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Cottages By The Sea
Ranked #1 of 3 Frederiksted B&B and Inns
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Right in front of the beach, fantastic view. Room very cozy, all the staff was friendly. The down side on most of these islands is the fact they drive on the "wrong" side of the road... you got to pay attention to prevent killing one or two pedestrians while driving there...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Virginia, United States
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We typically don't go to the same place twice for vacation - there is a lot of world to see! The Cottages, however, were idyllic for my family. We stayed in the Commodore and had ample space. They totally take care of you - even before you arrive. Our room had a bottle of rum and two cokes waiting for us. They greeted us upon arrival (and it was late) and gave us a tour of the grounds. The place is family owned and they are always available for advice or any of your needs. I'm not a fan of the sun so sitting under the coconut trees watching my kids play in the sun and sand was perfect. You are on a less touristy side of the island but that doesn't make a difference. You should rent a car if you want to explore the entire island. If you're there just for snorkelling/scuba, you could probably get away with a cab. Since the Cottages have all the kitchen amenities, I'd definitely pack your own food to bring with you. Groceries are expensive on the island (like REALLY expensive) so bring your own cereal, rice, peanut butter, etc. Next trip we're bringing an entire suitcase of food. We're going back again and cannot wait!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Nice little place, right on the beach! Been two times and trying to go again this winter!! St. Croix is a beautiful Island, having a car is a must!!! People are very friendly, weather great..If your looking for a party theres a little bar in Frederiksted called the Lost Dog that stays open late.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hanna, Indiana
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Cottages in Sylvia's Room. It was small, but adequate for 1 or 2 people---small fridge, micro, AC, queen bed, TV. There was also a patio just steps from the sand, water, and resort's covered patio. Front row seat to fantastic views and ever-changing sunsets. Cottages is very laid back with super cleanliness everywhere, friendly staff and guests. The beach was a perfect combination of sand and rock for swimming and snorkeling---beautiful and smooth water. The views were fantastic---less than a mile into Fredrickstedt and 2-3 miles to Sandy Point---all walkable along the beach. I especially enjoyed the snorkeling--walk out the front door, 20 paces to the water, and splash. I've snorkeled many of the best spots in the Caribbean. This wasn't the best, but factor in convenience and it was wonderful. I identified over 30 species, not including many small tropicals---turtles, lobster, lion fish, barracuda, flounder, sting ray, angelfish, butterfly fish, etc. Water depth ranged from 2 ft. to 20 ft. The hard and soft corals were numerous. It was a new adventure every day.
We rented a car for the entire time and went to all corners of the island. We enjoyed kayaking, an ATV ride into the rain forest, and geocaching. The dining was also great; we especially enjoyed Rhythms at Rainbow Beach, Rowdy Joes, Villa Morales, and Turtles Deli. See reviews in restaurant part.
I really enjoyed St. Croix, Cottages by the Sea, and our vacation. It was near perfection.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

My wife and I have stayed at Cottages about five times, and we have taken our daughter and son-in-law with us twice. Fredericksted in particular and St. Croix in general are places that bring back delightful memories of my younger days in the Navy, when we took advantage of a small underwater range off St. Croix.

Neither St. Croix nor Cottages is for everyone. St. Croix is a slow, laid-back island with a few tourist attractions. It doesn't take long to see them all, and it doesn't take long to run the circuit of shopping and restaurants. Once you've been snorkeling at Buck Island, see Point Udall, walked through the botanical gardens (pretty) and the one sugar plantation that is maintained as a museum, and driven through the pot-holed rain forest for the chance to see the beer-drinking pigs at the Domino Club, you've pretty much run the tourist spots. If you're looking for a relaxing place to slow down, enjoy the beach and read a good book, however, it doesn't get much better than Cottages.

We've gotten to know Paul Benedict and his family over the years, and they treat us like we're family. We've watched as Paul has progressively upgraded the cottages, and his work has shown care and a good eye.

Of course the best parts of Cottages are (1) the location, (2) the location and (3) the Benedict family and the people they employ. Added to that (when we've been there) are the people who stay there. There are many, many repeat customers (which says a lot in itself), and those are the kind of people who appreciate and enjoy a place like Cottages.

Cottages is an easy walk to the town of Fredericksted, where there are a few mini-marts, a couple shops and a couple restaurants. A word of caution is that Fredericksted has some rough neighborhoods.

If you're like us, you often plan your days in St. Croix to be back at Cottages for the 4 o'clock beach bocce ball, an unusual bocce venue and generally a group that spans multiple generations, with Paul's father the sleeper in the group who knows all of the secrets of his own bocce pitch.

Our last visit was prior to Jan 2012, but that was the earliest date available to choose.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Nice clean rooms with right-on-the-beach location. No restaurant onsite. Of the places I've stayed in STX this is the most reasonable and consistently operated. The low water pressure seems to be the standard on the island.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Nashville, Indiana
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

My wife and I stayed in the Chart House, which we were told was and appeared to be the nicest cottage on the property, for 4 nights starting November 26. It was larger with a kitchen and nice big tiled shower. We were in St. Croix 9 years ago with a tour group and stayed at a large resort but we much prefer a smaller, family-owned accomodation. We had a rental jeep so we could go wherever we wanted and knew that many of the places we wanted to go were towards the other end of the island in Christiansted or further east, but I enjoy the caribbean driving style and driving added to my enjoyment of the vacation. Although driving is on the left side of the road, for a caribbean island St. Croix is not too difficult to maneuver, but we never found a map with all of the road numbers correct.
The cottages are very unpretentious but clean and have all the necessities to make the stay comfortable, including a refrigerator which we use to cool drinks and a kitchen, which we don't use. The staff was very friendly and offerred a late checkout on our last day, which we took advantage of because of our late flight. The other guests all seemed very friendly and everybody was obviously having a very good time. The cottages are all designed with many windows and the flow-through ventilation with open windows feels much better than air conditioning, which is available.
We usually spend very little time in our rooms, but the entire property seems to have an atmosphere of peace and relaxation and we spent more time than we usually do just hanging around our private shaded patio and using the chairs on the beach. Cottages by the Sea does have a very nice beach of its own and you can walk the beach all the way into Fredericksted in about 10 minutes each way.
My only suggestion to improve the Chart House cottage would be to remove the chain link fence along the beach in front of the patio so guests could access the beach from the patio and not have to look through a fence at the ocean. Carbbean islands and St. Croix in particular seem to have everything surrounded with high fences, closed gates, and barred windows. This may be a fallback to the era when wars were a threat and security was a problem, but we always felt safe and nothing threatening ever caused us any concern, and we explore backroads and mountaintop trails few tourists seldom venture on.
Fredericksted has a very limited number of restaurants and appears to close up completely at night, but a simple breakfast a Pollys and sandwiches at Turtles Deli or dinner at Turtles After Dark are all good. Don't be afraid to go in small local groceries to get bottles of pop or other snacks. The people are all friendly.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cottages By The Sea
Address: 127A Estate Smithfield, Frederiksted 00840-4048, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frederiksted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cottages By The Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1949, Cottages by the Sea is a family owned and operated, beachfront, boutique hotel, located just south of the town of Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Our goal is to provide our guests with a quiet, friendly, relaxed, truly authentic Caribbean beach vacation. ... more   less 
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