My husband and I spent our week-long honeymoon here and LOVED it! The Buccaneer truly is a service-oriented resort, and we were very impressed with how nice and helpful the staff was. The first night we got in, we were tired from the flight and ordered room service. The waiter who brought it (Billy, I think) welcomed us to the resort and also gave us tips for good snorkeling in the area.
The grounds of the resort itself were breathtaking. I believe pictures do it better justice than writing, so attached are some from our stay.
The food was pretty good, but I recommend going in to town to eat for a change of pace. The breakfast buffet in the morning came as part of our package and we used it to the fullest. There is such a range of food that often we didn't need to eat lunch and were able to save money that way.
The beaches on the resort were fine. The two main ones, Grotto and Mermaid, have food, kayaks, chairs, etc. which was fun. The third, Whistle, is very secluded and we were often the only ones here. There is some snorkeling at the Buccaneer, but most coral is covered with sand from all the people who frequent the beach and we both had hoped for it to be a little better.
As for the negative reviews about the rooms, we spent the extra money on the Doubloon and it was worth it. We were right on the water and the room was amazing! The Buccaneer's website does a good job with the virtual tour of the room if you want to see what it looks like.
If you want really good snorkeling, do the Buck Island trip!!! We did a half-day trip and it was amazing. If you've never snorkeled before or are not crazy about it, the half-day is perfect, but I recommend doing a full day if you can and have the interest. When we come back, we definitely will take at least a full day - there is so much to see and the coral and life we saw here made up for the average snorkeling at the Buccaneer. Use the concierge to help you book this trip, or any others - it takes the worry away from the planning and they leave confrimation messages on your room phone.
The town of Christiansted is about 15 minutes driving away. It seems to be in a state of rebuilding, but it still has a ways to go. There were shops and restaurants, but we only went during the day and I don't know how safe it is at night. If you're looking for crazy nightlife, this probably isn't the place to be. The hotel has music at night which is good if you want to have a few drinks and relax.
As a last note, my husband and I were both under 25 when we went, and we COULD NOT rent a car. The island doesn't make exceptions, so be warned if this if an issue for you. The hotel has shuttles which worked fur us, but renting a car is a good idea if you can - more flexibility and you can go to other beaches around the island.
Overall, we were looking for a relaxing, beautiful place that had good snorkleing and beaches but also had some life and activities in it and we certainly found it. You can't go wrong coming to the Buccaneer!
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- Also Known As:
- The Buccaneer -- St Croix Hotel Christiansted
- Buccaneer St Croix Christiansted
- The Buccaneer St Croix St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands