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Mainlanders may be a bit shocked to find that even in a territory where the GDP per capita is 60% lower than the mainland, prices are about 20% higher than in a mid-size city like Boston.  Don't worry - you're not being taken advantage of just because you're a tourist.  The island generates all its electricity from oil, which also powers water treatment plants.  Utility costs are thus very high, and many goods must be transported from the mainland.  Even though there is a lot of beautiful open space, supply of practical real estate is limited and thus rents are also high.
 
Mainlanders may be a bit shocked to find that even in a territory where the GDP per capita is 60% lower than the mainland, prices are about 20% higher than in a mid-size city like Boston.  Don't worry - you're not being taken advantage of just because you're a tourist.  The island generates all its electricity from oil, which also powers water treatment plants.  Utility costs are thus very high, and many goods must be transported from the mainland.  Even though there is a lot of beautiful open space, supply of practical real estate is limited and thus rents are also high.
  
Christiansted and Frederiksted have narrow roads and closely spaced historic buildings showcasing historic colonial Danish architecture.  How often do you see a sidewalk that goes underneath the second floor?  Many buildings have no windows, but only the traditional wooden shutters which completely cover the opening when closed.  Window shopping on St. Croix is thus generally not possible; it is necessary to visit shops when they are open.  Given its small population, most shops in Frederiksted have short hours and many only seem to open when a cruise ship is docked.  However, there are stretches of gorgeous public beach very close to the town center.  Christiansted is slightly more lively; it has no beachfront but does have an active boardwalk and marina area.
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Christiansted and Frederiksted have narrow roads and closely spaced historic buildings showcasing historic colonial Dutch architecture.  How often do you see a sidewalk that goes underneath the second floor?  Many buildings have no windows, but only the traditional wooden shutters which completely cover the opening when closed.  Window shopping on St. Croix is thus generally not possible; it is necessary to visit shops when they are open.  Given its small population, most shops in Frederiksted have short hours and many only seem to open when a cruise ship is docked.  However, there are stretches of gorgeous public beach very close to the town center.  Christiansted is slightly more lively; it has no beachfront but does have an active boardwalk and marina area.
  
 
There is a mural in the Cruzan Rum Factory showing two types of people - those who live in the big city who are always busy running around, talking on cell phones; and those who live on the island, taking it slow and relaxing.  If you are the kind of person who will get bored just sitting on the beach all day, St. Croix is probably not for you.  Plenty of men can be seen lounging in the sun around town.  Maybe it's the unemployment rate, or maybe it's just the pace life in the Carribbean.
 
There is a mural in the Cruzan Rum Factory showing two types of people - those who live in the big city who are always busy running around, talking on cell phones; and those who live on the island, taking it slow and relaxing.  If you are the kind of person who will get bored just sitting on the beach all day, St. Croix is probably not for you.  Plenty of men can be seen lounging in the sun around town.  Maybe it's the unemployment rate, or maybe it's just the pace life in the Carribbean.

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