The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in the US Virgin Islands

The views from Secret Harbour Beach Resort are pure Caribbean fantasy
The views from Secret Harbour Beach Resort are pure Caribbean fantasy | Courtesy of Secret Harbour Beach Resort / Expedia
Imani Bashir

From soaking up the sun and putting your bare feet in the sand, to enjoying the smell of the ocean and indulging in tropical fruits, paradise awaits in the US Virgin Islands. So while you search for activities to do and places to go within the tropical islands, here’s our pick of the best vacation rentals in the US Virgin Islands, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Secret Harbour Beach Resort – for getting out and about on St. Thomas


Aerial view of the Secret Harbour Beach Resort with palms and guests on beach
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The Secret Harbour Beach Resort offers a boutique beachfront experience. From cherry wood accents to Caribbean-inspired decor, these condominiums grant guests the true feeling of being in paradise. There are so many activities available on the resort, including kayaking, scuba diving, boat excursions, and many more options. If you’re traveling with the family, children 12 & under are completely free of charge.

2. Marriott's Frenchman's Cove – for a swimmingly good stay in Pacquereau Bay

Resort, Chain Hotel, Luxury

The pool outside at the Marriotts Frenchmans Cove
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Marriott is synonymous with quality, comfort, and in this case, colors. This beautiful property greets you by the eyes as the multicolor shades stand out along the tree-filled hillside of Pacquereau Bay. The Frenchman’s Cove is designed to blend in with the historic Dutch and British architecture found on the US Virgin Islands. If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea, this US Virgin Island vacation rental resort has an awesome pool, complete with a waterslide.

3. Cottages by the Sea – for chilling out in Frederiksted


Elevated view of Cottages by the Sea with palms in late afternoon
Courtesy of Cottages by the Sea / Expedia

If you’re looking for a more private, calm vacation rental in the US Virgin Islands, the Cottages by the Sea are an exquisite option. Enjoy views of white crystal sand, palm trees, and turquoise blue water while sitting on the couch – the resort is right on the sand. Each property comes equipped with a full kitchen and outdoor porch seating, so you can cook up your favorite meal and soak up the scenery. You can also engage in bike riding, kayaking, and swimming if you’re feeling a little more active.

4. The Hills St. John – for Los Angeles-style luxury in St. John

Resort, Luxury

Exterior of The Hills St. John with pool
Courtesy of The Hills St. John / Expedia

Opt for one of the 22 luxury condos or villas at The Hills St. John. Situated in the so-called Beverly Hills of the Caribbean, some villas (each one thoughtfully named after beautiful local flora) come with private pools overlooking the ocean. Here, guests can find exclusive dining at The Clubhouse with a varying menu of island flavors, from jerk chicken to an assortment of classic Caribbean cocktails that get the vacation party started.

5. Sapphire Sanctuary by the Sea – for outdoor recreation


Simple yet homely lounge and kitchen area at Sapphire Sanctuary by the Sea
Courtesy of Sapphire Sanctuary by the Sea / Expedia

If being one with the elements of nature is a high priority, then the Sapphire Sanctuary by the Sea is the perfect place to be. With beach views and beautifully full trees with colorful flowers all around, you’ll never want to leave this cozy aparthotel (except to go to the beach, less than a ten-minute walk away). Getting out in the great outdoors has never been so inviting: an outdoor pool and tennis court will have you spending your whole holiday in the sunshine.

6. The Landmark Apartment – for an authentic feel near the airport


Heritage exterior of The Landmark Apartment
Courtesy of The Landmark Apartment / Expedia

Want a more local experience that gives you a front-row seat on the island? The Landmark is a good place to start, situated in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. Sink your teeth into the US Virgin Islands’ fascinating history at Blackbeard’s Castle, a 1679-built watchtower and pirate museum. Once you’re done with exploring, settle in for a night in front of the TV with the free Netflix that comes with each vacation rental.

7. Flamboyan on the Bay – for animal lovers near Magens Bay


View from Flamboyan on the Bay over lush jungle
Courtesy of Flamboyan on the Bay / Expedia

The Flamboyan on the Bay is immaculately refreshing. Perfect for solo travelers, couples and small groups, the suites are updated to an artsy-chic decor, allowing guests to bask in the ambiance of life in St. Thomas. Taking a stroll through the hibiscus-filled grounds, you’ll see a few felines sunning themselves: the proprietor runs an adorable cat sanctuary on site.

8. Crystal Cove Beach Resort – for natural beauty on Sapphire Bay


Outdoor pool at Crystal Cove Beach Resort with lush jungle behind
Courtesy of Crystal Cove Beach Resort / Expedia

Get more bang for your buck at the Crystal Cove Beach Resort, right on the glittering shores of Sapphire Bay. This good-value property is blessed with many options for dining, free beach access, and snorkeling equipment if you’re feeling adventurous. You can also take the ferry over to St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park, to experience a new side of the US Virgin Islands during your stay.

For even more space, check into one of the best villas in the US Virgin Islands – bookable now with Culture Trip.

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