I counted…its true!) makes for a perfect way to put a little energy into a lazy day!

With over 44 beaches throughout the island, your beach vacation is sure to be a huge success.  But, if you are interested in some shopping adventures while you are at St Thomas vacation rental homes, then you are in luck!  With the largest duty free port in the world, St Thomas stands with open arms to welcome shoppers visiting from St Thomas vacation rentals.  Topped off with incredible dining experiences in each of the restaurants across the island, a vacation rental home in St Thomas is the only place to get your beach rental.

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