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Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
WHAT IT'S LIKE: In 2001, Wendy Snodgrass left her job in guest relations at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, and opened the Bellavista Bed & Breakfast, a 1930's West Indian–style villa overlooking Charlotte Amalie harbor. The four rooms are done up in floral prints and bright hues, some with a canopy bed. Guests spend most of their time outdoors on the sun-drenched front balcony or lounging along nearby Magen's Bay, a stretch of calm water that's perfect for swimming. At breakfast, order the banana–sour cream waffles served with a pineapple–passion fruit frappé.
WHAT TO DO: Take a five-minute stroll along the Crystal Gade to the St. Thomas Synagogue, a peaceful 174-year-old refuge with sand-covered floors and whitewashed walls. —Bridget Moriarity