You won”t find glitzy resorts on the quiet island of St. Croix. The allure of the destination — part of the U.S. Virgin Islands — is truly its natural surroundings — beaches, wildlife and even rain forest. The island offers a few small resorts with the amenities of big resorts, however — private, oceanfront locations, swimming pools, kids” clubs, onsite dining and more. Choose one of the following hotels for your family vacation in St. Croix.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa
Kids stay and eat free at select Divi Resorts, including Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort in St. Croix. Children also enjoy Treasures of the Caribbean, a kids" club for ages 4 to 12; activities include sandcastle contests, treasure hunts and dive-in movies with popcorn and mocktails. Together, families enjoy onsite dining and water sports in the teal-blue waters of the Caribbean -- just steps from their hotel rooms.
The Buccaneer - St. Croix
If it"s a sprawling, luxurious resort you"re seeking to visit, look no further than The Buccaneer. The deluxe property -- featured on ABC"s Ã¢â‚¬Å“The BachelorÃ¢â‚¬Â -- is certainly a romantic destination, but it"s also family-friendly. Children enjoy Young Buccaneers, a complimentary program with arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and games for ages 4 to 12. While kids are making new friends, parents can sneak off to the spa, golf or tennis courts. When it"s time to rejoin, families can dine at one of several restaurants (both casual and upscale).
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
The Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina is a secluded resort with just 40 rooms, some with kitchenettes and all with balconies or patios. Offerings for families include an oceanfront pool; water sports, such as kayaking, snorkeling and paddleboarding; a reading library; and a laundry facility. Of course, there"s also a spa and marina.
Sugar Beach Resort
Sugar Beach Resort offers spacious suites with one, two, three or four bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and private balconies from which to enjoy the oceanfront views. The intimate hotel, which is located next to a historic sugar mill, also offers a swimming pool. Activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and hiking are within a short distance of the hotel.
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