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Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

Hi. We are going to STX in feb for 9 days. We will be staying at The Buccaneer. We have rented a car for the week. I've read many post and trying to put together all of he great advice.

I'm looking for advice so I can put it all together with ideas. We don't like to make a definite itinerary but definitely want to have some possible plans.

I'm looking for ideas for good beaches, good beach bars and a few good restaurants. We like a few days that are complete beach days that end in a nice dinner and the a few days of exploring/having cocktails at a beach bar/casual food (with a few more beverages)

Any help with suggested routes, one day itinerary of beach hopping, must go to beach bars and favorite eats would be super helpful!

Thanks for your help!!

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Santa Monica, CA
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1. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

This website has been very helpful to me for exactly what you seek. It gives the names of beaches and what amenities are at them, including restaurants and beach bars. Because it's organized geographically, you can easily see what each day holds for you - just depends on the direction you wish to take!

http://www.stcroix-beaches.com/

One thing to note, some West Indian restaurants on St. Croix are not open for dinner. We love West Indian food, so on the days we wanted to try them, we would have a light lunch, go to a beach, hike, or plan the day to enjoy sightseeing and shopping in Christensted. We'd eat at the restaurant around 1:00 pm, and only have appetizers and drinks at night. I'm pretty sure it saved us a good deal of money, as lunches tend to be less expensive than dinner. Oh, the restaurants? Harvey's and Kim's, both in Christensted. I'd say that Harvey's was better because our waiter there was very welcoming and helpful and it took less time to get our meals.

Oh, one more thing to note! Take a look at the restaurant websites to see what days they are closed. I know some are closed a day or two mid-week, which is kind of a surprise.

Hope you have a great time!

St. Croix
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2. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

The best beaches are on the west end. Rainbow is nice and there is some good snorkeling just a little north of the beach. They also have a good beach bar. Sandcastles and Beachside Café are super. Terrific beach and restaurant. Shoys is usually a nice beach but at the moment it is eroded by storms and I don't think it will recover by Feb. The New Deep End is a nice beach bar/restaurant. Along the north shore there is Rowdy Joe's (great food), Off the Wall, and EAT at Cane Bay. The beach there is ok but has also been eroded by high seas. The Palm at Pelican Cove is also nice. As far as nice restaurants for dinner: Beachside Café, Kendrick's, Cultured Pelican (be sure to have a dessert), Tutto Bene, and The Bombay Club are my favorites. If you like Greek food, The Pickled Greek is good.

New England
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3. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

Thanks Crabgroupie and PlumeriaD! Great help!!

boston
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4. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

I'll offer up two suggested itineraries just for the fun of it. There is plenty more to do on STX but these two 'trips' would be fun for my family and me.

Day #1:

Enjoy the buffet breakfast at the Buccaneer

Leave the resort, make a left and start travelling out towards the East End.

Enjoy the ride along along the East End taking in the beautiful vistas out to Buck Island.

Maybe pop in to see the Deep End Bar (at Tamarind Reef Hotel/Green Cay Marina, Cultured Pelican (in the Coakley Bay condo complex), Blue Water Terrace and Duggan's to see where you might enjoy having a dinner out at a later date in your stay.

Stop at Ziggy's market/gas station to get some bottled water and some snacks for your time on the beach.

Go all the way to Point Udall, see the Millennium monument. The back track a bit to the little parking lot down the hill from the monument and hike down into Jack and Isaac's Bay. Bring a towel and wear you swimming suit as the beach and water are gorgeous.

After a couple of hours on the beach, back track out and head towards the Divi casino. Don't stop. But continue driving along now on the South Shore Road to see some more beautiful vistas.

Circle back to the Buccaneer and flop down on Mermaid Beach, have a cocktail and enjoy.

Plan a dinner in C'sted after your relaxing day.

Trip #2

Enjoy your buffet breakfast at the Buccaneer.

Grab some water and snacks at the General Store at the Buccaneer.

Grab two towels per person from your hotel room.

Head out of the resort heading towards C'sted.

Use the Bypass Road (a big deal to all of us who have lived on STX or visited for years...really speeds the trip to the airport and the West End). Use a map to get you to Melvin Evans Highway.

Go all the way to the end of the Evans Highway. It will go from a four lane divided highway to a regular two lane road. Keep going straight until you get to the entrance to Sandy Point.

Go all the way to the end of the Sandy Point Road (it will seem like forever), park the car in the 'lot' and use the beach path to enter the most gorgeous beach I have ever seen.

Simply enjoy the lovely views and the beautiful water of Sandy Point for as long as your skin can take it.

Carefully follow the map (do NOT turn left immediately upon leaving SP reserve) and drive into the small town of Frederiksted.

Wander a bit in F'sted (if there is a cruise ship in port there will be more shopping to do).

Leave town going North.

Take the road into the rainforest and stop at the Domino Club for a mamawanna (alcoholic drink) and a look at the beer drinking pig.

Leave the rainforest and go up over The Beast in the Carambola area.

Drive through the Cane Bay area.

Stop at EAT @ Cane Bay for a late lunch or Rowdy Joe's (a bit further than Cane Bay).

Return to the Buccaneer in the late afternoon and enjoy a casual cocktail and some bites to eat at the Martel Room (oldtimers like me just think it's the Terrace Room bar area). Or stop somewhere on your way back to get some rum and cheese or whatever to enjoy on your patio or balcony.

Other things to do and see:

Tan Tan 1/2 day tour

Buck Island on Teroro out of Green Cay (concierge can arrange for you)

Cruzan Rum tour (we've never done it....this year it's on the agenda along with Whim Plantation)

Go to Art Thursday if it's offered while you are there (check out gotostcroix.com for events)

Can you tell that I am dreaming of my favorite place while sitting in frigid Boston with a view of snow?!? We'll be there soon enough but not as soon as you!!

Philadelphia,PA
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5. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

I will be the a week from monday on a cruise. Do you suggest renting a car to get to these beaches you described, or just taking a taxi?

boston
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6. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

If you are going to the beaches on the West side as crabgroupie suggested, you can get there on foot or taxi. If you are planning to do a tour of the island and pop into different beaches, then you should rent a car. Depends on much moving you want to do. If you just want to be on a beautiful beach with restaurant/bar, just get a cab to Rainbow Beach/Rhythms or get a day pass at Sandcastle.

New England
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7. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

Thanks!! Love the suggestions. It helps to have some possible itineraries. Are there beach towels at the Buccaneer that we can take for day trips? Or should we plan to bring a couple?

boston
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for Christiansted
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8. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

There will be beach towels in your room at the Buccaneer as well as at the beaches. If you need more, just ask housekeeping.

And I should note that Sandy Point is only open on Saturday and Sunday, November to April.

Have a wonderful trip. And if you are going to be there during school vacation week, I would suggest making some dinner reservations through the Buccaneer's concierge in advance. We used to go that week and the more popular restaurants get booked up.

New England
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Thanks, ccrosner!

St. Croix
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10. Re: Beach bars, beaches and restaurants

There really are no beach bars outside of the west end and Cane Bay. There are some hotels with bars that overlook a beach, but for typical, free-standing beach bars you'll need to visit the west end and Cane Bay. Cane Bay has 3 beach bars, Spratnet, eat@canebay and Off the Wall. The west end has Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, Coconuts and Teres Veho @ Limin Beach. Outside of these beach bars you are at a hotel bar.

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