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The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort is a beachfront Caribbean retreat with stunning room views, a golf course, 3 private beaches, and new COVID-19 protocols — and you don't need a passport to visit

Business Insider Logo By insider@insider.com (Nneya Richards) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 16: When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more.The Buccaneer is a storied beachfront resort with cliffside rooms overlooking the scenic Beauregard Bay on the island of St Croix. In addition to its sprawling grounds, the recently reopened hotel has implemented enhanced safety and cleaning protocols in response to COVID-19.I visited just before the pandemic and stayed in a mid-tier Deluxe Oceanfront room and found it to be a relaxing, spacious retreat. This room type starts at $419 per night, but was comped for review purposes. On a return visit, I would instead opt for an Ocean View room in the iconic Great House, for $269 per night.Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. When cooped up indoors (as many of us have been, due to COVID-19) and dreaming of a beachfront escape with turquoise waters and sugary beaches, The Buccaneer is the exact kind of Caribbean oasis your mind is likely to conjure.The island of St. Croix's tourism board must know this since they offer a livestream of The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort that has been going since January of 2018. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's Great House dates as far back as 1653, and The Buccaneer first opened its doors to guests beginning in 1947 with just 11 guest rooms. Today, the sprawling resort is one of the most iconic spots in the US Virgin Islands, and still run by the granddaughter of the original owners and operators.Now a full-service luxury resort, The Buccaneer has maintained a strong sense of camaraderie, at times feeling more like a 340-acre clubhouse where everyone knows one another, rather than a fleeting hotel stay. This is, no doubt, what keeps guests coming back year after year.Naturally, this year, that annual ritual has changed for some of the extended Buccaneer "family." After closing down due to COVID-19 guidelines, the resort recently reopened with new protocols in place. With American tourists' travel limited right now, the US Virgin Islands — a Caribbean retreat that isn't too far from the mainland and doesn't require a passport — is particularly attractive. While I visited the Buccaneer just before the pandemic, its open-air style, private beach access, and ample outdoor grounds make it especially desirable now, too.My mid-tier Ocean View Deluxe room was comped for review purposes, but typically runs $419 per night. However, entry-level Ocean View rooms still offer gorgeous views and stronger value, starting at $269 per night. However, be aware that while you won't need a passport to enter the US Virgin Islands, you will need a negative COVID-19 PCR nasal test result that was received within five days of your arrival date, or a positive COVID-19 antibodies test that was received within four months of your arrival date. And if you're not quite ready to hop on a plane just yet, consider saving this idyllic spot to your future wish list.The first impressionThe roomOn-site amenitiesWhat's nearbyWhat others sayWhat you need to knowCOVID-19 policiesThe bottom lineBook the Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort starting at $269 per nightRead on to see why I was so impressed with The Buccaneer.Read the original article on Business Insider

The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort is a beachfront Caribbean retreat with stunning room views, a golf course, 3 private beaches, and new COVID-19 protocols — and you don't need a passport to visit

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When cooped up indoors (as many of us have been, due to COVID-19) and dreaming of a beachfront escape with turquoise waters and sugary beaches, The Buccaneer is the exact kind of Caribbean oasis your mind is likely to conjure.

The island of St. Croix's tourism board must know this since they offer a livestream of The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort that has been going since January of 2018. 

A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the hotel's Great House dates as far back as 1653, and The Buccaneer first opened its doors to guests beginning in 1947 with just 11 guest rooms. Today, the sprawling resort is one of the most iconic spots in the US Virgin Islands, and still run by the granddaughter of the original owners and operators.

Now a full-service luxury resort, The Buccaneer has maintained a strong sense of camaraderie, at times feeling more like a 340-acre clubhouse where everyone knows one another, rather than a fleeting hotel stay. This is, no doubt, what keeps guests coming back year after year.

Naturally, this year, that annual ritual has changed for some of the extended Buccaneer "family." After closing down due to COVID-19 guidelines, the resort recently reopened with new protocols in place. 

With American tourists' travel limited right now, the US Virgin Islands — a Caribbean retreat that isn't too far from the mainland and doesn't require a passport — is particularly attractive. While I visited the Buccaneer just before the pandemic, its open-air style, private beach access, and ample outdoor grounds make it especially desirable now, too.

My mid-tier Ocean View Deluxe room was comped for review purposes, but typically runs $419 per night. However, entry-level Ocean View rooms still offer gorgeous views and stronger value, starting at $269 per night. 

However, be aware that while you won't need a passport to enter the US Virgin Islands, you will need a negative COVID-19 PCR nasal test result that was received within five days of your arrival date, or a positive COVID-19 antibodies test that was received within four months of your arrival date. 

And if you're not quite ready to hop on a plane just yet, consider saving this idyllic spot to your future wish list.

Read on to see why I was so impressed with The Buccaneer.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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