Reviewers Rating: Great
Just got back from 11 glorious days at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino.
The resort is somewhat isolated. If you wish to eat any where other than the beach restaurant which only offe sandwiches, pizza, salads and one or two dinner specials, the casino restaurant, which also offers sandwiches, pizza and salads, or the fancy restaurant, which is only opened for dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch. If you wish to leave the property either cab or rental car is needed. We opted for the rental car. It may have cost more than cabbing, but we enjoyed the freedom of coming and going when ever we pleased. We went to mass every morning, went back to town to shop in the afternoon and went out to dinner almost every evening. Wouldnít have made that many trips to town if we had to cab. We paid $251.00 for an Avis car. We had it from Sunday to Sunday. We did take the shuttle to the Harbor Fest. This was $12.00 a person, but money well spent. People who took this option preferred it to driving back from Fredricksted to Christenstsed late at night. Driving for the most part is relatively easy. We opted to take the scenic route to town Some people advised against this because or pot holes and lack of street lights. There were some street lights which was a big help and on our second day on the island, the pot holes on the scenic route were circled in red which made the drive much easier. l assume they were getting ready to repair the holes, but this was not done while we were there.
The activities at the resort are minimal, but this is what is available
Wind sailing, kayaking, peddle glass bottom boat and a small sail boat are available for rental. Bill Blass entertains on Sunday afternoon at the beach bar-excellent steel drummer.
He also plays at the Monday night Managers cocktail hour. There is a pool table and a volley ball net set up. Pool table was used quite a bit, but not the volley ball area. I donít think there were enough young people to play volley ball. A couple nights during the week
someone is playing the piano at the lobby bar. Usually a half a dozen people present. A band plays at the casino every night. The casino is a short walk from the resort.
We ate at the:
Starlite Restaurant at the hotel-very good-only open Thurs, Fri. & Sat.
Villa Madiline - okay, but donít order the chicken
Duggins-very good, reservation a must. Request table, 21, 22 or 23.
Cheeseburger Paradise. no reservation excepted. mostly sandwiches, but the New York
strip steak is excellent.
Cultured Pelican-make reservations early for Thursday evening. The reservations fill up
fast on Thursdays, because they offer a buy one meal get one free. Can beat this deal,
especially since most of the prices at the restaurants are high.
Rumrunners is a great choice for breakfast.
Our dinner meals ran between $65.00 and $80.00, this included a glass of wine for each of
us, a salad, split between the two of us, an entree and no dessert or coffee.
We only breakfast out 4 times the rest of the time we had cereal, fruit, juice and coffee in
the room. Only had lunch out twice. I brought some canned items from home that we used
for sandwiches. We also had dinner doggie bags for lunch. Microwave, refrigerator are
supplied. No dishes, for silverware. Ask the Edmone, the bell captain and he will get you
Also to help defray the cost, we bought booze and wine from home had to buy more here.
We also purchased juice, cereal, buns fruit and other miscellaneous items at the grocery
Things to do for inactive people
We lucked out to be on the island for St. Patís day. What a hoot that was
Crab races at Stixx on Friday. The race begins at 5:30 PM island time
Toured the rum factory. Drove up to Udall Point and Cramer Park. Buck Island tour, Fort
tour, aquarium. There is much more to do we just didnít do it.
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