We just spent 9 nights at Sand Castle and came away with a very favorable impression of the hotel despite it being a very slow time on the island.
First and foremost, the people are what makes this made a positive experience. Irma was very welcoming and always friendly. The housekeeping and grounds staff were wonderful and friendly also. Bruno kept us in stitches with his great sense of humor but was always quick to lend assistance with a beach umbrella, a kayak, etc. Scotty in the bar makes terrific daiquiris! Sheryl, one of the owners, was very warm and friendly as well. Everyone was very attentive without being intrusive.
We had dinner our first night at the restaurant and the food and service was terrific. My partner was in LOVE with the white chocolate bread pudding.
I would caution that this is a place for seasoned travelers. This isn't a luxury resort. It's a quaint, beautiful and friendly oasis. We did have a couple issues (the shower basin not draining properly and the air conditioner in the bedroom leaking water) but the staff responded IMMEDATELY when we brought these to their attention.
I say this because I have traveled to several islands in the Caribbean and know that to get to the beautiful beach scenes you see on post cards, that you often have to go through some depressing and seedy looking areas. St. Croix is no different in that aspect.
Fredericksted is about a mile down the beach from the hotel but was a virtual ghost town for the entire time we were there except for the two times that cruise ships were in dock. There are a couple small restaurants and bars in town but we were warned not to walk from the hotel to town after dark.
Christiansted is bigger than Fredericksted and has a more shops and restaurants but it's about a 40 minute drive from the hotel. Taxis are expensive so I would strongly recommend renting a car while on the island. It's at least 2-3 miles to the nearest grocery store.
They do drive on the left but all the roads on the island are two lanes - one for each direction so just make sure that you always have the shoulder of the road on the driver's side - or that on the same side of the road as the car in front of you. The worst that will happen is someone will honk at you and that's a small price to pay for the money you'll save on taxis and the opportunities you'll give yourself to see more of the island.
We booked our vacation in late October to avoid "hurricane season". The weather was terrific the entire time. A couple late night rain storms but every day the sun was out all day. But with that said, many of the shops and restaurants were still closed as the islands go on vacation during this time. I recommend researching when the best time to go to the island is based on your own personal preferences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel is literally, beachfront, on one of St. Croix's most beautiful swimming beaches! Hosting 21 accommodations with differing room types that offer you the choice in travel style. Embrace the diversity, and enjoy the natural surroundings with a sense that the hands of time are pausing as you unwind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sand Castle On The Beach Hotel St. Croix/Frederiksted