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Villa Dawn, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Villa Dawn, St. Croix
Guest Comments & Reviews - Page 1

All of the guest comments and St. Croix reviews you will read on these pages are taken directly from notes, emails, letters, comment sheets and guest book entries from past guests at Villa Dawn. You will see a copy of the original letters to the left of the text whenever possible. The pages are arranged with the most recent comments on this first page. Click on the "guest comments 1, 2, 3, 4, ..." links at the bottom of each page to see more pages of comments.
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Pam's comments

2/7/2014

Not even been home a week and miss Villa Dawn immensely - loved, loved, loved everything about it - kitchen awesome, well stocked and could cook and look at the amazing views - Deck - out of this world, such an amazing gathering place - lived on the deck. The pool - just beautiful. Loved the location on St. Croix - sort of right in the middle. Love the restaurants all around and beach bars.

Thank you so much - Hope to rent again next year - if possible.

Pam D.


1/16/2014

Thank you so much! It was wonderful to stay in your home. Sorry about the alarm that first day. It would have been easier for me if the code was included in that 3 page summary of rules about the house. I simply didn't read everything because my hands are full!!

All in all, a beautiful, much needed vacation.

Thanks again,

Kale, Leila & Family


From: Lisa gxxxxxx@aol.com
To: vreelands@aol.xxx
Date: January 10, 2014

Kent and Dawn,

We just wanted to say thank you for the use of the villa, we had a great vacation!  I can see why you choose this location, it is perfect. We loved being able to walk to the beach, the bars, and restaurants. My girls snorkeled every day and were able to see octopus, barracudas, and a sea snake, and a sea turtle, along with many fish and coral. We had the best lobster ever at the waves, we were able to pick the ones we wanted out of the cage in the ocean, loved Eat at Cane Bay, Rowdy Joes was good with great entertainment. The best drinks came from off the wall ( much larger and the same price with more alcohol). We really. Only had time for one outing and decided on a cruise to Buck Island with Captain Carl and first mate Dana on Buck Island Charters. It's on a catamaran and you sail out to buck island. It was incredible!!! The reef there is second to none, there were nurse sharks, stingrays , barracuda, and beautiful coral that so many different fish. It was one of the best experiences of our lives. We have traveled to many different islands but we have never seen water as blue and clear and beautiful as this. We also went to Rainbow beach, nice sandy, better for swimming, it was very calm, good for small children.
We don't want to leave, but must.
We made memories to last a lifetime!
We will be back,
 
The Gallagher Family
Chester, NJ

10/1/13

The villa is wonderful! Great location and feels very private.


8/10/13 - 8/17/13

Villa Dawn was beautiful - the pictures on the website don't do it justice. When we arrived everything was clean - a pack-n-play was provided for the babies. The directions provided were accurate although we all passed the driveway because the sign was so small & not visible. Kent & Dawn were very attentive - we called about a problem with the internet & a broken picnic table. Kent called back right away & everything was taken care of. We did have a few of us fall & slip by the pool - very slippery!!! Overall, we had an amazing experience. Villa Dawn was a much needed vacation. We hope to come back in the future.

Thank you!!

Racheal C.


8/3 - 8/10, 2013

We had an awesome time @ Villa Dawn. We enjoyed the house and island!! This was our 2nd stay @ Villa Dawn, the first was twelve years ago. Thanks so much for the wonderful vacation spot. We hope to return again soon.

Thanks,

Carrie S.


Aug 2013

The villa was well equipped. The pool was clean. And the Yard was well kept. Overall, though you have an "A+" villa. Beautiful home, spectacular view, great access to beach and dive shop. And most important you were good to work with...

Thanks,

Chris and Tina S.


7/14/13

Dear Kent & Dawn-

We very much enjoyed our stay at Villa Dawn. The house and location were great. I think if there were anything I would change it would be for the lower apartment to be accessible from the interior of the main house. It's not a big deal, but that's the only aspect I might wish was different. I would love to stay at Villa Dawn again some day! Thanks!

Daos


Ann's comments and review

April 15, 2013

Dear Dawn & Kent,

The villa was even more than we anticipated. It was the most comfortable accommodations we have ever had. We truly appreciate your attentiveness to our needs.

Had a wonderful time and hope to visit there again!!

Sincerely,

Ann & Bill M.


Tom's comments

3/19/13

Kent & Dawn - Our group had a wonderful time at Villa Dawn. The villa was wonderful and area was wonderful as well. The kitchen was the best equipped kitchen we have found in our travels, the pool was great and the porch was beautiful. There is nothing we can think of that needed repair. Thanks for an excellent experience and we will be back in the future (we booked yesterday).


12/11/12

Dear Kent & Dawn,

Thank you both so very much for sharing the lovely St. Croix villa with my group. Despite the comment on tripadvisor, our group was very happy with the accommodations.

I do hope to stay at your place in the future! Your home was so charming and comfortable.

Blessings to your both.

Brenda H.


5/11/12

Hi Kent & Dawn,

Forgot to write in your book, very busy doing things, and time passed so fast.

Thank you for the use of your beautiful, comfortable home.

Played bingo at Off the Wall, fed beer to the pigs at Norma's, went to Jump Up in Christiansted, etc., etc.

Had a favorite (Thrushie) bird who loved tomato juice and visited daily. Had a great time with son at Rowdy Joe's.

Thanks so much! We'll be back.

Sincerely, Charla S.



From: Jerry M mxxxusic@gmail.com
To: Kent Vreeland <vrexxnds@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 2:12 pm

Hello, Kent and Dawn,
 
We had an incredible week at your lovely home! All four of us (adults) were so pleased with the location, view, proximity to restaurants, snorkeling and activities, pool, thoroughly furnished kitchen and creature comforts! Well done! The only thing which was not working was the pair of binoculars. The power went out briefly on Friday morning, however nothing had to be reset or primed. We looked at the lower level, but didn't use it.
 
We ate and drank at EAT, Off the Wall and Angry Nate's - all good.....also Above the Cliff, but would not recommend it. Most of our meals were at Villa Dawn, however. We particularly enjoyed getting fresh fish and lobsters at the open air market. We did the night kayaking with Brian and the trip to Buck Island with Capt. Miles.
 
You have done a spectacular job with your rental and the care and understanding were really appreciated. I intend to write a glowing review on TripAdvisor. You provided a wonderful home away from home!
 
Gratefully,
 
Jerry M.
 

July 27, 2011

Hi Kent,

 
Thanks again for the use of your place last week.  We are putting your keys in the mail today, and you should get them shortly. 
 
We had a great week.  My daughter Elizabeth became a regular at the Cane Bay dive ship and made a lot of friends.  It was a great location, and the unit is very nice.  We called the look “Tommy Bahama meets Williams Sonoma.” 
 
Janet B.
 


Villa Dawn, St. Croix
From:Geoff & Caryn G gexxxxxat@sbcglobal.net
To: Kent Vreeland <vrexxxxds@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2011 7:59 am
 
Hi Kent and Dawn,
 
Our family just returned from our wonderful stay at Villa Dawn this past week.  Thank you for providing such a lovely place for us to enjoy.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time in St. Croix. 

Thank you again for a wonderful stay.

 
Geoff and Caryn G.
 


From: Peter Navratil <
pnavrxxxx@rochester.rr.com>
To: Kent Vreeland <
vreelaxxx@aol.com>
Sent: Tue, Nov 26, 2010
Subject: St Croix - Villa Dawn

Hi Kent,

We returned safe and sound from a wonderful vacation. Villa Dawn is Awesome! We definitely found a “gem”.

The keys are on their way back to you.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pete

pnavxxxx@rochester.rr.com
 


10/9 - 10/16/2010

Kent & Dawn, The house was fabulous. The beds were so comfy, All things considered, you get an A+. Never had such a well-equipped kitchen in a rental house! We will recommend Villa Dawn to anyone traveling to St. Croix.

Best regards, Sandra

*loved having laundry facilities!


10/13/10

Property was in great shape. We noticed several improvements that we appreciated - wish I could have used the TV in the master! Although the weather put a damper on things & contributed to the cable outage & subsequent power issues, we had a good time.

PS - Joseph did a good job for us - thanks!


August 10-17, 2010

Dear Kent & Dawn,

This has been an amazing vacation. Your home is delightful and perfect for our group. Everything was perfect, We had an awesome time -

Your property manager and maid are doing a really great job. We're leaving our rave reviews in the pirate book and are happy to put up a recommendation on Trip Advisor too. Thank you so much, we're already planning our next trip!

Best, Sara


8/2/2010

Dear Kent & Dawn,

Our family experienced the most awesome vacation at Villa Dawn and on the island of St. Croix. The villa is wonderful. We found everything clean and nicely furnished...

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Thank you and the keys
From: Jodie <jodiexxxxxxxson@fmr.com
To: Kent Vreeland <vrexxxxds@aol.com>
Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010 10:24 am
 

Hi Kent-  Attached is a picture of our HAPPY family at your beautiful home.  Thank you again for the opportunity to stay at Villa Dawn.   As you can tell we are all smiles.   I sent the keys a bit late (on Tuesday) as I got sick after I got home-   nothing from the water just a bit of a cold.


thanks again.

Jodie B.


May 23, 2010

Kent & Dawn, Thank you for a wonderful, comfortable stay. The most "beautiful" views & the villa is located in the right spot on the island. Your cleaning lady will like us as we left it as we found it.

b. & kids


17 May 2010

Kent & Dawn

What a marvelous place! We had such a wonderful time - enjoyed every minute. We're already looking forward to a return visit.

Daughter P's wedding was beautiful at Carambola.

Thanks - Do take care,

Rick


March 6-13, 2010

Thanks so much - we had a great time!

Beth & Brian


3/7/10 - (Feb 27 - March 6, 2010)

We had a great time. We will definitely be going back. We loved the location, close to beach & great food. The weather was great also, No sweaters!!

I will be in touch to hold the villa for 2 weeks next year. All of us loved St. Croix & Villa Dawn.

Penny H.


2/19/2010

We loved St. Croix and Villa Dawn! Kitchen was well equipped. The house was very good overall, we intend to return next year! Thank you, Christy

 

From: pamela b. <naxxxxxgle@hotmail.com>
To: Kent Vreeland <vxxxlands@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2010 10:28 am

Mr. Vreeland, I just wanted to let you know that we put the keys to Caribbean Breeze in the mail this morning. We had such a great time. Your condo is lovely. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you so much and I look forward to doing business with you again.
 
Sincerely,
Pamela B.
 


From: S., Bob <SackR@Darden.xxxxx.edu>
To:  vreelxxxs@aol.com
Sent: Wed, Feb 10, 2010 5:47 am
Subject: RE: villa Dawn

 

Kent,

 

We mailed the keys back to you from Culebra, on Monday. It may take a while for them to get to CO from here!

 

We enjoyed St Croix and the house very much and we fully intend to go back next year.

 

Thanks,

 

Bob S.

 


T. McGraw
11/29/09

Thank you so much. We had a great time.
We are already planning a return trip to the island.

Sorry for all the dirty towels but we were swimming a lot!


Carolyn P.
11/9/09

We had a BLAST! View was so beautiful. House was comfortable for us all (7). Everything clean & tidy when we arrived!

All in all we had a wonderful visit to your home & island!

Thank you -

Carol


Bob & Sue S.
11/2/09

Everything was good. Had flight problems but it was great once we got there.
Thanks very much for another great vacation.

Sue & Bob S.


Kent & Dawn -

We had another great week at Villa Dawn.

Thanks for everything. We look forward to returning (hopefully next year).

J.


We had a great time at Villa Dawn! It is a beautiful setting.

Thanks -

Jill & John


Barbara, Garry, Katrina, Curtis B.
8/17/09

Everything was perfect! No complaints - no problems - no worries!

The villa was exactly as depicted on your website. I had looked at your photos so often I felt right at home and it was as if I had already been there. The info about the villa & island was extremely helpful. Can't think of anything you left out.

We saw another villa I was considering renting - "XXXXXX" and was so happy I didn't as the on-line photos don't show the other houses packed next to it or the lack of property around it.

Thanks for one of the best vacations ever! Hopefully we can come back some day.

S.C.U.B.A. was excellent - we never had to do anything with our gear - Please recommend them! Also we were curious about the history of the villa as it appears the whole kitchen and living room was added - Beautiful job!

Thanks again for everything!! Barb



3/14/09

We had a great a great time in St. Croix -

Thank you!

- Matt S.

 
March 5, 2009

Hi you two.  Just letting you know that we all had a fantastic time at Villa Dawn.  Awesome home.  We spent a lot of time around and in the pool, as well as on the veranda just chillin' and enjoying the scenery.  Of course, the week passed way too fast.  Everything was perfect!  Here's proof....and thanks for the memories.

Mary



Feb. 21, 2009

Kent and Dawn,

It was a sad day today----Villa Dawns keys are on their way back to you FedEx....

 
I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful place you have and what a Great 50th Birthday my wife had....
 
I will and I have recommended Villadawn.com to our friends-----I don't think I will ever stop talking about it...
 
We have been to  St. Barthélemy and I would rather go back to Villa Dawn again & Again....
 
The dirt road up to Villa Dawn is just like the one to a House I had in VT---Classic......
 
Thanks for sharing and sorry again about the Lamp------Kurt & Jen.....
 

Feb. 7, 2009



Re: Villa Dawn Dec.27, 2008

From: E Novine <enovine@xxxx.com>
To: vrxxlands@aol.com
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 1:38 pm

WOW!!!  we had a great time and you have a wonderful house at the sea...thank you!  I hope that we left things in order. We were very conservative with the water and electricity.  We are staunch supporters of conservation in all forms and practice it on a regular basis.  We were delayed getting home so I will be sending the keys out tomorrow 1/6....We hope to visit St. Croix again and again!!!   Thank you again...L. and T. Novine  ... New York   
 


September 11, 2008
God Bless America

To: Vreeland's
From: Kathy H.
Re: Villa Dawn

What a fabulous time we had!

Here are the keys; the others were left on the counter at the Villa.

We've been invited back to the National Guard, so we'll be talking to you again soon.

Thanks again!.



Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 6:01 PM 
Subject: Caribbean Dream / Villa Dawn / Caribbean Breeze Inquiry 
 
> ******************************************************************************* 
> First_Name: nancy 
> Last_Name: g.
> email: sparky506@aol.com 
> phone_number: 
> villa_name: Villa Dawn  
> Date: Wednesday August 13, 2008 
> Time: 08:01 PM 

> notes_comments: 

> Kent and Dawn, It's been several months now but I've wanted to tell you both how wonderful and memorable our trip to St. Croix was in June. We took our 3 big boys and 2 of their girlfriends. All of us had a fabulous time and continue to reminisce about our time on St. Croix, none of us will ever forget it. Years ago we said "no" to family trips in hotel rooms. Thanks so much for your wonderful house to bring us all together. > Nancy G.
 

August 8-16, 2008

Dawn & Kent

Thank you so much for the use of Villa Dawn this past week. My husband, kids and I had one of the best weeks ever on this vacation. The house was perfect! We all slept on the main level and never even had to use the lower level. The pool & view was magnificent!! You were right - it did feel like paradise. We loved the snorkeling & Christiansted &Buck Island & all the great food! St. Croix had so much to offer!

Thanks again & we really appreciate everything. Your website was right on target!

Joe, Cindy, Jessie, Tara, Scott & Jenna


 

To: <vreexxxlands@aol.com
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:12 AM 
Subject: Villa Dawn
 
> ******************************************************************************* 
> First_Name: Debbie 
> Last_Name: D.
> email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> phone_number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> villa_name: Villa Dawn 
> number_of_guests: 7 
> arrival_date: May 31 
> departure_date: June 7 
> Date: Sunday July 06, 2008 
> Time: 10:12 AM 

> notes_comments: 

> We had the time of our lives at Villa Dawn during our stay! Our family vacation really was one to remember and the villa made it even more special... Again, thanks for letting us enjoy a little piece of your heaven. 
> Debbie and Jeff D. 
 

May 27, 2008

Dear Kent and Dawn,

I have enclosed the keys to Villa Dawn. We had an exceptional time at your vacation home. We spent a lot of time out on the deck and in the pool, it's so very beautiful...

St. Croix is a beautiful island, your home was the perfect place to stay and we hope to return in the future.

Sorry the keys couldn't go out immediately, today is the first day the Post Office is open since we arrived home.

Sincerly, Laura K.


31 March 08

Kent & Dawn -

We had a wonderful vacation in St. Croix. Villa Dawn is a wonderful place -- awesome views, great location and was absolutely perfect for our large group.

Thanks for all of your recommendations and your assistance with the arrangements (2 cribs, 2 highchairs, etc.). Diving the wall was awesome and it was great to be so close to the beach and our favorite vacation hang out the Full Moon!

We plan to go back to St. Croix and when we do, we'll book Villa Dawn again!

Thanks! Karoline & Doug, K.


Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 18:59:45 -0500
From: "Janet S." <janet.c.sxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
To: vrxxlands@aol.com
Subject: thank you!

Hi Kent and Dawn, Sorry this note is belated - (they stayed Christmas week 2007) somehow life got busy again when we returned!  Island life is definitely the way to go!  I wanted to let you know what a lovely stay we had a Villa Dawn and in St. Croix in general.  It was an incredibly relaxing week - the house worked out very well and our travels all went very smoothly.  We loved the pool and deck area (you were right) and the nearby beaches were also lovely.  We did the snorkeling trip to Buck Island with the company you recommended (Blackbeards if I'm remembering correctly) (Big Beards) and my husband and youngest daughter as well as our friends (the Dad and two boys) took a scuba lesson through the dive shop down the street and loved it.  We became true regulars at Off the Wall, and even had our 'own' waitress, Jeanette, who we became quite close to!  We also enjoyed other local spots, including Bogey's and Over the Moon (am I remembering that name correctly)?  (Full Moon Beach Bar) We adjusted to driving on the left -- took some getting used to!  

I put the keys in the mail as soon as we returned - hopefully you have them.  I trust that everything was fine at the Villa as we didn't experience any difficulties at all while we were there.  Thank you for having the extra roll-away delivered - it was very helpful.
 
Thank you again.  It was a lovely week in a lovely spot - just seeing the view each day from your house made me feel totally relaxed and rejuvenated.  We were lucky enough to see a full rainbow from your deck!   
 
Wishing you a happy New Year -

 
Best, Janet S.
 

From: leisenxxxx@comcast.net
To: vrxxlands@aol.com
Subject: Re: Caribbean Dream and Villa Dawn, St. Croix USVI Oct. 20 - 27th
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:39:56

Kent & Dawn,

 
 
I wanted to let you know that I mailed out the keys on Monday of
this week and you should have them very soon.
 
Thank you once again for sharing Villa Dawn in St. Croix.
 
Our family and the Shirck Family thoroughly enjoyed our vacation
while staying at your Villa.
 
We spent most of the the time relaxing and de-stressing by your pool
and the beach just down the hill.
 
The views from your home are absolutely awesome!  The location was
superb once we found our way around the island which only took a day
or two. :) 

Your staff, from Joseph and Jennifer and the Pool Cleaning crew were
all very courteous.  I met your neighbor Keith - he helped try and jump
start our rental car.  Very nice guy - good to have great neighbors.
 
Thank you once again,
We hope to make it back to St. Croix very soon and hopefully visiting
our favorite Villa!

Lee Eisenxxxxx
Blue Springs, Mo.

Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 22:48:43 -0400
From: "Amy S." <atlcatxxxow@gmail.com>
To: "Kent and Dawn Vreeland" <vrxxlands@aol.com>
Subject: Villa Dawn and keys

Kent and Dawn,

We enjoyed our stay at Villa Dawn so much. I think St. Croix has made every vacation we've ever taken pale in comparison. We went fishing twice with Captain Carl and caught Wahoo, and sailed twice with Big Beard. Snorkeling at Buck Island and diving Cane Bay was incredible. Your beautiful villa was the perfect place to start and end the day.

The pool was a big hit with everyone. We left behind a small air compressor for people to use to inflate their pool floats. I cannot say enough nice things about Calvin and his lovely wife at Spratnet. They made a wonderful Crucian meal for our group and threw one of our friends a birthday party none of us will ever forget.

Our phones decided they only liked to work if we stood outside behind the pool, so we have some phone calls we'll need to pay for. We also decided at the last minute to just pay  for an extra suitcase, so we never sent our box.

Scott wanted to me ask if Caribbean Breeze is still available Dec. 29- Jan. 5. It says it is on the calendar, but I wanted to check and see how much it would be for 4 that week. I think getting on the plane to come home may have been the hardest thing we've ever done. I also forgot to fill out the exit form, so I apologize.

Thanks again,

Amy S.

 


August 4-14, 2007

Kent and Dawn

Thank you for usage of your beautiful "Villa Dawn". We so enjoyed the pool, the short walk to the beach & how the house was furnished (from the little things like spices, to having an abundance of towels handy) The "leave a little, take a little" alcohol rack was quite fun also! Scuba diving was incredible. We had an extraordinary vacation.

Regards,
The Madrid Family



We had to include this reference email that one of our past guests sent to a woman considering a stay at Villa Dawn. It was so informative we just had to include it here on our comments pages.

From: Penny C. <cakelxxxx@carolina.rr.com>
To: Sherman, J. <JSHERMAN@PAXXXERS.ORG>
Cc: Kent and Dawn Vreeland <vreelands@xxx.com>
Sent: Tue, Aug 28, 2007 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: villa dawn reference

Hi, Janet: I'm delighted to give you some information on Villa Dawn and am glad Kent gave you my contact information. I am currently planning our third trip down there in October of this year with my mother and sister. We have been to VD in Oct. 2004 and 2005, and are REALLY looking forward to coming back this October. We made our initial trip down there about 2 months after my father passed away, for some family time and VD was just what I was looking for. I'm saying this as someone who has traveled the Caribbean since 1985 and been to about 85% of the islands down there. I was looking for a quiet, easy trip to somewhere beautiful and not tourist-filled
and glitzy, which is why I selected October in general and VD in particular. I had been to St. Croix in 1995 before so I had some knowledge of it already but it had been quite a while. I needed somewhere easy to take my mom and sister since they had never been out of the country before. That said, St. Croix is as relaxed as you want it to be; if you're looking for quiet, you can find it there. If you want more excitement, you can find that on the island as well, it's just that St. Croix is quieter, more laid back than St. Thomas and in my opinion, VASTLY superior!

I found VD online and was immediately taken with it. The pictures are quite accurate, unlike some villas I have stayed at. The views are as spectacular in person as the photos show. One of the things I particularly liked about VD is its location; in my mind it is the best on the island. I have a preference for something quiet, away from noisy tourist areas, something more along the lines of what people who live there experience. VD is in a "neighborhood" but with no neighbors right on top of you and is very quiet. However, we have always felt quite safe there; there is a burglar alarm system for when you leave the house but I see that as a precaution these days for everywhere, not an indication of a problem. VD is a big house and I'm sure I don't have to tell you all the sleeping spaces should accommodate your group. In my opinion, 12 people will fill up the house but all of you won't be spending all your time in the house, so I wouldn't think of that as a problem. There is plenty of room around the pool deck (you should ask my sister, the stools built into the pool that allow you to have a drink -plastic cups of course- and watch that fabulous sunset is her most favorite spot on the planet!) The deck has plenty of space as well because you really should be outside on St. Croix enjoying what you came down there for!

As to Cane Bay Beach, it's is one of my choices for top beach on St. Croix. It's beautiful! The snorkeling there is great. It's a calm beach so kids do well there and it's also quiet. I do drive our car down from the house since I'm usually hauling snorkel gear, beach chairs, etc. for everybody but you could certainly walk it with no problem. There are plenty of other beaches that are lovely on St. Croix too and I would suggest you tour the island and find others you like, but I'm pretty sure you will return to Cane
Bay since it will be your "home" beach and you will love it best.

With regard to any concerns you have about crime, I will tell you that traveling as a group of 3 women, we have felt completely safe on St. Croix. Of course, there are always incidents on any island, you can't get away from it. However, of all the islands I've traveled to, St. Croix is one of the safest in my opinion. You just have to exercise reasonable caution as you do at home: don't go walking on a beach alone late at night, don't leave valuables on your beach towel while you swim, etc. Chances are you wouldn't have a problem anyway, but why take chances? We have traveled all over the island, at night, and never felt threatened in any way.

VD's location is a plus in my mind but you should be aware it is not in a highly populated tourist area with lots of shopping, nightlife, etc. (this for us was a plus). You will definitely need transportation while on island to get from VD to tour the rest of the island, go out for dinner, etc. I can highly recommend Judy of Croix for car rentals. I found them through Kent's website and they have been nothing but extremely helpful and a joy to work with; I'll be renting from them for our trip again in October.  The driving in St. Croix is on the left but it is not as challenging as you might think. After an hour or so, you'll get the hang of it. Just be careful making left/right turns out onto the roads; you always want to look one way due to habit, make sure to look the OTHER way! LOL!  But it's quite safe and the roads are easily navigable. I've never gotten lost on St. Croix!

I am sure that there will be plenty of folks enjoying Christmas down there so you will have lots of company. I think the parade of boats would be one of my must do's. Also a must do would be a snorkel excursion to Buck Island; we have gone 3 times with Capt. Heinz and think he is the best: http://www.visitstcroix.com/captainheinz.html You should also do the Cruzan Rum Factory Tour; it's a quick little tour that's very interesting and then you get to sample any of the rums as much as you want. Estate Whim is very interesting as well; don't miss it. As for eating, we do our grocery shopping at Plaza Extra which is not but 10-15 minutes or so from VD. It is a big grocery store and is just like a grocery store at home. We do eat in about half the time, to save money and also spend time enjoying our vacation "home". Off The Wall is down at Cane Bay Beach and we eat there frequently; it's a picture perfect eat-on-the-Caribbean-Beach-can't-believe-we-are-here kind of place; highly recommend. You should try and catch a Caribbean buffet and dinner show at Divi Carina Bay or maybe Carambola (closer to you); it's very interesting and you get to try different kinds of dishes from the islands. Cheeseburgers in Paradise (east of C'sted) is also great. You won't go hungry down there!

I think I've touched on all the points of your email and hope that I've been helpful. Just to be clear, I have no ties to Kent and VD except as a repeat customer and this is my personal opinion of St. Croix and the home. I cannot express how much we enjoy Villa Dawn and are looking forward to returning. St. Croix is a special place and VD is the perfect way to enjoy it! If I can answer any other questions for you, please do not hesitate to ask. I know it is not easy to select a vacation home; I spent days online trying to find an island and villa I was happy with before finding VD and I'm very hard to please (function of having been there, done that - so I'm not easily persuaded!) My mother refuses to go to any other island and villa. That should tell you something....Enjoy your trip down there - I'll be wishing it was me!

Penny :)
 


June 16, 2007

Hi Kent & Dawn,

Thanks for the use of the villa. We had a great time once we finally got there.

Thanks again

Denise

(these guests had flight delays)


 

Patty & Bill H.
Feb 26, 2007

We had a great time. Beautiful views, great area. We were completely relaxed.
We hope to come back & bring the rest of the family.

Thanks for a wonderful time!

Patty & Bill H.



Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 9:18:32 -0800
From: <saintXXXX@adelphia.net>
To: vreelandsXXX@aol.com
Subject: Villa Dawn return keys

Kent, We have mailed the keys for the Villa Dawn back to you today. The directions to Villa Dawn and grocery store were excellent. The location of the Villa is unbelievable, the sight and sounds of the Caribbean Sea are awesome. The privacy is excellent.
Short walk to Cane Bay Beach and 4 bar/grilles located within a short walk.
Horse back riding and snorkeling also excellent. We booked two sailing trips with Caribbean Sea Adventures ( was Mile Mark Water sports) Captain JP and Christopher were great.
Thank you for a wonderful island vacation!

Rental dates 02/03/07 - 02/10/07

Ralph P.
Augusta, Maine
207-626-XXXX
 


Subject: RE: Villa Dawn
Date: 12/4/2006, 8:27 AM
From: Howard XXXXXX <r55@neo.rr.com>
To: VREELXXXX@aol.com

KENT AND DAWN-

WE ENJOYED A FUN VACATION AT VILLA DAWN.  THANKS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS.

WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND ENJOYED OURSELVES.  THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES !!!

HOWARD AND PAULA

 

PS  KEYS ARE IN THE MAIL !


7/29/2006

Dear Kent and Dawn,

We had a great time in St. Croix. Thank you for the use of your villa. Enclosed is one set of keys. My daughter has the other set and will mail them back to you.

Sincerely,

Donna K.


7/16/06

Overall great accommodations and great location for vacation. Left very positive comments at villa.

We forgot to tip Jennifer, the cleaning help. Please forward enclosed check. Thanks and hope to be back someday.

Steve

(taken directly from a Villa Dawn comment sheet)


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