Where to Stay in St Croix: 2024 Review of Boutique Properties

by | Last updated Apr 22, 2024 | Hotel Reviews Caribbean, St. Croix

Alright, so you have decided St Croix is going to be your next amazing Caribbean getaway. Now, you have to figure out the answer to the all-important question … where to stay in St Croix? Because the island is rather large and takes about a 1-hour drive from the west to the east end, where you choose to sleep will be important. How do you decide? Read on from someone who will go to Google page 20 to find the best place.

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Map of Where to Stay in St Croix

My husband and I drove all the way around the island to get a “feel” for the different areas.

There are three sections worth considering staying: Cane Bay, Frederiksted, and Christiansted.

All have their pros and cons. Deciding which area is going to be best for you will depend on several factors such as the activities you want to do, whether you require the property to be beachfront, and proximity to restaurants and bars.

Where to stay in St Croix

Where to stay in St Croix Map

01- Cane Bay

Cane Bay Beach in St Croix USVI

Cane Bay

This is the location where my husband and I stayed, and we absolutely loved it (so I am going to be biased)!!!

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CANE BAY: PROS & CONS

  • Great snorkeling and diving
  • Home to “The Wall,” a dramatic dropoff right offshore
  • More central location to all the best St Croix activities like Annaly Bay Tide Pools
  • Dramatic mountain and cliff views
  • Properties are not right on the beach
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BEST CANE BAY RENTALS

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01- Waves at Cane Bay

The Waves at Cane Bay

The Waves at Cane Bay

While we were in St Croix, we drove past this beautiful boutique hotel.

It looks absolutely stunning!

The Waves has 11 modern oceanfront rooms, a bar serving craft cocktails, and one of the top restaurants (AMA) on the island focusing on sustainable seafood.

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02- The Pearl at Cane Bay

Upper level bedroom at The Breakers at Cane Bay in St Croix

Upper level bedroom at The Pearl at Cane Bay in St Croix

There are several beautiful villa rentals situated cliffside along Cane Bay.

We chose The Pearl and will only book here in the future!

This gorgeous Mediterranean-style property SURPASSED our expectations. It is only a 5-minute walk to several restaurants and the incredibly picturesque Cane Bay Beach.

As soon as you pull into the gated entrance, you will be beckoned by the property’s private outdoor pool to jump on in.

My husband and I spent many hours relaxing out here, sipping on cocktails, and watching the ocean waves crash on the rocks below us. Any stress will instantly melt away.

I truly felt I was on vacation here!

I also loved the constant breeze we received being right on the cliffs by the ocean. What does that mean? Little to no mosquitoes!

The villa has three floors, all with balconies facing the ocean. The main floor has a living room, dining area, and full kitchen.

We loved making some homemade meals, sitting outside and dining al fresco on the oceanfront balcony, and being mesmerized by the crashing ocean. Expect some beautiful sunsets!

02- Frederiksted

Frederiksted Pier in St Croix

Boardwalk to Frederiksted Pier in St Croix

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FREDERIKSTED: PROS & CONS

  • Beachfront properties
  • Home to one of the best snorkeling locations, Frederiksted Pier
  • Good selection of restaurants
  • There are areas you need to use common sense and not make yourself a target
  • Getting to the east end of the island will require a long drive (about an hour)
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BEST FREDERIKSTED RENTALS

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01- Cottages by the Sea

Cottages by the Sea St Croix

Upper level bedroom at The Breakers at Cane Bay in St Croix

TripAdvisor readers love Cottages by the Sea, which is actually one of the oldest hotels in St Croix and is still owned by the founding family, the Benedicts.

It is located right on a beautiful beach, where you can snorkel and swim. Normally, the water is calm on this side of the island.

Most cottages come with a full kitchen if you want to cook a few meals at home. The only downside is there is no pool, but you can use the pool at the hotel Sandcastle on the Beach next door for a fee.

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02- The Fred

The Fred St Croix

The Fred in St Croix

The Fred is a beachfront, adults-only hotel located right in town and has a swanky, eclectic, modern vibe.

It boasts two saltwater pools adjacent to the outdoor bar, which serves up all the rum cocktails you can handle.

The Fred has great reviews on Tripadvisor. A few guests have mentioned it can get quite lively and loud, so if you are looking for a quiet oasis this may not be it.

03- Christiansted

Christiansted St Croix

Downtown Christiansted in St Croix

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CHRISTIANSTED: PROS & CONS

  • Beachfront properties
  • Closest location to Buck Island
  • Location with the most restaurants and bars
  • Plenty of shopping
  • Long drive to get to the east end of the island (about an hour)
  • Use common sense when walking around and not make yourself a target
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BEST CHRISTIANSTED RENTALS

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01- The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer in St Croix

The Buccaneer in St Croix

St. John USVI has very few beachfront properties.

In contrast, St Croix has quite a few. If your dream Caribbean vacation means waking up and walking right out to the beach, you have some options.

The Buccaneer is a historic beachfront hotel that has quite a history.

It all started when a Knight of Malta constructed the first building in 1653. The property has transformed over time from a sugar factory to growing cotton and then raising cattle before it became a hotel.

Quite a few famous celebrities and politicians have enjoyed a stay at the Buccaneer including Kirk Douglas, Michael Jackson, Bill O’Reilly, and even President Joe Biden.

The Buccaneer has many amenities including a golf course, tennis court, pool, and spa.

Another perk is its close proximity to downtown Christiansted, which is a short 8-minute drive. Christiansted has a lot of the top restaurants in St Croix such as Savant, 40 Eats and Drink, and Toast Diner.

Final Thoughts

St Croix offers several beautiful locations to choose from for your vacation accommodation. After exploring all over the island, Cane Bay was by far our favorite.

The Pearl at Cane Bay was an extraordinary property. Although it did not have a beach, it more than made up for it with its stunning ocean views, balconies on every level, gorgeous private pool, walking distance to the famous Cane Bay Beach for snorkeling, and its great central location for easy access to both west and east end activities.

Staring out at the ocean from the pool at The Breakers at Cane Bay

Relaxing poolside at The Pearl at Cane Bay

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