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Beaches & Recreation

Dive, Snorkel, Or Just Lounge On St. Croix’s Best Beaches

Please note that the Buccaneer's main gate is currently closed for access to the beaches. 

Whether you enjoy diving, snorkeling or lounging on the immaculate sand, the three beaches at The Buccaneer are some of the best in St. Croix. The Mermaid and Grotto Beaches each have a water-sports center with kayaks, snorkeling gear, mats and floats, sand toys and towels available for guest use. 

While spending time on our beautiful beaches and swimming in the Caribbean Sea, we urge our guests to wear oxybenzone-free sunscreen, such as Aloe Up available in our Gift Shop, to help protect our coral reefs. 


Mermaid  Beach Cabana

Mermaid Beach

Palm-shaded and protected, Mermaid Beach is The Buccaneer's main beach and features The Mermaid Restaurant and a water-sports center. The Mermaid beach offers a variety of beach sports, including basketball, volleyball, Frisbee golf, corn hole, ping pong and more.

Grotto Beach

Grotto Beach

The Grotto pool and grill are located on Grotto Beach. Three holes of the golf course are located along the shoreline of this beautiful beach in addition to a water-sports center. The Grotto beach is perfect for those who want to relax or read a book while listening to the gentle sounds of the waves. 

Wedding couple kissing on Whistle Beach

Whistle Beach

The Buccaneer’s third beach, Whistle Beach, is an over-the-hill beach favored for its seclusion. Whistle Beach is accessible by a short walk around our jogging trail. The natural beach does not feature any structures. Guests staying at The Buccaneer Beach House at Whistle Point have private access to Whistle Beach through the lawn. 

Pair of snorkelers off Buck Island

Buck Island Reef National Monument

A "must-see" for all visitors to St. Croix, Buck Island Reef National Monument is "one of the top beaches in the world," according to National Geographic. Full-day or half-day trips can be arranged by the concierge. Boats pick up guests from The Buccaneer’s private dock, weather permitting. 


Pair of Stand Up Paddle Boarders

Beach Activities and Water Sports

Guests receive complimentary use of paddleboards, ocean kayaks, snorkeling gear, floating mats, beach toys and games at our staffed Beach Shacks located on Mermaid and Grotto Beaches. Also, guests enjoy two pools, one located at the Greathouse, and one at The Grotto Beach. Our beach attendants host weekly snorkeling and kayaking tours to showcase our beautiful bays and sea life. Volleyball, soccer, corn hole, ping pong and beachside basketball are offered as well. Learn-to-scuba classes are available for guests ten years old and over. Guests successfully completing this complimentary two-hour session may opt for a shallow open water dive either the same day or another day during their stay at an extra charge.

Woman snorkeling near the beach


Complimentary use of our fitness equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, a seated pedal bike, a bench press and free weights, is available 24/7. 

Tennis Courts

Golf, Tennis, Spa

Player information, hole-by-hole course guide and printable scorecards are shown in Golfing at The Buccaneer. If tennis is your game, meet our pro and view the courts. The Hideaway Spa at The Buccaneer will pamper you from head to toe.

Sugar Mill

Nature and History Tour

Join owner/general manager Elizabeth Armstrong on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for an informative narrative on the flora, fauna and a fascinating history of The Buccaneer. (Schedule subject to change.)

Moko Jumbies performance

Owner's Cocktail Reception Hosted by Elizabeth Armstrong, Owner/General Manager, Tuesdays

Enjoy steel pan music, hors d'oeuvres and rum punch at this Tuesday afternoon get-together. Folkloric mocko-jumbies, or stilt dancers, provide unique island entertainment and provide a great photo opportunity.

Family Strolling on beach

Crab Races and Family Treasure Hunt

The weekly running of the crabs and our family treasure hunts are Buccaneer traditions and are especially appreciated by the under-betting-age set.

Kids Snorkeling

Kids' Camp

Parents get a break and kids get to have fun at our complimentary Kids' Camp for four to twelve-year olds, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with beach fun, games, crafts, movies and other age-appropriate activities.

Family Kayaking

Family Activities

With 340 self-contained tropical acres, The Buccaneer is a natural playground for all ages. See for yourself in our photo guide to fun for the entire family.

Front Entrance to Great House

Art Classes

St. Croix artist Jane Aiken leads a watercolor class on our beautiful Great House Terrace with expansive views to serve as inspiration. Please reach out to the concierge for pricing and availability.

Live music at The Lounge

Nightly Entertainment (Seasonally)

Conclude the day with dinner or a night-cap at The Lounge located in the Great House. Live, local entertainment is scheduled nightly during the winter season and several times a week during spring, summer and fall.

Scuba Diving at Butler Bay


Complimentary Discover SCUBA lessons are available weekly with advance sign up required. Once guests complete the course, they can opt to go on an open water dive for a fee.