Why Visit St. Croix
In other words, what is it that St. Croix has that other Caribbean islands do not ?
Answer: Quite a few things.
It is a U.S. Territory and you do not need a passport to enter, your duty free allowance is twice that of other islands and your U.S. postage stamps work here.
It has the Wall at Cane Bay. An underwater drop-off going straight down to 3,000 feet and known internationally throughout the scuba diving world. St. Croix has the largest living reef in the Caribbean and you can dive five wrecks all located within 100 yards of each other. www.SweetBottomDive.com, www.n2theblue.com, www.CaneBayScuba.com, www.StCroixScuba.com, www.divexp.com There's also Snuba where you breath through a hose to the deck and don't need certification www.snubastcroix.com
It has Buck Island, an Underwater National Park, where there is an underwater snorkeling trail with markers and the reef fish can be identified by underwater plaques. It is a treat for snorkelers and a glass viewing window (www.caribbeanseaadventures.com) is available for those who do not wish to go in the water but want to be able to take part in this unique experience. Take a half-day or full day tour out to the island from Christiansted (www.bigbeards.com) or take a smaller catamaran (www.jollyrogerVI.com), (www.caribbeanseaadventures.com) or a trimaran (email@example.com)
It has the Salt River Natural Historical Park and ecological preserve where kayak tours go out by day to see the mangrove forests and wildlife and go out by night to see the phosphorescence in the water when it is disturbed by a paddle (www.stcroixkayak.com) (www.seathrukayaksvi.com) (www.virginkayaktours.com) It is the spot where Columbus pulled in on his second voyage to America looking for water.
And last but not least, it has both the Cruzan Rum factory and Captain Morgan Rum Factory which offers tours and samples daily. Or at least when it's not raining. However, the bar is always open for samples. www.cruzanrum.com http://www.stcroixtourism.com/captainmorgan/
There are also special activities open to all that may be found on the events calendar at www.thisweekinstcroix.com
Another question you might ask is:
What is there to do on the island other than sample rum, sun bathe, swim, snorkel and scuba dive?
Answer: See below
You can visit historical sites such as Fort Frederik, Fort Christiansted, Lawaetz Museum and the Whim Plantation Museum.
You can visit ecological sites such as the Botanical Gardens, Rain Forest and Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge where the Leatherback Turtle comes back annually to lay its eggs.
You can go on an ATV tour with Geckos Island Adventure (www.geckosislandadventures.com) , take a guided jeep tour with Tan Tan Tours (www.stxtantantours.com), take an open air safari bus tour with St. Croix Safari Tours (340-773-6700), rent a jeep and explore on your own (www.centerlinecarrentals.com), rent a horse and go riding on a tour through the rain forest (www.paulandjills.com), go jet skiing), (www.stcroixwatersports.com), , (www.WestEndWaterSports.net) go kitesurfing (www.kitestcroix.com) or paddlesurfing (www.standuppaddleconnection.com) go kayaking in the Salt River Preserve (www.stcroixkayak.com) or play golf at one of the 18 hole courses on the island (www.GolfCarombola.com) or (www.thebuccaneer.com). Of course there are also the obvious choices of sailing, boat chartering (firstname.lastname@example.org) and deep sea fishing (340-244-4232) There's also hiking with Papa John (www.hikestcroix.com)
If something less energetic is appropriate for your needs you can go to the Divi Carina Casino on the south side of the island or attend one of the Friday night Mocko Jumbie Shows at the Carambola Renaissance Hotel in Cane Bay, reservations required for the buffet at (340) 778-3800 or just have food and drink at the bar and stay for the show. There are also weekly shows at The Palms at Pelican Cove, Hotel on the Cay and other locations throughout the island.
Another not to be missed experience is feeding the tarpon at Christiansted on the wharf in front of the Fort Christian Brew Pub or Rum Runners. The fish love the chicken wing bones (I recommend the teriyaki wings) and while none of them are five feet long, some of them may be approaching four feet and they are fast, very fast. The Monday evening crab races at the Brew Pub are not quite so fast but fun for the whole family as buying the racing rights to a crab only costs $2 and all the children go home with toys regardless of whether their crab wins.
And you don't want to miss the quintessentially Caribbean experience of listening to steel pan drums. The Rumrunner's Restaurant on the wharf in Christiansted often has a Sunday brunch with steel drums entertaining as do other locations. Since all stores, which never charge sales tax by the way, are closed on Sundays, it's a pleasant way to spend part of the day.
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