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“Idyllic B&B”

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Garden by the Sea B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Cruz Bay B&B and Inns
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“Idyllic B&B”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

My husband and I stated here 10/28 through 11/3 for our honeymoon and could not have been more pleased. This is the cutest and most intimate b&b I have ever stayed in. John and Nancy go out of their way to make your stay comfortable and make sure you have everything you need for a great vacation. Breakfast every morning out on the veranda never disappointed. We loved coming "home" from dinner and having drinks in the common room with the sounds of nature and island music playing in the back ground. We are already planning a return trip for our anniversary next year. They even brought our luggage to us at the Ferry dock so we wouldn't have to walk around town with our suitcases. There is an easy path to walk to town, we only rented a jeep for 2 days and still saw so much of the island. Taxi's are easy to get to the north shore beaches.

Garden by the Sea added so much to our honeymoon. Stay here, you will not be disappointed :)

Room Tip: We rented the wild ginger room and LOVED the semi outdoor shower. It is plenty big enough for a coup...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I spent a week at the Garden By The Sea and had a lovely stay. Nancy and John were incredibly welcoming and helpful. They cooked delicious breakfasts for us, which we took on the deck, watching the birds and the view. It's walking distance from the center of Cruz Bay, so you can go out for dinner/drinks and don't worry about driving and parking. It's also peaceful and quiet, at night you can hear the tropical sounds of nature as you fall asleep. I just wish the mattress had been a bit more firm, as I have lower back pain. Obviously you won't have ALL the comfort and amenities of a big hotel chain, but that's not what you're looking for in a quaint B&B, right? Just don't forget to put on plenty of bug spray - but Nancy & John will have you covered, literally :) I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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McKinney, Texas
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We had the best time at Garden by the Sea. Breakfast on the deck watching the birds and iguanas was the perfect start of our day. Then we got plenty of advice on the best places to go and the must sees. After hiking or snorkeling we came back to rest for a bit before heading into town for dinner.

On our wedding day, Michael and Carol were kind enough to give us a ride out to Trunk Bay. They stayed for the ceremony so Michael could take some pictures for us. Then they took us over to the Ocean Grill for our wedding supper. They really went above and beyond to make sure our special day was perfect. Then they surprised us with champagne in our room when we came back from dinner.

We will be back someday.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Garden Suite and it was just lovely.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

I've stayed in other places in Cruz Bay/St. John, but Garden by the Sea is where I'd definitely want to stay again. The location, amenities, and innkeepers really make this place a gem!

First of all, this place is a very short walk to the center of Cruz Bay, which means you don't have to take taxis to get to the restaurants/bars in town. There is a bit of an uphill walk to get to town, but it's easy to walk up. Since they're not right in town, it's blessedly quiet all day. Also, you get nice views of the nearby salt pond (great bird-watching)!

The inn is located in a beautifully painted gingerbread-style house. The main room and guest rooms have beautiful Caribbean mosaics on the floor, and the balcony (where they serve breakfast) is covered with beautiful flowering plants. The guest rooms are simple, but very elegant - and blessedly air-conditioned. The bathroom where we stayed (Wild Ginger Room) had a semi-open-air (screened) garden shower, which was a really cool feature.

The breakfasts were delicious and prepared exactly to our liking- featuring items like eggs benedict, piña colada French toast, and blueberry pancakes. It was wonderful watching the native bananaquits (birds) and hummingbirds eating from the feeders while enjoying our breakfasts on the beautiful balcony.

What really made the stay amazing was the attention of John and Nancy, the owners. They were welcome and friendly right from the start, and they offered some amazing tips on local attractions, (even for those of us already familiar with St. John!) They have beach chairs, coolers, and snorkel equipment available for use, and they were happy to make car rental arrangements for us as well. John even delivered our luggage to the ferry dock, when we wanted to get some morning beach time before heading back to St. Thomas!

The only negative thing I can think of is that GBTS does not accept credit cards or personal checks. However, Nancy and John do a great job of explaining their payment process before you arrive, so there are no last-minute surprises.

If you're looking for a big resort with lots of swanky amenities, GBTS isn't for you. However, if you want a truly memorable experience with tons of local flavor, you can't get better on St. John than Garden-by-the-Sea!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

We had a great stay at Garden by the Sea! It is the perfect location (not right in Cruz Bay, but easy walking distance if you don't mind 1 hill). John and Nancy were like having your own personal travel agents for the island. They were helpful and generous and gave great tips. Nancy makes some amazing breakfasts....you will not be disappointed! We were in the Wild Ginger room which was just perfect for us since we didn't spend a lot of time in the room. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. And it is a good value.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Windsor, CT USA
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We had a wonderful vacation at Garden by the Sea. John and Nancy are terrific hosts. They are very knowledgeable about the island, were helpful with with making suggestions about things to see and do, and were very welcoming into their home. The setting is idyllic, the homemade breakfasts on the veranda overlooking the bay were great, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. Nancy took care to find out our breakfast tastes and made things such as vegetable frittata, banana foster pancakes, and homemade breads and fruit. We stayed in the Terrace View room and did have a spectacular view from our room and veranda overlooking Frank Bay. . The location was great- just a short hilly walk to Cruz Bay restaurants and activities, yet far enough from the "congestion" and noise of that area. They had everything covered to make for an easy stay- they had beach towels for us, bug and suntan lotions, and even an "honor" bar with minimal cost to make a drink to have on the deck during sunset! St. John has fabulous beaches and the snorkeling was amazing. We loved everything about our stay!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

First, John and Nancy were terrific. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful! They have thought of everything to make their guests' time on St John wonderful, and have great tips about all the area's attractions. Great location if you want a short (hilly!) walk into Cruz Bay. Delicious home-made breakfasts, great outdoor showers, we definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Garden by the Sea B&B
Address: PO Box 37 | Enighed, Cruz Bay 00831-0037, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Garden by the Sea B&B is the quintessential Caribbean home: bright, colorful walls; local art and paintings; gingerbread trim; lush gardens with coconut and banana trees; & nesting birds, iguanas, and peacocks. We are located in the heart of Estate Contant and Enighed – a funky little neighborhood within walking distance of Cruz Bay and 1 ½ blocks from Frank Bay Beach. Your hosts have lived on St. John for over 12 years and are very familiar with the island and the national park and are very willing to help plan your daily activities. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Garden By The Sea Hotel Cruz Bay
Garden By The Sea Bed And Breakfast
Garden By The Sea B&B St. John/Cruz Bay

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