Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
Monika Aranha or Jorge Dias Garcia
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About Monika Aranha or Jorge Dias Garcia
From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to St. John, we have always loved being near the ocean and outdoors. Over a period of 13 years we were lured here by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the trade wind breezes and the Virgin Islands National Park , mountains and valleys. Finally we decided we wanted to live on this little island and share it with family, friends and like minded souls. Bordeaux Mt., the highest point of the island with its incomparable views of the British Virgin Islands and the Sir Francis Drake Channel, located right in the center of the island, seemed like the perfect place. After three years on the island we began to build our dream cottage. Every step was a reason for celebration and every detail a delicious exercise in creativity. We wanted to make a little private paradise for two. Many of the pieces decorating the house are crafted by local artists and make the cottage a special place.
Monika Aranha or Jorge Dias Garcia purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Monika Aranha or Jorge Dias Garcia chose Upper Carolina
Easily accessed by a mostly paved and relatively flat road that winds through the rain forest, Bordeaux offers privacy, peace and spectacular moon rises or sunrises. At night the singing forest and gentle breezes make it a one of a kind retreat. From it you can hike the extensive trail network of the Park all the way down to some of it's most beautiful beaches. Both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay with its locally owned and operated shops and restaurants are only 10 to 15 minutes away by car. There are many perfect days that start and end at Sea Cottage. First a quiet yoga practice at sunrise on the covered porch. For a good workout nothing better than an early morning hike down Bordeaux Mt. Trail to the white sandy Little Lameshur Beach, followed by a swim and snorkel around Europa Point. For the more water activity minded, Maho Beach with it's water sport rental options by Reef2Peak is just a short 10 minute drive away. And those who just wish to relax and soak in the sun can follow the North Shore road to any one of its spectacular beaches.
What makes this Cottage unique
Vacation for us is about sharing in each other's company and enjoying nature. It is time to distance ourselves from the bustle of the world - to have time to listen to music, watch a movie together or have a moonlit dinner on the porch without the distractions of modern communication. During the day there is so much to do just a short distance away whether on foot or by car. Sea Cottage is the ideal place to wake up in and to end the day - the fragrance of the bay rum trees after a summer sprinkle; the singing of the birds during daytime and the sounds of the forest at night; swinging in the hammock while watching the moon rise over Virgin Gorda. It's a place to fall in love all over again.
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Romantic, secluded hideaway with breathtaking views
Wow. I knew the views were going to be good but how they look in person is so much better. We really feel like we hit the jackpot with this house. Price was great. Location was fabulous. So glad we booked outside of town for the more true St John experience. The first day Monika met us down the road from the house and directed us to the location. She explained every detail of the home and area which was so lovely. She was beyond helpful. The house has everything you need including beach gear. The outdoor shower was AMAZING. Highlights for us were feeding the sugar birds and watching the hummingbirds at the feeder. The sunsets and sunrise views out the back windows is awe inspiring. For the first time in my life I was up at sunrise every morning (no alarm) ready to start my day. At night the woods around you come alive with life. And the lack of AC is no big deal because the amazing breezes coming off the ocean are perfection. All in all we had a dream vacation and I'm so glad that after a long day of snorkeling adventures we had this awesome place to come back to. Perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.
Very special place and we are so happy for Monika and Jorge that the property wasn't severely damaged. Our second visit there, and we will come again.
We thoroughly enjoyed the comfort of this property and the spectacular natural beauty surrounding us. The owners are wonderful folks and have provided everything that you could need during a vacation. It’s very difficult to leave this property but will definitely be back every year.
Paul And Chris
Great quiet get a way. perfect for me on a solo trip. Monica and Jorge jave taken great care in the
We had a wonderful time at the Sea Cottage. Monika and Jorge were such gracious hosts, taking time out of their Thanksgiving to meet us upon our arrival, show us around the cottage, and give us some great recommendations. They even shared some of their delicious homegrown passionfruit with us! The cottage was everything we hoped it would be (and more!). So secluded and peaceful, tucked away in the trees and with a truly breathtaking view. We were so happy to return there after a long day of exploring beaches. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals, the hammock was so relaxing, the outdoor shower was great...the list goes on and on! We can't wait to go back!
Absolutely loved our stay at the Sea Cottage! Our stay was a week long but it felt like we were there a month. Next time we visit STJ we will stay here again. Its safe, quiet(except for the frogs), relaxing and has everything you need!
Skip the rental car on STT and just get a Jeep on STJ. You will pay a few extra dollars but having an SUV on STJ is very helpful. Additionally if you ever get a flat or break down the rental companies can get to you much quicker.
Thank you Jorge and Monika!
Thank you TJ and Melanie! It was a pleasure to get to meet you! Hopefully next time the tree frogs will be a little quieter. When it rains in the forest they can’t help but rejoice and the singing gets loud.
Until next time!
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