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As a vacation destination, St. Croix has a lodging industry that offers dozens of resorts and hotels, covering a range of service from economy through luxury 5-star. Resorts located along the shore and away from the metro areas almost always have private beaches. Hotels located in the two cities are likely to be limited to lodging and dining.  Privately owned homes, ranging from condos to villas, are available for rent directly from owners on sites such as vrbo.com, and may be a bargain, especially if traveling with four or more people.  One would want to exercise reasonable caution when renting in this way.
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As a vacation destination, St. Croix has a lodging industry that offers dozens of resorts and hotels, covering a range of service from economy through luxury 5-star. Resorts located along the shore and away from the metro areas almost always have private beaches. Hotels located in the two cities are likely to be limited to lodging and dining.  Privately owned homes, ranging from condos to villas, are available for rent directly from owners on various websites, and may be a bargain especially if traveling with four or more people.  One would want to exercise reasonable caution when renting in this way.
  
 
Almost all of St Croix major tourist resorts and hotels have packages which offer sailing,  
 
Almost all of St Croix major tourist resorts and hotels have packages which offer sailing,  

Revision as of 17:39, 11 January 2010

Saint Croix is the largest island of the U.S. Virgin Islands (82 square miles), and a territory of the United States of America. This island of rolling hills, rainforest, and picturesque towns is the home of approximately 60,000 people.


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Cities

There are two towns on the island:

Other destinations

Understand

Talk

Typically, English and Spanish are spoken throughout the Virgin Islands. However, the Virgin Islands Creole was formed when enslaved Africans, unable to communicate with each other due to being taken from different regions of West Africa with different languages, created a new English-based dialect with West African-derived words and grammatical structure. Today, forms of the language are still spoken and vary by the age of the speaker. Some words and expressions are known only by older Virgin Islanders, while there are also relatively newer words and expressions known only to younger Virgin Islanders. The dialect continues to undergo "creolization." The variant of Virgin Islands Creole spoken on St. Croix, known as Crucian, contains many Spanish-derived words due to St. Croix's large ethnic Puerto Rican population.

As with other Caribbean creoles, Virgin Islands Creole has a smaller set of pronouns than English, and conjugations occur less often. For example, the English phrase "I gave it to her" would translate to "I give it to she" in mesolectal Virgin Islands Creole or "I gi' e to she" in basilectal Virgin Islands Creole.

Most older Cruicians have learned to speak in a more traditional form of English due to the number of tourists with whom they come in contact.

Get in

Also, an occasional cruise ship docks at the Ann Abramson Pier in Frederiksted.

Get around

  • Major car rental agencies are available. Also:
    • Judi of Croix Car Rentals, 877-903-2123
    • Skyline Car Rentals, 877-719-5990.
  • Taxi All taxi drivers should carry a rate card with approved fares. Taxis have no meters and charge by zone. Baggage and waiting time are extra. Most will take you on an island tour for $30-$45 for two people, and another $15 per person for additional passengers. Authorized taxis have "TP" on the license plate and a dome light on the roof.
    • St. Croix Taxi Association, Rohlsen Airport, 340-778-1088.
    • Federation of St. Croix Taxi Association Inc. (Taxi, Vans, Safaris), 778-5587.
    • Antilles Taxi Service, Christiansted, 773-5020.
    • Caribbean Taxi and Tours, Christiansted, 773-9799.
    • Cruzan Taxi Association, Christiansted, 773-6388.
    • Combine Taxi and Tours, Frederiksted, 772-2828.
    • Frederiksted Taxi Service, Frederiksted, 772-4775.
  • Tommy's Scooter Rentals, 340-332-2118.

See

[1]

  • St. George Village Botanical Garden, 127 Estate St. George/Kingshill, Just north, off Centerline Road, near Frederiksted, Tel: 340-692-2874, [2]. Stroll about the grounds of the former plantation.
  • The rain forest in the Northwest. Include the tidal pools at Annally Bay.
  • Point Udall, the easternmost territory under the American flag.
  • Christiansted Historic Site, incuding the warehouse where Alexander Hamilton worked before he moved to New York.
  • Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge to see endangered leatherback turtles.
  • Whim Great House- a restored plantation.

Itineraries

Do

  • Divi Carina Bay Casino, 35 Estate Turner Hole, Tel: 877-FUN DIVI.
  • SCUBA Dive Cane Bay Wall - Tremendous diving around the beach and the upper levels of the wall before it drops 13,000 feet to the ocean floor.
  • Fishing - The waters surrounding St. Croix are ideal for sport fishing and record size catches are common, such as Tuna, Wahoo, or Blue Marlin. For a half or full day sport fishing, the following are some companies you can charter:

Buy

St. Croix is rich with artists. Christiansted is home to many galleries including WATCH YOUR STEP owned by artist Diane Given Hayes, D&D STUDIO featuring works by Ted Davis and other notable artists, ISLAND BOY DESIGNS owned by jewelry designer Whealan Massciott (Kenny Chesney is a fan), the MARIA HENLE GALLERY and many more. A stroll around town will reveal these and many more treasures.

  • D&D Studio Fine Art Gallery, 55 Company Street, Christiansted, St. Croix - U.S. Virgin Islands 00820, 340.719.1201, [3]. D&D Studio sells stunning, eye-catching works from the Caribbean's finest photographers and is the only gallery in the West Indies devoted entirely to the art of photography. When in historic downtown Christiansted, you're invited to stop in the Studio and owners Ted Davis and Sam Dike will show you delightful new exhibits in a sophisticated gallery setting. Much of the artwork seen on the D&D Studio web site can be purchased over telephone or through e-mail. Purchased artwork will be shipped insured and very well packaged to any point on the globe. Give us a call or drop us a line and we'll help you place your order.

Both Christiansted and Frederiksted also have a few merchants offering jewelry, liquor and souvenirs, but somewhat more genteel than in most cruise ports. For any items that benefit from duty-free importation, prices generally rival those in Saint Thomas. (See this same topic for Saint Thomas; most advice applies, though St Croix is seldom overrun by cruise passengers.)

Eat

Local Flavors - The Cruicians pride themselves on their culinary flare. Local fish, goat, and pork are amongst their most varied dishes. Try the salted fish, goat stew, and pig "soup." Fresh seasonal vegetables are always available at road side stands throughout the year. The mango reigns over St. Croix's summer season, and is described as "the Queen of Tropical Fruit." In fact, an entire festival is dedicated to it-- Mango Melee.

Although Cruicians still cook many traditional foods, St. Croix is rich in culinary variations stemming from the island's history and the influence of American fare. There is food for all tastes and occasions while local specialties are still held long in tradition.

St. Croix is home to a celebrated week-long culinary festival held each April called the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience which includes wine seminars, dinners with celebrity chefs (Kevin Rathbun, Rocco DiSpirito, Robbin Haas, Gerry Klaskala, Richard Reddington are just a few who joined the fun) and the main event, A Taste of St. Croix, showcases foods from more than 50 of the islands restaurants.

For a listing of restaurants on the island see [4]. Great local food can be found at Harvey's(stew goat), Singh's (roti) and Norma at the Domino Club in the rain forest always has something cooking.

For fine dining, try Tutto Bene, Case Place, Bacchus, Savant and The Galleon. Rumrunners, located on the waterfront at Hotel Caravelle is perfect for casual, fun dining. They do a great blend of local and traditional American dishes and flavors.

If you want to catch what you eat, go fishing with Carl Holley. His boat, Mokojumbie, ties up on the docks near Rumrunners. he, in fact, supplies many restaurants with fresh fish daily.

Tutu Bene in in the Gallows Bay area of Christiansted is a local favorite for Italian cuisine. Also in the area is Case Place, with an ecclectic menu and nice atmosphere. Try Le St. Tropez in Frederiksted for authentic French fare, Villa Morales or Paquito's for Puerto RIcan food and Brady's in Christiansted for native fare.

Drink

On St. Croix, Cruzan Rum is made at a distillery that you can tour. Be sure to do the tour and participate in the tasting after! Cruzan Rum is available just about everywhere, but there are certain flavors (ie Clipper) that are not sold in the USA, so take a bottle back with you. In the seaside town of Christiansted is the Brew Pub which makes several good beers. And, when at local places or events, always ask if there is a local drink. Be wary of the home recipes (ie Mama Wanna) - they are STRONG!


  • Cruzan Rum Distillery, in Frederiksted for a tour of the noted rum factory. Best watering holes are Bongos and CLub 54 in Christiansted, Harbor Lights in Frederiksted, and El Sol mid island. Also try 2plus2 in La Grande Princesse and Sand Bar right on the beach in Frederiksted.

Sleep

As a vacation destination, St. Croix has a lodging industry that offers dozens of resorts and hotels, covering a range of service from economy through luxury 5-star. Resorts located along the shore and away from the metro areas almost always have private beaches. Hotels located in the two cities are likely to be limited to lodging and dining. Privately owned homes, ranging from condos to villas, are available for rent directly from owners on various websites, and may be a bargain especially if traveling with four or more people. One would want to exercise reasonable caution when renting in this way.

Almost all of St Croix major tourist resorts and hotels have packages which offer sailing, fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing, historical tours, and daytrips to Buck island National Park.

Two resorts offer golf packages on their own private courses:

  • The Buccaneer Hotel, Christiansted, 340-712-2100, [5].

and

  • Carambola Beach Resort (The Carambola), Estate Davis Bay, St Croix, VI, 340-778-3800.

Many of the major resorts offer wedding packages, honeymoon and family vacations, and various corporate meeting services.

  • Hotel Caravelle, 44A Queen Cross Street, 340- 773-0687, [6].

Stay safe

Has similar risks to any large western city.

Get out

When leaving St. Croix, be sure to carefully pack your rum in your luggage because you can't carry it on the plane with you. (See "Buy" under Saint Thomas for details.)

Also know that the islands are protective of the sea and wildlife. If you are taking shells or other natural things from the island, always ensure that you are following local laws and guidelines (e.g., you can take conch shells, but they have to be a minimum size), as well as national regulations for taking them back home.

Even better, take only photos of the nature and wildlife and leave the shells for the crabs and sea critters to inhabit.



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