My wife and I booked our 1-BR suite (4-304) through a VRBO owner (managed by St John Villa Co); you can also rent directly through Grande Bay. Great view, end unit, covered patio facing Cruz Bay. The STJ Villa Co rep met us at the Customs dock (we'd ferried in from Jost) and walked us right over to GB. The location can't be beat...almost all the restaurants, bars and shops are a very short walk (3-10 mins) away.
There is a convenience store about 100 yds up the road, but it's limited - suggest you go to just past the police station to the Dolphin Market (maybe 10 min walk) - great selection of whatever you need.
We didn't want or need a car (I think driving on-island must be an 'experience' for sure), but if you know STJ, the beaches are a drive, no matter where you are. Taxis are plentiful - we took a maxi-taxi to Trunk Bay for a morning beach & snorkel trip ($6pp each way). We dove one morning with Low Key Watersports - their shop is right next door to GB.
There are way too many great spots for food and drink, but a few we really like are MOTU (also right next door), Banana Deck, The Terrace, The Beach Bar, Joe's Rum Hut, Quiet Mon, Woody's, La Tapa, Da Livio, Morgan's Mango, and Margarita Phil's.
Hope you enjoy Grande Bay as much as we did - we'll definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club is situated hillside overlooking Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Set near Wharfside Village, this St. John condominium resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas to the east and the British Virgin Islands to the west. Offering nightly rentals (min. 2 nights) and fractional ownership opportunities in the heart of "Love City". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grande Bay Hotel Cruz Bay
- Grande Bay Resort St. John/Cruz Bay