St. Croix, USVI
St. Croix, USVI
Why visit St. Croix?
St. Croix is the largest of the three US Virgin Islands: 28 by 7 miles. There is a delightful Danish influence as the United States bought the island from the Danish in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies in 1916 for $25M in gold. If you have Danish roots you will feel at home here, and if you don't, the islanders will make sure you feel welcome. The people are kind, friendly and willing to go out of their way to ensure you have a good time. If you want lots of action, go to St. Thomas. If you want no action, go to St. John. If you want something in between, go to St. Croix.
Where to stay?
Check out American Airlines Vacations, we got a great deal with air/hotel to this resort. https://www.aavacations.com
The Sandcastle (moderately priced) is located on the beach in Frederiksted. The rooms are clean and beds comfortable. The Beachside Cafe offers a variety of entrees that are both fresh and flavorful. Dining al fresco makes dining all that more enjoyable. The proprietors, Sheryl & Simone, will ensure you have a lovely stay. Additionally, all the staff and Deloris, the front desk manager, are devoted to providing outstanding service.
TIP: While walking along the beach look for blue and white or pink and white little pieces of china. These artifacts from colonial times are called "chaney" and are found all over the island. Children used the shards as play money, hence the term, "chaney." We found two pieces right in front of the hotel on the beach. Here is a link to a St. Croix artisan who makes the most of these little gems. http://www.cruciangold.com/chaney-collection.
Sand Castle on the Beach Resort
I always suggest renting a car when visiting the islands. You see more. So get into your rental car and drive (stay left) about 30 minutes to the capital of Christiansted which is the epicenter of St. Croix's shopping district. Then park and get out and walk. The shops and restaurants are in close proximity plus many of the streets are one-way. There is plenty of street parking or park near Fort Christiansted. The main streets all lead down to the harbor. You can't get lost. Besides shopping and eating, many dive and snorkel trips leave from the harbor. We caught a boat to Buck Island and enjoyed some excellent snorkeling!
Natural Beauty of the North Shore
Along the coast you will see sweeping vistas of grassy slopes leading down to gorgeous turquoise water. There are plenty of high end hotels and resorts along the north shore which sit on sandy palm-lined beaches. Many visitors stay on this side of the island. The north shore road leads into Christiansted.
North Shore Road
The local brew - outstanding
Cane Bay - North Shore
Visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery
St. George Botanical Gardens
The gardens are in the restored ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane planation with over 1500 varieties of plants, trees and flowers. There is a nice gift shop you will want to check out.
Plan your visit around Jump Up!
This is a fantastic event held in downtown Christiansted. Check out this website for more information. http://massiveproductionsinc.com/2012/11/15/holiday-jump-up-scheduled-for-nov-23/