Villa Dawn, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

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

All of the reviews of Villa Dawn 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 by clicking the images on the left 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 reviews going back 24+ years!.
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Bonnie's review of Villa Dawn

April 2, 2022

Hi Kent & Dawn,

I wanted to drop a note and thank you for allowing us to share your beautiful villa in Cane Bay late February 2022. 
It was our first adventure in St Croix and I truly believe that we could not have chosen a better property for our group of 3 couples.  The Cane Bay location is so central to everything that we wanted to explore in both directions but loved coming back to such a laid back and serene place after our daily exploring.  A week was not nearly long enough.  We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and the large outside deck where we could just hang out, take in the beautiful ocean view and the gentle sound of the waves.  The villa has just about everything that we could have asked for.  Your communication regarding a few issues that popped up was good.  We are already trying to come up with dates to return in 2023.  Thanks again!!!

Lori's review of Villa Dawn.

Lori J.

Your villa was everything we hoped it would be! Best time ever!! Loved St. Croix and the people.

We WILL be coming back.

Thank you so very much!

Lori & Family

Amy & Jerry's review


Kent & Dawn - Thank you!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! This may become our Thanksgiving tradition. The place was beautiful, clean and was exactly what we needed. Thank you for all your patience while I worked to find Jerry places to stay while working on the island. He and John loved Gentle Winds / Caribbean Breeze as well. In both places it is clear they are loved just bas you love your own home, which make them wonderful places to stay. I will be in touch about pre-booking next Thanksgiving!

- Pool man came- all is great. Exterminator came - downstairs
- The yard man came but did not mow. He trimmed but could have taken time to mow. The grass is not too high but will not be cut for your next guests.

Many Thanks!!

Barbara P's review of Villa Dawn

Nov. 25, 2020

Beautiful property - big yard & very well maintained.

Accommodations nice - well stocked - towels, kitchen items, etc.

Vicki's review of Villa Dawn

Vicki S.
6/8 - 6/15 2019

We have stayed at many places with our family. Villa Dawn is by far the best equipped place we have EVER stayed at! So many amenities for the beach and all we needed in the kitchen. The view is spectacular!! We got up daily, early, so we could enjoy it. We loved the proximity to restaurants and diving. Sweet Bottom folks were great, as well as eat@canebay and Spratnet. We were sad to have to leave! The pool was so nice! Thank you again for everything!!!

Kindest regards!

Mike and Cathey's review of Villa Dawn 4/6/19

We had the most wonderful time. Not our first & won't be our last time on the island.

The view, the pool, the sunsets, the snorkeling at the bottom of the hill, pizza at Off the Wall.

All perfection!

Thank you for everything & the best vacation yet!

Mike & Cathey

P.S. AMA down the hill is beautiful & the food was delicious but way over priced.

Jay & Janet B.

We had such a wonderful time in your vacation home. So beautiful - enjoyed the covered porch and looking out to the sea and sunsets. The pool was great and kept very clean. The yard was kept up nicely. Very thoughtful of you to have some provisions as in toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, etc. for when we came. Plenty of towels for all of us too.

Overall - we loves staying here and would come back or we would even be interested in renting your other place (condo) if we come back. Y

Rosanne's review of Villa Dawn on St. Croix.

stayed 2/16-23/19

Hi Kent & Dawn

Amazing stay, your home in STX is truly the best. Nothing else we could have wanted or needed - you've got the best stocked & most well appointed home we've ever rented! Thank you!!

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Everything was great during our trip. We really had no problems and loved the place. There are some changes on the island due to things closing, etc. from the previous storms. One of these changes is that the Cane Bay Dive Shop location on Cane Bay Beach is no longer there, it is now Sweet Bottom dive shop. This is just an FYI. We did use Cane Bay Dive Shop and they were great.

Thanks so much! We will be back, it was awesome!

Please note: Cane Bay Dive Shop is still doing North Shore dives and is still offering all the services they offered in Cane Bay. They are looking for another North Shore location for a shop, but for now their Base of Operations is their shop in Frederiksted across from the pier.

Jonathon's review of Villa Dawn

Mon, Oct 22, 2018

Hey there - Thanks a lot for making your home available to us. Itís been an incredible stay. The place really is amazing, possibly one of the best views Iíve seen at sunset from the hammock.

We are leaving earlier than planned and will be out of the house in the next 10 mins (11:40). We washed most of the cups and plates, stripped the beds, and set aside all of the sheets and towels to make it easier for the cleaning crew.

Thanks again, look for are to coming back here again sometime in the future!


Traci's review of Villa Dawn.

Traci M. & Family
7/25/18 - 8/1/18

The house & grounds were in excellent condition. The pool guys & yard guy were professional & friendly. The instructions you provided were thorough & accurate.

All considered we loved our stay at Villa Dawn! Great house, great property, great location!

Nancy's review of Villa Dawn.


We had a great Vac. Thank you.

Heather M's review of Villa Dawn.

07/08/18 Villa Dawn

The house is spectacular! The yard is absolutely beautiful and impeccably kept, and the pool was fantastic. I can't say enough good things about this house. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay here, it made our family vacation perfect.

We went out diving and saw loads of wonderful things! We saw some lionfish, a massive school of Jackfish that circled us, and we also had three large reef sharks swimming around us wanting to get the lionfish. Snorkeling was also amazing, we found so many new coral growths! We went around the pier and saw octopus, a large manta ray and so many other types of wildlife!

On one of the snorkeling trips I found a conch shell, but was told I wasn't allowed to keep it so I had to put it back. So I went to the gift shop and bought one for you as a thank you gift. I hope you like it.

Many thanks and God bless,
Heather M.

Jeff's review of Villa Dawn.

6/2 - 6/9  2018

Great stay! Everything was in good shape. We would gladly have spent many weeks there just like this one. Left a 1/2 page positive write-up in the guest book. Thanks for the great communication throughout.


Ruth's review of Villa Dawn.

Ruth W.


We had a wonderful week at Villa Dawn. Great views - fun at the beach and pool. Thank you for all you did - Generators - fans - to make our stay a memorable one under not so normal circumstances. We called it "Glamping" - Glamour Camping. Thanks again for what you did for us.

(These guests had a family vacation planned at Villa Dawn for December 2017. There were 14 of them! After hurricane Maria hit in Sept. 2017, there was still not going to be power for them in December. After all of the planning that they did for the vacation, they didn't want to cancel it. They still wanted to come to Villa Dawn! We did everything we could to make their stay as comfortable as possible)

Villa Dawn

7/22/17 - 7/29/17

Lost the comment sheet

We had a blast! Loved the house and the location

Thanks again for your hospitality!

Ellen C.

Comment from Shane and Connie


Kent & Dawn-
What a relaxing place you have and that you are willing to share it with others. Our friends Bob & Jan kept telling me "how did you find this place?" I told them I had the "luck of the Irish" --- along with the Luck I searched "". Everything at the villa was perfect - the pool, the decor, it was very clean and the grill was outstanding. We all enjoyed days in the pool, grilling out, nights playing cards. The week went way too fast. We all agree we will be coming back to Villa Dawn!

Shane & Connie D.

Comment from the P's

6-12-17 (6-3 to 6-10-17 our stay)

We really enjoyed our stay on the island and your home was a bonus for us because we brought our kids this trip. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the journals from past visitors, the puzzles and games, reading material about the island, and, of course the pool.

We are very appreciative of your home as it will be forever a memory that is truly a blessing to our family. Kent, you and your family are in our prayers during this difficult time. (my Mom passed away on June 9 :(

God's speed always!
The P's

Comment from Molly


Wonderful house. Can't tell you how much we enjoyed our week here. Everything was very comfortable and convenient. Everything was in working order. Wouldn't change a thing.

Molly B.

Comment from Heather

April 22-29, 2017

Thanks for renting us Villa Dawn! It was such a great place! Here are the keys back! There were no problems at the house. I did make a couple of calls to my mother in Massachusetts who is 80 and not in great health, just to check on her. I did not get cell service at the house. Please let me know what I owe you for these. You can email me at....and I can send you a check or you can charge my credit card!

Thanks again! We hope to be back some day

Heather S.

Willam D's review of Villa Dawn 12-19-16

We had a wonderful vacation at Villa Dawn. Thanks again for everything.


Bill D.

Scott & Lisa's review of Villa Dawn

11/23 - 12/3/16

Thanks so much for the hospitality. We had a great 10 days at Villa Dawn and will keep it in mind for future trips to St. Croix. Location on the north shore is great, the pool and views are wonderful and we loved that it is close to everything yet nice and secluded.

Have a great year folks and thanks again :)

Scott & Lisa

Doreen's review of Villa Dawn

August 14, 2016

Hello Kent and Dawn:
Thank you so much for the use of your Villa. We had a wonderful time. The villa was very spacious and well equipped. The pool was ideal for the kids after a long day of exploring the island it was a great place to cool off, have a cocktail and admire the sunsets. Views were spectacular and the location was great - nice and quite!!!! Amazingly, I was able to find it!!!!! We took your suggestions and did Big Beard, Cruzan Cowgirls Beer Drinking Pigs, Rum Tour, Angry Nates and Off the Wall. They were all very good. We dined at the Waves our last night which was also excellent.

Lastly, a big thanks for the late check-out. That was extremely helpful!!!! Just wanted you to know that before we left we made sure all bath and beach towels were washed, dried and put away, we swept all the rooms including the back and front porch, wiped down all the counter tops and glass tables, emptied all trash and cleaned out the fridge and all dishes were washed and put away. We really left it like we found it!   "Now, these are the kind of guests we love!" :)

Thanks for an amazing vacation. If you have any questions or concerns about my stay please feel free to contact me.  Doreen

Review of Villa Dawn by Shawn Shawn & Wendy B.


First of all the villa was a beautiful experience. I took my in-laws to the island for the first time, the location & views were superb. Thank you for allowing us to stay at your villa. We have plans to return to St. Croix in the future and would love to stay at the villa again. The accommodations at the villa was very comforting & well thought of. We had a great trip and returned home safely. I would like to know if we did all that we were to do upon checking out. We have thought extensively about what more you could have done to accommodate us and for us it was nothing. Oh, the shower by the steps was not operational due to water valve handle not present, that was all we saw. If there is anything you were displeased about our stay, please let us know, because just as you want to be great hosts, we want to be great tenants. Thank you very much!

Review of Villa Dawn by Cindy S.

Cindy S.

7/23/16 - 7/30/16


First_Name: Suzie
Last_Name: B.
arrival_date: 8/27/16
departure_date: 9/03/16
Date: Tuesday September 06, 2016
Time: 10:04 PM


Dear Kent & Dawn, We had the most fabulous time at Villa Dawn! We love the house, the view, and the locals. I don't remember the last time I was so relaxed. I woke up Sunday morning thinking I was at the Villa, only to realize I was back home in my own bed. It was a somber! We enjoyed every moment of our time together at Villa Dawn and Cane Bay. The guys said "why can't we pay for late check out." We made some great memories...snorkeling Buck Island, jumping off the pier, the tide pools and, spending time with our favorite locals at EAT! We can't wait to come back and make even more great memories. Thank you for sharing your slice of paradise! Suzie, Frank and Roger...Naples, FL

First_Name: Vlad
Last_Name: K.
Phone_Number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: April 27, 2016


Dear Dawn,

I was on the island for both a sad occasion (with recent passing of my sis) & happy time with my pre-teen girls! Thank you so much for accommodating us with your warm hospitality!

After taking care of some estate issues, while my girls hung round the pool with pristine views of Cane Bay, we went kayaking (both during day & night translucent @ nearby Salt River), scuba diving (even my 12yr old) & snorkeling, horse back riding in the ocean & on the beach with character & cowboy Steve, Tues Day night bingo & pizza @ Off-the-Wall, Rowdy Joes for burgers & tuna, even take-out from 5 star Waves, & Fri nite Pirates BBQ with all you can eat crabs legs @ Renaissance Resort...Wow!

Thanks again for the perfect loca 2 stay!

Vlad & the girls!

Re: Villa Dawn , St. Croix
From: Pete
To: Kent Vreeland
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 6:30 pm

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to stay at your beautiful villa. You have done a wonderful job of making sure that everything we needed was there. It was a fantastic way to get to know St Croix.

We loved the island so much that we have put in a bid on a house in Salt Pond.

Thanks again,

Peter and Debbie G.

Dave S.


Kent & Dawn: Thanks for everything. We enjoyed Villa Dawn very much. My wife and I have been going to the island for 14 years and enjoyed the location at Cane Bay. The other couple had never been to STX and loved everything except the winding roads! They loved the proximity to the Waves @ Cane Bay and walking to Off the Wall.

Everything worked fine while we were there. We really like that the villa was so well equipped with dishware, glassware, etc. I like the excellent organization of your communications, etc. I also commend you on maintenance. The water pressure is very good and unlike other properties I've stayed at all the appliances worked well.

Thanks, Dave

Susan D's review

Susan D.

Jan. 11, 2016

It was just right for all our needs. The most amazing views!

Thanks and have a Happy New Year!

Re: Villa Dawn June 13th through the 27th, 2015
From: Carolee R
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 7:42 pm

Hi Kent and Dawn,

I just realized I sent the key back but forgot to put the note I had written to you both in the envelope, argh!
I wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful vacation home with us and tell you that my family had a wonderful time on the island.  We enjoyed our experiences, meeting the locals and visitors alike.  We enjoyed the music at both the Eats and Off the Wall, the snorkeling both off the pier and Buck Island and the diving at The Wall, as well as several hikes.   We spent a lot of our time on the vacation at the Villa, relaxing in the pool, playing games and cooking.  The kitchen was equipped wonderfully and made it easy and fun to enjoy meals in....I thanked Jennifer when leaving a tip with a note for picking up our first bit of groceries.  She was great in doing a bit of housekeeping between the two weeks.  I read through your guest books and saw that many of your visitors are returning guests, I can see why!
Thanking you again.
A much relaxed, quite tanned,
Carolee R. 

Review of Villa Dawn by Josh


Stay @ Villa Dawn was great. House had everything we needed and then some. I broke a broom trying to clean a little but went and bought another one. No big deal. Pool was great, that's where we spent most of our time. The location of the villa is great...walking distance to 3 bars and perfect location for the sunsets, even though we didn't get any good ones. All in All Villa Dawn was a great place to stay!


May 23-30, 2015

Thank you
Dawn & Kent for
a wonderful week
@ Villa Dawn


Sandra J.

Jim G.

April 18-25, 2016

Kent & Dawn,

We had a great week. Thanks for all the help at check-in. here are the keys & hopefully we will hook up in the future.


Sandra & Ken B. Comments

Sandra & Ken B.

4-19-15 (stayed April 11-18, 2015)

Had a fantastic vacation and stay at Villa Dawn. The only issue we had was an ant problem on the patio which we expect is common on the island. (It can be at times. We have the villa treated monthly for pests and we had a special treatment for the ants based on your comments. Thanks!)

Thank you for allowing us to stay at Villa Dawn. We will definitely recommend your villa to friends!

Sandra & Ken B.

Dani W. comments

Danni & Phil W. & Family


P.S. we never used the
downstairs apt.
just took a
peek to see
for next time.

We had a wonderful time at Villa Dawn. We found the villa to be very well equipped. We used the washer / dryer once during our stay. Worked well. We also enjoyed the bluetooth for our music. It was an excellent idea to bring the GPS. Very helpful and don't know what we would have done without it! Even the personal chef from Ziggy's found everything needed to cook a beautiful meal! We loved every minute of our relaxing vacation. Thank you!

Danni & Phil, Kelly

Larry E.


We had a fabulous time at your villa. Very spacious and comfortable. We had everything we needed there. We spent 2 weeks. The first with 6 retired adults. We enjoyed the pool & lounging with Pina Coladas on the veranda. The second week was our family, 2 adult children with spouses and five grands from 1 1/2 to 11 years old. Used the pool every day. Tried many beaches and restaurants including ones on Cane Bay. All agreed it was the best vacation ever. Thanks for the use of your villa. We would recommend it to everyone.

Dave & Kelly T.

12/15/14 (stay dates 12/5/14 - 12/12/14

Villa was great. Particularly loved the pool, size, view. Loved the fact that you had every type of appliance and/or kitchen utensil needed! Our bathroom was the perfect size! Bed comfy.

We were initially nervous not having anyone to meet us @ the villa, but it turned out fine!

Scott T.


Kent & Dawn,

We had an amazing time and the best part was Villa Dawn! Your home is wonderful, perfectly located and better equipped than many other VRBO/Homeaway rentals we have stayed in over the years. The beds are comfortable, the grounds well kept, and the location can't be beat. Having both eat@canebay (try the duck chili) and Off the Wall within walking distance was great. Add Rowdy Joes and Above the Cliff minutes away and you never have to leave the area to have a great vacation. The team down at Cane Bay Dive Shop is excellent to work with, make sure you dive the pier at night! I hope we respected your home enough to be back for another stay.

Thank you, Scott & Ellen

Pam's comments


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.


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
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


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

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