Renting a condo on St. Croix marks the best way to stay on the island for many travelers. Let's explore both the pros and cons for those looking to either rent a St. Croix condo or stay in a hotel and compare accommodations options. While the choice ends up a personal decision based on which features mean the most to you, upon a detailed review many who started their plans thinking of a hotel may end up booking a condo rental.

More space in a condo deservedly starts the analysis. Even a studio condominium offers greater square footage than a hotel room and sometimes double or triple the area. Move up to a rental condo with several bedrooms and the find yourself with space equal to five or more hotel rooms. Spread out, enjoy comfortable seating and relax. With one area to gather and watch TV, another to eat and separate sleeping quarters you'll feel more at home while in St. Croix. This extra space comes with a bonus advantage. Due to the floor space reserved for your own unit, by definition, any noisy neighbors end up further away. The larger your family the more a condo makes sense. No more sharing beds or rollaways cramming into one room. When you try to double space in a hotel room you can get an adjoining room, but that doubles the price too. The marginal cost of renting a 2 bedroom condo versus a studio should not run anywhere close to twice the price.

Looking at the cost of renting a St. Croix condo in more depth yields even more pleasant news. When looking at larger units, renting a condominium often ends up cheaper than a basic hotel room. Travelers needing accommodations for a larger family discover condo rental budgets at a fraction of multiple hotel rooms. In one recent comparison a full week at a three bedroom St. Croix condo cost about the same as a single night in a nice hotel given the number of rooms required.

The savings by renting a condo in St. Croix continue when figuring the money spent on food. With a hotel room one faces eating out for all meals. Trips taking advantage of a condo rental provide the advantage of cooking in the condo all the time or occasionally depending on your preferences. Most people will find substantial savings on food. The same theory extends to your liquor expenses too.

Ready to reserve your condo in St. Croix? Let's talk about specific condominium complexes. It makes sense to begin with and concentrate on what locals call "Condo Row". In a beachfront area a mile or two west of Christiansted one finds these four developments right next to each other going from west to east: Mill Harbour, Colony Cove, Sugar Beach and Club St. Croix. Even more than the fact that this general area provides four potential spots to rent a condo in one relative location, these individually probably represent the top four complexes on St. Croix in terms of the number rentals available. While the various condos share some features, such as resting within Long Reef resulting in relatively calm waters on rough days, certain amenities apply to multiple condos. In St. Croix beaches count as public areas so guests at any of the four resorts may walk along the water to any of the others and enjoy any of the beaches or waters in front of them. This means those staying at Colony Cove may walk to the nicer beaches at Sugar Beach or Club St. Croix and travelers at any of the four may snorkel at the "Tire Reef" in front of Mill Harbour. For close meals, a few steps along the beach brings hungry tourists to either the Breezez at Club St. Croix or the Blue Lagoon at Mill Harbour. Let's explore some features to set the St. Croix condos apart.

Beaches - Club St. Croix and Sugar Beach offer the nicest beaches followed by Mill Harbour and finally Colony Cove
Unit Size - Mill Harbour offers the most 3BR units with some 2 BR. Colony Cove consists of only 2BR rentals, Sugar Beach ranges from 1BR to 3BR while Studio or 1 bedrooms make up most rentals at Club St. Croix.
Price - Mill Harbour generally costs less than the others followed by Club St. Croix, Colony Cove and Sugar Beach, but try to compare total costs per person and evaluate your group's needs.
Hotel Style Features - Club St. Croix leads this category with a central phone system to call into guests, a rental office and some maid service offerings . Next in line find Colony Cove a close second, Mill Harbour and Sugar Beach.
Resort Grounds - Colony Cove and Mill Harbour fight for the top spot followed by Club St. Croix and Sugar Beach.
Groups - This depends on how many people need to stay per room. For 1 or 2 people per room Club St. Croix may work out best, with 2-6 people per room look to Mill Harbour.

Discussing which complex rates best in terms of the quality of unit interiors I feel should be avoided. When renting a condo on St. Croix or any vacation destination one discovers as much as you may be renting at a complex you rent the owners personal unit. How that owner furnishes it, maintains it supplies it and cleans it matter so much any generalizations could end up misleading. With this in mind, you may wish to pay more attention to reviews of the particular units you investigate renting rather than general complex reviews or attempting to infer things about a unit you may be looking to rent based on another unit in the same set of condos.

Other St. Croix condos and areas to consider, although offering fewer rental units, include the area west of condo row within long reef including Pelican Cove, Cruzan Princess, Coral Princess and Granada Del Mar. Gentle Winds between Salt Bay and Cane Bay provides several units for rent. In the other direction, east of Christiansted, think about Coakley Bay, The Reef, Villa Madeleine or Schooner Bay. In Frederiksted look for a few condo rentals at either Sunset Beach or Harbour Beach.

No matter which St. Croix condo you select, your trip should prove fantastic!




Name
# Units
Bedrooms
Pets
Monthly Fees
Water Front
Amenities
 
86
2,3
N
$600-800
Y
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Tennis Court
On-Site Maintenance
On-Site Management
Waterfront
Gated Entrance
47
S,1,2,3
Y
$150-250
Y
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Tennis Court
On-Site Maintenance
On-Site Management
Waterfront
Gated Entrance
Fitness Room
Pets Allowed
60
2
N
$1,000
Y
Pool
Waterfront
54
1,2
N
$300-500
Y
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Tennis Court
Waterfront
Gentle Winds
66
2,3
Y
$800-1100
Y
Pool
Tennis Court
Waterfront
Pets Allowed
Coakley Bay
100
2,3
Y
$300-550
Y
Pool
Restaurant On-Site
Waterfront
Pets Allowed
Pelican Cove
47
2,3
N
$1050-1350
Y
Pool
Waterfront
Schooner Bay
62
2,3
N
$675
N
Pool
Tennis Court
The Reef
101
1,2
N
$800
N
Golf Course



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