We went to Hotel on the Cay in 2011 for our 25th anniversary, and had to return. We looked at other resorts and condos, but came back to HOTC for the value and the views.
While it is not the Buccaneer, (not affordable for us) it is a beautiful Caribbean vacation on your own island! The ferry captains were friendly and helpful for every ride we took to and from the hotel. We found all of the hotel staff to be gracious and helpful during our week there.
Our room had a very comfortable king size bed, a small table with chairs, LCD TV, mini fridge, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker. (I didn't know I could get coffee for it in the lobby) It was nice to make snacks or microwave breakfasts so that you don't have to eat all of your meals out. We also rented the grill one night for steaks and baked potatoes on their lovely, harbor view, terrace.
We like to snorkel, and it is great right in the harbor, or around coral on the north part of the Cay. The white sand beach is great for swimming, or sunning. Yes, it is busy when a cruise ship is in Frederiksted, but there are plenty of chairs and umbrellas for everyone.
We rented a car for a couple days, (Drive on the left side) but it is not necessary. The roaming taxis or the Vitran (bus) can take you between Christiansted and Frederiksted, and we felt perfectly safe on both of them. It was nice to have the rental to see the eastern end of St. Croix, and other places that are off the bus/taxi route. You can always set up a personal taxi with Rudy's for a day trip or tour.
Like others have mentioned, we did see stuff "disposed of" in the bushes around the island, and that could be cleaned up, but they were busy with landscaping projects the week we were there.
For Christiansted dinners, we love Paradise Cafe. Lunches at Luncheria or the Fort Christian Brew Pub (throw your left overs off the boardwalk to the Tarpin) are nice. The Purple Papaya and Victoria's were good souvenir stores; and Baci or Tropical Bracelet Factory had good prices for rum.
Wish we were still in St. Croix!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into an atmosphere of casual elegance during your visit to our inviting private island retreat. If your idea of a Caribbean vacation includes unforgettable sunsets, white sand beaches and the simple phrase “no problem,” this is the place for you! Hotel on the Cay offers you the best vacation value in the Caribbean. Located on a private cay in the Caribbean Sea, our 53 room resort provides for an unforgettable vacation experience that is ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers.Here guests can dine at our on-site restaurant, unwind with a refreshing swim in the pool, enjoy water sports at our activity center and explore the historical sights, eateries, shops and entertainment located on the boardwalk just minutes away by private complimentary boat. A quaint, pristine beach overlooks Christiansted Harbor’s beautiful boats, which makes for perfect photos at sunset. As the only beach in downtown Christiansted, you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling the amazing undersea world surrounding the cay.Hotel on the Cay will provide bountiful sunshine, bright turquoise seas teeming with life, refreshing trade winds and a place to lay your head at the end of each memorable day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- On The Cay Christiansted
- On The Cay Hotel
- Hotel On The Cay St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands