Mongoose Apartments (284/495-4421, fax 284/495-9721, www.mongooseapartments.com, $200 winter, $135 summer) is a brightly painted and well-managed inn a short walk from Cane Garden Bay Beach. The six one-bedroom apartments include full kitchens, outdoor grills, air-conditioning in the bedrooms, TVs, and sleeping accommodations for up to four people. A phone is available in the office, and guests may use the inn’s beach chairs, snorkels, floats, and kayaks for free. Hosts Elroy and Sandra Henley will happily help you arrange activities during your stay, and don’t miss the wall of newspaper clippings recounting Elroy’s success as a minor league baseball star in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the late 1970s. There are no dramatic ocean views here, but the inn’s location nestled among coconut and banana trees is so charming you probably won’t mind.
The Lighthouse Villas (284/494-5482, fax 284/495-9101, www.travel-watch.com/lighthouse) building is a few (steep) steps above the beach at Cane Garden Bay. The three-story concrete structure rises above the surrounding buildings, giving guests lovely views of the bay. The best views are from the two penthouse suites on the third floor. The one- and two-bedroom villas are neat, clean, and homey, with full kitchens, private balconies, phones, cable TV, and air-conditioning. Guests share a hot tub. Stays of at least a week are preferred and rates are quoted per week. In winter for double occupancy, weekly rates range $1,225–2,000. Two-bedroom suites are available for $2,000–3,000 per week. For short-term rates, add 10 percent.
Steps away from the beach, the Cane Garden Bay Cottages (284/495-9649, fax 284/495-9579, www.virginislandsholiday.com, $180 winter, $120 summer) are two cute cottages surrounded by coconut trees. Each cottage is divided into two one-bedroom units, each with a small kitchen, sitting area, screened-in dining room, and porch. Larger groups may rent both sides of a cottage. There is air-conditioning in the bedrooms.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition