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Feelin' Nauti'
April 25th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Our entire roll call posters decided to hang out at Sandcastle.
We reserved the chairs, umbrella and two rum punches for $25 ahead of time.

Taxi cost $6. Short ride from the cruise pier.
Beach was lovely.
I would suggest wearing water shoes due to the coral and broken shells near the shoreline.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/CPcruise/Celebrity%20Summit/St%20Croix%20Apri%2017th/IMG_0846.jpg

No beach vendors hounding you. Which was a delight.
Beach had tons of sea glass.

Don't be surprised to see a herd of horses run pass you.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/CPcruise/Celebrity%20Summit/St%20Croix%20Apri%2017th/IMG_0866.jpg

We had such an awesome time.
Highly recommend Sandcastle.

ciera123
April 25th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the review. We're headed to Sandcastle in June! :)

Feelin' Nauti'
April 29th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Thanks for the review. We're headed to Sandcastle in June! :)
We were the only cruise ship in port and they ran out of umbrellas by noon.
So I advice you to reserve ahead of time.

Enjoy!

KirkNC
April 30th, 2011, 07:37 AM
Thanks for the review.

Kirk

ciera123
May 3rd, 2011, 06:06 AM
We were the only cruise ship in port and they ran out of umbrellas by noon.
So I advice you to reserve ahead of time.

Enjoy!

Thanks, we've got our reservation!. I assumed with just :)our ship in port there would be plenty of room, so thanks for the suggestion.

michelle028
May 3rd, 2011, 02:12 PM
Our entire roll call posters decided to hang out at Sandcastle.
We reserved the chairs, umbrella and two rum punches for $25 ahead of time.

Taxi cost $6. Short ride from the cruise pier.
Beach was lovely.
I would suggest wearing water shoes due to the coral and broken shells near the shoreline.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/CPcruise/Celebrity%20Summit/St%20Croix%20Apri%2017th/IMG_0846.jpg

No beach vendors hounding you. Which was a delight.
Beach had tons of sea glass.

Don't be surprised to see a herd of horses run pass you.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/CPcruise/Celebrity%20Summit/St%20Croix%20Apri%2017th/IMG_0866.jpg

We had such an awesome time.
Highly recommend Sandcastle.




Is it round trip $6 for the cab ride to sandcastle??

cruiserssandr
May 5th, 2011, 01:36 PM
Is it round trip $6 for the cab ride to sandcastle??
Yes it is $6 per person round trip.

Feelin' Nauti'
May 5th, 2011, 04:26 PM
Is it round trip $6 for the cab ride to sandcastle??
Yes!

There is a booth (actually a desk) outside the pier.

ISABELLA
June 7th, 2011, 04:17 PM
Is there a shaded area at the beach - in case they run out of umbrellas?
thanks

Disneyjunkie
June 12th, 2011, 01:11 PM
How do you make reservations for Sandcastle?

Feelin' Nauti'
June 12th, 2011, 01:21 PM
Is there a shaded area at the beach - in case they run out of umbrellas?
thanksEven though there are trees,
Most rented umbrellas.

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/CPcruise/2011%20Celebrity%20Summit%20Cruise/St%20Croix%20Apri%2017th/IMG_0852.jpg

Feelin' Nauti'
June 12th, 2011, 01:23 PM
How do you make reservations for Sandcastle?
Here is their website

http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/CruisePassengerBeachDayPass.cfm

$5 Per Person

The Day Pass Includes:
Hotel Facilities Located On The Best Swimming Beach On St. Croix
Outdoor Shower
1 Lounge Chair Per Person
Restrooms
Restaurant & Bar on Premises
Fresh Water Sea Side Pool

Umbrellas are Available for $10 Each with purchase of 2 Beach Passes

** Special Beach Package **

2 Lounge Chairs, 1 Umbrella & 2 Rum Punch for $25

Reservations accepted for the Beach Day Pass by email or callEmail: info@sandcastleonthebeach.com or 1.800.524.2018

ciera123
June 21st, 2011, 09:10 AM
We just returned from a B2B on Serenade of the Seas and went to Sandcastle for the morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would loved to have stayed longer, but the sun was so intense and we'd gotten a bit too much the previous day. We found a lot of sea glass and shells which was fun. Just a relaxing morning at a beautiful beach. We walked there (about 15 minutes) and did the shuttle back to the ship. There were vendors all around the port area and a pharmacy which was helpful since we needed a couple of things. :)

B&J1
June 22nd, 2011, 11:38 AM
We just returned from a B2B on Serenade of the Seas and went to Sandcastle for the morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would loved to have stayed longer, but the sun was so intense and we'd gotten a bit too much the previous day. We found a lot of sea glass and shells which was fun. Just a relaxing morning at a beautiful beach. We walked there (about 15 minutes) and did the shuttle back to the ship. There were vendors all around the port area and a pharmacy which was helpful since we needed a couple of things. :)

We would definitely prefer to walk to Sandcastle....can u give me some sort of directions? IE....left or right...lol...thx
brian

mcmarya
June 22nd, 2011, 11:54 AM
Just go right once you leave the pier and follow the ocean. There is a path part of the way, then you have to walk next to the road. It's about a mile.

63galaxie
June 23rd, 2011, 02:57 AM
We just returned from a B2B on Serenade of the Seas and went to Sandcastle for the morning. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would loved to have stayed longer, but the sun was so intense and we'd gotten a bit too much the previous day. We found a lot of sea glass and shells which was fun. Just a relaxing morning at a beautiful beach. We walked there (about 15 minutes) and did the shuttle back to the ship. There were vendors all around the port area and a pharmacy which was helpful since we needed a couple of things. :)
How much was the shuttle, where do you pick it up from, and how often does it run? Where there any unusual souveniers or artwork for sale at the pier? BTW, did Serenade allow lounges or have lounge chairs on the cabin balconies?

Feelin' Nauti'
June 23rd, 2011, 07:33 AM
How much was the shuttle, where do you pick it up from, and how often does it run? Where there any unusual souveniers or artwork for sale at the pier? BTW, did Serenade allow lounges or have lounge chairs on the cabin balconies?
$6 pp shuttle (round trip).
Right outside the pier, to your right, you will see a desk and sign.

LadyPemberley
June 24th, 2011, 08:36 PM
I read there is no sales tax in the US Virgin Islands. But I was wondering if there is a resort tax or service charge that gets added to the price of the Day Pass or Special Beach Package?

63galaxie
June 25th, 2011, 06:43 PM
$6 pp shuttle (round trip).
Right outside the pier, to your right, you will see a desk and sign.
Thank you.

Feelin' Nauti'
June 25th, 2011, 07:20 PM
I read there is no sales tax in the US Virgin Islands. But I was wondering if there is a resort tax or service charge that gets added to the price of the Day Pass or Special Beach Package?
I paid CASH so no other charges were taxed on.

FYI ~ If you use your charge card you will be charged an International Fee.
I learned this the hard way. :( :mad:

LadyPemberley
June 26th, 2011, 01:16 PM
I paid CASH so no other charges were taxed on.

FYI ~ If you use your charge card you will be charged an International Fee.
I learned this the hard way. :( :mad:

Good advice. I will pay cash too. Surprised there was an International Fee while you were on US territory. :eek: I was planning on charging any food we purchased at Sand Castle on a card, but will probably use cash for that now too. THANK YOU! I can't wait. Will be in St. Croix in less than 2 weeks!!! :D

Feelin' Nauti'
June 26th, 2011, 01:41 PM
Good advice. I will pay cash too. Surprised there was an International Fee while you were on US territory. :eek: I was planning on charging any food we purchased at Sand Castle on a card, but will probably use cash for that now too. THANK YOU! I can't wait. Will be in St. Croix in less than 2 weeks!!! :D
I wasn't on US Territory.
I booked a Catamaran tour in Tobago for my roll call group.
I put the whole bill on my charge. :eek:

Have an enjoyable time in St Croix.
Wish I was there now!

NorthCarolinaBelle
October 28th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Love the review and information, Feelin Naughty. Has anybody been here lately?

Sandy Sails
December 5th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Was at Sandcastle Beach Resort last Thursday - loved it! We took a shuttle to and from - they leave from the resort back to the ship every 30 minutes.

We did not make reservations (we were the only ship in port and it never got very crowded) but we did get there pretty early - by 9:30. We paid $5 p.p. for a chair and $10 for an umbrella.

Bruno will then take good care of you regarding drinks and food. The food was yummy and the drinks were great!

We did not need to wear water shoes - the rocks and corral are large enough to just walk around them and we never had any issues. Really, don't worry about them at all. The water is wonderful, as is the sand. Pure heaven! I'd go again in a heartbeat.

birdylady
December 6th, 2011, 10:15 AM
Was at Sandcastle Beach Resort last Thursday - loved it! We took a shuttle to and from - they leave from the resort back to the ship every 30 minutes.

We did not make reservations (we were the only ship in port and it never got very crowded) but we did get there pretty early - by 9:30. We paid $5 p.p. for a chair and $10 for an umbrella.

Bruno will then take good care of you regarding drinks and food. The food was yummy and the drinks were great!

We did not need to wear water shoes - the rocks and corral are large enough to just walk around them and we never had any issues. Really, don't worry about them at all. The water is wonderful, as is the sand. Pure heaven! I'd go again in a heartbeat.
Thank you for your review. I had read a while back that people found sea glass all over. Then recently someone said there was none to be seen. Can you tell me if you saw any?

Thanx
Erika

Sandy Sails
December 6th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Did not see any sea glass at all. But we found some large conche shells and large pieces of corral. Bruno asked us not to take them with us as it's not nice to remove them from the beach. Plus when you go through customs, they usually take them away from you.

drpm
January 6th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Does anyone remember the prices of the drinks ? And is the snorkeling any good there?

Feelin' Nauti'
January 6th, 2012, 07:39 PM
Drinks were reasonable.

Snorkel - nah! Nothing to write home about. :(

maynard123
January 13th, 2012, 10:22 PM
What great reviews! We will be in St. Croix in 17 days. Reserved the Sandcastle chair/umbrella/drink package by e-mail. Had a confirmation in less than 2 hours. Does anyone know if they have towels, or do we need to bring them from the ship?

Feelin' Nauti'
January 13th, 2012, 11:14 PM
What great reviews! We will be in St. Croix in 17 days. Reserved the Sandcastle chair/umbrella/drink package by e-mail. Had a confirmation in less than 2 hours. Does anyone know if they have towels, or do we need to bring them from the ship?
Bring your own.
They do not supply towels.

bsawg
January 15th, 2012, 11:26 AM
We are thinking of going to this beach in March. We were planning to bring a fold up beach shelter/tent thing on our cruise for the various beaches. Do you think this beach would let us use one or would they insist on us renting umbrellas?

Feelin' Nauti'
January 15th, 2012, 12:10 PM
We are thinking of going to this beach in March. We were planning to bring a fold up beach shelter/tent thing on our cruise for the various beaches. Do you think this beach would let us use one or would they insist on us renting umbrellas?
E-mail and ask - won't hurt.

hancogran
January 16th, 2012, 09:11 AM
What great reviews! We will be in St. Croix in 17 days. Reserved the Sandcastle chair/umbrella/drink package by e-mail. Had a confirmation in less than 2 hours. Does anyone know if they have towels, or do we need to bring them from the ship?

I did the same thing last week and reserved the $25 package. :) I'm pretty sure we will have to bring towels from the ship...the list of what's included doesn't show towels, so I'm going to be safe and bring them with us.

sledhead
January 18th, 2012, 03:42 AM
We were thinking of going to rainbow beach but after reading this i think we have changed our minds! Has anyone been to both and if so which do you feel is a better beach day?

OceanCruise
January 18th, 2012, 09:46 AM
We just went to Sandcastle last week and did not reserve in advance. The taxi stand at the pier has vouchers for $6 round trip pp. We got to Sandcastle around 9:30 am and there were plenty of lounge chairs to rent at that time. There was also a shady area at least during the morning hours so we did not rent an umbrella. It started getting crowded around 11. We left at noon and met people who told us there were no more chairs to rent at that time. It was a nice beach and only a 5 minute ride.

hancogran
January 30th, 2012, 09:25 PM
We spent a day last week at Sandcastle, and I had reserved the $25 cruise ship package. We headed over about 8:45 a.m. but the office does not open until 9:00 so we had to wait to get our passes. The beach was nice and quiet at that time but by 10:30 or so, it got very busy.

The rum punch which was included with our pass was very strong. :D We enjoyed a few hours at Sandcastle but I would have preferred a quieter beach. We loved the fact that it was so close to the port. I believe we were the only ship in port that day so I would hate to see what the beach would be like if there were two or three ships! :eek:

nikita
February 7th, 2012, 04:38 PM
We spent a day last week at Sandcastle, and I had reserved the $25 cruise ship package. We headed over about 8:45 a.m. but the office does not open until 9:00 so we had to wait to get our passes. The beach was nice and quiet at that time but by 10:30 or so, it got very busy.

The rum punch which was included with our pass was very strong. :D We enjoyed a few hours at Sandcastle but I would have preferred a quieter beach. We loved the fact that it was so close to the port. I believe we were the only ship in port that day so I would hate to see what the beach would be like if there were two or three ships! :eek:

A few questions...do you get service on the beach or do you have to get the drinks/food yourself (yes, I'm that lazy - its a vacation). If you arrived later but had reserved chairs etc would they hold them for you? Do you pay in advance on website or once you get there?
Thanks!

hancogran
February 7th, 2012, 08:47 PM
A few questions...do you get service on the beach or do you have to get the drinks/food yourself (yes, I'm that lazy - its a vacation). If you arrived later but had reserved chairs etc would they hold them for you? Do you pay in advance on website or once you get there?
Thanks!

We didn't see anybody getting any kind of drink/food service so yes, we had to go get the drinks ourselves. There seemed to be only one young guy who was getting the chairs and umbrellas and he was kept pretty busy with that.

There didn't seem to be any shortage of chairs so I'm sure if you reserved they'd accommodate you. I booked through the website but did not have to pay until we got there. When we reserved, we simply had to give our name and that was it... no credit card to hold it or anything.

NorthCarolinaBelle
February 19th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Sandcastle was a nice enough beach, but yes, it did get crowded by my standards. Next time, we will request to have our chairs put to the right (as you're looking at the ocean) since it looked like there was more space that direction.
Bathrooms were a little disappointing, but fairly clean. One inside the bar area had the toilet up on a step that made it about 3 feet off the ground. I literally had to climb up on it!
The young guy putting out the chairs and umbrellas was very polite and efficient, and worked hard. As stated before, you had to get your own drinks. Yes, they were potent.
Lots of sea glass in the surf. I spent a bit of time meandering down the beach picking it up. It was hard to see at first, but then it seemed to be everywhere I looked!
It was a nice, relaxing way to spend our first port day.

hancogran
February 19th, 2012, 10:23 AM
Sandcastle was a nice enough beach, but yes, it did get crowded by my standards. Next time, we will request to have our chairs put to the right (as you're looking at the ocean) since it looked like there was more space that direction.
Bathrooms were a little disappointing, but fairly clean. One inside the bar area had the toilet up on a step that made it about 3 feet off the ground. I literally had to climb up on it!
The young guy putting out the chairs and umbrellas was very polite and efficient, and worked hard. As stated before, you had to get your own drinks. Yes, they were potent.
Lots of sea glass in the surf. I spent a bit of time meandering down the beach picking it up. It was hard to see at first, but then it seemed to be everywhere I looked!
It was a nice, relaxing way to spend our first port day.

This is what we did but after a few hours when more people were coming, we were stuck in the middle of it all! :eek: If we go there again, I'd head waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down the beach. :D Some people literally try to squeeze two or four chairs in such a small space that they end up almost on top of you! :eek:

OKCruiseMan
August 6th, 2012, 02:07 PM
I see this thread is getting old, but thought someone searching on Sand Castle on the Beach may be interested to know there is now a wecam.

http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/BeachCam.cfm

Feelin' Nauti'
August 7th, 2012, 12:13 PM
I see this thread is getting old, but thought someone searching on Sand Castle on the Beach may be interested to know there is now a wecam.

http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/BeachCam.cfm
Thanks for posting the webcam.

Wish I was back there.... :)

merdon
August 13th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Thanks for posting the webcam.
We're looking forward to Sandcastle in October.

Kevin's girl
September 8th, 2012, 12:37 PM
We're not going until March. Maybe you could post a few pics when you get back.

lah66
April 13th, 2013, 06:32 PM
We were at Sandcastle last week..we had reserved the $25 cruise deal ahead of time. Very nice and speedy responses to my email. We decided to take a taxi to see just how far and where we were going. We had already walked past the taxi table but there was a cab right in front of us who said he would take us. He charged us $3 per person.
The office lady was not nice at all. The chair and umbrella guy was very polite and speedy getting us situated. It was a bit overcast so we had the beach to ourselves for over an hour. At the most, there was 20 people on the beach all day. We had a ball, collecting sea glass and just relaxing.
We had lunch in the restaurant. The fish tacos and the burgers were great, the drinks were tasty, the waiter super nice. Bruno was out making a big sandcastle as we ate!
When we wanted to head back to the ship, we did not see any taxis. We asked another lady at the desk (who was even ruder than the first one) if she could call us a cab. You think we asked her for the world. Apparently most taxis charge you $6 right away and give you a return coupon. We told her we didn't get one and she was just disgusted with us. She told us that we may not find anyone willing to pick us up. We waited for quite some time and nobody showed so we started walking back.

For anyone wanting to take a taxi, stop at the taxi table so you get the return ticket voucher..maybe you could even tell them what time to come back for you.

Sandcastle Beach Management, please give your desk employees customer service training!! The chair guy and waiter are to be commended! they could teach those two ladies a thing or two!

Lauri