Why is St. Croix such a popular tourist destination?
St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has miles of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, a vibrant Caribbean culture and enough exciting activities to create a lifetime of memories. Since St. Croix is a U.S. territory, American citizens can visit the island without worrying about the cost and hassle of acquiring a passport. Families, honeymooners and jet setters come to St. Croix to relax, unwind and experience all that the Virgin Islands have to offer.
Which St. Croix beaches are the best?
That depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s swimming you’re after, visit Sandy Point Beach for its gorgeous beaches and calm, shallow waters. But don’t forget to wear sun block, and remember that in order to protect leatherback turtle nests, staked umbrellas are prohibited. Sandy Point is a major turtle destination and closed to human guests during that time, so ask around for the schedule before you head out there. If scuba diving is your thing, visit Fort Frederick Beach. A short walk away is the Frederiksted Pier where you can dive, snorkel or try your hand at fishing. For unlimited family fun and water sports, try Cane Bay, or explore the island’s miles of beaches to find the perfect swimming hole or sunset spot for you. Please remember that even in paradise, it is best to leave your valuables out of plain site and lock your car.
My husband is a history buff. How can I convince him to visit St. Croix?
Two words: Danish ruins. St. Croix has a rich and storied past, and you can experience it for yourself when you visit one of over 150 former sugar cane plantations and mills. Visit the historic district of Old Danish Town, or rent a car and travel the St. Croix Heritage Trail to learn about the island’s Danish history for yourself. Visit the Lawaetz Plantation to get a feel for West Indian life in the 1900s, or tour the Whim Family home to take a trip back to the 1700s. Don’t forget to make a stop at the Cruzan Rum Distillery, which has been making fine Caribbean rum for over 300 years.
What does St. Croix have to offer animal lovers?
Plenty! Go scuba diving or snorkeling to meet fish, manta rays and turtles. Spend an afternoon horseback riding or bird watching in the island’s lush forests, or take a stroll down one of the St. Croix beaches where turtles are known to nest. Want to have your picture taken with a truly unique animal? Stop by the Mt. Pellier Hut Domino Club to share a cold one with the bar’s famous beer drinking pigs. Yes, you read that right – beer drinking pigs.
What do I need to know about driving on St. Croix?
Driving on St. Croix is English style – meaning you drive on the left side of the road. The change can take some time to adjust to, so when you’re planning your car rental you may want to designate an experienced driver from your group to be the official chauffeur. One you’ve adjusted to life in the left lane, you’ll be all set for lots of breathtaking views and cross-island adventures.
How do visitors get to and from the island of St. Croix?
Getting to St. Croix is simple. Many major airlines fly into the island’s Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport, and smaller, inter-island charter flights are available for travelers who wish to explore other islands. Many tourists explore the island when their cruise ships dock near St. Croix beaches. Getting to St. Croix is easy – it’s leaving the tropical paradise and returning to reality that’s tough.
What’s on the menu at St. Croix?
You can find just about any kind of food on St. Croix, from cheeseburgers and fries to gourmet French cuisine. Of course, no trip to St. Croix is complete until you’ve sampled a few authentic Caribbean dishes, like callaloo or roti. Wash down your meal with some warm bush tea or a cold and refreshing glass of sorrel. And if you’re a connoisseur of spirits, take a tour of the Cruzan Rum and Captain Morgan Distilleries or create your own rum-inspired cocktails at your favorite seaside bar.
I can’t leave St. Croix without souvenirs. Where should I shop?
Since the U.S. dollar is St. Croix’s official currency, Americans can shop without having to worry about exchange rates. Of course, travelers from other parts of the world enjoy souvenir hunting too, and with all the duty-free merchandise here on the island, shopping is an extremely popular activity. Use your car rental to drive to Frederiksted or Christiansted, where you can explore unique boutiques and duty-free shops, or buy handcrafted goods at the gift shops of Whim Museum and St. George Botanical Gardens.
Can you think of a single reason why I shouldn’t visit St. Croix?
Maybe if you’re some kind of vacation Grinch who hates fun and adventure – the sort of person who cringes at the sound of children’s laughter and grimaces at the sight of frolicking dolphins. If so, maybe you should stay home. Or maybe not, because a trip to St. Croix could be just what you need to wake up and start living life again. You might arrive as a grouch, but you’ll have a hard time leaving as one.
Okay, you’ve convinced me. How do I start planning my trip?
First, choose your travel mates and buy your plane tickets. Then contact us to reserve your car rental. We’ll be happy to give you ideas for day trips and to point you towards any additional resources you may need. Sandy beaches, lush forests, blue waters and a world of new experiences await you here on the island of St. Croix. Check out our Perfect Day on St. Croix blog for ideas on how to spend your days in paradise and take the first step towards adventure today!