Bo Atabey ~ Great Mother Earth  

                         Luxury Villa  ~ Coral Bay, St John 

~~~GuestBook~~~

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Lovely Place to Spend Family Vacation....
 My husband and I spent a week at Bo Atabey with our sons- ages 8 and 10. This was the second time staying in St John for my husband and I. First for our kids. We chose Bo Atabey for the location and amenities. And we were not disappointed. The home is on the "quite side" of the island, away from the tourists but with easy access to the best beaches and restaurants on the island. The drive up to the house is a little tricky, but most rentals with views have the same issues- so it's a bit of a wash. Once you get up to the house, you'll see why the drive was worth it. The house is open concept with spacious rooms and a brilliant layout that allows you to take in the outside from every room. I especially loved the layout of the kitchen and great room. So much that I found myself wanting to prep meals at home vs going out every night. Especially bc my kids were able to play in the pool while I prepped. Actually, they played in the pool every chance they could. The outdoor showers were a special and welcome treat. The porches made coffee in the mornings extra special. As far as the area- we loved it.
There are several great places to eat in the area- Skinny Legs and the Donkey Diner being our favorite. We also enjoyed being closer to the less touristy beaches. Maho was our favorite. All in all, we would highly recommend Bo Atabey for families that truly want to get away and enjoy their private time together. Thanks go out to Bob and Linda for sharing this lovely slice of paradise with families like ours.
April ~ Julie K. family [Washington, Connecticut]


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Day 1-raining we hiked and snorkeled saw healthy reef <--:) and hiked enjoyed rest of day @ home on deck while it poured rain, it was warm and lush and lovely! No sounds but the rain and occasional donkey, fresh air! Life is good! Oh....and the view!
Day 2-Margarets BD the stars and sun shined brightly! Hiked Europa & then snorkeled for miles Lemenshur, White Cliff. Dinner @ Miss Lucy's- delectible & Gui the bartender introduced me to "Lime in the Coconut" WOW! Can't stop thinking about it! A MUST!
Day 3-Went to Cruz Bay and secured a boat w/ Steve @ Ocean Runner hit some very secluded spots then ran across to Jost -Foxy's & ran around corner swam to Soggy Dollar--$12 per person to come on island tarriff--well worth it!
Castaways for cocktails then Joes BBQ headed back to Coral Bay & stopped into Island Blues to hear "slammin" and we got the BAR ROCKIN-and danced it up-what a day!
Got kayaks from Crabbys--OMG--couldnt believe this expedition went to mouth turned left went to Hurrican Hole across and did entire area Princess bay etc. starfish, turtles a giant swimming pool! What a ride wasnt sure I could paddle it back 4-5 miles. Lunch on rock beach, hiked a bit--had grilled sausage & lovely evening @ home spent! Stars are shining bright over Coral Bay--wine and rum on deck with the sound of singing treefrogs!
January ~ Margaret, Michel, Julie [Boston, Massachusetts]


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The weather was: Typical Beautiful Island Weather
Our favorite adventures: Swimming in the pool and taking in the view, Sunset at Maho & cocktails, Hiking Ramshead, Reading, Napping alot!
Great restaurants we discovered: Sun Dog Cafe, Aqua Bistro, Lime Inn, Bar at Spyglass
Other thoughts to share: First Time Staying in Coral Bay and Looking Forward to Returning Soon.
Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise with us
December ~ Tim & Michael [Norwood, Massachusetts]

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The weather was: warm- high 80's to low 90's and rainy at night and at points during the day.
Our favorite adventures: Great hikes to Leinster Bay and Salt Pond. had lots of fun snorkeling around Waterlemon Cay. Saw lots of turtles at Maho [best time to see the turtles are in the morning or before sunset] One of the best beaches we went to was Vie's beach at the East End. There were so many jumping fish. One of the best places to snorkel. It was always fun driving through the hills to get to Cruz Bay.
Great restaurants we discovered: Had great dinners at Miss Lucy's, Skinny Legs and Shipwreck Landing.
Other thoughts to share: Thanks for sharing your house with us. We had an amazing time exploring all of the beaches and little shops St John has to offer. Thanks again:
July ~~ Charles, Lucille & daughters [Winchester, Massachusetts]

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The weather was: great! Brief showers a few days...
Our favorite adventures: Hawksnest was a great beach, secluded; not crowded--
merited two trips.
Great restaurants we discovered: Skinny Legs for burgers, Aqua Bistro for
wonderful pasta & fish.
Other thoughts to share: Loved the house [especially the shower] and
all the beautiful details that went into it.
June ~~ Debbie C. & friends [Tennessee]

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The weather was: Very wet most of the week. It finally cleared up a bit at the end of the trip!
Our favorite adventures: Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay, hiking to Ram's Head, parasailing in Cruz bay, swimming with the turtles at Hansen's Bay.
Great restaurants we discovered: Donkey Diner, Shipwreck's, buying fresh mahi, from the guy on the corner at Coral Bay & grilling it!!!
Other thoughts to share: House was great, thanks!
June ~~ Dan, Andrea & family [New Palestine, Indiana]

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The weather was: Hot! Sunny, Rainy at times.
Our favorite adventures: Exploring all the Magnificent Beaches via Crazy Roads in
our Yellow Jeep!
Our Favorite Beach "Trunk Bay"
Great restaurants we discovered: "Sweet Plantains"
Making Friends at Skinny's Watching our Boston Bruins Win*
Other thoughts to share: Thank you Bo Atabey for helping us celebrate our
25th Wedding Anniversary [heart] :)
May ~~ Judy & Chuck [Boston, Massachusetts]


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The weather was: perfect. Sunny, warm with a nice breeze.
Our favorite adventures: Snorkeling with Long Distance ferry trip to Jost-->Soggy Dollar, Foxy's & One Love
Salt Pond & other beaches- Hawk's Nest, Jumbie Bay
Great restaurants we discovered: Island Blues, Lime Inn (Cruz Bay) Skinny Legs & Donkey Diner
Other thoughts to share: Loved the view & pool. Laid back atmosphere of Coral Bay.
We can't wait to come back!
May ~~ Jennifer & Jake [Alabama]


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The weather was: perfect- some rain but didn't ruin our days
Our favorite adventures: Brown Bay---> (had the beach to ourselves), a little hike to get there, but worth it!! Maho Bay great snorkeling. Loved the pool.
Great restaurants we discovered: Shipwreck- great food. Loved the bar at Aqua Bistro. BBQ in Cruz Bay!
Other thoughts to share: Enjoyed the trip. The house is amazing. finally got
adjusted to the roads:)
Thank you for a great week!
April ~~ Debbie & Justin [Pennsylvania]


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The weather was: Perfect weather all week-
Our 3rd year in a row....just as perfect as the last
We love our time here- look forward to it all year......until next time......
March ~~ Kelly, Mark, Cathy & Derek [Cape Cod Ma.]


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The weather was: Beautiful, sunny every day!
Our favorite adventures: Excursions to the BVIS Jost Van Dyke, Exploring the beautiful north shore beaches. Hiking Rams Head trail and snorkeling at R H T Beach! We have trveled all over the Caribbean and the beaches of St. John are THE most spectacular by far!
Great restaurants we discovered: Skinny Legs- Great Gumbo and burgers of course! Plantains.
Other thoughts to share: Tough to be leaving on St Paddy's Day with Blues Festival on tap for weekend.
We will miss nights by the pool with the tiki torches lit, listening to the tree frogs sing.
Thank you Bob & Linda for sharing your home with us!
March ~~Jennifer C. {Massachusetts]

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The weather was: beautiful low 80's.
Our favorite adventures: Full day of sailing on fly girl with Captain Chris! Lameshur, Salt pond, Francis Bay. Afternoon visits to Columbos smoothies! Delicious! Afternoons and nights in Cruz Bay Making friends with lizards, roosters, and donkeys! :) Enjoying Bo Atabey!
Great rstaurants we discovered: High Tide- Cruz Bay, Spyglass- Cruz Bay, Joe's Diner- Cruz,
Other thoughts to share: Don't want to leave! Beautiful home, with a beautiful view! Will never be able to camp again after staying here! Thank you Bob & lind for sharing your home with us!
Be back as soon as possible!! :)
February ~~ Scott, Lee, Amy & Ben C. [New Hampshire]

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The weather was: Perfect! Saw sunshine and had a nice cool breeze everyday.
Our favorite adventures: Snoreling in East End at Haulover South and relaxing in your beautiful villa taking in God's surroundings, playing cards by the pool
Great restaurants we discovered: Donkey Diner for breakfast and Vie's in East End for mid day snack between snorkeling and sunning.
Other thoughts to share: We thank you so much for a truly wonderful vacation for our family. we hope to come back real soon!
November ~~ Mike, Elizabeth, Natalie and Matthew R.C. [Tennessee]

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The weather was: RAINY!!! Only one sunny day the entire week!
Lot's of landslides from all the rain.
Our favorite adventures: *Snoreling @ Salt Pond bay-went 3 times (even with rainy weather) and saw multiple sea turtles each time & a ray. *Little Lameshure Bay very pretty.
*Leinster Bay-Starfish - but low visibility due to rain.
*Hiking to Rams head- beautiful view.
Great restaurants we discovered: #1 Shipwreck landing- Coral Bay.
#2 Rhumb Lines- Cruz Bay
Can't go wrong w/burgers @ Skinny Legs
Other thoughts to share:
Dinner by the pool w/ tiki torches was great!
Even with all the rain, it was a relaxing & fun vacation!
November ~~ Carly & Kramer L. [Minnesota]

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The weather was: Great!!! Very Hot. Early morning and late night rain. Beautiful Rainbows!!!
Our favorite adventures:
-Salt Pond & Lameshur Bays
-Francis Bay Snorkeling!
-The Baths at Virgin Gorda & Snorkeling Norman Island
-Driving and going to town For groceries...always an adventure!!!
Great restaurants we discovered: Fish trap, Skinny Legs, Aqua Bistro
Other thoughts to share: What a great house you have designed! It was so much better than our prior stays at the resorts! The privacy, pool, and views are outstanding!
Thanks Again~
August ~~ Len, Jill, Blake & Drew H. [New Jersey]


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The weather was: Beautiful!! 88 and sunny with passing rainshowers
...saw a beautiful rainbow over Coral Bay
Our favorite adventures: Maho Bay for lounging & sunsets Hiking Leinster Bay
to Waterlemon- sea turtles & snorkeling Waterlemon Little Cinnamon
Day Charter on Palmabella with Cap. John- Indians, Caves, Smugglers Cove, Willy T's
Sandy Spit & Jost/Soggy Dollar
Great restaurants we discovered: Shipwreck Landing for fresh Mahi dinners
Sun Dog in Cruz Bay for pizza
great live music All over the island!
Other thoughts to share: Bob & Linda-
Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us.
We spent many nights on the patio & pool deck. So much detail makes this home both comfortable & a true work of art.
We hope to visit again!!
June ~~ Janelle & Luke S. ~~ Cassandre A. & Dave A. [Chicago]


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The weather was: pleasant=|> 82 & sunny. There was cloud cover and some evening rain.
The breeze was wonderful.
Our favorite adventure: SNORKELING!! Maho Bay was our favorite. Great snorkeling by the rocks. Trunk Bay was beautiful w/clear & refreshing water. We enjoyed relaxing by the pool at the end of the day. The amenities were great so we could pack our lunch & cook at the house. The view has been wonderful & peaceful.
Great restaurants we discovered: We only ate at Skinny Legs,
but the burgers & Mahi were wonderful.
Other thoughts to share: Our experience has been an adventure that we would not trade.
The USVI are beautiful & the memories will last a life time.
Thanks for a great house and the opportunity to have the adventure of a life time.
Thanks! The H's
June ~~ Gary, Sandra, Ashley & Alexa H. [Missouri]

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The weather was: Mostly Good (With The Exception Of A Heavy Duty
Rain/Wind Storm The First Night)
Our favorite adventures: Snorkeling, Hiking, Guided Waters Edge Nature Walk
W/NPS Ranger Cortney Balcer- Highly Recommended!
Great restaurants we discovered: Didn't Eat out A Lot, But We Liked Skinny Legs For Burgers & Kickass Margaritas. Also Liked Aqua Bistro...
Other thoughts to share: Hope We Can Come Back- This Was Our First Visit To USVI- WE LOVED IT!
May ~~George, Starla & Britanny B. [Colorado]


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The weather was: Generally hot and sunny, but overnight downpours
some of them very heavy, most nights.
Our favorite adventures: Hired the sailing boat "Breath" for the day for snorkeling in Newfound Bay and then at Flanagan's Island both were fantastic. Also very much enjoyed Waterlemon and Hansen Bay for snorkeling. We would also recommend the hike from Salt Pond to Ram Head- Terrific sea views and sights back over St John.
Maho Bay is a tranquil and gentle place to get acclimated to snorkeling.
Great restaurants we discovered: For Katie & David this was a return trip to Coral Bay and
we were once again delighted by Sweet Plantains but lunch at Aqua Bistro also very nice.
Other thoughts to share: The people at Crabby's were very helpful in making our day trip on "Breath" possible. (and renting fins etc. for snorkeling) Overall we adore St John as a relaxing place to vacation, but especially Coral Bay with its "undiscovered" feel and sense of community. As far as Bo Atabey, it was perfect for two couples, with lovely furniture,
huge doors to let in the breeze, outdoor showers and a highly exciting driveway! Thank you!!
May ~ Alyssa & Barry M. [North Carolina] ~~ Katie & David T. [Pennsylvania]

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The weather was: Sun/ Bright Haze/ Spotty Rainshowers
Our favorite adventures: Snorkeling at Hawksnest and Maho
Great restaurants we discovered: Skinny Legs, Donkey Diner & Shipwreck
the best smoothies are at Thomas's by hospitality car rental.
Other thoughts to share: We hope we come back!
We loved our time here. especially the pool!
April ~ The Stu S. Family [Massachusetts]

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The weather was: Perfect- hot!
Our favorite adventures: Maho, Hawksnest, Francis, Gibney's & Jumbie.
Great stars. The roads & driveway are adventure enough.
Great restaurants we discovered: Burgers & music at Skinnys.
Other thoughts to share: Birds, Lizzards and finding the ripe tomato.
Thanks for sharing your great house.
April ~ The Emilie P. Family [New Jersey]

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The weather was: Awesome! Days in the mid 80's, nights a little cooler with some rain.
Our favorite adventure was taking a boat "Fly-Girl" over to and having
lunch @ Soggy's. Paradise. We also enjoyed beach hopping the north shore and
hiking the ruins, Peace Hill and Leinster Bay.
Great restaurants we discovered: Skinnys for "Apre~ Beach". Did not eat out much.
Other thoughts to share: Wish we had more time! Watching the humming Birds and making friends with the lizards. Donkeys in the morning. All great things. Thanks Bob & Linda.
See you again!
March ~ Kevin D. & Korene B. [Connecticut]

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The weather was: Fantastic- Only one evening of rain--
Lots of sun and cool breezes in the evening
Our favorite adventures: Exploring a new beach or bay each day. Snorkeling at Little Lameshur was the best
followed by
Saltpond Bay (sea turtles) Coming home each day to the pool- Drinks and dinner at poolside w/tiki torches--very relaxing.
Great restaurants we discovered: Lucy's was nice but buying fresh fish at the local market and bringing it home to grill was the best.
Other thoughts to share: A beautiful home with all the provisions-everything we had hoped for. Robin was great! She covered everything well
Hope to return someday
Enjoyed all the critters--Gecko's, Donkeys, Goats, Birds & Mongoose
March ~ Jim & Laura B. ~~ Rick & Renee W. [Vermont]


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The weather was: great...few days of rain but it didn't dampen our spirits....
it's always beautiful here....
Our favorite adventures: Exploring the other side of Coral Bay, Lameshur, Salt Pond....visiting our future homesite in Upper Peter Bay Estates.....:-)
Best of all-coming "home" everyday to Bo Atabey to shower, cook dinner,
Skinny Legs, Sweet Plantains & Shipweck diner YES!!!
Other thoughts to share: After a 10 day Western Caribbeanswim in the pool and RELAX
Great restaurants we discovered: Finally made it to Donkey Diner for pizza (yum!) & Island Blues for great music, great drink & great views
Other thoughts to share: We so look forward all year long to coming to this beautiful, peaceful home in Paradise.
Bob & Linda--you've done such a wonderful job
Robin- thanks for everything....
see you next year!!
March ~ Mark & Kellie Y ~~ Derek & Cathy M. [Cape Cod]

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The weather was: Few showers here and there otherwise perfect low 80's
Our favorite adventures: Exploring All the Great beaches on the North Side
Mornings at the pool with the goats :-)
Great restaurants we discovered: ZOZO'S for our 24th anniversary
was awesome, thank you ROBIN!
 Cruise St Johns is
definitely the best island of all!! We will be back with the kids next time.
Thx Bob and Linda love Your Home....
January ~ Dave & Linda P. [Tofino, British Columbia, Canada ehh!!]


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The weather was: Diverse-Sunny, Hot-Humid & cloudy-changeable by the hour--Every combination was preferable to the 2ft. of snow we left in D.C.
Our favorite adventures: Exploring different beaches and shopping venues; sitting on the decks and scanning the country side; enjoying the wildlife, waterfowl; and fish, snorkeling (esp.seeing sea turtles); driving rightside cars on the left side of the road; listening to the live music playing far below Bo Atabey; chatting w/St John folks; playing with the geckos;
enjoying the family together.
Great restaurants we discovered: Shipwrecked*, Donkey Diner*,
*Aqua Bistro, Sweet Plantains****
Other thoughts to share: Knowing things don't work the way an island resort does is an important place to start. The more rustic natural envirorment is an advantage as long as it's expected. Bugs, losing computer access, difficult transportation are all manageable w/the proper mind-set. Robin helped us out when we got stuck or in a quandary
and we appreciate that. Thanks! :)
We are grateful for the opportunity Bob & Linda have provided in
building their breathtaking paradise.
December ~ Rachel & Stan G. [Washington, D.C.]

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Bob & Linda,
What a beautiful House. We could not have enjoyed Ourselves more....
Peaceful, Lovely, Comfortable....Amazing!
[Peace Sign]
December ~ Dama & Brittny D. [Connecticut]

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Thank you for sharing a piece of the Great Mother Earth with us-
Truly a wonderful place.
[drawing: Palm Trees]
December ~ Ben B. [Connecticut]


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[Email from Guest]
Bob & Linda,
Your place is fantastic!!! We had such a great time. Air conditioning was NOT necessary and that's coming from Arizona residents! With the occasional afternoon rain and the evening showers we found it to be quite comfortable. The screen door to the patio
takes a little getting used to-HA! It can snap open and it seems eventually
that will ware and tare.
I also might suggest that you install hooks on some of the doors because if you want to keep them open they eventually slam shut with the wind.
The pool was great, perfect temperature and always clean!
The kitchen was fantastic, oven pots pans, etc-- love the coffee mugs!
The outdoor showers refreshing! The privacy is also perfect--hope you can maintain that!
My wife and I have been to many places and we have rented villas before, St Barts, Martha's Vineyard etc,-- but we both agreed that yours was the best so far. Coral Bay and the people were just as genuine as could be and the island itself was just a great place to pass time.
I lead a pretty hectic business life and this break was much needed and the whole experience really recharged my batteries!
Thanks again Bob and Linda and I hope to reschedule next year!
Regards,
Michael L.W..........
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Trunk Bay our favorite. We saw fish as big as our leg!
We relaxed, we partied, we had a great week.
August~ Michael & Crystal W. [Scottsdale, Arizona]


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Beautiful island, beautiful villa! We could not have dreamed of a better setting for
our 1 year anniversary. The villa was even better than imagined and
Coral Bay is the best part of the island!
We hope to be back soon!
July~ Krista & Sam S. [Indiana]


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What a wonderful week in your beautiful home. I love everything about it: the design
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the furnishings, the landscaping, the hard scape outside, the view, etc!!
We have thoroughly enjoyed St John.....Favorites include: snorkeling with Capt. Phil, hiking to Ram's Head and Reef Bay, Joe's barbecue and feeding the bananaquits in the morning.
Thank you for sharing.
April ~ Lee & Daphne M. [Indiana]
I don't want to leave this awesome house, back to indiana! I love St John and snorkling with Captain Phil!
Thanks for letting me stay here!
Isabelle M. [Indiana]
(also the view was amazing!)
I could really stay here forever. what a beautiful home and island.this was an amazing week

Savannah M. [Indiana]


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Well worth your tremendous effort to build it. Even with a history of a half dozen vacations
in the Cruz Bay area, we'll always come to Coral Bay from now on, the peacefulness
and sense of community is powerful.
Impromptu hightlights included Chef Reggie, Blues festival on Saturday night and
Inner Visions on Thursday night wafting up the hill and a memorial service
for a character named Jimmy at Skinny Legs.
Thanks much,
March ~ Ed & Netchen K. [Pennsylvania]


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Thank You for sharing Bo Atabey with us! We felt at home the moment we walked in.
Such a gracious place with wonderful breezes. Right now I'm listening to the
sounds of the Blues Fest drifting up the hill....
March~ Andi, Nicole, Mike & Carolyn S. [Chicago]


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March 13- Friday 13th- An unlucky day because we have to leave your beautiful home and this lovely island.
We had a fabulous time visiting various beaches (Jumbie one of our favorites), hiking up Ram's Head, shopping at Sloop Jones, and eating "Oh such great" food including grilling lobster right here at Bo Atabey. We hope to return to St John soon. Thanks so much!
March~ John & Beth M. ~~ Dave & Schery C. [Virginia]


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Since the weather Gods kept us at the house a day or two,
We came to appreciate this very cozy house.
March ~ Christine C. [Massachusetts]


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Bo Atabey "Great Mother Earth" A little piece of Heaven! Can't wait to come back!
February~ Mark & Kellie Y ~~ Derek & Cathy M. [Cape Cod]


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Very charming house, good facilities, lovely setting.
February~ Alex C. [Virginia]


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The weather was: Perfect! Our favorite adventures: Hiking the Johnny Horn Trail to Leinster Bay. Building sand castles at Cinnamon Bay, Snorkeling at Maho.
Great restaurants we discovered: We went to Donkey Diner for breakfast. Skinny Legs for burgers. BBQ at Cruz Bay.
Other thoughts to share: Never felt so relaxed. Beautiful home shared with new friends.
January~ Barbara S. [Chicago]


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The weather was: Perfect! Our favorites adventures: Try a sail on the Long Distance, out of Coral Bay with Rick and Robin-rather than feeling like we were clients we felt like we were sailing with old friends. The hike to Rams Head is always great- snorkel the left side of Yawzi Point trail-walk halfway down, take the path to the left and snorkel up to the point.
Great restaurants we discovered: The Tourist Trap is great! Try the mahi sandwich-the meatballs, the chicken wings, the lobster roll-
Shipwreck is always great- Chef Reggie (at Eirlines-the yellow Kiosk) great BBQ.
Other thoughts to share: WOW what can we say? You've put such care and detail into your beautiful home. We love looking over the harbour at night, morning swims and the cozy casual and tasteful decor-
I really don't want to leave (I think you understand that feeling!)
We love your beautiful home-
Thanks for sharing it with us!
December~ Lori S. [New York]