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Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Christiansted
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Three Stars--No More, No Less”
Reviewed July 21, 2007

Divi Carina Bay is exactly what you'd expect from a three star Caribbean resort. A few points:
(1) They are nicely situated with good views of the bay, although other reviewers rightly note the high levels of seaweed.
(2) The hot tub and pool overlook the ocean, which is nice. However like other hot tubs I've seen in the Caribbean "hot" is a misnomer. It was the temperature of whirling pool water.
(3) They have a good selection of watersports equipment, including sailboats, paddleboats, snorkels and kayaks, but expect to pay extra if you want to use anything.
(4) On the cheap side, they are fierce about the possibility of loosing a beach towel. They even warned us that other guests might try to steal the resort towels from us (!) and insisted on charging a $25 deposit for each towel.
(5) Also, you might want to know that early check-in is not permitted.
Hope this helps you plan your trip to St. Croix! :)

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2007

My trip to Saint Croix was the best vacation I've ever been on, and the Divi certainly played a huge role in making that true. My boyfriend and I had a room on the second floor in the new wing of the resort. We were thrilled to find it spacious, clean and above all, overlooking the ocean. We had a great balcony with comfy beach chairs, so we were able to take full advantage of this feature. And house-keeping ensured that the room stayed clean, tidy and sand-free during our entire week-long stay. Our room also had a nice sitting area where we could relax and plan our island adventures.

As for fun things to do at the resort, I highly recomend snorkeling. The reefs there are quite lovely, and you're bound to see a lot of fish. They certainly impressed first-time snorkelers such as ourselves. The only thing I would warn you about are the sea urchins on the sea floor. Just be careful not to put your feet down on them or to venture into water that's shallow enough that if the tide goes out, you'll be right on top of them. They're very easy to identify though, so as long as you're careful, I can't anticipate any problems. Oh, the beach is also a littly rocky and a little mossy. I would suggest bringing water shoes with you to avoid stepping in/on anything unpleasant. I got a pair at Target for $6.00, an investment that was well worth the pay-off.

As for dining, I was very impressed with the Starlite Grillle. The atmosphere was elegant and the food was delicious. The lobster bisque was absolutely fantastic with chunks of buttered lobster meat sitting atop the very creamy and perfectly seasoned soup. The conch fritters were also very tasty and certainly worth a try, particularly for those experiencing this shellfish for the first time.

All in all, our stay was wonderful. The service was always efficient and friendly, the beaches were a lot of fun to explore and the food was delectable.

  • Liked — The gorgeous ocean view
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Austin, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2007

We had a room in the new wing, facing the ocean. The room was beautiful and the breeze coming off the ocean was a constant reminder that you really were in paradise. The new wing was always quiet, which was exactly the atmosphere we wanted. In general, this isn't a rowdy resort. The atmosphere is slow and relaxing.

We have friends that live on the island, so we were lucky to receive lots of good advice about the island and they graciously took us around the island on several days. We didn't have a rental car and if it weren't for the goodwill of our island friends, the cost of using a taxi everyday would have gotten expensive. We were able to get to a grocery store and bought some breakfast foods and various snacks. This really helped out our budget and it was nice to be able to sit out on our balcony with drinks, cheese and crackers and not have to walk down to the cafe and order food.

We travelled to Christiansted and the surrounding areas for most dinners, but we did have one meal in The Starlite Grille. It was fantastic. There were a number of local dishes you could try if you were feeling adventurous or you could stick with more standard American fare. My girlfriend declared the conch fritters at the Starlite to be the best on the island, after she had tried them at a number of restaurants on St Croix.

The Thursday night BBQ and entertainment was worth the price. They had an excellent variety of food. My favorite part of the entertainment was The Heritage Society dancers. I didn't really know what traditional island dancing might include. It was nice to see that the tourism industry has a place for St Croix heritage, even at the big resorts.

The staff at the Divi were always pleasant and helpful. The frontdesk staff never steered us wrong and the housekeeping staff kept the room looking fantastic, even after we had brought a roomful of sand in on our feet.

The snorkeling was really the highlight of the trip for me. Just head to the activities shack and ask the Activities Director to point you to the best snorkeling route. He'll give you all the info you need. The reef off the beach is spectacular, at least it was for a first timer like myself. It led us to book a tour of Buck Island to do more snorkeling. The Buck Island snorkeling was even better, with lots of tropical fish and plant life moving around you.

  • Liked — The beautiful room.
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank unreal39
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Albany, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2007

Pros - The hotel is located on a beautiful stretch of beach on the south east side of the island. There is a sandy part of the ocean and then there is sea grass. But there is abundant sea life is you snorkel past the grass to the reef. Walk south west on the beach, a little bit past where the hotel ends, and you will see a clump of palm trees. Snorkel out to the reef from there since the reef is closer. Amazing fish and live breathing coral!! We were told that two marine biologists had snorkeled the day before and found the reef to be extremely healthy. We saw lobster, barracuda and a multitude of fish. Just watch out for the spiny black sea urchins. If you want to stay closer to the shore snorkel around the peer and you will see schools of fish. Lots of needle nose fish. My husband and son did dive, but this is done on the northern side of the island where the larger reefs are.

Sunrises are unbelievable and you will be the first Americans to feel and see the sun every morning since Point Udall (visible from the hotel) is the farthest eastern point of the US. Every room at the hotel has a view of the ocean!

The standard room we had was huge and clean. It had a refrigerator, microwave and small sink with glasses. Maid service was wonderful.

The food was excellent and above standard though pricey and I would highly recommend the meal plan. Most of the wait staff we encountered were extremely helpful; especially the ladies at the Dockside Cafe.

Front desk staff were helpful. Val told us to contact Douglas (taxi driver) for our return to the airport and he was very reasonable. $12 per person.

Recomendations: Go to Dominos in the rainforest to see the beer drinking pigs (see the picture). Actually they drink non-alcoholic beer for you animal lovers. Do the Tan Tan Tour if you like fourwheeling/adventure and want to see the island from the tops of the mountains. You ride in a jeep and it is a wild ride. Ask for Dean!! Not for the faint of heart and no little kids. Cane Bay Diving is outstanding.

Cons - The hotel is out of the way and you will either need a car or taxi/shuttle to get to town, diving and sightseeing. Taxis are very expensive. To town $20 for two people one way. Use the shuttle for town. It is $10 roundtrip. Cane Bay Diving (satellite site at the hotel) will pick you up if you purchase a dive package and bring you back afterwards. There is no diving at the resort unless you specifically ask to be taken out. The better dive sites are at the north west part of the island.

Make sure to bring tip money if you purchase your meal plan will not include it even if you don't use all the money in one meal. And they expect 18%. We tipped based on service. Also if you go over on your meal ticket for one meal they will charge you the difference at the end of your stay even if you didn't use all your monies on the other meals. Service can be slow at times at all eateries but you are in the Caribbean.

Yes, there are ants on the beach in the evening so stay on the beachchairs or near the water or hotel. And we did find one roach in our room near the end of our trip. We did shake all our clothing outside as a precaution once home. It is the Carribbean though.

Don't lose your towel because you'll pay for it.

There wasn't too much to do in the evening except for the casino which doesn't help when you have two teens. The beach party night was the best night. Karoake was good on another night. Thank god the hotel has three public computers with internet service.

The large city-like petroleum company Hervosa houses many of their out of town employees at the hotel so the bar is full primarily of single men in the evening. We didn't see that many families and were told it was off season though the northeast schools were off for Easter week.

Overall we prefer to stay at an all-inclusive so that we don't have to worry about tipping and meals plus we have teens that eat and drink all day even if the food is not outstanding. We didn't like using the meal coupons and found it cumbersome. Wrist bands would have been better. The hotel could also use more evening entertainment.

  • Liked — beach
  • Disliked — taxis costly
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2007

As my wife has all ready positively reviewed our stay, I won't belabor you with what we liked about it. I would however like to explain why Sea Grass is a GOOD thing. Sea Grass represents life. That is where the fish and other marine life hang out. Sea Grass around the reef is a good thing for people who want a great snorkel just off shore. Enjoy the reef around the Divi now before global warming or another major storm finishes what Hurricane hugo started in the 80's. If one doesn't like the feel of vegitation under one's feet may I suggest a pair of water shoes available at K-Mart for under $10 USD. Travels to less desireable destinations like Nassau has shown me that they are invaluable.
(I also believe that this undersea life is protected by many statutes and it would be very Illegal for the management to plow the plant growth to give the illusion of a larger sandy shore.)
I will grant that the restaurant can be a tad slow. Don't go there before you have to catch your plane home, but overall the Divi is a great destination where I made many great friends among the guests and staff, and will be returning this July.

  • Liked — Fabulous Ocean View!
  • Disliked — Restaurant Slow
  • Stayed July 2006
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atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2007

This is an awesome resort and I highly recommend it. I spent a relaxing week here march 3-10, 2007 and found the Divi was incredible, from the helpful staff, luxurious room, perfect location, and superb snorkelling reefs just offshore, with 60plus ft of visibility. The GM, Pat, is available to help assist you and I experienced top rate customer service from front desk, ask for Lucia, Bernalyn, Shenik, they are friendly and efficient.
The east end where the Divi is located is great spot, they have shuttle for $10pp RT if more than 1 person goes at same time to Christensted to stock up on souvenirs and cheap rum, snacks for your mini fridge, or just to enjoy the boardwalk restaurants.
The Divi offers free internet in main front desk area which is convenient, on site scuba shop, snorkel shack with non motorized water gear for rent, lots of shade, hammocks, ping pong table, pool, jacuzzi, bar and grill, coffee shop, and of course the casino, located behind the resort across the street. Locals are kind and personable and Buck island is good too, but I found more live coral and fish snorkelling off the resort.
You will really enjoy this resort and amenities like I did, and I have travelled quite a bit since I am flight crew. Cheers to your vacation! Have an excellent time!

  • Liked — snorkelling off beach
  • Disliked — secluded
  • Stayed March 2007
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Kalispell, Montana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2007

We just spent a week long honeymoon in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Split the week up half at Divi on St. Croix and other half on east end of St. Thomas at Point Pleasant. Having done both I can comfortably say the Divi was our favorite part. We loved being in a remote area, the people were all so nice (from cab drivers to hotel staff). We learned very quickly that if you want to eat lunch around 12 you need to sit down in the bar area around 11 and casually ask for menus. This helped immensely to start the ball in motion even though it still took close to an hour to get a burger. Same situation for dinner and breakfast, go way earlier than you want to eat. All of the food ranged from fine to excellent depending on where you ate. Word to the wise - where burgers are concerned, they take medium-rare to mean "still mooing." Once you get used to the idea of planning long meals it is kind of nice. We were on vacation so where did we have to be? Nowhere. Why not spend a couple hours enjoying a meal? All eating venues overlook the beautiful ocean and beach and some are outside so you aren't missing time in the sun unless you want to. We loved this place compared to all on St. Thomas. For the same nightly price you get much much less on St. Thomas. This Divi was luxurious and so relaxing. If you can chill out and be patient, it's the place for you. Understanding that other cultures are not always in a rush like mainland Americans goes a long way toward enjoying your vacations.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort
Address: 5025 Turner Hole, Christiansted 00820-4548, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience St Croix's only All Inclusive! The Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort and Casino is a lively retreat nestled on a secluded shore in the beautiful island of St. Croix. Modern beachfront guestrooms, poolside dining, hammocks by the shore, live entertainment; your home for Family, Food and Fun …- it’s All Included! ... more   less 
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