The sandy beaches of St. Croix are calling you! Leave your passport at home and fly down to The Buccaneer, a tropical paradise in the US Virgin Islands. The beachfront resort is surrounded by mountains and palm trees. It’s open and airy layout is a comforting change from the high rise hustle and bustle of other islands in the Caribbean. This resort to me is a sunny playground for any vacation need you have. If you are traveling with kids, there are a ton of activities. If a romantic couples retreat is what you’re after, The Buccaneer would check that box as well.
At The Buccaneer, there are room options aplenty. The first option would be to stay in the guest house, which is located in the center of the resort, which offers easy access to all the amenities that the Buccaneer has to offer. The Great house ocean view rooms are located on the second floor and offer views of the Caribbean Sea and Christiansted Harbor. If you need more room, then book the Great house suites, which is a 1 bedroom option on the 1st floor of the guest house.
Ok, since I have a family, this is my favorite option. I always struggle with hotels that don’t allow for more than 4 guests in a room. I’ve run into this problem more times than I’d care to share. Enter the Family cottage suites. These suites are on the lawn between the main area (Great house) and the beach. It’s a 2 bedroom suite with a king in one and 2 twin beds and a pullout trundle in the other. This room is available for families with children 14 and under.
Since we’re in the Caribbean, I’ll start with the main draw, the beach. The Buccaneer is unique as it has 3 separate beaches. Palm trees line the white sands of the resort’s main beach, Mermaid Beach. Here you can relax and take in the picture perfect views, or enjoy some beach activities like corn hole. The Grotto beach is located right next to the pool area. Along one side you have the clear blue waters of the ocean, the other, the green fairways of the nearby gold course. The Whistle Beach offers more seclusion than the other 2, and since there’s no structures, it has a more nature feel. This would be perfect for an evening stroll after a long day.
The Buccaneer has a par 70, 18-hole golf course which runs 5,668 yards with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from 13 holes. An early morning tee time would be the ideal way to wake up for the day.
For those interest in tennis, Tennis Magazine has called The Buccaneer "the best tennis resort in the Virgin Islands". The Buccaneer offers eight Plexipave courts, two lit for night play, and has weekly round robins, and doubles drills for ladies, cardio clinics and other seasonal clinics.
What else? You can try out paddleboarding, ocean kayaks, snorkeling, floating mats, beach toys to name a few. If interested, the resort also has scuba classes available for guests 10 and over. After the class, or another day if you’re tired, you can then do (for an additional fee) a shallow open water dive. After you’re body has reached its limit, head to the spa for a relaxation reward. The spa has a number of services available to you, which can be found here.
The complimentary Kids' Camp (for 4-12 year old kids – running from 9:00am to 4:30pm) offers beach fun, games, crafts, movies and other age-appropriate activities. The resort also has fun activities such as the running of the crabs and family treasure hunts.
With the 3 restaurants on property, which provide classic recipes with an island twist, such as banana pancakes. Located in the great house, the main restaurant is the Terrace. It is an open air, covered restaurant with views of the water or the golf course. For dinner, you can head in for the Free Range Organic Chicken or the Mahi Mahi. For a romantic option you can have your meal, by reservation at the top of the sugar mill, as seen in The Bachelor. If you'd like something a like more casual, such as burgers and flatbreads, the Lounge is located in the Terrace as well. Breakfast is complimentary and is served at the Terrace restaurant. The mermaid and grotto restaurants that are located beachfront and provides a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, seafood and other pub style offerings.
Whether you're looking for an escape or trying to find that next big adventure with your family, there's a good chance you'll find that something here. Whether listening to the rolling waves, or hiking the rolling hills, you can just roll with where life takes you here.
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