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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

August, 2023

Above: Beach gear rentals can be packaged in a bundle to include toys, umbrella and two beach chairs.

Top of page: At Calabash Baby, the Rockabye Baby Bundle includes a full-size crib, video monitor, and baby bouncer.

Calabash Baby works hand-in-hand with Flamboyan on The Bay Resort & Villas as well as most St. Thomas hotels, villa rentals, or your AirBnB to provide the most convenient services. Whenever possible, the Calabash team will set up baby’s crib in advance of arrival.

“For the safety of children, we do provide airport delivery for car seats,” said Natasha. The idea to create her business was born from recent personal experience when her family took a trip to St. Barth’s and a baby crib rental was available. The experience inspired her to expand the concept to include all kinds of rentable kid-friendly gear that’s top quality, sparkling clean, sanitary, and inspected for proper function.

Above: Crib rentals from Calabash Baby include pre-arrival set-up in most hotels and villas.

Families with young children have a dynamic new service to count on when it comes to vacationing on St. Thomas. Introducing Calabash Baby Gear Rentals.

Owned and operated by Natasha Quetel, Calabash Baby was designed to reduce stress for travelers. Rather than flying with bulky strollers, car seats, toys, and more, baby and toddler needs are personally delivered.

Said Natasha, “We are a family-owned and operated business that takes pride in the quality of products and service we provide.”

Above: Showcasing a rental stroller from Calabash Baby, proprietor Natasha Quetel poses with her adorable one-year-old daughter, Audrey.

“Customers can also purchase diapers and wipes with their other delivery items so that they don’t have to worry about packing those bulky items,” said Natasha.

Natasha has been immersed in the childcare profession from an early age. Her mother, Donna Overbeek, is one of the most well-respected private childcare providers on St. Thomas.  “My mother started in daycare when I was born so she could stay home with me,” Natasha said.

“I always knew I wanted to work in some area of childcare. Now, with my one-year-old daughter to think about and another baby on the way, this business is perfect.” With a warm smile, she added, “My husband, Joshua is a big help, especially with set-ups.”

The easiest way to arrange Calabash Baby’s personalized service is by clicking onto the website.

“I will reach out to you before your arrival to confirm all details,” said Natasha.

For more information visit their website and be sure to follow Calabash Baby on Facebook.

image of a coconut and pineapple both wearing sunglasses on a beach



Calabash trees grow wild in the Virgin Islands and other equatorial areas. Revered for its versatility and durability, the non-edible green fruit is gourd-like with a hard exterior and soft interior. In olden days, islanders hollowed out the fruit to create spoons, bowls, ladles, cups and containers to hold liquid or grain. Today, creative artists fashion these items for decorative purposes. Vacationers enjoy purchasing pieces in gift shops and art galleries


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