Welcome to Cottages by the Sea

"Oh island in the sun, willed to me by my father’s hand, all my days I will sing and praise of your forest, waters, your shining sand…” Harry Belafonte

Established in 1949 by our grandparents, Harold and Genevieve Benedict, this family owned and operated beachfront, boutique hotel, is located on the western end of the beautiful island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.  We are located just south of the quaint town of Frederiksted.

Spread across two acres of beachfront property, Cottages by the Sea has long been a place where guests come to relax, reflect and get away from everyday life. The Caribbean living of simple cottages, dazzling sunsets, uncomplicated demands, rejuvenating breezes, and friendly people will provide you with a new place to escape to.  We hope that you will soon call Cottages by the Sea your “home away from home”.

With 27 uniquely different cottages, and without the hustle and bustle of a large resort, Cottages by the Sea has slowly evolved over the past 60 years to offer authentic and old-style Caribbean pleasure to you, our valued guest.  Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the warm, calm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Bask in the sun while lounging in one of our colorful beach chairs.  Enjoy sea glass hunting, grilling, bike riding, kayaking, reading from our library and playing a friendly game from our game closet.  Take a walk around our property while taking in the aroma of the lush, tropical landscaping.  Gather with friends while lounging in our garden gazebo.  Enjoy your nightly cocktail while gathering with other guests on one of our common patios to enjoy the sunset and while looking for the elusive “green flash”.

Our spacious cottages offer full kitchens, comfortable beds, cool breezes, Caribbean décor, unique artwork, private patios and air conditioning.

Cottages by the Sea is the perfect vacation getaway for those who are looking to completely unwind, relax and experience what a Caribbean vacation is supposed to be – all at a reasonable price.  Our magical property has long been a place where guests look forward to coming back to year after year.  Most of our guests are repeat guests, and we hope you will be too!


  • *NO PASSPORT REQUIRED*
  • *NO INCIDENTIAL CHARGES*
  • *NO RESORT FEES*
  • *CHILDREN STAY FOR FREE*
  • *CASH AND/OR ALL CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED*
  • *FREE PARKING*
  • *FREE WIFI*
  • *FREE BIKES*
  • *FREE KAYAK*
  • *ON SITE LAUNDRY*
  • *FRIENDLY STAFF*
  • *CONVENIENT RESTAURANT, ‘THE BEACHSIDE CAFÉ’” ADJACENT TO OUR PROPERTY*
  • Low-stress, comfortable, and so welcoming. Just three out of one hundred reasons to return
    Kristin M, Nevada
  • Always a place to remember, always a place to return to.
    Susanne C, Texas
  • Serene and magical with blue skies and water with the best view of the sunset
    Sandra G, Christiansted
  • Home away from home. From the people we met to our private beach wedding, Cottages by the Sea is our new anniversary getaway.
    Justin B, Texas
  • Calm, quiet, tranquil serenity by the sea…
    Lauren J, Texas
  • Cozy cottages nestled on a seductive white sand beach surrounded by palatial palms and fabulous flowers where cares just evaporate into the tropical sunshine
    Joe S, Missouri
  • The most wonderful Place on earth. The location, The cottages, The staff.. ...Home away from Home!!! Paul and The staff make us feel so welcome and so special:-):-):-):-):-)
    Birgitte W, Denmark
  • Cottages By The Sea is my Happy Place
    Debbie B, Florida