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Sand Castle on the Beach
Ranked #2 of 3 Frederiksted B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I can't say enough great things about this place! The location is perfect, the sunsets are stunning, and it is close to downtown Frederiksted. I felt like I was on my own private getaway. The staff is very friendly, and always willing to assist you with anything you need on site and answer any questions about the area. Sand Castle is kept up beautifully, with two pools for their guests, and I felt very safe and looked after. The owners, Simone and Sheryl, are incredibly friendly and welcoming and take the time to interact with their guests. The rooms are well appointed, with kitchenettes and living rooms. The food at the Beach Side Cafe is stellar, and the atmosphere and awesome wait staff in the open air dining room (especially around sunset) really is an experience you can't miss. The downside was that I couldn't stay longer!

Great snorkeling, amazing food, beautiful and relaxing beaches, gorgeous sunsets, dedicated and friendly staff and cool guests - DEFINITELY make Sand Castle on the Beach your hotel in St. Croix! I'm already planning my return trip!

Shari Keating, Orlando, Florida

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I just cannot stay away from Sand Castle On The Beach! I was there two weeks last winter, two this summer, and just returned from two this fall. There must be a mile of perfect beach with very seldom any tourists on it. Their restaurant is truly superb with an open air setting that cannot be compared to any other on the island. What gorgeous sunsets directly in front of the property and the staff is as kind, helpful and embracing as any I have ever encountered. All the guests were happy campers and the humor was rich. The occasional cruise ship that comes in will send a small number of their passengers to the beach for a few hours, which brings a little bit of life and activity to the hotel. Other then that, we felt like the resort was all just for us. I am returning again Feb. 21 st and would not be surprised if it's trip 1 of another 3 for 2014. If you enjoy privacy, cool guests, great food, empty beaches, fun snorkeling, rum and sunsets...then this hotel is right for you. Jeffrey Zeiner NYC

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

tissue paper sheets, the owners could not give a S@#T about anything other then charging your credit card. One thing they do not tell you is that they sell beach chairs to the cruise ships that come to port. One day your beach is paradise the next day is wall to wall people smoking cigs, ordering every morsel of food on the menu leaving paper and trash on the beach. The locals apparently like to drag race on she street out front after 11PM so don't plan on a great nights sleep, this place is the Super 8 of St.Croix and that's all you should expect, look elsewhere for a little more money and much better service. Free Mold in your room!!!!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

I would go back to this resort year after year. It is located on a stretch of beach that is long, quiet and beautiful. The service is very friendly and helpful! The room was very clean as was the resort overall.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We just spent 9 nights at Sand Castle and came away with a very favorable impression of the hotel despite it being a very slow time on the island.

First and foremost, the people are what makes this made a positive experience. Irma was very welcoming and always friendly. The housekeeping and grounds staff were wonderful and friendly also. Bruno kept us in stitches with his great sense of humor but was always quick to lend assistance with a beach umbrella, a kayak, etc. Scotty in the bar makes terrific daiquiris! Sheryl, one of the owners, was very warm and friendly as well. Everyone was very attentive without being intrusive.

We had dinner our first night at the restaurant and the food and service was terrific. My partner was in LOVE with the white chocolate bread pudding.

I would caution that this is a place for seasoned travelers. This isn't a luxury resort. It's a quaint, beautiful and friendly oasis. We did have a couple issues (the shower basin not draining properly and the air conditioner in the bedroom leaking water) but the staff responded IMMEDATELY when we brought these to their attention.

I say this because I have traveled to several islands in the Caribbean and know that to get to the beautiful beach scenes you see on post cards, that you often have to go through some depressing and seedy looking areas. St. Croix is no different in that aspect.

Fredericksted is about a mile down the beach from the hotel but was a virtual ghost town for the entire time we were there except for the two times that cruise ships were in dock. There are a couple small restaurants and bars in town but we were warned not to walk from the hotel to town after dark.

Christiansted is bigger than Fredericksted and has a more shops and restaurants but it's about a 40 minute drive from the hotel. Taxis are expensive so I would strongly recommend renting a car while on the island. It's at least 2-3 miles to the nearest grocery store.

They do drive on the left but all the roads on the island are two lanes - one for each direction so just make sure that you always have the shoulder of the road on the driver's side - or that on the same side of the road as the car in front of you. The worst that will happen is someone will honk at you and that's a small price to pay for the money you'll save on taxis and the opportunities you'll give yourself to see more of the island.

We booked our vacation in late October to avoid "hurricane season". The weather was terrific the entire time. A couple late night rain storms but every day the sun was out all day. But with that said, many of the shops and restaurants were still closed as the islands go on vacation during this time. I recommend researching when the best time to go to the island is based on your own personal preferences.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 301. The front door opened up to a patio area that fronted the beach. The room wa...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

We never had to worry about anything hike staying at sand castle. Aside from the restaurant not being open everyday. But there are plenty I places within a five or ten minute walk that were perfect. The staff was always friendly and very helpful. The cab drivers they refer people to are fantastic. Prices were reasonable and we snorkels right off the property literally every day. Awesome spot for a low key vacation.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was our first trip to the Carribbean and the Sand Castle family treated us like one of their own. Our room was beautiful, comfortable and very clean. Irma, Sparkle, Kelly and everyone at the front desk were very helpful and very sweet. The pool and pool area was beautiful and well maintained. We met Bruno and he gave us a very special island tour and showed us things we could have never seen without his guidance. Thanks again Bruno! We love you man! The beach here is so beautiful. we watched dolphins swim by most every morning and again at sunset... SPECTACULAR!!! We met a lot of local people at the pool and their acceptance and warmth is what made our trip so super special. It was off season and the restaurant was closed for a vacation but we did sit in the dining room area a few times and it is beautiful. We will most definitely be staying at the Sand Castle on the Beach during future visits to St Croix! We LOVED it! Thanks again Sand Castle Family! For everything!!!'

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 127 Smithfield Rd, Frederiksted 00840-3677, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frederiksted
Price Range: $184 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sand Castle on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sand Castle on the Beach is an intimate, beachfront hotel on Saint Croix's most beautiful swimming beach. We offer 5 room types from beachfront villas to economical studios, affording you multiple options in the size of your accommodations. Choose from spacious villas overlooking the beach, queen studios, king studios with balconies, one-bedroom suites or a roomy two-bedroom suite. Our award-winning restaurant - the Beach Side Café - offers fresh seafood, prime beef and locally sourced vegetables with local and international influence. The lounge at the café serves craft-made cocktails and mocktails prepared with fresh local juices. Owners Chris, Ted and Dan invite you to share in the laid back, inclusive atmosphere of Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel. ... more   less 
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