What Guests Are Saying About Us

Anne: Down Yonder Villa, March 2019:

“Just got home after spending a week at Down Yonder Pool Villa and it was one of the most memorable family vacations we’ve ever had. We have been to St. John several times and this house was the best we have ever stayed in! We were traveling with our kids, ages 14, 12 and 10, and the house was well equipped for everyone-board games, pool toys, sunscreen etc. The house is beautiful as are the views! It’s a short drive to the grocery store and Cruz Bay but still feels quiet and secluded. Would definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting the island, and we can’t wait to come back.” 

Kelly: Penthouse at Sunset Serenade, March 2019: 

“We greatly enjoyed our stay in the Penthouse of Island Abodes on St. John. The property is amazing with incredible views all times of the day and night. The accommodations are first class and Island Abodes has thought of everything you may need during your stay. I highly suggest you select any of there properties when visiting St. John. It’s the best vacation place in the world, seriously. Awesome place with very thoughtful amenities.”

Alex: Garden Suite at Chocolate Hole, March 2019

“Couldn’t recommend staying here more! Had the best of times and Brittany couldn’t have been more accommodating. 11/10”

Jackie: Hibiscus Suite at Sunset Serenade, March 2019

This was my second stay with Island Abodes but this time at the Hibiscus Suite. Super convenient location just outside of town and easy to get to if you’re not a STJ pro just yet. Large and comfortable apartment with a super comfy king bed. Super clean and has everything you need. The screened outside area was an unexpected bonus. I spent most of my time in the outside living room. Every night brings the most gorgeous sunsets on island. Brittany and Robert and amazing and attentive hosts. I can’t recommend them or their properties highly enough.”

Shannon: Honeymoon Suite at Sunset Serenade, February 2019

“My husband and I spent 5 amazing days at Honeymoon Suites.  Everything was even better than described and pictured.  The suite was private, clean and perfect for the two of us.  We loved the location and the view was just stunning. All the amenities that are provided make packing and planning much easier.  We loved having the towels, chairs and coolers to pack for a beach day.  Brittany was quick to respond to any questions that I had before and during our stay.  The self check in was super easy and convenient.  We would not hesitant to stay here again and can’t wait to return.”

Rhonda: Papaya Suite at Sunset Serenade, February 2019

“Was very impressed with the Papaya suite , the layout was accommodating and the view absolutely gorgeous, very impressed with our hosts Brittany & Robert, they sent emails filled with great information regarding the island , things to do and also sent a ferry schedule that would be accommodating to out flight times. Would definitely stay again. It is great when you are traveling and arrive at your accommodations and it is exactly as your host has informed you , thank you Brittany & Robert for a wonderful experience”

Introducing Salty Daze Charters USVI

Salty Daze Charters USVI- Veteran owned and St. John’s newest Charter boat experience!

 

Offering Full and Half Day customizable cruising charters around the USVI and BVI.

Salty Daze USVI is a family run, Veteran owned business with 30 years of roots on St. John. Kate (our booking concierge) first came to the islands in 1993, while her uncle managed Cinnamon Bay campgrounds. Her whole family fell in love, bought their residence and they have been around here ever since. Justin (Captain extraordinaire) had his first taste of the islands during one of Kate’s family reunions, on the East End of St. John. After a cruise around the BVI and a couple jumps off the Willy T, Justin proposed to Kate and the rest is history. Justin served honorably in the US Navy for 8 years, while Kate represented our country in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Kate, Justin, their two daughters, Magnolia and Azalea, along with their English Bulldog, Hawser, reside in Coral Bay.

Justin and Kate have a beautiful and robust 31’ Mako Cuddy cabin boat, decked out to get 6 people to their destination of choice quickly and comfortably. They’ve got brand new E-Sea Rider bean bag chairs that you won’t want to leave, brand new upholstery done in 2018, a thumpin stereo system, top of the line snorkel gear, a cooler full of ice and bottled water, a convenient dry cabin to store your goods, tons of cooler space to store beverages and food, plus you get a free @saltydazeusvi cocktail cup or a koozie for your beer. Plus, for a limited time, they are partnering with Irie Pops by providing a cooler of pops for your day on the water!

Check out daily happenings on there Instagram and Facebook

Bookings can be made in real-time on there website, saltydazeusvi.com or by calling (340) 690-SALT. They always offer discounts to active service members, Veterans and Olympians/National Team Members and of course Island Abodes guests. Please inquire about other deals.

St. John Carnival

Have you ever experienced St John Carnival? It is a must for anyone who loves the island and the Caribbean! Modern Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, are the result of centuries of cultural interactions and exchanges. For several hundred years, various festival traditions were introduced, interpreted, and reinvented by the people of the Caribbean. On the island of St. John, the celebration is called the St. John Festival.

The Carnival celebrations on St. John have three times the merriment of other carnival parties. The St. John Festival shares the holiday with Emancipation Day, which commemorates the abolition of slavery. The festival also coincides with the 4th of July/Independence Day, which marks the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In 1960, the 4th of July celebrations on St. John evolved into Carnival, and the festival lasted more than a week. Today, the event last several weeks and culminates on the 4th of July. It is called the St. John Festival.

What happens during St John Festival?

Carnival Village – opens June 27

The heart of Carnival is the Village. Carnival Village, which is called ‘the Village’ by locals, is made up of colorful booths that sell local foods and drinks. The booths represent local communities and include foods from Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Tortola, and Barbados. The booths are open all evening long into the wee hours of the morning. Also part of the Village is a bandstand where local bands perform on a nightly basis during Carnival festivities. A children’s village is located nearby, with cotton candy and other sweets. The children’s village also has games similar to the ones you see on Coney Island. Kids can earn prizes by playing games such as darts, knocking down milk bottles, shooting basketballs, and more.

The grand opening of Carnival Village is filled with anticipation and ceremony as the honoree, the governor of the Virgin Islands and the Carnival Queen, cuts the ribbon.

Food Fair- June 23

Food Fair is the event for those who love to eat, drink and be merry. Thousands of people gather for this event in Cruz Bay, St. John. The Carnival Food Fair is sure to have fried fish, lobster, jonnycakes, shrimp, beef and salt fish pates, kallaloo, tamarind stew, mango and pineapple tarts, maubi, passion fruit juice and a whole assortment of other Caribbean delicacies.

Food Fair is an exciting mix of local foods and colorful displays of arts and crafts. The food and art fair is made up of many small booths and tables. You can walk through the booths and tables and purchase locally made crafts, arts, and paintings as well as try local food, and drinks. Booths are set up by individuals and local restauranteurs for profit, and others are fundraisers for local churches. Local crafts presented at the fair include Caribbean dolls, iguana dolls, handmade coconut birdfeeders, coconut monkeys, paintings and more.

Food and crafts are not the only forms of entertainment at Carnival Food Fairs. There is always music, dancing, and appearances from Carnival royalty and political figures. Local bands usually perform steel pan music throughout the event, and cultural dance groups frequently perform during the fair’s opening ceremony.

Food Fair is undoubtedly an event worth attending. Walk through the booths to savor the taste of Caribbean delicacies and to enjoy the locally made arts and crafts.

Parade – July 4, 2019

The big finale of our Carnival celebration is a parade! St. John has one parade which includes hundreds of people dancing, marching, jumping up and just having a great time, all in planned entries. Group entries are called troupes, and if a float is included, then it is called a “floupe.”

Costumes involve a whole lot of creativity, and there is no shortage of all things bright, colorful, glittery, shiny, and beaded. There are usually feathers too! Headpieces and ornamentation on the wrists, arms, knees, and neck are typical staples of the costumes, which sometimes include body paint. Masqueraders might hold decorated sticks or other items that complement their outfits.

Whether the costume is large or small, the troupe has a cultural theme or underwater theme, whether it’s children or adults — the Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands dazzle parade watchers. Months of preparation go into each troupes’ parade entry, and the result is an impressive display of beauty, creativity, and energy!

Everyone should experience St John Carnival at least once. Search our suites now and book your stay with us! www.islandabodes.com

Why do we ask for your flight information?

Ever wonder why we ask for your flight information? Well, we do it to help us help you get the maximum enjoyment from your stay with us. If you have an early flight arrival, we schedule your suite to be cleaned first. Our housekeeping team works with other companies, but the sooner we know your arrival information, we can plan ahead and schedule housekeeping accordingly. We try to make sure you can check in as soon as you arrive on the island. Sometimes, it’s not possible to check in before 4 pm. However, giving us your arrival time allows us to plan for you and get you in sooner.

Why do we want your departure flight information? Many of our guests have missed their flight, which could sound like a fun problem to have, however with limited flights from the airlines flying to and from STT, you are not guaranteed a trip later in the day, or even one the next day, and will have to find a place to stay on St Thomas which is not always easy last minute. By telling us your departure time, we give you advice on which ferry to take to ensure you arrive at the airport in time for your flight home. There are often many factors that can cause you to be late, such as the number of cruise ships in port, whether or not the computers working at the airport, if TSA and customs are backed up, what phase the airport construction work is in, and more. We keep track of these issues and factor it all in when we tell you what ferry we think you should take. Without giving us your flight info, we are unable to help you in this way. Also, it helps us schedule the housekeeper accordingly. Most of the time, if you have a later flight, we can give you a later check out time.

For these reasons, please help us help you by emailing us your arrival and departure flight times.