St. Croix USVI
The Breadbasket of The Caribbean
Not just another Caribbean Island paradise!
Unlike some of the more popular Virgin Islands, St. Croix is laid back and offers a unique island experience. Located 1,100 miles south east of Miami, near the eastern tip of the Caribbean island chain, St. Croix is the backdrop for exotic beaches, world-class recreational activities, exceptional cuisine, a casino, and excellent golf.
The island is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands at nearly 28 miles long and close to 8 miles wide at the widest point. Even in these few square miles there are great varying landscapes. The east end of the island is dry, with giant cactus and yucca. The middle is flat and fertile, once the site of massive sugar cane plantations. The western side towers at a height of 1,096 feet on Blue Mountain where you'll find a forest with kapok (silk-cotton) trees, turpentine (red-birch) trees, mahogany trees, samaan (rain) trees and all kinds of ferns and vines. The "Rain Forest" is a 15-acre private area which the owner lets people tour.
St. Croix is home to three National Parks: Salt River, an ecological preserve of over 2000 years of history, Buck Island Reef National Monument about 1.5 miles off the coast of St. Croix, and five structures in Christiansted that preserve the rich heritage of the islands where Christopher Columbus landed in 1493.
Sometimes referred to as the Bohemian Rhapsody, St. Croix draws the earthy expats and creative types. You will find a diverse culture of arts, music and festivals on the island, influenced by Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark and the United States.
Many of the hotels are located on the northern side of the island giving you easy access to the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of the two main towns Christiansted and Fredriksted. Since the island is small enough to see it all, you might want to plan your trip by choosing your accommodations first.
When to Visit
Dreaming of warm sunny days and cool nights? That's what you'll find in the Virgin Islands. Year-round temperatures range in the 80's during the day, 70's most nights. The trade winds usually keep the humidity low. Most rain showers are quick, warm and tropical and over in a few minutes. The average annual rainfall on the island is 50 inches.
Hurricane season is usually from July to November so plan your getaway accordingly Updates and information can always be accessed from the National Hurricane Center.
If you like festivals, the people of St. Croix go all out for the Crucian Christmas Festival which is full of costumes, music and parades in celebration of Carnival. This is the biggest celebration of the year. New Year's Eve is more reason to party and "Caribbean Night" the following day the party continues. Early January has several events related to Carnival as well.
American Airlines, Delta and U.S. Airways are the major carries that service St. Croix (STX) with direct flights from Puerto Rico and Miami. The best way to see the island is to rent a car so you are in control of your schedule and itinerary. There are many places you will want to linger and explore more in-depth. You can rent from the major car rental companies at the airport, Olympic is the best rated local rental company. Taxis are available at the cruise ship terminal, airport and the bars and restaurants in town.
If your visit is a short one, you may want to rent a taxi to reach your destination. Be sure to check the St. Croix taxi association for taxi rates and agree on the price before you take the ride. Licensed taxi's will have a placard or dome light on top. There are individuals who user their personal cars to run "gypsy taxis." Travel at your own risk.