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The Buccaneer St Croix
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
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“best vacation ever”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Bucaneer is the finest resort we have ever stayed at, the staff was the finest we have ever encountered, the food was incredible and the beach was amazing...get out to Buck island for some amazing snorkling,you want to relax? this is the place, want a fun round of golf? this is the place...we can't wait to go back again...30th anniversary is coming up...

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Ruston, Louisiana
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Really awesome trip... our 30th anniversary... we have traveled to many caribbean islands and 12 or so cruises but have never been here.... stayed in doubloon 352... beautiful room with the convenience of the Mermaid next door,,, had "Big B
eards" pick us up for snorkeling at Buck Island on the pier outside our room.. Loved watching the sunset every evening with bartender Larry Love at the Terrace..... the cocktail party in the sugar mill while watching the mocko jumbies was awesome... felt so at ease at this beautiful place,,, totally understand why so many people love it.... we are planning our return trip very soon with our daughter who has seen the pics and dying to go with us!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Our family of 4, including 2 teens aged 14 & 17, just returned from a 1 week stay at the Buccaneer and we had a great time. Prior to our visit, I was a little concerned about some of the negative reviews, but our experience was very positive.

Perhaps some of the negativity comes from people paying top $$ to stay at the Buccaneer. We were able to take advantage of a summer special and so instead of paying $600+ for a room (like some have reported), our rate was significantly lower. I suppose if we had paid over $4200 for a week-long vacation, I may have a different perspective as well.

Here's our list of pros and cons about this resort:

Pros:
1) Very satisfying breakfast buffet - Clean, constantly refreshed, and loaded with options - fruit, hot & cold cereal, yogurt, bagels, muffins, bacon, sausage, potatoes, hash browns, scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast and one "speciality" item of the day. Could also order any type of omelet, eggs cooked any way, and the specialty pancake of the day (usually blueberry, chocolate chip or banana).

2) Our rooms - we had booked a Family Cottage but upon check-in, learned that we had been upgraded to 2 connecting Deluxe Beachfront rooms - WOW! These rooms were beautiful! King-sized bed in our room, 2 queens in the connecting room for the kids. Rooms were large, had nice flat screen TVs with DVD players, bathrooms were quite large, and room opened onto small private outdoor stone terrace. Felt extremely lucky and spoiled!

3) Personnel - very friendly, helpful and engaging. Warm welcomes every day - from the breakfast manager,to the front desk staff, waterfront staff, and guard at the gate. Felt genuinely welcomed here.

4) A few extra touches - bug spray in the room along w/ mention that they have no-seeums on the island, refreshed ice 2x/day, evening turndown service, putting mats next to each bed because we had an abundance of sand.

5) On site snorkeling, kayaking and great beaches. I know there are better snorkeling spots on St Croix,but this really couldn't have been any easier and we saw plenty - including an octopus, large schools of fish, and lionfish. Should also note that the moment you finish using their equipment - whether a mask, fins, or lifevest, it is washed! Love the abundance of palm trees & shade at the Grotto & Mermaid beaches.

6) Tennis Courts - they are in great shape and Don, the tennis pro, was very helpful in finding others for my son to play with. He invited him to join an adult tennis class and then made a phone call to a local boy on the island that also played. Very helpful.

7) Location. Some have complained that this resort is remote, but we felt like it was just right. A 3-4 min drive to gas station/convenience store, 5 mins to some restaurants (Pickled Greek and Cheeseburgers in Paradise), and about 7 mins from downtown Christiansted. We visited a few other resorts (Renaissance Carambola and Divi) and those felt a lot more remote than the Buccaneer.

Cons: The list is short
1) Nightlife. There really isn't one. They do have bands that play at the Terrace Restaurant, but it really wasn't something for our teens. We knew this going into this trip and brought DVDs with us. This wasn't an issue for us because we usually weren't back in our room until 8:30 or so and then we played cards, watched the Olympics, or watched a movie, but families that are expecting something going on at night should be aware. I did notice that the Divi Resort definitely had more going on, but I would absolutely not trade a little more activity over there for the experience we had at the Buccaneer.

Overall impression: My family unanimously agreed that this was a great vacation. I read some of the negative reviews to them and we just simply couldn't agree with them. They couldn't believe we were staying in the same place. Perhaps comments that this hotel is like a "motel 6" or "holiday inn" were based upon lodging issues, but our rooms were beautiful, the beaches were wonderful, staff was terrific, and we enjoyed the location. We did speak with 2 other families that didn't appear to love their experience as much. Neither of these families had rented a car and I think that makes an enormous difference. Those families also seemed to be unaware that St Croix is more expensive when it comes to dining and that the island is very different from St Thomas.

Would return in a heartbeat and recommend to any looking for a pretty laid back vacation.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Westfield, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Our family of four visited the Buccaneer during late July. The hotel and the grounds are beautiful but seem to be vastly underutilized. Enough to do during the day with teenage kids like tennis, golf, kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball to keep them occupied but night time becomes a struggle. If you go off grounds to dinner - be prepared for some pricey taxi rides. The buccaneer concierge neglected to let us know that it would have been cheaper to rent a car for the week than get socked with taxi fares every night. Bar staff like Larry at the main bar at night, Kyle at the Mermaid and Bobby at the Grotto beaches make up for a lackluster upper management. The family cottage suite is great but everyone shares one bathroom plus you have to keep the doors open so the air flows - defeating the purpose of two rooms. All in all, the vacation was solid but I kept thinking to myself how much more they could have offered. I know it was the off season but my concern is that if they can't handle a small crowd what happens when it is jammed.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

My wife and I went down to St.croix and stayed at the Bucaneer Hotel. From the moment we landed we were greeted by our personal taxi from the bucaneer. He was very professional and gave a little bit of history of the island as well as points of interest during our 5 day vaca. Upon arriving on property we noticed beautiful landscaping and the unmistakable pink Great House. This is where we stayed with a great view of the caribbean sea and mountains. Staff was very nice and hospitable. There's plenty of things to do at the hotel. Golf, tennis, kayak, swimming(2 pools) and snorkeling. The terrace restaurant a nice fancy place on site with great food, although a little pricey. Grotto beach and mermaid beach both have beach side dining that's a little cheaper. The room that we stayed in didn't have a microwave so couldn't really bring food back to the room:( The city of Christiansted is pretty run down, but the boardwalk is nice with few restaurants to choose from. ( hotel offers taxi service to city very cheap) its a little warm down there so wear plenty of sunscreen. We're both from Florida so were used to the heat. All in all a great hotel. We really enjoyed our stay and will be coming back very soon.

Room Tip: Stay at the Great House with a view of the sea and mountains
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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addison, il
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Our family of 4 has just returned from a beautiful, week long stay. As others have said, it is picture perfect. From the beautiful beaches, lovely landscape, interesting wildlife but most of all the great staff, it is a top shelf experience. We stayed in a 2nd floor Doubloon. The room was beautiful and spacious for us and our 2 teens. The view was amazing! My kids couldn't wait to go out on the balcony in the morning, if not for the ocean view, then the mongooses and the iguanas putting on a show. The beaches were beautiful, especially the Mermaid, and at this time of the year, were never crowded. But the one thing that always makes or breaks a trip is the hospitality of the staff. These guys have done it right, for most everyone there couldn't do enough to please you, from Jo at the beach, to the servers and bartenders, front desk staff, drivers, and even they guys at the front gate with a huge smile every time you left or returned. I am so glad that The Buccaneer was our choice of accommodations on our first trip to the beautiful island of St.Croix! The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was due to the food. It was OK, but for the price should have been way better.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The hotel and grounds were amazing. The room was just perfect, we had a delux ocean view room that looked right out onto the cove and bay.
The staff was top notch, go see Kyle at the Mermaid bar, the man can make a drink and can hold a great conversation.
The food, while being rather costly was very good, altho I suggest eating at the main house bar with Larry rather than waiting for the floor staff. The wait can be a bit long.
The ocean was pristine as were the reefs.
I also suggest going on the Big Beard adventure tour for snorkeling. Take the whole day trip and hope you get Capt. Steve and First Mate Mike, they were Excellent !!! Mike is the best first mate I have ever met and that's with 20+ years of boating. Check out the website for details..
Over all I give the Bucc a top notch rating of 5 stars because it deserves it.


Now that having been said.. The ONLY downside to the whole trip were the Noseeums. Those little vampire bugs from hell !! I tried OFF, didn't work, I tried Repel, didn't work. Your going to have to find some Hard Core anti bug stuff to keep them at bay. I have read that they only live within 1 mile of the shore, but that's where you want to be, the shore. SO keep covered as best you can when there is no breeze and wear your bug stuff. Also, the sun can be brutal, so make sure to cover up with sun screen. I used spf 50 and it worked pretty well, got some color but no bad burn.

The bars close a little early, so get up early and get your drink on. I had extra beer in the room to make the nights a little longer.


All in all, my wife and I had a fantastic time there and we will be going back.

Room Tip: The Delux Ocean Front rooms ROCK !!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Buccaneer St Croix
Address: 5007 Shoys, Christiansted 00820-4536, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Romantic Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Family Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Buccaneer St Croix 4.5*
Number of rooms: 138
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