Luxury Resorts: Filled with wicker and mahogany décor and greeting you with open arms, you almost feel as if you've arrived at a friend's estate. Set high in the hills of St. Croix, The Buccaneer is the Caribbean's longest running resort — standing the test of time with its charm, warm hospitality and history.
A 17th century landmark, The Buccaneer Hotel's friendly atmosphere and relaxing views are the perfect compliment to St. Croix's laid-back feel. Situated on 340 hilly acres at the feet of the Caribbean Sea, this family-owned hotel is known for its excellent customer service. First-timers are made to feel right at home and repeat visitors are greeted like family by the warm staff, the majority of which have been long-time employees.
Room rates include complimentary use of ocean kayaks, snorkeling gear, floating mats, beach toys and games available at the hotel's staffed Beach Shacks on both Mermaid and Grotto Beach. Guests can also enjoy beachside fun with ping-pong and basketball, and sign up for beginner level scuba classes (ages 10 and over). If fitness and adventure isn't your thing, head to the Hideaway Spa for an aromatherapy massage.
The resort is also known for its savory dishes, offering the best cuisine of any hotel on the island. Winner of Wine Spectator's 2010 Award of Excellence, The Terrace serves up a first-class menu of Caribbean dishes infused with international flavors. The Terrace Bar offers live nightly entertainment and is a favorite among locals looking to have a little fun. Always a family affair, the hotel owners and staff host a Tuesday afternoon party complete with steel pan music, hors d'oeuvres and rum punch.
The vibe at The Buccaneer is much like that of St. Croix — relaxed and familiar. You'll kick off your shoes, unwind, and undoubtedly return for a second visit
While You're ThereDrink Up. The island is home to Cruzan Rum, which offers distillery tours, and of course, tastings for the liquor connoisseur.
Eat. Start your day at Polly's at the Pier, a local favorite serving up smoothies and organic breakfast dishes. Grab lunch at Cafe Fresco, located in the historic Penthany Courtyard; and treat yourself to dinner at Rum Runners, a favorite among locals and travelers alike.
Get Hooked. You can't visit St. Croix without adding the island's hook bracelet to your jewelry collection. Head to Sonya's for the original.
Sail Away. Take a catamaran to Buck Island — a favorite of the Kennedy's — for the day, snorkel through an underwater reef trail and enjoy a delicious beach barbeque.
Stroll. Take a walking tour through the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted and you'll get a crash course on the island's history.
by Johnica Reed