Sandcastle Beach Review

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#1
Long Island
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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.



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.



We had such an awesome time.
Highly recommend Sandcastle.
#2
Gladstone, MO USA
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Thanks for the review. We're headed to Sandcastle in June!
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#3
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Originally posted by ciera123
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!
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Thanks for the review.

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#5
Gladstone, MO USA
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Originally posted by Feelin' Nauti'
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.
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1989 Big Red Boat (Bahamas)
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2003 Celebrity Constellation (British Isles/Norway)
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#6
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Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by Feelin' Nauti'
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.



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.



We had such an awesome time.
Highly recommend Sandcastle.


Is it round trip $6 for the cab ride to sandcastle??
#11
Long Island
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Originally posted by ISABELLA
Is there a shaded area at the beach - in case they run out of umbrellas?
thanks
Even though there are trees,
Most rented umbrellas.

#12
Long Island
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Originally posted by Disneyjunkie
How do you make reservations for Sandcastle?
Here is their website

http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/...achDayPass.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: [email protected] or 1.800.524.2018
#13
Gladstone, MO USA
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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.
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1989 Big Red Boat (Bahamas)
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2003 Celebrity Constellation (British Isles/Norway)
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2007 Sapphire Princess (New Zealand/ Australia)
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2011 Serenade of the Seas (B2B Southern Caribbean)
2013 Carnival Breeze (Eastern Caribbean)
2015 Freedom of the Seas (Eastern Caribbean)

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#14
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Originally posted by ciera123
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
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#15
No. Virginia
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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.
#16
Owensboro, KY (on the Ohio River)
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Originally posted by ciera123
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?
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Originally posted by 63galaxie
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.
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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?
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Originally posted by Feelin' Nauti'
$6 pp shuttle (round trip).
Right outside the pier, to your right, you will see a desk and sign.
Thank you.
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Originally posted by LadyPemberley
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.