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Garden by the Sea B&B
Ranked #2 of 5 Cruz Bay B&B and Inns
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Green Bay
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14 reviews
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“Our home away from home!”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We just recently returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation on St. John, staying at Garden by the Sea B&B. Frank met us as we stepped off the cab with a very warm welcome! We were sold from that point, however it only got better! Frank oriented us to our home away from home and drove us downtown to show us how to get there. Now that's service! The walk into town each night was refreshing, fun walking down the path, and above all, safe. Breakfast each morning was excellent, we never went away hungry or dissatisfied. Frank and Mickey are the perfect hosts. We so enjoyed talking with them each day. They asked us each morning what our plans were and if they could help with them. Each suggestion they gave us were right on the money, from the beaches to the restaurants, to the hiking trails, where to get a good sandwich, directions to the various beaches, best snorkeling spots, etc. They provided beach chairs, coolers, beach towels, water bottles (plenty of water by the way), apples, oranges, and frozen water bottles to keep our lunch cold and also served as more water to drink. They are willing to help out in any way they can to make your vacation the best.

They have an honor bar which we used each night. Having a cocktail on the deck before dinner was a great way to start the evening. There is a refrigerator with a shelf designated for each room so you can put purchased items in there to keep fresh. They have extra sunscreen and bug spray (which we never needed) amongst other items.

We stayed in the Garden Terrace room at the top of the stairs. A very well appointed room and so comfortable. We slept SO sound each night! We just loved it. And the views, well, just beautiful.

The day we left, our flight didn't leave until late afternoon. Frank and Mickey stored our luggage so we could walk around town and shop. They meet us by the ferry dock prior to our departure with our luggage so we didn't have to go back and get them. That is going above and beyond and we truly appreciated that.

This was the most relaxing and best vacation ever. Frank and Mickey are the best. We can't wait to return to our home away from home. Don't think twice about staying at Garden by the Sea, this is the place to be. Thank you!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. No matter what your choice, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We spent 4 nights at Garden by the Sea and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were in St. John to attend a family wedding and had the opportunity to see not only our choice of lodging but also that of other family members who chose to stay closer to the center of town. We were so glad we that we made our decision to stay at Garden by the Sea!

Our innkeepers, Mickey and Frank, warmly welcomed us after a long day of travel and oriented us to the amenities of Garden by the Sea. A full hot breakfast served from 8 – 9 a.m. with a pot of coffee ready and waiting in the kitchen by 7:00 a.m. couldn’t help but get each day off to a good start. We stayed in the Wild Ginger room and especially enjoyed the garden shower and the tropical room motif. Our room was fresh and inviting, including terry cloth robes, beach towels, plenty of shower towels, A/C and Wi-Fi. Our hosts were available to answer questions about island activities and restaurants as well as provide a ride to town with our suitcases when it was time to leave (no need to call a taxi).

The 15 minute walk linking Garden By The Sea to town included a variety of points of interest including a tropical path that passed by The Coconut Coast Studio (home of a local watercolor artist whose ornaments were displayed at The White House), Frank Bay (picturesque with a variety of boats anchored), and an assortment of residential and vacation lodging properties that reflect the flavor of the island. We walked this trek multiple times a day, both after dark and during daytime hours.

If you are looking for a relaxing tropical Bed & Breakfast experience, you won’t be disappointed by Garden by the Sea!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

My wife and I stayed here on our honeymoon, and were thoroughly impressed. Lovely rooms, great hosts, delicious home-cooked breakfast, and a getaway atmosphere. The half-indoor half-outdoor showers were fabulous, and all told, this is the best value you'll find on St. John. The only downside is the distance from Cruz Bay. The owners are happy to drive you when they can, but if you're on foot, it's probably a 20-minute walk into town.

We loved Garden by the Sea, and would strongly recommend it to anyone who's staying in St. John.

Room Tip: The Wild Ginger room is great.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brewster, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

The four of us thoroughly enjoyed staying here because of the hosts, Nancy and John, and great food. The hosts were very helpful in obtaining ideas for sight seeing as well as making reservations. They were very pleasant to talk with. The B&B is showing its age and is "tired". The room a/c units are noisy and inefficient. The outside noise was bothersome in the morning unless the a/c was left on to provide a background noise. The walk to town is up a steep hill, but most of St John's is very hilly.

We would most likely not return, but would not discourage others, since there were many positives.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

I have been to St. John over a dozen times, and until I found this place, I rarely stayed at the same place twice. I liked moving around and experiencing different locales. During my last three visits, my wife and I have come back to Garden by the Sea and will continue to do so because of the atmosphere, the price, and the location.

The people running it, whether the owners or someone else, have do everything they can to make the stay a pleasant one. The included breakfast is always enjoyable: healthy and delicious! We have always stayed in the Garden Suite, the largest of the rooms. It is not extremely large, but does have everything we need. Truth be told, we are hardly ever there with all the things to do on the island. When we are there, however, it is great to have a small living space in addition to a bedroom and a beautiful bathroom that is partially outdoors (though private). The common space is warm and welcoming. The owner, Nancy, has much of her glass wind chimes and other creations around, making for a very beautiful scene.

The price per night, along with the included breakfast, allow my wife and I to enjoy 9- to 10-day visits each trip. The longer the better!

The B&B doesn't have an ocean view, but it does have a great view just the same. Each morning, we take breakfast on the deck surrounded by palm trees, a view of the pond, and hummingbirds and finches dancing around the well positioned bird feeders. It is a short walk to town and offers all we can ask for in convenience. Being slightly farther from town than a few other places actually offers some seclusion that is appreciated by us.

I am not one to heap unwarranted accolades, but this place is really the best. My only hesitation in stating so publicly is that it might make it harder to book a room in the future!

Room Tip: Get the Garden Suite for more space and privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

What can I say about Garden by the Sea except fantastic! John and Nancy made us feel right at home. The room was tastefully decorated with items from local artists and windchimes Nancy makes herself. We stayed in the Wild Ginger room. It was clean and comfortable. Loved the open air shower! Nancy's breakfasts were unforgettable. Nancy was kind enough to share her receipe for her granola breakfast dish. John made yummy smoothies.
John and Nancy were both so helpful planning our daily activities. We would tell them what we wanted to do and they were there to help with anything we needed. From beach gear to reservations we were always taken care of.
It was a short walk into town. Beaches and trails close by. No need to rent a car if you didn't want to. However, renting a car and taking a day trip to Rams Head was unbelievable. Such a fantastic view!
It was nice having breakfast with the other guests. Meeting others and sharing experiences on St Johns. Then off to explore the island. Nancy made reservations for us on the Bad Kitty and for a rental car. John was always there with helpful information about things to see and places to go.
Our stay at Garden by the Sea was nothing short of fantastic. John and Nancy are two of the nicest, helpful people you could ever meet. Made our honeymoon a very memorable trip. I would recomend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

My boyfriend and I spent a week over Christmas at Garden by The Sea. I really can't say enough about how much we enjoyed it! Nancy and John have perfected hospitality! They are helpful planning what beaches/ activities/restaurants to go to without being intrusive. Breakfast is prepared every morning which includes smoothies, fresh fruit and switches between something savory and sweet each day. My favorite was the blueberry pancakes, the blueberries from Maine that Nancy and John had brought back. We stayed in the Garden suite, which has a living room area, and it was nice to have the extra space. I really miss that tropical shower!! You have to experience it!! They have beach towels, chairs, coolers, anything you need for the beach.

We were able to walk into town each day down a forest path that made us feel like we were in a different world. I saw a review someone wrote about frogs falling on their head? We walked this path day and night and never once saw a frog but did see an iguana, gecko's, chickens and such and they run when the see you. It's all part of the experience!

St. John can be expensive and I found having a full breakfast every day and use of the refrigerator and microwave in kitchen a nice convenience. We could put wine and cheese in your own personal shelf in refrigerator and Nancy also offers all the fruit and filtered water you may want.

Lastly, we were there on Christmas Day and Nancy and John invited the three couples staying at the inn into their home for Christmas dinner. This night was a highlight of our vacation and we met some of their lovely friends and had a blast! Basically, do yourself a favor and try Garden by the Sea if you want to stay in a place where you feel like a special house guest and not a cookie cutter hotel guest.

  • Stayed December 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 
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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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