Hey y’all! Nicole here. Whenever I tell people that I was born on St. Croix in the USVI they usually have a puzzled look on their face. So here’s a little info… 3 main islands with numerous minor islands located in the beautiful Caribbean Sea east of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands is a highly underrated paradise. The largest of the islands is St. Croix although it is not the most well known. Christiansted (bahn ya!) and Frederiksted, located respectively on the East and West sides on the island are the reason St. Croix is nicknamed by the locals as Twin City. Although they are more like quaint towns compared to what most people associate with cities. To get to either side you must drive through the rain forest and mountains that divide the island. While the locals would like to keep their hidden gem a secret, people that enjoy unspoiled beaches and slow-paced island life need to add the USVI to their travel plans.
I was born and learned to walk on the beaches of St. Croix, but my parents moved me to Florida to grow up near my family when I was still a toddler. I got back to my roots in 2016 and experienced all the magic and wonder the island life has to offer. Although it’s been a few years since my last visit and Hurricane Maria has ravaged the islands of the Caribbean, little has changed as far as the beauty and enchantment of St. Croix. While the entire island is worth checking out, there are some must see highlights that I’ve compiled into a list below for your visit on St. Croix.
Things To Do
Diving! While on island we did 2 dives. One was The Wall at Cane Bay on the North Shore and the other was at the Frederiksted Pier. Both are unique with beautiful coral and marine life. Cane Bay is famous around the world for diving The Wall. Here, you’ll find a coral reef world filled with tropical fish, turtles, sponges, sharks, and so much more! The pier offers a nice dive with a coral reef growing on the pillars of the pier. Lots of marine life have made this haven their home. Whether you’re an advanced diver, need a resort course, or want to get your certification there are numerous dive shops around both areas that can help you out. Just search the web to find one best suited for your needs.
Point Udall. The most eastern point of the entire United States. A sundial stands here named Millennium Monument that was built for New Year’s in 2000. It was made to mark the azimuth of the first U.S sunrise of the millennium. Looking out over the vast expansion of the ocean where theres nothing but turquoise blue water meeting the horizon will put anyone into a tranquil and grateful mood.
Buck Island Reef National Monument. Just a short cruise from the north east shore of St. Croix is Buck Island, 176 acres of unspoiled island and reef. We went on a full day sail on Big Beard’s Adventure Tour to enjoy the day. The sail on the 42′ Catamaran is enjoyable in itself. The tour begins at Turtle Beach where the crystal clear water and white sand shores invite you to take a walk down the shore and cool off with a swim in the ocean. Next stop is the underwater snorkel trails located on the lagoon side of the island where reefs stretch for miles and are teeming with marine life no matter which direction you look. The day ends with a BBQ lunch on a private beach and a sail back to St. Croix.
Hike to Annaly Tide Pools. While I was lucky and able to take a secret shortcut with my uncle, the hike from Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort to Annaly Tide Pools would be great for anybody adventurous. The hike is about 2 miles and winds through the rain forest down to a rocky beach. On the west side of the beach you need to rock climb around to the tide pools. The adventure in itself is fun and then experiencing the tide pools is the cherry on top.
Domino Club. Located in the rainforest, not only is the drive to this bar beautiful, it’s also home to the world renowned beer drinking pigs. While in recent years the piggies have changed to an alcohol free beer based diet, the fun is still all there. We stopped here to chat with the locals and enjoy a drink with the pigs.
Relax and hang out on island time. While there are so many adventures and activities to par take in while on island, sometimes it’s best to sit back and soak up the sun rays and salt air. Don’t forget about that Cruzan rum- the distillery is right on island.
While pictures can really do no justice to the true beauty and magic this places has, I hope they inspire you to visit St. Croix and enjoy the rest of the U.S Virgin Islands. Please always remember to spread the light & love and respect Mother Earth and all the people who share this space with you ❤ Comment below if you’ve ever been here before or if you have any thoughts or questions!
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