On the Market: Highly Successful 2-Unit Vacation Rental in Chocolate Hole, St. John USVI

It is bitter sweet, but we are excited to let you know that our Chocolate Hole Property (Down Yonder Pool Villa and Garden Suite) is for sale. Since purchasing it in 2012, we have lived in the home more than its been a short term rental. But recently we’ve used the property as a highly successful 2-unit vacation home. Renting both units to vacation guests has allowed us to purchase and renovate our Sunset Serenade Suites property (4 delightful suites above Cruz Bay) and purchase north shore land we hope to develop. Deciding to sell was hard, but as they say, you can’t start the next chapter in life if you keep re-rereading the last one!

Both rentals are accepting new reservations, and that won’t change. If you already booked or are planning to stay with us in either Down Yonder Pool Villa or Garden Suite, no need to worry as all reservations will be honored if and when the home is sold. In fact, now is a great time to book your stay and lock in our still low post-Irma rates before they are gone!

When we purchased the property it was a single 4 bedroom 3 bath house. The upstairs was the same, but there was an exterior staircase past the pool leading to 2 lower bedrooms and a Jack-n-Jill bath. Separating the lower level and creating the Garden Suite allowed for two very successful short term rentals with private and separate driveways, parking, entries, etc.  The property is a great money maker, but there are lots of other possibilities for how to take advantage of this well-loved home. New owners can live in the Garden Suite while enjoying the income from Down Yonder Pool Villa…or vice versa. Or, given St. John’s long term rental shortage, new owners could easily rent out the Garden Suite to a caretaker and keep Down Yonder as a successful vacation rental…of course blocking off dates the owners want to spend on St. John. Garden Suite is a great setup for a long term tenant and has a fenced in dog yard! The possibilities are endless for this special St. John income producer.

The property, including all contents and confirmed reservations, is available for $1,400,000. The MLS sale listing is here. Contact us, Paige Cope, Miles Stair or your realtor for more information.


A Getaway When You Need It

Maybe you’re looking for that perfect summer vacation – you have off two weeks out of the year in July or August, and you want to get away to a place that’s really unique and exciting – how about a trip to St. John’s and the Virgin Islands?

On the other hand, maybe it’s dark ad cold and rainy where you are, and you’re thinking about taking a trip to get away from the weather. Again, St. John’s and the Virgin Islands are there as a great, relaxing destination.

Just a few dozen miles from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and accessible by air from the Florida mainland, this is a great area to vacation in, and Island Abodes has the resort quality lodgings that you need. We have been welcoming tourists and adventurers here for years, and we are ready to accommodate you!

Take a look at our Papaya Suite with great views of Cruz Bay and the Sir Francis Drake Channel, or check out our Chocolate Hole properties or other areas of our Sunset Serenade suites locations. You’ll be delighted with how we’ve built a unique and relaxing space for you in the natural beauty of these island environments.

There’s a lot to do on St. John and surrounding islands, including tons of local restaurants, day trips, hiking, boating, fishing island tours and more. Or if you just want to relax on the beach, that’s fine, too!

We have all of the guidance you need to build the perfect itinerary on our website. After all, we’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of visitors come through here, and we know exactly what they’ve enjoyed the most.

Browse our locations on the website to see the spacious and enjoyable options that we have available to you, and ask us about booking in a location where you can really relax and enjoy the local climate and scenery.

Don’t put off a relaxing vacation until next year – lots of us have heard about the philosophy of investing in experiences over things – but until you’ve been down here and seen it with your own eyes, it’s hard to imagine just how much value these types of experiences can add to your life. Or call us and talk about your options, and ask questions about what you can expect down here in the islands – we’re excited to see you!

Breakfast at Cruz Bay Landing

Cruz Bay Landing BreakfastIs there anything better than a satisfyingly delicious breakfast after a peaceful island sleep? If there is, please let us know! We love trying out all of the tasty breakfast and brunch spots on St. John, and one of our top picks for a casual morning munch is the incredible Cruz Bay Landing.

Cruz Bay Landing offers a great variety of breakfast options, ranging from sweet blue banana pancakes to savory veggie omelets. Whether you choose a traditional breakfast bennie, classic egg sandwich, or giant cinnamon swirl pancakes with bacon, you won’t leave hungry. Our personal favorite is the signature ‘Landing Skillet’.  If you’re looking to feel good before spending the day at the beach, treat yourself to a healthy and filling California omelet accompanied by some of the best guacamole we’ve had on St. John.


Need your daily caffeine fix before heading out on an island adventure? Look no further than Cruz Bay Landing’s specialty craft coffee menu. Lattes, espresso, and cocktails, oh my! The drink menu features refreshing coffee concoctions, both with and without alcohol. Choose to sip on a hot Drunken S’more made with S’more vodka, coffee, milk, and chocolate syrup or cool down with a Snow Cap on the rocks.

Coffee Located just steps from the Cruz Bay ferry dock, we never hesitate to recommend a visit to Cruz Bay Landing. While enjoying a mouthwatering meal at a reasonable price, you can savor your last moments in paradise as you wait for the ferry, or stop by during your stay to try out the awesome coffee bar, where Danielle or Cassie will serve you up! Open seven days a week at 7am, this breakfast hot spot certainly has our stamp of approval! Be sure to sit at the bar and enjoy the company of our friends, Eric, Boo and Heather!