We just returned from our third stay at Tamarind Reef. We were there 10 years ago, returned last summer and again just last month. We keep coming back because this is the most comfortable and affordable place we’ve found in the Caribbean that includes what we love best about a beach vacation – great cabanas and easy, high-quality snorkeling. The house reef, literally feet from shore, is consistently amazing. It’s the rare snorkel that we don’t see at least one Hawksbill turtle. We’ve also seen Spotted Eagle Rays, Blue Tang, Trumpetfish, a variety of parrotfish, damselfish, and wrasse, the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Fourspot Butterflyfish, Porcupinefish, Smooth Trunkfish, and Scrawled Filefish among others, many on every snorkel. There are a variety of hard and soft corals, anemone, and urchins, as well as a healthy bed of sea fans. The beach attendants (Mimi, Jerry, Brenda and others) are fantastically helpful and should be credited with making Tamarind Reef such a good experience. This includes maintaining the beach area, having rinse buckets, advising on water conditions and a smooth reef entry and exit, having a good assortment of equipment available, etc.
The rooms are basic but predictable. We’ve never rented one with a kitchen, but we do appreciate the coffee maker and small refrigerator. The beds are comfortable, and we’re pretty picky about that. Our one complaint is that things could be cleaner when we check in, especially in the bathroom. That’s why we rated this as 4 and not 5 stars. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful and have been responsive whenever we’ve had a request (e.g., changing light bulbs, more thorough bathroom clean, replace a nonworking phone,…little stuff).
The on-site restaurant has decent food at very reasonable prices. Some menu items are really very good (seared tuna salad is truly high quality), some are just average, but again, the prices are great. It’s worked well for us to do many meals there, and then go to Christiansted a few times each trip for some nicer meals and a change of pace. We’ve never rented a car when we visit because we spend so much time at Tamarind Reef. Even with a few dinner trips out, a trip to a grocery store, an excursion or two and the airport runs we’ve come out ahead.
We’ve recommended Tamarind Reef to friends and family and we’ll certainly be back. The property is an all-around gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina on St Croix USVI is ideal for relaxed family vacations, destination weddings, honeymoons, beach and watersport retreats, business travel and small group events. Voted 'Best Beach on St. Croix - 2013', this intimate resort features 40 beachfront rooms on 40+ acres with private marina; casual and fine-dining restaurants; seaside pool; water sports; spa with massage, hair and nail care; tennis courts; fitness center; business lounge; event center; wedding/event coordinator, and of course a palm tree lined beach with shade huts and 154-slip marina for day/sunset sailing and motor boat excursions. The resort is nestled into a private neighborhood 10 minutes from historic Christiansted yet feels light years from everyday worries and stress. No passport required for US Citizens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Reef Resort St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands