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Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

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Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

Planning a vacation to St John in late March / early April and could use some advice on great vacation rentals or villas (or hotel)

Adventurous family, 5 adults and 3 kids (9,6,5). We went to St Thomas last year and found ourselves taking the Ferry to St John every day after visiting there.

Looking for a good property for the whole group, preferably close to Cruz Bay for nightlife and restaurants. Are there decent places within walking distance?

Been looking at tons of properties but struggling to comprehend distances and compare values so thought I'd tap the forum for advice within the context of our preferences.


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1. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

The villa search is a tough one! You will not find a villa within walking distance to town that large. Rental vehicles are a must and you will want to book those ASAP. Jeeps/SUVs go fast on STJ

Most importantly, what is your budget?

How many bedrooms do you need?

Is a pool a must have?

When looking at houses with multiple bedroom, check to see if there is indoor access to the bedrooms. Many will not and that may be an issue for you with little ones.

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2. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

Conduct a search on this forum asking " internal access bedrooms.". This search will produce a good amount to choose from but can still be tedious. If I were you, I would call many of the on island rental companies and give them your specifics and let them narrow it down for you. We have used Catered Too and Viva Vacations. Both were excellent to work with. There are plenty more on the island though... U can do another search on this forum of "rental companies on island." hope this helps. Some villas will not rent to families with children less than 8 so again the rental company can help u with that.

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I would suggest going to VRBO and typing in 4 or more bedrooms to begin with. Look on a map and stay around Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole, Klein Bay, Fish Bay, Rendevouz (sp?), Monte, Hart areas. These areas are only a few minute drive to town. Some homes are made in pods (different buildings) and some aren't. Stick with those that aren't' . Good luck. Stick with VRBO, all the homes are either managed by owners or are managed by companies.

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4. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

I agree with TInkerbelldee, establishing your budget is key. We have stayed at several villas on the island within a short drive of Cruz bay...but at varying budgets.

Flipkey is a good resource for searching...we have had tremendous luck with Flipkey.

Chocolate hole is a good location, close to Cruz Bay.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

Another suggestion is to rent a studio and 1 bedroom from Grande Bay (they connect and sleep 8). This would be walking distance to town, there is a pool, hot tub, etc. and would be a nice layout for the family.

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6. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

Well... To jesterlou.. I would hurry up and try to settle on your villa very soon. The reason I say that is that we wanted to go to STJ in late June and just began our villa search about two weks ago. What I found was that many of the "better values" for places that we liked were already booked for that time frame. It seemed like the wise shoppers had already done their homework and things were getting picked over. I can also tell you that trying to figure things out from websites only is not easy.... I even started a spreadsheet for the different villas comparing all of the aspects that we needed. Yikes...Do some research, settle on a few choices and thencall some of the agents based on STJ... They were very helpful. Good Luck. By the way I have to say that I spent at least 10 hrs. checking out every single place that we thought of as a possibilty. So you better get going...

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7. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

Look a Kabej Patch. We have some family members staying there is a few weeks. 5 Bedrooms and looks pretty close to Cruz Bay. stjohnultimatevillas.com/st-john-villa-kabej…

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8. Re: Family of 8 seeking vacation rental

thanks for all the advice! We are booked. Found what appears to be a great match for our budget, location, and family in "La Barracuda" - I'll report back after the trip

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