Belvedere, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Belvedere
Village
Belvedere is located in Saint Croix,  US Virgin Islands
Belvedere
Belvedere
Location in Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Coordinates: 17°46′35″N 64°47′56″W / 17.77639°N 64.79889°W / 17.77639; -64.79889Coordinates: 17°46′35″N 64°47′56″W / 17.77639°N 64.79889°W / 17.77639; -64.79889
Country  United States Virgin Islands
Island Saint Croix
Time zone AST (UTC-4)

Belvedere is a settlement on the north coast of the island of Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.[1] Belvedere lies along North Shore Road or Route 80.[2][3]

History[edit]

The area was a major sugar producing area during the colonial period. Belvedere was exploited by the Danish at least as far back as 1763.[4] There is a historic sugar plantation located at Belvedere.[5] A sugar mill was built by the Danish at Belvedere in 1795. Today this is known as the Estate Belvedere, a lavish location for wedding receptions.

Geography[edit]

To the west of the village is the aptly named Cane Bay. Belvedere lies along the Ram Head Trail which leads along the coast to Belvedere, overlooking the bay.[6]

Estate Belvedere[edit]

The sugar mill has been converted to Estate Belvedere, a luxury villa regularly used for wedding receptions; it retains much of its original structure.[4] and covers 8,400 square feet.[7] The villa has 6 bedrooms and accommodates 14 people, with king-sized beds and charges up to $1400 a night.[7] It consists of several buildings; the main house contains a library and a gourmet kitchen and has 2 king bedrooms and a queen bedroom and there is a detached cottage which accommodates two people. Past the courtyard fountain is a two-story guesthouse with two suites, containing two queen sized beds and a kitchen.[7] The estate is noted for its three and a half acres of gardens with flowering hibiscus and bougainvillea, multi level terraces and historical ruins.[7] It also has one of the largest private pools on the island, measuring 40 foot by 20 foot.[7] The villa also has a notable collection of Caribbean art and historical memorabilia and a powder room with a handpainted tropical mural.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Belvedere, U.S. Virgin Islands
  2. ^ Google Maps (Map). Google. 
  3. ^ Bing Maps (Map). Microsoft and Harris Corporation Earthstar Geographics LLC. 
  4. ^ a b c "About". Estate Belvedere. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Newsletter, Volumes 31-32, Society for Historical Archaeology, 1998
  6. ^ Colón, Christina (2008). Frommer's Caribbean Ports of Call (7 ed.). Frommer's. p. 358. ISBN 0-470-28971-6. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Estate Belvedere". Where To Stay. Retrieved November 6, 2010.