Cottages by the Sea Offers....
- No Passport Required
- No Added Resort Fees
- Cash and All Credit Cards Accepted
- No Additional Parking Fees
- New Wifi in Every Cottage
- Bikes Available for Guest Use
- Kayak Available for Guest Use
- On-Site Guest Laundry
- Convenient Restaurant, ‘Beachside Cafe'’” Within a 1 minute walk of any Cottage
Location, location, location……
In 1943, our grandparents purchased 5 acres of beachfront land known as “Two Brothers” or “Smithfield”. Having served in WWI, our grandfather, Harold J Benedict, lost his leg at the battle of Belleau Wood in France and this small parcel of beachfront land that was situated close to their home at Hannah’s Rest, near Frederiksted, had the best beach access for a disabled veteran, so “Benny and Genny” purchased the land that eventually became Cottages by the Sea.
This West End, St Croix, oasis of peace and serenity, is now owned by the 4 children of Benny and Genny’s youngest son, Tommy, and his wife Carol, so the third generation of Cottages by the Sea owners.
As one of the longest-standing hotels on the island, our cottages have an exceptional reputation and are often referred to as the “happy place” of frequent and returning guests. There are 28 cottages, each uniquely designed, and all cottages are different in size and decor.
On the grounds, lush, tropical landscaping can be found at each turn. For guest convenience and enjoyment, there are two beachfront patios (with BBQ), on-site laundry, and comfortable beach chairs and lounges.
Our property is located 1/2 mile south of the quaint town of Frederiksted, a popular place for day-trips among guests. This charming property has a calm, clear, and pristine beach with minimal rocks and endless white sand, and best of all, is literally the best palce on the island of St Croix to take in the spectacular Caribbean sunsets. But don't just listen to our description of Cottages by the Sea, some see for youself.
28 Uniquely Different Beachfront Cottages
Without the hustle and bustle of a large resort, Cottages by the Sea has slowly evolved over the past 8 decades to be one of the most popular hotels in the Caribbean. Our beachfront cottages offer full kitchens (except our 4 European Guest rooms), open floor plans, comfortable beds, private bathrooms, easy beach access, cool tropical breezes, private patios, colorful decor, authentic artwork and air conditioning.
Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the warm, calm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, or bask in the sun while lounging in one of our beach chairs. Enjoy hunting for sea glass, BBQ grilling, bike riding, kayaking, or reading a book from our guest library. Enjoy your nightly cocktail while gathering with other guests on one of our common patios to enjoy the sunset and while waiting for the elusive “green flash”
Perfect Vacation Getaway
Shhhhh! Our guests often tell us that we are the best kept secret in the Caribbean Islands. We definitely work on "island time" and we embrace the slow, old world, quiet, relaxing, atmosphere that we have worked for decades to maintain. Our unique and "organic" property is the perfect beach destination for those who are looking to completely unwind, relax and experience what an authentic Caribbean vacation is supposed to be. Our magical, beachfront destination 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!
What Our Guests Say
Step into Paradise Best beach in St. Croix! Friendly staff and very well appointed cottages. I loved that you could grab a bike to head into town. We saw sea turtles by snorkelling right off our beach! Very comfy beds too.
Bring me back Even before I learned that nearly every vacationer at the Cottages was a repeat customer, I knew I'd be going back for another stay. Everyone was super helpful and friendly; the location is ideal--right on the beach, safe, uncrowded, crystal clear turquoise water, turtles swimming by, snorkeling equipment and kayaks available, walking distance to restaurants, beautiful grounds. The cottages are clean, quaint, no frills, very cutely furnished/appointed, well-stocked kitchens, working air-conditioner, and a very inviting porch for morning coffee. There's just a really great vibe to the place, which is evidenced by how many people return every year. Of the people I talked to, I heard of a couple who'd been coming for 50 years, 20 years, ten years, four years and two years. Everyone loves this place and it is competitive to find availability. Shout out to all the staff, especially Sandy. I intend to be back for another dose of Island calm.
Wow! Quiet, peaceful and beautiful. We are happy that we discovered Cottages by the Sea in winter, 2021 and have returned in 2022, and 2023. The property is charming and there is a sense of time and history. Each cottage has its own charm and there are not two the same. We enjoyed the close proximity to the sand and ocean that most of the cottages enjoy as well as the camaraderie with other guests as we gather to enjoy sunset each evening on what is now termed " Sunset Patio"! The Cottages participate in the Turtle Preservation program that is ongoing at the National Wildlife Seashore a couple of miles away.
Our home away from home. Lovely, cozy beachside cottages with great swimming, beach walking and birdwatching near Christianstead. Pleasant staff and services. Several restaurants nearby, one next door. Long beach walk to the point where sea turtles come to lay their eggs.
Gorgeous Cottages By the Sea was the perfect place for our honeymoon. It was private, had all of the amenities we needed, and most importantly, it only took a few steps to make it to the sand. The whole experience was wonderful from the staff to the cleanliness to the ease of the check in / check out. We couldn't recommend it more.
Best place to stay on the island! This was the third time we stayed at Cottages, and it won't be the last! Loved it! Excellent staff, location, cottages, and everything else! Love it! Even if you get a cottage that is not ocean view, you can sit under the little community area. Awesome view of sunset!
This is the most amazing place with the BEST staff!! What a lovely place to stay! Relaxing ambiance in cute oceanfront cottages on a well maintained piece of property. Thoughtful beach cabanas provide needed shade, and the yard is nicely kept by a local gardener. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Sunsets are terrific. A very unique place. We certainly hope to return to this charming spot.
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127A Smithfield Rd,
Frederiksted, VI 00840-3677