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Harbor or hillside rental?

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Harbor or hillside rental?

We are looking at rental villas in Cruz Bay, Greater Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole. I see there is a choice of locations. Some say it's too hot when you aren't up high to catch the breeze but would this be true in winter too? I notice even some of the large expensive properties only have a/c in the bedrooms. Are the hillside homes much more difficult to get to? They are probably quieter. Any other considerations?

Which would you recommend?

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1. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

The higher you go, here are the advantages;

better views, quiet, better breezes, less mosquitos(in my book anyway).

The roads in Saint John are all challenging, but the speed limit is only 25, so just go slow and you will be fine. You get use to them. We have been traveling to Saint john for over 20 years and usually rent a villa that is up high.

How many in your travel party and what are you looking to do?

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2. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

Six of us. Relax, read, walk/hike, sightsee, shop, try a few restaurants, maybe rent bikes. Are there bikes for rent?

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3. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

STJ is not a biking island. Roads are steep and curvy with no shoulder. The vast majority if all visitors that want to explore the island rent jeeps.

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No bikes and you will know why when you get there. Do you have your vehicle reserved? I recommend getting at least 2 if you have 6 adults. That way not everbody has to do the same thing or hold somebody else back. Also by the time you pack your beach chairs, cooler & snorkel gear, it will be VERY crowded.

The cost of electricity is very high which is why most villas have AC in the bedrooms only. We always rent a place with sunset views so we get the hot afternoon sun. If there are shades, we close them before heading to the beach or hiking, It helps a LOT!!

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5. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

What is your budget and which villas are you looking at? Maybe we can give you some help.

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6. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

We're looking a year ahead. $4000-$6000/week for 3 couples.

On the harbor-Gull Cottage and Beach Music through www.caribbeanvilla.com

On the hillside there are so many!

Sea Grass and Oceana (Catered To)

Villa Catalina, Southern Cross, Riley's Retreat (VRBO)

Villa Calicaribe, and Odessa (cyberrentals)

Villa Catalina, IntimiSea (homeaway.com)

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7. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

The cyberrental properties are also on VRBO I discovered--284227 and 219123.

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8. Re: Harbor or hillside rental?

We enjoyed Calypso Del Sol. It's in Choc Hole and has 3 equal sized bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Pool and jacuzzi. And yes take blue waters advice and close all blinds but you will be comfortable at night with the a/c running...just don't let it run all day.

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www.caribbeanvilla.com

We rent "ONE LOVE". 3 bedroom, 3 bath,big pool, full AC...and the best view on the island!!! Just beautiful!!!!

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