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The Buccaneer St Croix
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Certificate of Excellence
Rockville, MD
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful and relaxing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2006

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!

  • Liked — Buck Island Trip and Buccaneer staff
  • Disliked — Being unable to rent a car and see other parts of the island
  • Tips/Secrets — Check out the packages offered
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2006

My partner and I stayed for a 7 night honeymoon in the Dubloons rooms the first week of August. A friend had given us a gift certificate for part of our stay but we weren't sure we were going to like it because it seemed like a very family oriented hotel and we had been searching for an upscale adults only resort that would be quiet and romantic. (We also didn't want the all-inclusive resorts because we wanted more opportunity to get off the property and explore restaurants and island culture.) After reading way too many reviews on Tripadvisor we finally decided to stay at the Buccaneer anyway to use the gift certificate before it expired. We made a great decision!

Our timing worked out well because there were very few quests that week since schools were starting back. So it was quiet and uncrowded on the beach. It is definitely a family hotel so if you have a family don't hestiate to come but we didn't feel uncomfortable at all and the property is big enough for everyone. It feels like a lot of all inclusives but much more expensive (overpriced) and we were still paying for food and fun so at first that was hard to calibrate in our minds but we got past that and really enjoyed our week.

Our room was wonderful - awesome view of the ocean and property. Its probably the only room I would choose because we do like to be on the beach with newer amenities in the room. We stayed in the next to last room on the upper level so a little more removed from the beach for more privacy. The bathroom was huge. The cleaning staff was good. We did a lot of walking (we needed the exercise) since the room is furthest from the dining room and reception but we also took the complimentary shuttle quiet a bit and the drivers are very courteous.

The hotel owner/manager was very friendly and hosted a reception that turned out to be worth attending even though we don't normally do those things - the food ended up serving as our dinner that night and given the price of food on the island a free meal is good. We also enjoyed hanging out in the lobby bar to enjoy the live music each night before going out to dinner. Great view from the bar/restaurant.

A few other things about the property:
- The beaches aren't expansive (no long walks) but typical of carribean island resort beaches. The beach bar was good. The third private beach is a bit of a walk and there are no chairs so if you like just laying on your towel you are OK. Cool view.
- Tennis is overpriced for the condition of the courts but we played anyway and had a good time
- Breakfast buffet is very good but don't be surprised that they don't use real fruit in their pancakes.
- Taxi drivers affiliated with the hotel are trustworthy. They will drop you off and then come back to get you.
- The spa is small but sufficient.
- The pool isn't a major attraction - didn't use it
- The dinner in the main restaurant was very good but expensive ($100). Worth eating there on your first night but then get off the property to enjoy other places.
- the hotel provides bug spray - use it even though you may not see the bugs! Also enjoy the mongoose.

Off Property comments:
- Definitely worth renting a car for a day and touring the whole island - just don't drive on the sand/beach. We got stuck for three hours and had to call a tow truck to find us on a remote unmarked beach! The signage on the island is almost non-existant so take several maps and be prepared to get lost but its a fun adventure. Also don't take dirt roads if you don't have four wheel drive.
- The Buck Island Tour is fantastic - just like Blue Lagoon. We used Teroro Tour half day sail. $100 for two - totally worth it. I could have stayed a whole day on the island. Be prepared to hike to top of the little mountain on the island for an incredible view.
- Plan to spend a half day or day shopping and touring Christianstead.
- Rainforest - we didn't get it. The signage is poor and we got lost and it was getting dark and frankly we didn't see anything that looked tropical but apparantly there are some beer drinking pigs that are worth seeing
- Great Restaurants - Salud, Kendricks
- Very good restaurant - Savant
- Good restaurant - Tute Benne
- OK restaurant - Rum Runners - on the water downtown
- Fun beach bar - Rythyms on Rainbow Beach in Fredrickstead

There isn't much night life but we weren't looking for it. The taxis stop servicing after 11pm or midnight.

Overall we loved the island and The Buccaneer was very nice. We've been to a number of islands, and St. Croix is one I would highly recommend - just as nice as St. Johns with more to offer; closer than St. Lucia and much more enjoyable than Jamaica and Bamahas.

  • Liked — our room
  • Disliked — price
  • Tips/Secrets — if you aren't picky about your room you could book a less expensive room and see if they will upgrade you at check-in
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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21 Thank Georgia-and-Sunshine
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springfield, pa
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72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2006

When you pass through the main gate of The Buccaneer you see the pink expanse of The Great House perched high on the hill. But as you approach and get a closer look, you notice that the resort, while big and beautiful, is a bit dated.
The main lobby and restaurant areas are dark and in dire need of some upgrades to make it more appealing. Management may be going for a "country club atmosphere", but it really resembled a retirement community.
Also, a little landscaping would go a long way in forgiving some of the older buildings.

There were two very small pools. The one closest to the Great House did not even appear to be open. The other pool by the Grotto Beach was nicer, but still, relatively small for such a big resort. We did not have a chance to play Tennis or Golf, but both seemed to have excellent facilities.

We stayed in connecting Doubloons, which are well appointed with huge balconies overlooking the water and just a few steps away from the beach. Whenever we called for a ride up to the Great House or to go into town, there was always a quick and friendly response.

The beach was nice and there were plenty of complimentary activities. Both the Grotto Beach Bar and The Mermaid restaurant have the nicest, friendliest staff.

The biggest disappointment would have to be the choice of restaurants. While the complimentary breakfast buffet was a real treat, dinner at the Terrace Restaurant was limited to a lighter bistro style menu or a very expensive 5 course menu.
If you don't feel like traveling outside the resort for your dinner, then don't expect too much at the Buccaneer.

The best thing about The Buccaneer is the staff. There was not one unfriendly or unaccommodating person. I suppose it is this constant that has sustained the Buccaneer through the years and one which will keep it going for many more to come.

All in all, our experience at The Buccaneer was nice.

If you go to St. Croix, don't miss a trip to Buck Island. We did a full day sail with Caribbean Adventures and while the snorkel trail was spectacular, Turtle Beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean---we were lucky enough to be able to stay on Turtle Beach for a few hours so the full day sail is a better option if you want time to enjoy swimming in some of the clearest, bluest waters on one of the finest strips of sand.

Stayed August 2006
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San Francisco, CA
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2006

The property overall is beautiful and the staff is pretty friendly--but the room we had was terrible, especially given how much we paid for it.

We had a beach front/ocean view room. It had a nice balcony, but that's pretty much it. The room was dark, with heavy wood paneling, and it was OLD. Yucky old bedspread and furniture, one pretty small window, door with no screen (seriously--in the Islands??). A creaky ceiling fan, no outlet in the bathroom. . .I could go on. . .but the worst part was the last night we were there the CEILING LEAKED WATER ON US!!!! It rained, and we got wet. It was awful. Staff was totally not interested in this information, probably because we were checking out. No apology, no offer to comp, nothing.

Beach and food are mediocre. Waitstaff are really nice and friendly, though.

  • Liked — Friendly restaurant staff and beautiful location overall
  • Disliked — The room--old and awful
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for a newer room (if there are any) on the property, don't pay full price
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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19 Thank Court_SF
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Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2006

First, the resort was nice. The people were very friendly and very helpful. But, everything cost a lot of money. The minimum we spent on a meal was $20.00 and that was for two hotdogs w/fries and two sodas. It rained everyday. We had crawling and flying things in our room. To get up and down the hills we called for taxi, (which is supposed to be a complimentary service) but the drivers wanted a tip. We noticed that they were slower picking us up after we did not tip the first few times. So, we started walking.

I would not go back until I feel like I should pay at least $30.00 for lunch, $80.00 for dinner and $15.00 to get back and forth into town.

St. Croix was beautiful when the sun was out. But, take a lot of money if you want to eat at the resort or the recommended resturants.

The comments by the locals was, "Oh I don't eat there."

  • Liked — The rooms were private.
  • Disliked — The roach, the crab, and the mosquitoes - we could not enjoy the patio overlooking the water.
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring lots of money and don't go in July - apparently that is their rainy season.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
12 Thank jjela
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Centrral Ky
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2006

We loved the Buccaneer! The service was unbelievable. No one ever says no, no matter what you ask for. It seems, as another reviewer said, that everyone there is determined to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. The best service we've ever had.

The resort itself is beautiful--a large sprawling campus with multiple beaches, a great tennis center, and an impressive golf course. Our son, who is a tennis player, really enjoyed the tennis. The resident pro, Don DeWilde, does a great job!

The Terrace restaurant was excellent, and is a beautiful dining venue. the breakfast buffet is nothing short of amazing. Really, there are no negatives when talking about the Buccaneer. You can visit this resort with confidence.

  • Liked — The very friendly service
  • Disliked — Hiking up the hillside to the Great House
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a room on the beach
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
12 Thank kyjd75
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Illinois
Level Contributor
41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2006

Common themes throughout all these posts about the Buc! We will go back.

By the looks of other resorts on the island the Buc far exceeds the competion. The service is excellent and goes beyond any resort we've ever visited.

Each day my wife and I were pleasantly greeted by all members of the staff. It felt like they truely wanted us to enjoy our stay. Each staff member portrays a sense of pride that shines through.

We're only back a few days and we miss the breakfast buffet. Their website doesn't mention too much about this unbelievable feast so I will mention it here like the others. Don't miss it!!!

Dinner meals at the hotel are pricey but very good. We recommend you have dinner on the Terrace at least once. Trust me, you'll enjoy it (the food, the view and the service. Ask for Bill he was an excellent waiter)

The beach restaurants were excellent. Fancier than we expected on a beach. All we really wanted was a hotdog or a burger and chips but they offered far more.

Make sure you visit the Schooner Bay grocery store for your soda and snacks. They also have an excellent deli section. It's just a mile or so west of the resort.

We dined out:
Duggans Reef - Bit pricey, service was a little off and bugs were BAD!
Cheesburgers in Paradise - Great price, great meal, watch the bugs!
Luncheria (twice) - Good prices, awesome mexican food
Avacado Pit - Good prices, good quick sandwiches and ice cream
Rum Runners - Tarpin are cool, meal was good, prices ok, fun, the rum drink was great of course.
Fredericksted Pub - Good food, good atmosphere fun on the dock
Dominos Pizza - Just like the mainland (we had to pick up our pizza because they didn't have a delivery driver that day but they will normally deliver to the Buc)

We snorkeled Buck Island with the Mile Mark (Carribean Cruise) as recommended by a hotel staff member. Don't miss out on this trip. The prices were great and the snorkeling was better. They use a powerboat so it only takes about 40 minutes to get to the snorkel site. The Big Beard sail boat left before us and we beat them to the spot. Snorkeled for 45 minutes and were leaving before that sail boat even got close to the reef.

Rent a car and explore the island. Go east to Point Udall and Grassy Point. They're amazing! Head west to Chrisitiansted. We had fun in the shops looking for local goods. The typical tourist stuff is plentiful but the authentic Crucian goods can be found if you look. There's a small shop called Soaps and Scents that sells duh.. soaps and lotions that she makes right on the island. Drive through the rainforest on the west end. The roads get crazy so be careful. Fredericksted is going through a rebuilding phase so there isn't much to see.

About the beaches. There are about 30 different beaches on the island that are all publicly accessible. The one catch is that most are not labeled and are very hard to find!

Buc beaches are nice but can get boring so we tried
Jacks Bay - Supposed to be beautiful and secluded. It was, but it was not very friendly and didn't have any shade!

Reef (by Duggans Reef) - Not very friendly either. We found many broken bottles in the water. It might have something to do with it being next to a bar.

Cane Bay (west of Christiansted) - On the weekends there's a lot going on here. The Wall is here.

Cramers Park on the east end was packed with locals.

We found north shore beaches to be calmer and the water clearer than the south side beaches.

Wear sunblock and bug spray.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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20 Thank NormanIL
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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 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Family Hotel in Christiansted
#2 Romantic 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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