The Buccaneer -- St Croix
Travel Blogs from Christiansted
This is a place were Artisans are welcome and are able to show their wares.
Sea Glass and Sterling jewellery, broken china from the Dutch that would be found on the beaches or fields ... These were set in silver for pendants. Wood crafts such as statues or pen cases.
I bought a Larimar and SS pendant $20, a black and white tunic for $10.
Our dinner mate, Steven was having a bday this coming weekend so his wife arranged for a bday cake, which she had to pay ...
This island has the only underwater national park in the US, Buck Island NP, so I decided to ditch Mom and Dad for another day of snorkeling. The ship had some tours, but they were over $100 for a short half day trip so I decided to try my luck and go straight to Christiansted to find a better tour. I got off the ship very early to catch the first shuttle bus from Fredriksted on the west coast to Christiansted, about a half hour away. This ...
... in what must be one of the wetter parts of the island, but even this was much less biomass than we have seen elsewhere on this trip.We visited the Salt River Bay National Historic Site in the morning. This site has evidence of occupation reaching back almost 4,000 years, when meso-american explorers settled there. Much later, it was visited by Christopher Columbus on his 1493 voyage (second trip to the new ...
... and furthest west (Guam) points of the USA. They are named for former Interior Secretary Morris Udall, under whom the United State's natural and historical sites were rejuvenated. Of course, in addition to seeing all the NPS sites, we've added the requirement that we visit both Points Udall. Half way there!!!We took the long way around the south shore of the island to get to our next sleeping spot. Along the way, we passed a huge refinery site which we later learned has ...
... 8211; as a place where Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493. Apparently, this is the first place he met resistance from the native population, hence the first altercation between the Old and New World. What piqued our curiosity, however, was the phenomenon of bio-luminescence, the emission of light by a living organism, that is reputed to be quite noticeable here at night!
We paddled the kayaks easily across the bay just after ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews The Buccaneer -- St Croix Christiansted
We visited this resort last week in hopes of getting some rest and relaxation in a beautiful environment, and that was exactly what we received! We stayed in a spacious Deluxe Oceanfront room with a beautiful view. The room was very quiet, clean, and comfortable. It had vaulted ceilings, and a large bathroom. We did find a few crickets in our room throughout our stay, and small lizards liked our private porch. We found the service to be fantastic and prompt. We loved eating candlelight dinners on the beach at the Mermaid Restaurant and on the Terrace. The island itself did not impress us that much, but we were always comfortable at the resort. The Buck Island trip was great.
Clean, neat but very over-priced, food poisoning
I stayed here for my honeymoon in Oct. 1997. We moved here from the Comorant Beach Club because it was a DUMP! The ocean front rooms at the Bucaneer were nice and spacious. The room and property were clean. The food was average. My wife got food poisoning and spent 1 day throwing up and another recovering. The hotel sort of apologized... mostly they denied it even though this was the only place we ate at the 2 days prior. The air conditioner kept breaking the entire week. The best time we had was with the water sports guy. He was very helpful and entertaining. One really good thing about this property is that the mountains protrude into the water on both ends preventing locals from taking over the beach (there are no private beaches on the island). 15-20 dollar cab ride into town.
We had read many detailed reviews of upper echelon resorts in the Caribbean before choosing to visit this one in early November 2003. The grounds were simply amazing with verdant rolling hills and three beaches, a well kept 9 hole course and many very hich caliber tennis courts.
The plan was to fly to a tropical paradise and get married on the lush property. We arrived on Nov. 8, 2003. The staff at the Buccaneer was inattentive, unable to provide recommendations for sights of the island and acted indiffent to us.
Go to Caneel or Little Dix
Too bad the Bucaneer is totally overpriced for what you get. If the Bucaneer charged $140 a night I could live with the outdated dirty rooms and the slow service, but they charge $250-300 and up. Go to Caneel Bay on St John or Little Dix on Virgin Gorda for this kind of money. The Bucaneer is not even in the same league. On St Croix check out the Pink Fancy in Christianster or Sprat Hall Plantation near Fredericksted for a more authentic Cruzan experience at lass than half the price.
Having never been to a Caribbean Island before, we did a LOT of research. I didn't realize there were approx. 35 Caribbean (vicinity) Islands to look into. We narrowed it down to: St. Croix, St. Thomas, Aruba, St. Lucia, Bermuda, St. John, the Grenadines, or Cayman. We eliminated St. Lucia (too long a flight, BLACK sand beaches); Bermuda (we heard it's beautiful, but it's VERY well traveled and we wanted something a little more off the beaten path); St. John (very quiet, but maybe TOO quiet); St. Thomas (very touristy and commercialized); the Grenadines (too long to travel to); Cayman (seemed to be too much a "divers-only island"); and Aruba (too flat and boring). That left St. Croix...and were we ever pleased with our decision!The flight in was very quick and easy. The cab ride was fun and informative (get used to riding/driving on the left).We stayed at the Buccaneer and cannot say enough about the top-shelf quality of this very posh resort. EVERYTHING about the Buccaneer pleased us: the staff were VERY friendly and attentive; the grounds were immaculate; all our meals were 5 Star; our room was beautiful and always kept clean; the views were amazing; the activities (golf, tennis, snorkeling, kayacking, volleyball, etc.) were plentiful. Bottomline about the Buccaneer: they "raised the bar" quite high for any future resorts we stay at.The island itself is a beautiful mix of sea, land, mountains, bays, lush forests, very nice people, some very good restaurants and bars, and a sprinkling of boutique-type shops. Restaurants/bars we recommend: The Terrace and the Mermaid Club on Buccaneer resort; the Cultured Pelican; Off The Wall outdoor bar on the western side of the island; and Cheeseburgers in Paradise (for the BEST burger you'll ever eat). (We heard Kendricks and Bacchus were also great places to eat but they were closed 2 of the nights we were there.)Touristy things we did: toured the Whitt Plantation - 1 hour (an old sugar cane plantation ripe with history); toured the Cruzan Rum distillery - 1 hour; nightime kayack tour on the Salt River (where Columbus sailed) with Carribean Adventure Tours -2 hours; and went out to Buck Island (a MUST if you want to see the BEST beach in the area and breathtaking snorkeling) for half a day (they offer 6+ hour trips, but we felt the 3+ hour trip we took there was just right; you can take a sailboat out or a power boat....we suggest the power boat: it gives you MORE time to enjoy the island and snorkeling.)In short: we could not have been happier spending our 25th anniversary on St. Croix. We highly recommend it for first-timers to the Carribean or veteran travelers.Want anymore info?...email me.
The Buccaneer is a great getaway for those looking for great service combined with a taste of authentic St. Croix. The staff is attentive and friendly and the rooms, specifically the Dubloons are spacious and elegant. If you want the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton (been there and done that in MANY locations) go there, but if you are looking for something extraordinary, this is the place to go.
8 days in St. Croix brought lots of sun and heavenly cooling breezes. We found June a great time to visit - the weather hot, but the trade winds kept us cool. Never needed a sweater.Stayed at the Buccaneer where we (family of four with 2 young adult children) received an unexpected free upgrade to two oceanfront rooms. They were beautiful, spacious, and clean. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. This family-run hotel stands out for service, you are not treated like "just another customer." But this is not a glitzy resort. The beauty of the resort and its outstanding service are the main draws. The concierge was especially helpful in giving information and making dinner reservations, etc.The three beaches are very attractive: palms and smooth light sand at Mermaid Beach make it the best for swimming. Coral at Grotto Beach makes it the best for snorkeling. The nearby pool has gorgeous views of the city of Christiansted in the distance. I loved to linger by the mini-waterfall and drink in the view of the ocean in the sunshine. Remote Willow Beach, reached by kayak or a short hike, is the place to go to be alone. Although, at this time of year, there were not many people around even at the busiest locations.We enjoyed the excellent breakfast and lunch in the Mermaid Restaurant on the beach, overlooking the azure-colored sea. The Terrace Restaurant had a beautiful setting, but the cuisine did not match the surroundings. For the expensive price we got much better value elsewhere. Heard that their winter chef, the best one, was elsewhere for the summer...Kayaks, floats, snorkel gear were all included. Snorkeling available on the resort was good at Grotto Beach, not on Mermaid Beach. Had a wonderful time paddling the kayak to neighboring beaches an hour away.Also enjoyed the free cocktail party, nature walk, and jogging trail. The golf course had ocean views and very few golfers this time of year.The best part of our trip was the catamaran ride to Buck Island by Big Beard Tours. The underwater grotto of coral was outstanding.Enjoyed the tour of the fort and the shopping in Christiansted.Good restaurants on the island were Tutto Bene, Kendricks, Duggan's Reef, Stixx, and Rum Runners.Found we preferred having a car - it was too confining to be on the resort every day and at the mercy of taxis and the resort shuttle - also cost less to rent a car. Driving on the left was no problem. We drove to Fredericksted one day to see the rum factory, Whim Plantation, and the town of Fredericksted. The plantation was closed - it is only open on certain days of the week. However it had very interesting displays of various types of sugar mills, which provided a good feel for the lives of slaves before emancipation. Very interesting to follow this up with the tour of the rum factory - an excellent tour - especially the tastings! The factory is run by the same family who owned sugar mill & plantations 300 years ago - so that was an interesting perspective. Fredericksted was really dead - only one restaurant and the food there - overpriced - was really poor.The thing we liked the least was the brown grass (island is undergoing a 2-year drought) and the slow pace of the island. There really was nothing to do at night unless you go to bars every night which is not our thing, or watch TV. Bring your own evening entertainment.Despite the slow pace, we had a wonderful time in beautiful St. Croix and highly recommend the Buccaneer.
We first visited with friends seven years ago. Busy Physician and Attorney wife needed down-time for recharging batteries. We have returned each year since and find this an ideal spot to do just that. Not golfers, but from the complementary breakfast on the patio in the morning until the last night-cap before returning to our suite, the day is full with shopping, sunning and relaxing. Restaurants in town are on a par with the best anywhere and the wine lists remarkably good. Elizabeth and her staff have never disappointed me, although the mirror lights in the bathroom have never worked for long and one leaky toilet has never been corrected (all in the same room each time.) Security is very good, and this is a plus. A casino is a twenty minute drive away. One of our friends has been there for over thirty visits, and I can understand why. Maybe it's the Calypso Daquiris at the Mermaid. A highly recommended destination.
I acquired this trip from luxurylink expecting 4 star accomodations to match the 4 star price. They were totally mismatched. Our oceanview room and the lobby did not look like they have been renovated in 20+ years.
The owner's family and staff are very friendly, but not helpful. The onsite concierge hired by a third party was much more helpful and eager to please than the staff concierge. They were like night and day.
There are 2 pools on the property, but 1 is too small to use. The fitness room had a strong moldy smell to it, but the spa was clean and professional.