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St. Thomas, 7 Days


Table of contents:
Guide Description 2
Itinerary Overview 3
Daily Itineraries 5
St. Thomas Snapshot 13




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Guide Description




AUTHOR NOTE: St. Croix is the perfect balance between the
tourist-focus of St. Thomas and the natural seclusion of St. John.
Spend three days (or more, if you so desire) on a yacht, soaking
up the sun, the waves and the good living that the USVI have so
readily available.Photo courtesy of lemoncat1




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                                                                                                                            things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                                           restaurants
                                                                                                                                   hotels
                                                                                                                                 nightlife



Day 1 - St. Thomas                                                  It's a bit of a local gem, so enjoy the authenticity and be sure to
                                                                    have something from their impressive wine list.
DAY NOTE: Start the day out by reserving your yacht from
Regency Yacht Vacations. Want a captain? They'll supply one.
The captain and crew member also means that you have access                      Beachside Café
to snorkeling and windsurfing lessons, insider knowledge on                      A continental restaurant
where to lay anchor and an on-staff cook who can whip up
gourmet meals at a moment's notice.                                              Sandy Point
.
Have an early lunch at Waves for some authentic Caribbean                        St. Croix's longest beach
cuisine. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with the
yacht, and maybe spending some time in the water, then try out                   Savant
your personal chef's skills for dinner. Fall asleep to the gentle
                                                                                 Fusion cuisine
sound of waves lapping the side of your boat. Smile.

                                                                                 Regency Yacht Vacations
            Waves                                                                Book your charter
            Continental and Caribbean

            Regency Yacht Vacations                                 Day 4 - St. Thomas
            Book your charter
                                                                    DAY NOTE: Spend the day taking a class from your on-board
                                                                    instructor, whether it's snorkeling, windsurfing or something else.
                                                                    .
                                                                    .
Day 2 - St. Thomas                                                  Have lunch or dinner at Indies Restaurant, a true hidden gem in
                                                                    Christiansted. Try to come for some of their awesome Caribbean
DAY NOTE: Dock, and spend part of your day on the excellent         food on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live jazz in the
Buccaneer Golf Course. It's know as the most scenic course in       evening.
the USVI, and for good reason. 13 of the 18 holes have views
of the Caribbean Ocean. End with dinner at the upscale Starlite
Grill. Please, please have dessert. It's worth the calories.                     Indies Restaurant
                                                                                 Island-influenced cuisine

            Starlite Grill
                                                                                 Regency Yacht Vacations
            Eclectic dining with a view
                                                                                 Book your charter

            Buccaneer Golf Course
            Challenging and scenic
                                                                    Day 5 - St. Thomas
            Regency Yacht Vacations
                                                                    DAY NOTE: Today, take a tour of the Cruzan Rum factory. Not
            Book your charter
                                                                    only will you get to hear the fascinating history of one of the
                                                                    world's finest rums, but you'll also be able to purchase some of
                                                                    the excellent product. You could take it to a deserted island, make
Day 3 - St. Thomas                                                  a bonfire and dance around it a la Pirates of the Caribbean...or
                                                                    just take it home with you and enjoy it in a more civilized manner.
DAY NOTE: During one of your last days in St. Croix, have
breakfast at the charming Beachside Cafe. Local ingredients and
a lovely setting make this a must-visit. Check out Sandy Point,                  Cruzan Rum Factory
a local expert-recommended beach, and whether for lunch or                       The world's finest rums
dinner, enjoy a meal at Savant for some gourmet fusion cuisine.




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                                                                    things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                   restaurants
                                                                           hotels
                                                                         nightlife



            Regency Yacht Vacations
            Book your charter



Day 6 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: This is one of your last days in St. Croix. Enjoy it on
the boat, soaking up the sun, eating the gourmet food and letting
the worries of the world slip away.


            Regency Yacht Vacations
            Book your charter



Day 7 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: On your last day, return your yacht and take the
chance to gently assimilate yourself back into society. Wander
the town, go back to a favorite restaurant (or maybe one you
stumbled on previously but didn't have a chance to try) and buy
one last souvenir. Or maybe your tan will be souvenir enough.


            Regency Yacht Vacations
            Book your charter




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Day 1 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: Start the day out by reserving your yacht from Regency Yacht Vacations. Want a captain? They'll supply one. The captain
and crew member also means that you have access to snorkeling and windsurfing lessons, insider knowledge on where to lay anchor
and an on-staff cook who can whip up gourmet meals at a moment's notice.
.
Have an early lunch at Waves for some authentic Caribbean cuisine. Spend the rest of the day acquainting yourself with the yacht, and
maybe spending some time in the water, then try out your personal chef's skills for dinner. Fall asleep to the gentle sound of waves
lapping the side of your boat. Smile.




contact:                                Waves
tel: 1340 778 1805
http://www.canebaystcroix.co            DESCRIPTION: The Waves at Cane Bay Restaurant offers fine dining with a casual atmosphere
m/restaurant.html                       for an intimate dinner or family night out. The menu features a wide variety of tempting appetizers
                                        including "Smokin' Shrimp," escargot and conch fritters. Entrees include champagne chicken,
location:                               coconut shrimp, sizzling steaks, fresh local lobsters (when available) and daily specials prepared to
In the Waves resort                     order. They have an excellent wine list and delightful island drinks.
North Shore St. Croix 00820

hours:
5:30-9:30 closed Sunday and
Tues


contact:                                Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                    DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.            full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                    vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                        come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                               and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                    as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas             galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                        compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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Day 2 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: Dock, and spend part of your day on the excellent Buccaneer Golf Course. It's know as the most scenic course in the USVI,
and for good reason. 13 of the 18 holes have views of the Caribbean Ocean. End with dinner at the upscale Starlite Grill. Please, please
have dessert. It's worth the calories.




contact:                             Starlite Grill
tel: +1 877 773 9700
fax: +1 340 773 6082                 DESCRIPTION: While lots of hotel restaurants get a bad rap,
http://www.divicarina.com            the Starlite Grille is the exception. The restaurant has already
                                     garnered a slew of prestigious awards. Dine on dishes such
location:                            as pork chops stuffed with plantains, raisins and mango or
25 Estate Turner Hole                Seafood Bouillabaisse made with the catch of the day, mahi
Turner Hole St. Croix                mahi, scallops and shrimp. Save room for dessert. Chocolate
                                     lovers will adore the Double Chocolate Overload. Its fudgy
                                     chocolate filling is surrounded by a rich chocolate pound cake.          Photo courtesy of Starlite Grill
                                     © wcities.com


contact:                             Buccaneer Golf Course
tel: 1340 773 2100
http://www.thebuccaneer.com          DESCRIPTION: A challenging, 18-hole, par 70 golf course, encompassing
/golf.htm                            5,810 yards with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Designed by
                                     Bob Joyce in 1973, The Buccaneer Golf Course is known as St. Croix's
location:                            most scenic, with sea views from 13 holes.
The Buccaneer is located
on the eastern end of St.
Croix, less than a five minute
drive from the sightseeing,
shopping and dining found
in the historic town of
Christiansted.                                                                                                      Photo courtesy of Virgin
St. Croix 00820                                                                                                      Islands Gold Vacation




contact:                             Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                 DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.         full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                 vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                     come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                            and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                 as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas          galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                     compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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Day 3 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: During one of your last days in St. Croix, have breakfast at the charming Beachside Cafe. Local ingredients and a lovely
setting make this a must-visit. Check out Sandy Point, a local expert-recommended beach, and whether for lunch or dinner, enjoy a meal
at Savant for some gourmet fusion cuisine. It's a bit of a local gem, so enjoy the authenticity and be sure to have something from their
impressive wine list.




contact:                            Beachside Café
tel: 1340 772 1266
                                    DESCRIPTION: A beautiful seaside terrace offering fresh ingredients from local farmers. 
location:                           Homemade soups, salads, seafood, poultry, pastas, and vegetarian fare served in a romantic
Sandcastles by the Beach            Caribbean setting
hotel
Frederiksted St. Croix 00820

hours:
11:30-2:30pm and 6p-9p
except Tues and Wed


contact:                            Sandy Point
http://www.usvi.net/usvi/stcroi
x/st_croix_beach.php                DESCRIPTION: Watch where you step, this National Wildlife
                                    Reserve is the nest and hatchery for the endangered
location:                           leatherback turtles. A number of commercials have also been
Route 63, western shore             shot here.
St. Croix 00830

hours:
10a-4p Sat and Sun                                                                                            Photo courtesy of Sandy Point



contact:                            Savant
tel: +1 340 713 8666
                                    DESCRIPTION: Savant is one of those small but special places that only the locals seem to know
location:                           about. With only 10 tables and a very romantic atmosphere, this restaurant can get busy. Fusion
4C Hospital Street                  cuisine, a blend of Caribbean, Mexican and Thai, is the chef's specialty. Try the grilled calamari or
Christiansted St. Croix             the mahi mahi made topped with a black bean mango salsa. The restaurant also has made a name
                                    for itself with its extensive wine list. © wcities.com
hours:
6p-10p M-Sa


contact:                            Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.        full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                    come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                           and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas         galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                    compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802


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Day 3 - continued...




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Day 4 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: Spend the day taking a class from your on-board instructor, whether it's snorkeling, windsurfing or something else.
.
.
Have lunch or dinner at Indies Restaurant, a true hidden gem in Christiansted. Try to come for some of their awesome Caribbean food
on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live jazz in the evening.




contact:                            Indies Restaurant
tel: +1 340 692 9440
                                    DESCRIPTION: Tucked into an 18th-century courtyard lush with tropical plants sits one of
location:                           Christiansted's best-kept secrets, Indies Restaurant. The chef takes his cue from local flavors and
55-56 Company Street                ingredients on his ever-changing menu. Fresh fish, Caribbean lobster and delights like crab cakes
Christiansted St. Croix             and spicy spring rolls are on the menu every day. Live jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
                                    evenings adds an entertaining touch. © wcities.com
hours:
Lunch: 11:30a-2:30p M-F,
Dinner: 6p-10p M-Sa


contact:                            Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.        full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                    come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                           and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas         galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                    compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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Day 5 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: Today, take a tour of the Cruzan Rum factory. Not only will you get to hear the fascinating history of one of the world's finest
rums, but you'll also be able to purchase some of the excellent product. You could take it to a deserted island, make a bonfire and dance
around it a la Pirates of the Caribbean...or just take it home with you and enjoy it in a more civilized manner.




contact:                             Cruzan Rum Factory
tel: 1340 692 2280
http://cruzanrum.com/                DESCRIPTION: The Cruzan Rum Distillery, in operation for
                                     over 300 years in the same location, is home to one of the
location:                            world's finest rums. The distillery (formerly known as Estate
West Airport Road, Rte 64            Diamond) offers guided tours of the facilities that explain the
St. Croix 00823                      distillery process, the importance of rum in the island's history,
                                     and the story of the estate grounds.
hours:
tours from 9a-1:30a,1-4:15p                                                                                        Photo courtesy of Cruzan Rum
                                                                                                                                         Factory


contact:                             Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                 DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.         full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                 vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                     come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                            and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                 as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas          galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                     compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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Day 6 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: This is one of your last days in St. Croix. Enjoy it on the boat, soaking up the sun, eating the gourmet food and letting the
worries of the world slip away.




contact:                            Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.        full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                    come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                           and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas         galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                    compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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Day 7 - St. Thomas
DAY NOTE: On your last day, return your yacht and take the chance to gently assimilate yourself back into society. Wander the town, go
back to a favorite restaurant (or maybe one you stumbled on previously but didn't have a chance to try) and buy one last souvenir. Or
maybe your tan will be souvenir enough.




contact:                            Regency Yacht Vacations
tel: +1 340 776 5950
fax: +1 340 776 7631                DESCRIPTION: Sign up for a sail or powerboat charter at this
http://www.regencyvacations.        full-service agency. The company books week-long or more
com/                                vacations aboard any one of its fleet of 350 luxury boats. They
                                    come complete with a captain who knows the best anchorages
location:                           and will help you learn to snorkel, windsurf and more as well
6650 Estate Nazareth                as a crew member to whip up gourmet meals in the boat's tiny
Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas         galley. A trip aboard one of these boats is a luxury vacation that
                                    compares to a week in a top-notch hotel. © wcities.com               .
00802




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St. Thomas Snapshot
Local Info                                       Service's Visitor's Center, located in the         east of Frederiksted, is filled with antiques
                                                 historic Fort Christianvaern, which is part        and is open daily for tours.
It's hard to resist the U.S. Virgin Islands.     of the Christiansted National Historic Site.
From the turquoise waters and pristine                                                              The beaches pale in comparison to those
                                                 Pick up a free walking tour map to make
beaches to the secluded coves and world-                                                            in St. John and St. Thomas, but you won't
                                                 sure you do not miss any of the important
class coral reefs, the islands offer the                                                            have to look hard to find a sandy strand to
                                                 landmarks. The local government also has
perfect getaway to couples and families                                                             take in some sun. Many hotels are located
                                                 the Christiansted Visitor's Center at 53A
alike. St. Croix is the largest of the three                                                        beachside, and there are public parks
                                                 Company Street. Stop here for brochures
main U.S. Virgin Islands with its 84 square                                                         located at the east and west ends of the
                                                 on things to do across St. Croix.
miles(218 square kilometers) of rolling hills                                                       island. One caveat: Deserted beaches may
and sandy beaches, yet it receives fewer         The harbor, usually calm and turquoise,            entice you with their privacy but for safety's
visitors than its sister islands of St. Thomas   is home to about three dozen sailboats             sake, it is best to visit beaches where you
and St. John. The island is a pleasing           and a handful of charter boats that take           won't be alone. Ask the hotel or vacation
middle ground between St. Thomas's focus         visitors sailing, scuba diving or sport fishing.   villa staff for their recommendations. To
on mass-market tourism and St. John's            Seaplanes take off and land in the harbor          visit one of St. Croix's nicest beaches,
back-to-nature ambience. An occasional           on their trips to and from St. Thomas. A           take a day sail or Scuba trip to Buck Island
cruise ship calls in quaint Frederiksted,        water taxi ferries people to Protestant Cay,       Reef National Monument, a federally-
located at the western end of the island.        a small island located in the middle of the        protected island located less than two miles
The ship's passengers, along with hotel and      harbor. It is home to Hotel on the Cay, a          off St. Croix's north coast. Watching fish
vacation villa visitors, spread out across the   popular lunch and water sports spot for            dart about the undersea coral garden that
island to enjoy beautiful vistas, boutique       people staying in Christiansted.                   surrounds the island, hiking up an easy trail
shopping and outdoor pursuits.                                                                      for spectacular views and lazing about in
                                                 Frederiksted, St. Croix's other town, is more
St. Croix is home to nearly 55,000 people,                                                          the sun or shade can fill an entire day.
                                                 like a village. It takes 45 minutes to drive
nearly the same as 28-square mile St.            from Christiansted, and can be reached             St. John: Of all the US Virgin Islands,
Thomas. With a refinery and other smaller        via busy highways, or if time permits, on a        St. John is probably the most unspoiled,
industries providing employment, there is        more leisurely trip through the rain forest.       thanks to the contribution of one of the
less focus on tourism than on the other          The town is home to Frederiksted Cruise            world's best known philanthropists,
two islands. Since the population density        Ship Pier, the island's deep-water pier.           Laurence Rockefeller. Had it not been for
is low, it is rare to find crowded streets       You will find good restaurants and some            Rockefeller's gift of money and his desire to
in the Christiansted and Frederiksted            shopping nearby if you arrive by cruise            preserve beautiful St. John, the landscape
shopping areas. Parking can be a problem         ship. However, when the cruise ships leave,        would probably look more commercial,
in Christiansted, however. The town serves       the town rolls up the welcome mat and              much like the other Virgin Islands. More
as the seat of the island's commerce, and        practically goes to sleep. You may not find        than half of the island is designated as a
with minimal public transportation, workers      all the shops and restaurants open when            National Park, making for a wonderfully
usually drive to their downtown jobs.            cruise ships are not in port, so call to make      unspoiled tropical island with 22 preserved
Christiansted is usually the first stop          sure before you trek west. Fort Frederik,          nature trails.
for most visitors. A charming town with          completed in 1760, provides a shady spot
                                                                                                    In 1956, Rockefeller donated 5,000 acres
architecture that reflects the island's          to relax near the pier. It was the site of the
                                                                                                    to the United States National Park Service
Danish heritage, many of the buildings           island's most important historical event.
                                                                                                    to initiate this preservation project. The park
are centuries old. Sitting at harbor's edge,     On July 3, 1848, following a rebellion by
                                                                                                    contains many beautiful beaches, some of
the pastel blue, green and ochre buildings       slaves, Danish Gov. Peter Von Scholten
                                                                                                    them among the most photographed in the
are trimmed in crisp white with red tin          announced that they were now free on
                                                                                                    Caribbean; it also has a bounty of wildlife,
roofs. The abundance of ochre, or mustard        the fort's ramparts. Victorian buildings,
                                                                                                    birds and marine life, and provides a clean
yellow, comes from the Danish yellow             two museums, several historic churches
                                                                                                    nesting places for a variety of turtle species.
brick brought over from Denmark as ship's        and the fruit and vegetable market are the
ballast during the 18th century. The popular     most important attractions. The Tourism            Throughout the island are the ruins of many
color predominates in the town's Fort            Department's Frederiksted Visitor's Center         sugar plantations, some of which have
Christianvaern and other Christiansted           is right near the pier.                            been preserved, such as the Annaberg
National Historic Site buildings run by the                                                         Plantation, a National Park site that
                                                 Out in the countryside, over 100 ruins of
National Park Service.                                                                              offers demonstrations and placards with
                                                 sugar cane mills and grand plantation
                                                                                                    background information. The restored
Lush green hills provide Christiansted's         homes dot the island. Many carry fanciful
                                                                                                    plantation includes an animal-powered
backdrop. Alleyways filled with unique           names such as Lower Love, Hard Labor
                                                                                                    mill, a wind mill, a sugar factory and slave
shops lead off a waterfront boardwalk.           and Work and Rest, all the legacy of some
                                                                                                    quarters. Other interesting plantations
The town has several small hotels, many          long-forgotten 18th or 19th-century planter.
                                                                                                    include the Windberg Estate and the ruins
cozy eateries, bars, and a number of must-       Some plantations have been restored
                                                                                                    of Fredriksdal.
see historic sites and museums. Your first       as private homes, guest houses and
stop in town should be the National Park         museums. Whim Plantation Museum, just


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St. Thomas Snapshot continued
                                                                                                   Charlotte Amalie stores. Most hotels also
Within the park are campgrounds for               St. Thomas: St. Thomas is the busiest
                                                                                                   have a few shops perfect for picking up
those wanting to truly bond with nature.          of the three United States Virgin Islands.
                                                                                                   resort wear and souvenirs.
One is Cinnamon Bay, a privately-own              With 28 square miles of lush green hills
campground on one of the loveliest                and sandy beaches, St. Thomas and the            The island offers a vast variety of activities.
beaches. There are clever concrete                nearby island of St. John see nearly 1.7         Spend the day snorkeling, sunning or
cottages with cooking and bathing                 million visitors a year, far more than their     snoozing at a crystal clear cove ringed
facilities, but nearby there's a restaurant       sister island of St. Croix. The island's main    with a white sandy beach and palm trees,
and commissary. The Maho Bay                      town, Charlotte Amalie, bustles like any         head down to the briny deep on a Scuba
Campgrounds was developed by New                  small city with vacationers shopping and         excursion, set sail to an offshore island,
Yorker Stanley Selengut, the man credited         residents heading off to work. Traffic can       play a round at Mahogany Run Golf
with conceptualizing the concept ofeco-           pile up along the waterfront Route 30,           Course, or visit any of the historic sites
tourism. This site is a collection of 114 tent-   called Veterans Drive, and the city's main       in the main town of Charlotte Amalie and
cottages built on wooden platforms that are       parking lot adjacent to Fort Christian is        around the island.
scattered about on a hillside overlooking         often filled. Despite the surface buzz, it
                                                                                                   Numerous tour and water-oriented
picturesque Maho Bay. One of the special          is easy to find quiet pockets away from
                                                                                                   excursions are popular with hotel guests as
aspects of a stay at Maho is its renowned         Charlotte Amalie and other busy areas.
                                                                                                   well as cruise ship passengers. Bookings
meal service plan with great breakfast and
                                                  The island, a Danish colony until the Unites     may be made on board ship or at hotel
dinners, though the tents are equipped
                                                  States bought it in 1917, is home to just        excursion desks, but visitors often opt to go
with cooking facilities if you prefer doing it
                                                  over 51,000 people. Many residents work          it alone.
yourself.
                                                  in the tourism industry, at businesses
                                                                                                   A trip around the island with a taxi driver
St. John also has other well-known resorts.       dependent on the tourism industry or for the
                                                                                                   or in your rental car should include stops
One is Caneel Bay, one of the first, dating       local government.
                                                                                                   at the palm-fringed Magens Bay Beach,
back to the days when tourism was first
                                                  Hotel visitors and guests heading for            the island's most popular. You will find
developed here. The resort is built on the
                                                  a sailboat charter usually arrive at the         changing rooms, water sports rentals, and
site of the plantation owned by Danish
                                                  modern Cyril E. King Airport, located at         restaurants in addition to clear blue water
planter Peter Durloe. The architects have
                                                  the western end of the island. Most cruise       and lovely white sand. As you travel around
flawlessly preserved the ruins of this
                                                  ship passengers arrive at the Havensight         the island, you will see gorgeous views at
plantation and incorporated them into the
                                                  Cruise Ship Dock, but a few ships tie up         nearly every turn in the road. Drake's Seat,
resort's overall plan, which includes seven
                                                  in Crown Bay or anchor out in Charlotte          where Sir Francis Drake reportedly checked
beaches. The other upscale property is the
                                                  Amalie Harbor. Intrepid sorts sail in on their   on his fleet, and the busy Mountain Top are
Westin Resort(formerly Hyatt Regency St.
                                                  own boats.                                       especially popular viewpoints.
John) located near the main town of Cruz
Bay.                                              The accommodations options are many.             Keep in mind that addresses here can best
                                                  Luxury hotels and condominium complexes          be described as a mish mash. Major roads
Overall, St. John has a small community
                                                  line the beaches on the island's eastern         have route numbers marked on the maps,
feel and has managed to stay quaint,
                                                  end. Historic hotels and inns are tucked into    but residents seldom know those numbers
either thanks to or in spite of controlled
                                                  Charlotte Amalie's back streets. Cozy guest      so you cannot depend on them for map-
tourism development, depending on who
                                                  houses dot the hills above Charlotte Amalie      based directions. Instead, they may know
you ask. At one end of the main town of
                                                  Harbor and vacation villas pepper many           the common name, which may or may not
Cruz Bay is the attractive shopping area
                                                  exclusive residential neighborhoods.             be the name used on the map, and may
called Mongoose Junction, built of local
                                                                                                   give you directions that tell you to turn left
stone. Beautifully designed, the Junction         Shop till you drop is the motto for many
                                                                                                   at the big tree. To add to the insanity, the
includes upscale shops, art galleries and         visitors to St. Thomas. While shopping in all
                                                                                                   road may also change names several times
restaurants. The town has a variety of small      the United States Virgin Islands is duty free,
                                                                                                   along a numbered route. Some streets in
restaurants, and a couple of inns like the        it pays to check prices before you leave
                                                                                                   Charlotte Amalie still bear the old Danish
popular Tamarind Court, one of the island's       home to make sure you cannot buy items
                                                                                                   names, but residents usually use their
best accommodation values. It's located           cheaper from your local discount store.
                                                                                                   English names. Your best defense is a map,
only three blocks from the main ferry pier.       Merchants tout deals on jewelry, liquor,
                                                                                                   written directions and a smile when you ask
                                                  electronic equipment, camera, linens, and
The rest of the island has a variety of                                                            for help.
                                                  more. United States residents may bring in
attractions. Coral Bay and Coral Harbor
                                                  USD 1,200 worth of goods. All items made         The island's historic attractions should
have several bars, restaurants and
                                                  in the territory, including art, are exempt      not be ignored. Its colorful history dates
businesses, and offer fun activities such as
                                                  from the total.                                  back at least several thousand years.
water sports.
                                                                                                   The early Indians had disappeared by
                                                  While Charlotte Amalie is the main
In the center of the island is the Bordeaux                                                        the time Denmark settled St. Thomas in
                                                  shopping area, several shopping areas
Mountain, more than 1,200-feet high                                                                1666, but the Danes left their mark in many
                                                  with tourist-oriented shops are now spread
from which one can see the British Virgin                                                          ways. In Charlotte Amalie, the island's
                                                  out all across the island. Havensight Mall
Islands.                                                                                           main town and the seat of government, the
                                                  has dozens of shops, some branches of
                                                                                                   narrow streets and alleyways are lined with

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centuries-old brick and stone buildings.         Christianvaern and other Christiansted
                                                                                                    Out in the countryside, over 100 ruins of
Once warehouses filled with molasses,            National Historic Site buildings run by the
                                                                                                    sugar cane mills and grand plantation
sugar and other goods awaiting export            National Park Service.
                                                                                                    homes dot the island. Many carry fanciful
to Europe and shops with family quarters
                                                 Lush green hills provide Christiansted's           names such as Lower Love, Hard Labor
above, those buildings now house offices
                                                 backdrop. Alleyways filled with unique             and Work and Rest, all the legacy of some
and shops.
                                                 shops lead off a waterfront boardwalk.             long-forgotten 18th or 19th-century planter.
One caveat: St. Thomas has a crime rate          The town has several small hotels, many            Some plantations have been restored as
similar to other cities. Visitors should take    cozy eateries, bars, and a number of must-         private homes, guesthouses and museums.
normal precautions. Keep cars and rooms          see historic sites and museums. Your first         Whim Plantation Museum, just east of
locked and do not walk around at night.          stop in town should be the National Park           Frederiksted, is filled with antiques and is
Hotels encourage guests to take taxis to         Service's Visitor's Center, located in the         open daily for tours.
and from restaurants in the evenings.            historic Fort Christianvaern, which is part
                                                                                                    The beaches pale in comparison to those
© NileGuide                                      of the Christiansted National Historic Site.
                                                                                                    in St. John and St. Thomas, but you won't
                                                 Pick up a free walking tour map to make
                                                                                                    have to look hard to find a sandy strand to
                                                 sure you do not miss any of the important
History                                                                                             take in some sun. Many hotels are located
                                                 landmarks. The local government also has
                                                                                                    beachside, and there are public parks
St. Croix: District                              the Christiansted Visitor's Center at 53A
                                                                                                    located at the east and west ends of the
                                                 Company Street. Stop here for brochures
St. Croix is the largest of the three main                                                          island. One caveat: Deserted beaches may
                                                 on things to do across St. Croix.
U.S. Virgin Islands with its 84 square                                                              entice you with their privacy but for safety's
miles(218 square kilometers) of rolling hills    The harbor, usually calm and turquoise,            sake, it is best to visit beaches where you
and sandy beaches, yet it receives fewer         is home to about three dozen sailboats             won't be alone. Ask the hotel or vacation
visitors than its sister islands of St. Thomas   and a handful of charter boats that take           villa staff for their recommendations. To
and St. John. The island is a pleasing           visitors sailing, scuba diving or sport fishing.   visit one of St. Croix's nicest beaches,
middle ground between St. Thomas's focus         Seaplanes take off and land in the harbor          take a day sail or Scuba trip to Buck Island
on mass-market tourism and St. John's            on their trips to and from St. Thomas. A           Reef National Monument, a federally-
back-to-nature ambience. An occasional           water taxi ferries people to Protestant Cay,       protected island located less than two miles
cruise ship calls in quaint Frederiksted,        a small island located in the middle of the        off St. Croix's north coast. Watching fish
located at the western end of the island.        harbor. It is home to Hotel on the Cay, a          dart about the undersea coral garden that
The ship's passengers, along with hotel and      popular lunch and water sports spot for            surrounds the island, hiking up an easy trail
vacation villa visitors, spread out across the   people staying in Christiansted.                   for spectacular views and lazing about in
island to enjoy beautiful vistas, boutique                                                          the sun or shade can fill an entire day.
                                                 Frederiksted, St. Croix's other town, is more
shopping and outdoor pursuits.                   like a village. It takes 45 minutes to drive       Historic
St. Croix is home to nearly 55,000 people,       from Christiansted, and can be reached
                                                                                                    St. Croix's present reflects its past at
nearly the same as 28-square mile St.            via busy highways, or if time permits, on a
                                                                                                    every turn in the road. The island's main
Thomas. With a refinery and other smaller        more leisurely trip through the rain forest.
                                                                                                    towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted,
industries providing employment, there is        The town is home to Frederiksted Cruise
                                                                                                    are filled with historic buildings, and a
less focus on tourism than on the other          Ship Pier, the island's deep-water pier.
                                                                                                    small part of downtown Christiansted is
two islands. Since the population density        You will find good restaurants and some
                                                                                                    designated Christiansted National Historic
is low, it is rare to find crowded streets       shopping nearby if you arrive by cruise
                                                                                                    Site. Crumbling ruins of old 18th- and 19th-
in the Christiansted and Frederiksted            ship. However, when the cruise ships leave,
                                                                                                    century plantations dot the countryside.
shopping areas. Parking can be a problem         the town rolls up the welcome mat and
in Christiansted, however. The town serves       practically goes to sleep. You may not             Known history starts with the Indians, first
as the seat of the island's commerce, and        find all the shops and restaurants open            the Igneri tribe, and then the peaceful
with minimal public transportation, workers      when cruise ships are not in port, so call         Tainos. By the time Christopher Columbus,
usually drive to their downtown jobs.            to make sure before you trek west. Fort            an Italian explorer sailing under the Spanish
                                                 Frederik, completed in 1760, provides a            flag, visited what is now Salt River National
Christiansted is usually the first stop          shady spot to relax near the pier. It was          Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
for most visitors. A charming town with          the site of the island's most important            in 1493, the Caribs were prepared to fend
architecture that reflects the island's          historical event. On July 3, 1848, following       them off with their arrows.
Danish heritage, many of the buildings           a rebellion by slaves, Danish Gov. Peter
are centuries old. Sitting at harbor's edge,                                                        By 1625, the Dutch and the English
                                                 Von Scholten announced that they were
the pastel blue, green and ochre buildings                                                          began small settlements. In the ensuing
                                                 now free. Victorian buildings, two museums,
are trimmed in crisp white with red tin                                                             century, England, Holland, Spain, France,
                                                 several historic churches and the fruit and
roofs. The abundance of ochre, or mustard                                                           the Knights of Malta and the privately
                                                 vegetable market are the most important
yellow, comes from the Danish yellow                                                                owned French West India Company
                                                 attractions. The Tourism Department's
brick brought over from Denmark as ship's                                                           traded ownership of the island, mainly for
                                                 Frederiksted Visitor's Center is right near
ballast during the 18th century. The popular                                                        economic and strategic reasons. Until the
                                                 the pier.
color predominates in the town's Fort                                                               Danes bought the island from the French in

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1733, various countries made half-hearted      territory an"effective poorhouse" during his     in the territory to fund local government
stabs at colonization.                         1931 visit.                                      operations.
The Danes divided the land into what           The U.S. Navy ran the islands until 1931
                                                                                                St. John: The history of St. John is very
eventually became 224 plantations with         when the United States Interior Department
                                                                                                similar to that of the other US Virgin
names like Upper and Lower Love and            took over. The 1936 Organic Act gave
                                                                                                Islands with a few twists along the way
Estate Jealousy. Those names remain,           residents the right to elect members of their
                                                                                                that eventually created three very distinct
a relict of the days when agriculture,         Municipal Councils, but the United States
                                                                                                islands, but each part of a whole.
especially sugar and its byproducts, rum       president appointed the governor until 1970
and molasses, fueled the economy. While        when residents elected Melvin Evans to           Christopher Columbus was the first
the Danish flag flew overhead, English,        the post. All residents who held American        European to spot the islands during his
Scotch and Irish planters far outnumbered      citizenship, were over age 21 and could          second voyage in 1493 when he saw many
their Danish colleagues. However, the          read and write English had the right to vote     islands, but stopped at only a few. The
bulk of the residents were black slaves        starting in 1938. The previous property          history of the three US Virgins: St. Thomas,
with their roots in Africa. English was the    ownership provision was abolished.               St. John, and St. Croix, was created
lingua franca in schools, business and                                                          primarily by their physical characteristics
                                               The island's ethnic make up began to
social life, but Danish was the language of                                                     and what would be their particular value as
                                               change dramatically during and after World
the government, the courts and the state-                                                       agricultural islands.
                                               War II as Puerto Ricans, mainly from the
affiliated Lutheran Church.
                                               island of Vieques, moved to St. Croix to cut     Fertile St. John and St. Thomas(its
This was the island's heyday, but British      sugar cane. Their descendents today make         neighbor to the south) were more
occupation in 1801(and again in 1807           up a large part of the island's population.      conducive to farming, thus farms and
through 1815) brought with it many             Continentals, white residents who hail           plantations sprung up. While St. John's
changes. Droughts, the end of the slave        from the United States mainland, also            plantations thrived, St. Thomas suffered
trade in 1803, the development of the          discovered the island in the 1960s. They         difficulties with cultivation and eventually
sugar beet industry in Europe, political       came to enjoy their retirement years and         evolved into more of a mercantile center,
upheaval and a depression sent the island      to establish businesses. Residents from          and the primary slave market for the
into an economic downturn. The Danish          Eastern Caribbean countries who came in          islands. Those characteristics in a large
government tried to help by naming the         the 1970s and 1980s add to the mix.              part shaped each islands' destiny politically,
island a free port in 1833, a designation                                                       economically and socially.
                                               While sugar was grown commercially until
that remains under the United States
                                               1965, the island didn't begin to regain          Spain, England, France, Holland, Denmark,
government.
                                               economic equilibrium until industries            and the United States all controlled these
The island never regained its former glory,    like Harvey Alumina and Hess Oil, now            small jewels at some point, with the US
and the end of slavery in 1848 dealt the       HOVENSA, opened shop in the mid-1960s.           eventually winning out. The first European
economy another blow. In the island's          Around this time, a trickle of tourists began    settlers in the Virgins were the Danes who
most important historic milestone, 8,000       to arrive thanks to easier airplane travel,      in 1666 took control. When Columbus first
slaves marched from Estate LaGrange to         rise in popularity of cruise ship vacations,     arrived, he named the islands because
Fort Frederik in Frederiksted to demand        affluence that gave Americans enough             of their mountainous terrain, Las Islas
their freedom. Faced with no real choice,      leisure time and money to travel and the         Virgenes, in honor of St. Ursula and her
the Danish governor, Peter Von Scholten,       close of the Caribbean hot spot, Cuba,           legion of 11,000 virgins. The Spaniards
complied. Fires, hurricanes, an earthquake     when Fidel Castro came to power. The             generally stayed away from the Virgins
and labor riots through the last half of the   tourists continue to come, but then as now,      during these early days because they
1800s compounded the island's economic         in smaller numbers than they do to St.           did not find the riches they were seeking,
woes.                                          Thomas and St. John.                             except for some copper on Virgin Gorda.
                                                                                                This allowed the English and Dutch to
By the time the United States bought St.       St. Croix's economy suffered several
                                                                                                come in do some early trading. Then in
Croix, St. John and St. Thomas in 1917         devastating blows in the last half of the
                                                                                                1665, Copenhagen merchants came to
for USD 25 million, the economy was            20th century. Crime and two devastating
                                                                                                the islands and formed the Danish West
in shambles. The United States wanted          hurricanes took their toll.
                                                                                                India Company, around which they set
the islands to serve as a buffer between
                                               Many residents feel they are second-class        up a colony, unsuccessful. But, in 1671,
the mainland and the Panama Canal
                                               United States citizens. Although decisions       some success was achieved when a
as World War I neared its close. While
                                               made at the federal level have a huge            second company was formed that had solid
residents hoped for economic improvement
                                               impact here, territorial residents cannot vote   financial backing and royal support from
and political reforms, they were sorely
                                               for the United States president. Residents       home. The original colony was born in St.
disappointed. Prohibition, which became
                                               elect a delegate to the United States House      Thomas and then spread to St. John and
effective in the territory in 1922, called a
                                               of Representatives, but she is not able          eventually St. Croix.
halt to the island's rum industry, dealing
                                               to vote. Residents pay taxes at the same
another blow to the economy. Things were                                                        The key historical event on St. John was a
                                               rate and use the same paperwork forms
so bad President Herbert Hoover called the                                                      slave revolt in 1733, during which almost
                                               as state residents, but the money stays
                                                                                                half of the population was killed off and

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about nearly half of the plantations were        While there is no truth to the legend that the   the Panama Canal. The United States
destroyed. Known as the St. John Slave           pirate Bluebeard built the tower at what is      government also feared the Germans
Rebellion, this devastating revolt continued     now Bluebeard's Castle Hotel, Blackbeard,        would capture Denmark, and the thought
for six months, nearly paralyzing the            an Englishman named Edward Teach, was            of a German colony so close to home was
remaining black and white population.            know to frequent St. Thomas. However, he         unfathomable. The economy continued
Soldiers came to help quell the rebellion,       probably never visited the tower named in        to limp along, with things were so bad
including Dutch and Danes from St.               his honor on Blackbeard's Hill.                  President Herbert Hoover called the
Thomas, French from Martinique and                                                                territory an effective poorhouse during his
                                                 In 1666, the Danes arrived to colonize St.
English from Tortola. The slaves gradually                                                        1931 visit.
                                                 Thomas. The population quickly grew as
died out; many committed suicide and
                                                 the new immigrants cleared the hillsides to      The United States Navy ran the islands until
others gave up because of lack of food and
                                                 grow crops. Work on Fort Christian, built        1931 when the United States Department
perished, or gave themselves up. In all,
                                                 to protect the island, began in 1672, and in     of Interior took over. The 1936 Organic Act
about 150 slaves died in the rebellion.
                                                 1674, the governor issued four licenses for      gave residents the right to elect members of
Britain took over the three Virgin Islands for   taverns along the waterfront. What is now        their Municipal Councils, but the president
about a year at the time of the Napoleon         Charlotte Amalie soon took on the name           appointed the governor until 1970 when
Wars when Britain refused to allow               Taphus, or beer hall. The name changed           residents elected Melvin Evans to the post.
Denmark to trade with France, until the          in 1691, when it was renamed Charlotte           All residents who held American citizenship,
power reverted back to the Danes in 1807.        Amalie after the wife of the Danish King         were over age 21 and could read and write
And this time it took its toll on the islands,   Christian V.                                     English had the right to vote starting in
which was especially significant because                                                          1938.
                                                 Around this time, 1685 to be exact, the
it coincided with the downfall of the sugar
                                                 Danes allowed the Brandenburg American           Many residents continue to feel they are
industry, which was facing competition from
                                                 Company to establish a slave trading post        second-class U.S. citizens. Although
the sugar beet in Europe.
                                                 on St. Thomas. Most slaves were sold             decisions made at the federal level have
During the Civil War, the islands played a       to plantation owners on other islands,           a huge impact here, territorial residents
strategic role and were used for shipping in     but some were bought by St. Thomas               cannot vote for the U.S. president.
supplies. The US made its first attempt at       residents to work their plantations. And         Residents elect a delegate to the U.S.
that time to procure the islands, but did not    early governors, Nicolai and Adolph Esmit,       House of Representatives, but she is
follow up on this early agreement with the       allowed pirates to use the island as a           not able to vote. Residents pay taxes
Danes. During the First World War, the US        refuge because local merchants would             at the same rate and use the same
made another attempt to buy the islands,         benefit from the open sale of pirate booty.      paperwork forms as state residents, but the
but this time succeeded. The three Virgin        These two moves changed the course               money stays in the territory to fund local
Islands were turned over to the US in 1917       of the island's history. The slaves, of          government operations. During World War
at a cost of USD 25 million. The islands are     course, provided free labor to the plantation    II, the federal government used the island
now self-governed, but the courts remain         owners, and the pirate trade set the stage       as base, hence the name Subbase still in
under the control of the US government.          for the island's position as a trading center.   use today. The federal government retained
                                                                                                  ownership to Water Island, which sits just
Today tourism is the primary source of           Between 1700 and 1750, pirate activities
                                                                                                  offshore in Charlotte Amalie Harbor, until
income for residents of all three US Virgin      began to wane and legitimate trade began
                                                                                                  1996 when the territorial government took
Islands.                                         to increase. Merchants began to open
                                                                                                  over.
                                                 shop on Main Street, called by its Danish
St. Thomas: St. Thomas history starts with
                                                 name Dronnigens Gade. The Danish King            Vacation travel began to increase in the late
the Indians, a pre-ceramic tribe known as
                                                 Frederick V declared the island a duty free      1950s when the doors to Cuba slammed
the Ciboneys. Excavations at Hull Bay on
                                                 port in 1764, making the island one of the       shut with Fidel Castro's rise to power.
the island's north side show they lived here
                                                 world's busiest ports. By the early 1800s,       Newly opened hotels and tourism business
around 1500 B.C. Another excavation,
                                                 West Indian trade centered in St. Thomas.        were left scrambling for help. This forced
prompted by the discovery of skeletons
                                                                                                  the island to recruit a vast number of
when developers began work on Tutu Park          The economy began a downslide in the
                                                                                                  immigrants from the Eastern Caribbean,
Mall in 1990, uncovered an entire Indian         early 1800s as hurricanes, fires, trade
                                                                                                  who came for better jobs than they could
village that dated from the year 150 to          embargos, and competition from the sugar
                                                                                                  find at home. Most remained, growing into a
1490. Inhabited by the descendents of the        beet trade played havoc with the island's
                                                                                                  solid middle class.
Ciboneys, the Tainos and the Caribs, the         trade. The end of slavery in 1848 dealt a
village now sits under the shopping center       final blow. The economy collapsed.               St. Thomas' tourism-based economy
and the artifacts are stashed in the local                                                        continued to grow, but Hurricane Hugo in
                                                 At this same time, steam began to replace
government's archives.                                                                            1989 and Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, plus
                                                 sails, and ship captains found they needed
                                                                                                  a series of smaller hurricanes in the late
Enter Christopher Columbus, who sailed           less frequent stops as they plied the trade
                                                                                                  1990s, the closure of Eastern Airlines as
through on his second voyage to the New          routes. The island became a backwater
                                                                                                  well as the failure of several major travel
World in 1493. From then on, pirates bent        until 1917 when the United States bought
                                                                                                  wholesalers, dealt severe blows. However,
on plundering Spanish ships filled with gold     the islands for USD 25 million to protect
from the Americas plied the island's waters.     the United States from an invasion through

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the economy has rebounded from each              property restaurants and other amenities at     and Breakfast Club(The) is within walking
problem.                                         a convenient location.                          distance of downtown Christiansted.
© wcities.com                                                                                    Of course, both come with delicious
                                                 Rooms at Divi Carina Bay Resort and
                                                                                                 breakfasts.
                                                 Casino are contemporary in style. With the
Hotel Insights                                   island's only casino located on property, it    Chenay Bay Beach Resort caters to
                                                 has a tad more flash than other resorts on      families. While other resorts have kid's
St. Croix: St. Croix offers a full range of      the island. Located at the far eastern end      clubs, this one provides complimentary
accommodations, most of them on the              of St. Croix, this resort puts you about 20     water sports equipment, including kayaks,
smallish side. The largest resort, Sunterra      minutes outside Christiansted.                  to keep your budget in line. Parents get a
Carambola Beach Resort, has only 150                                                             break by sending their children ages four
rooms. The rest are small hotels and             Low-key Frederiksted is a good 45-minute
                                                                                                 to 12 to the resort's inexpensive day camp.
resorts, condominium complexes, inns,            ride from Christiansted's business center,
                                                                                                 The resort also provides a low-cost shuttle
and bed and breakfasts. This deters large        but if you want an in-town location at the
                                                                                                 to grocery stores and shopping areas.
conventions, but you will find groups at the     western end of the island, try St. Croix's
                                                                                                 Located along the island's north shore,
larger hotels.                                   second town. Frederiksted Hotel(The),
                                                                                                 it is close enough to Christiansted to be
                                                 located in the center of town across from
Rates are highest during the winter season,                                                      convenient, but far enough away to give
                                                 the waterfront, provides basic rooms.
usually December 15 through April 15.                                                            you a resort feel.
                                                 A charming courtyard into the bar and
Prices drop dramatically after April 15,         restaurant marks the entryway.                  If you have come to St. Croix to enjoy
but St. Croix is just as pleasant during                                                         the diving, Waves at Cane Bay(The) puts
the spring, summer and fall as it is in the      Just outside Frederiksted on a lovely strand
                                                                                                 you right at the water's edge. This resort,
winter. Temperatures vary seasonally by          of white sand, Sandcastle on the Beach
                                                                                                 located 20 minutes outside Frederiksted
only about 10 degrees.                           caters to gay and lesbian guests. A low-key
                                                                                                 along the north shore, specializes in diving
                                                 resort, it attacts both singles and couples
All of the island's major resorts have                                                           and is accredited by the Professional
                                                 who enjoy the ambience and the location.
beaches and offer watersports, shopping,                                                         Association of Diving Instructors(PADI,) the
fitness activities and tennis. Buccaneer         The rooms at Sunterra Carambola Beach           world's largest diving organization.
Hotel(The) and Sunterra Carambola Beach          Resort, located beachfront and tucked back
Resort both offer 18-hole golf courses. You      in lush greenery about 15 minutes outside       St. John: From campgrounds and small
will also find nine holes at the Reef Golf       Frederiksted, sport dark woods and chintz.      inns to world-famous resorts, low-key St.
Course.                                                                                          John has a wide range of accommodations.
                                                 If you prefer more privacy, a stay at one
                                                                                                 Laid-back and pristine, this Virgin Island
If you have business in Christiansted or         of the island's vacation villas may be your
                                                                                                 has managed to stay in its natural state and
like an in-town vacation location, the town      cup of tea. All are lovely with top drawer
                                                                                                 a somewhat limited number of hotel rooms
has several small hotels. All hotels have        amenities, but the Clairmont Mill Villa is
                                                                                                 have kept excessive tourism at bay.
pools for a refreshing swim at day's end         a standout. Built around an old mill, it
and are within walking distance of fine          exudes plantation charm. Some villas come       The most famous of all its resorts of course
restaurants, car rental agencies and the         with a staff, someone usually meets you         is Caneel Bay, a resort built on the ruins
seaplane shuttle connection to St. Thomas.       at the airport, and most offer numerous         of a former sugar plantation. The original
Christiansted can be a tad noisy at times,       amenities including pools, hot tubs and fine    estate owned by Peter Durloe was once
but hotel rooms are air-conditioned to keep      furnishings.                                    called"Klein Caneel", which means"Little
the noise at bay. The King's Alley Hotel,                                                        Cinnamon" in Danish. The estate dates
                                                 Condominium vacations provide resort
located in a shopping arcade adjacent to                                                         back to the late 1700s, and was used
                                                 ambience with villa convenience. All have
the waterfront, provides convenience as                                                          during the slave rebellion of 1733 as a
                                                 pools, complete kitchens and staffs to
well as charm. The Hotel Caravelle has                                                           refuge for survivors. Elegant Caneel Bay,
                                                 help you with your vacation or business
a tropical feel with its own restaurant and                                                      which looks as much like a botanical
                                                 details. Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, and
views from most of the rooms. Tucked away                                                        garden as a resort, has beautiful old stone
                                                 Sugar Beach condominiums are strung
in a courtyard lush with plants, the Danish                                                      walls and several lovely beaches. It offers
                                                 out along the island's north shore just
Manor Hotel has somewhat pedestrian                                                              five-star meals in an open-air restaurant
                                                 outside Christiansted. You will be just steps
rooms, but offers a great location for people                                                    and a full range of water sports. Guests are
                                                 from the beach at any of these properties.
who need to be in town.                                                                          picked up in St. Thomas by private launch.
                                                 Upscale visitors at Villa Madeleine enjoy
Buccaneer Hotel(The) is the closet resort        a dip in their unit's private pool before       For those interested in a more do-it-
to Christiansted. Set on what was once           heading off for the day's activities. Located   yourself vacation, there are some terrific
a 300-acre sugar plantation just east            on the island's East End, about a 20-minute     campgrounds on the island. Maho Bay
of Christiansted, the hotel's rooms that         drive from Christiansted, this condominium      Campgrounds was built on a hillside
spread out along the beach and across            resort puts you out of the in-town hubbub       overlooking Maho Bay by Stanley Selengut,
the hillsides reflect Mediterranean and          but close enough to be convenient.              a New Yorker who developed the concept
Caribbean influences. This full-service                                                          of eco-tourism. Selengut built this tent
                                                 Bed and breakfasts are making waves in
hotel fills the bill for business and vacation                                                   cottage community without disturbing
                                                 St. Croix. Carringtons Inn St. Croix has
travelers who want the convenience of on-                                                        the environment, creating a resort where
                                                 an attractive location above Christiansted,

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people can commune with nature, while             resorts like the Renaissance Grand               the comforts of home for a week or more
still remaining comfortable. A full-service       Beach Resort are just a tick or two below.       by just unpacking your suitcase. To fully
restaurant serves wonderfully prepared            These are full-service resorts with several      enjoy your vacation villa, a rental car is a
meals and there's even Internet service           swimming pools, vast water sports                must. Taxi drivers are reluctant to head into
available for guests. For those looking for       programs, spacious beaches, a handful of         neighborhoods because homes are not
a novel and economical trip, Maho Bay             restaurants, a string of shops, a car rental     easily identified, so without a car you may
Camps has an work exchange program                agency, and more. All are chains run by          be unable to dine out or shop.
during the off season months.                     large conglomerates. Most are located on
                                                                                                   Historic Charlotte Amalie guests houses
                                                  the island's eastern end, an easy drive to
Another campground is Cinnamon Bay                                                                 such as the bougainvillea-draped Hotel
                                                  the Red Hook ferry dock for day excursions
Camps, along the well-known Cinnamon                                                               1829 give visitors a city experience. Such
                                                  to St. John and its Virgin Islands National
Bay. The small concrete cottages have                                                              hotels exude charm, but the rooms may
                                                  Park.
cooking facilities, bathhouses, with a                                                             be on the small side. Many do not have
restaurant and commissary on the property.        Conventioneers head for Marriott                 pools or other amenities, but put you just
Visitors can not only enjoy the natural           Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort, with              steps from a vast number of stores and
beauty of the island, but also visit an           about 500 rooms the largest in St. Thomas.       restaurants, including the eponymous Hotel
archaeological site of Taino Indians. There,      It has everything a convention-goer needs,       1829 Restaurant.
guided tours are offered and volunteers           including restaurants, a beach, water
                                                                                                   Budget vacationers opt for places like the
are permitted to work with student and            sports, and ferry transportation to Charlotte
                                                                                                   Green Iguana Hotel, where the rooms
professional archaeologists.                      Amalie's shops and restaurants. Other
                                                                                                   are clean and comfortable but a tad
                                                  resorts also provide convention services,
In Cruz Bay, there is a wonderful villa hotel                                                      on the pedestrian side. These smaller
                                                  but none on quite the same level as
called the Gallows Pointe Suite Resort,                                                            spots, usually located up in the hills in the
                                                  Frenchman's Reef.
which has front-row seats overlooking the                                                          Charlotte Amalie outskirts or within the city
harbor near the ferry dock. Farther along         People with business in Charlotte Amalie         limits, come with one plus. The owners,
the coast near the town is another upscale        or who want a large city-based hotel opt for     with years of Caribbean tales to share, are
property, the Westin Resort St. John. This        the Holiday Inn St. Thomas. A chain hotel,       on hand to entertain you. It is also easy to
large resort spans 47 acres and boasts            it provides standard amenities with in-town      meet other guests, who tend to be sociable
nearly 300 rooms, three restaurants, and          convenience. While the closest beach is a        sorts.
a wide variety of activities from boating to      bit of a drive away, the hotel does have a
                                                                                                   Families often opt for the all-inclusive
tennis to diving.                                 pool to refresh you. It is also within walking
                                                                                                   Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort& Spa. With
                                                  distance of the seaplane connection to St.
Also in the town is the Inn at Tamarind                                                            the myriad amenities and activities a full-
                                                  Croix and ferries to St. John and the nearby
Court, a small inn in walking distance of                                                          service resort provides, the hotel gives
                                                  British Virgin Islands.
downtown stores. Another small in-town                                                             families good value for its money since
spot is the comfortable and moderately-           Smaller seaside hotels like the family-          meals are included. Other resorts, such
priced St. John Inn.                              owned Bolongo Bay Beach Resort& Villas           as the Sapphire Beach Resort& Marina,
                                                  and the Best Western Emerald Beach               also have active children's programs to give
Throughout the island are a huge variety of
                                                  Resort provide quite nice resort amenities       parents a break. Baby sitters are usually
private villas for short term lease, ranging
                                                  with a lesser price tag and a more personal      available through hotel front desks.
from one week to an entire season. These
                                                  feel. These hotels have a pool, water
villas often offer a better value than many                                                        If you want an active Scuba diving vacation,
                                                  sports, and a restaurant, but on a much
hotel accommodations.                                                                              pick a place with an extensive dive
                                                  smaller scale than larger resorts.
                                                                                                   program. Since you will depart for your
St. Thomas: St.Thomas offers a full range
                                                  Condominium complexes like Sapphire              dive right from the resort's dock, you will
of accommodations. Luxury beach front
                                                  Village Condominiums are a home away             not waste time driving to a dive operator's
resorts where the staff caters to your
                                                  from home for independent sorts. With full       location. The smallish Secret Harbour
every whim, cookie cutter condominiums
                                                  kitchens and more space than a hotel room,       Beach Resort is home to Aqua Action,
complete with kitchens, vacation villas, and
                                                  they give guests flexibility to eat in or dine   one of the island's most respected dive
cozy guesthouses in several budget ranges
                                                  out. Most have beaches and a restaurant or       operations.
all vie for the visitor dollar. Even former
                                                  two within walking distance.
President Bill Clinton picked St. Thomas                                                           Chartering a sailboat for a week or more
twice for a New Year's break. He stayed at        Many visitors prefer to stay at a vacation       through a company such as Regency Yacht
the posh Sand Dollar Villa, located above         villa. St. Thomas has a large number for         Vacations, called a term charter in industry
Magens Bay. That villa is still in the vacation   rent, with McLaughlin Anderson Luxury            lingo, is an alternative to staying put in
villa market, and is one of the island's most     Villas the island's premier company              a hotel. While you can sign on without a
popular.                                          for finding a villa to suit your need and        crew, the addition of a captain and a mate
                                                  pocketbook. All are located in residential       provides a level of luxury hard to achieve
The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas sets
                                                  neighborhoods. Some are beach front, but         on your own. The captain knows the nicest
the standard for a luxury visit with its
                                                  most sit high up on the island's hills for       anchorages, the neatest tropical bars and
Mediterranean-style villas and marble
                                                  great views and lovely breezes. They come        how to operate those intriguing water sports
accoutrements, but several other large
                                                  fully equipped, making it easy to enjoy all      toys. The crew conjures up fine cuisine to a

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menu chosen by you in an amazingly small        Madeleine. As the centerpiece of an             serving Asian style cuisine from an old
galley. Prices compare to a luxury hotel        upscale condominium complex, this elegant       West Indian house.
vacation.                                       restaurant features dishes such as roasted
                                                                                                Mongoose Junction, an interesting
                                                duck and fresh wahoo. Galleon(The),
Package plans are often available,                                                              shopping center on the north end of town,
                                                located dockside at Green Cay Marina,
particularly at the larger hotels. The local                                                    is the setting for Paradiso, a popular
                                                gets multiple stars for its imaginative pasta
government adds an 8 percent hotel room                                                         bar and restaurant on the upper floor
                                                dishes. Piano music on most nights and a
tax on to each bill and some hotels add a                                                       where you can eat indoors or out. In the
                                                good view of the boats at anchor just below
service charge.                                                                                 same location, there is the also popular
                                                are both nice extras.
                                                                                                Mongoose Restaurant and Deli, popular
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                                                Outside Christiansted                           with both locals and visitors. More unusual
                                                                                                fare is served at the Sun Dog Café, also at
                                                Breezez, located poolside at the Club
                                                                                                Mongoose.
Restaurants Insights                            St. Croix Condominiums just outside
St. Croix: Christiansted boasts the core        Christiansted, is the place to go for Sunday    Elsewhere in town there is La Tapa, where
of the island's dining options. Most are        brunch as well as casual lunches and            you can sit on the street or head inside the
tucked away in old buildings that date to       dinners. Frederiksted                           quaint little restaurant.
the days when Denmark ruled St. Croix.          In Frederiksted, Le St. Tropez provides         Around the Island
Kendrick's sets the pace with creative          a French accent with dishes like Croque
cuisine such as Alaskan king crab cakes                                                         Like other big resorts, the Westin Resort St.
                                                Monsieur and onions soup in a courtyard
with a lemon and black pepper aioli sauce.                                                      John offers a variety of eating styles on one
                                                setting. Blue Moon, located right across
Restaurant Bacchus boasts the largest                                                           property. There is Snorkel's, alongside the
                                                from the waterfront, is a tiny bistro with
wine list in St. Croix with a menu that                                                         pool with an all-day bar and evening BBQ,
                                                delicious food.
matches its quality. Caribbean lobster                                                          or the Beach Café for casual breakfasts
heads the menu. Try Indies Restaurant           On the casual front, don't miss lunch at        and dinners. The premier evening diner
for Caribbean-influence cuisine or Tivoli       Turtle's Deli in Frederiksted for New York      spot is Chloe and Bernard's, a hillside
Gardens for seafood and steak. Denmark's        deli-style lunch on a small covered patio.      restaurant with beautiful views of the
only culinary legacy comes at the Top Hat,      The breads and cookies are fresh-baked          wonderfully landscaped property.
an upscale restaurant owned by Hanne            and delicious.
                                                                                                A surprisingly great place to eat, and about
and Bent Rasmussen. Frikadeller, a savory       Outside Frederiksted                            as casual as you can get, is Maho Bay
meatball dish in a tangy cocktail sauce, is                                                     Campgrounds. Cooked by resident chefs
just one of the Danish dishes on the menu.      Outside Frederiksted, try Off the Wall
                                                                                                and some of the seasonal folks on the work
Locals love Tutto Bene for delicious Italian    seaside at Cane Bay for drinks and casual
                                                                                                programs, this food is about as good as it
cuisine.                                        fare in a low-key atmosphere. No shoes
                                                                                                gets and at the right price. Beer and wine
                                                required, and your bathing suit with a cover-
For pub fare with a sophisticated spin,                                                         are also available, served by friendly folks,
                                                up will do for attire.
try the Bombay Club. It is a clubby                                                             and you can eat amongst interesting people
Christiansted spot complete with dim                                                            and friendly campers. You might even
                                                St. John: Laid-back and low-key St. John
lighting, lots of rich wood, art and a lively                                                   come upon one of the evening education
                                                has restaurants that accommodate its feel.
mix of expats, locals and visitors.                                                             programs.
                                                Slip into a casual dress, slide on some
Locals and visitors head to Harvey´s, a very    sandals, or head out in shorts, and here        Over at Coral Bay, there are a few places to
casual eatery where owner Sarah Harvey          you'll most likely feel right at home. The      check out. The most popular is Skinny Legs
dishes up local cooking that is always tasty.   beautiful green surroundings and lack of        Bar& Restaurant, which attracts a lively
While classier bistros beckon, make an          glitz make St. John a casually-elegant          bar crowd of sailors, visitors and locals.
effort to stop here for local fare like fish    place to dine, and the magic of the place is    The food is casual, and there usually are
cooked island style.                            unequaled.                                      sports on the TV. There is also Shipwreck
                                                                                                Landing, which is as it sounds, wooden
Morning Glory Coffee and Tea dishes             Cruz Bay
                                                                                                and near the water. They serve a variety of
up delicious breakfasts and lunches             This is the place to come for a lively bar      house drinks and casual cuisine.
from its corner spot in Gallows Bay             scene, which you'll find not soon after
Marketplace. Fresh muffins and interesting                                                      St. Thomas: There is no shortage of places
                                                you step off the ferry. You will no doubt
sandwiches highlight the menu. Try Ice                                                          to eat and drink on St. Thomas. While the
                                                encounter Woody's right away, with its on-
Cream Decadence, located near Gallows                                                           major hotels have multiple restaurants
                                                the-street location and a great place to
Bay on Route 75, for ice cream flavors with                                                     that offer everything from burgers to
                                                people watch and stop for a drink. For a
a tropical twist.                                                                               bouillabaisse, most visitors like to venture
                                                more sophisticated experience, there is
                                                                                                out a time or two to sample some of the
East End                                        Zozo's Ristorante at Gallows Point, which
                                                                                                island's fare. Like the cultural stew that
                                                is great for sunset cocktails and dinner
There are several fine dining options                                                           makes up St. Thomas, restaurant menus
                                                overlooking the harbor. Also on the elegant
outside of Christiansted. The East End                                                          reflect a cross section of cuisines. While
                                                side is Asolare, located just north of town,
is home to the Great House at Villa                                                             many of the dishes might be found on
                                                                                                menus at home, others carry a Caribbean

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influence. Plantains, a banana-like
                                                  Hillsides outside Charlotte Amalie             Visitors heading out of Charlotte Amalie
vegetable, often come with your dinner
                                                                                                 towards Red Hook along the northern route
and chutney is the de rigueur condiment.          Banana Tree Grille at Bluebeard's Castle
                                                                                                 should not miss Randy's Wine Bar& Bistro.
The island's ties to the United States have       Hotel is a hike up from Charlotte Amalie,
                                                                                                 Located in the Al Cohen's Plaza, along with
led many culinary school graduates to             so take a taxi if you are not staying
                                                                                                 a paint store, a bakery and a dentist, the
head here for stints at the most prestigious      there. The restaurant dishes up delicious
                                                                                                 restaurant with its American-style menu is a
restaurants. They demand the best                 contemporary fare along with its sumptuous
                                                                                                 local favorite.
ingredients and create lovely presentations,      view.
a culinary aspect that trickles down to less-                                                    Located on the north coast at the Point
                                                  Mafolie Restaurant at the Mafolie Hotel is
pricey restaurants.                                                                              Pleasant Resort, the Agave Terrace is
                                                  a hot spot for steak and seafood as well
                                                                                                 one of the island's best restaurants. With
Aside from fine restaurants, you will find        as gorgeous views of the Charlotte Amalie
                                                                                                 several prestigious awards on its wall, the
dozens of other more casual dining options        Harbor.
                                                                                                 restaurant serves mostly seafood.
scattered around the island. They range
                                                  Havensight
from cozy seaside bistros to roadside                                                            Red Hook
stands featuring West Indian dishes. The          Havensight is home to numerous
                                                                                                 Bustling Red Hook is home to several
hotels welcome you even if you are not a          restaurants, most catering to the cruise
                                                                                                 restaurants. The casual Grateful Deli in
guest. The style and ambience of the dining       ship crowd that throngs the area every
                                                                                                 the Red Hook Shopping Plaza serves up
and drinking scene varies widely, but by          day. Delly Deck in Havensight Mall is an
                                                                                                 eclectic cuisine popular with locals. Since it
and large, expect things to be informal.          island standby. Serving standard fare like
                                                                                                 is also a cyber-café, you can check your e-
                                                  burgers, reubens and fried chicken, it can
St. Thomas is among the more expensive                                                           mail while you eat.
                                                  be one busy place. Across the street at
places to dine out, but not any more so than                                                     © wcities.com
                                                  Al Cohen Mall sits Pizza Amore, home to
a big city like New York or London. If you
                                                  pizza by the slice and huge submarine
are used to more modest prices, the dinner
                                                  sandwiches for take out or eating in. For      Nightlife Insights
tab can come as a shock. Since nearly
                                                  a little nicer ambience, try the Havensight
everything is imported, shipping adds to the                                                     St. Croix: When it comes to nightlife, the
                                                  Café in Havensight Mall. The food runs to
cost. A 15 to 20 percent tip is expected at                                                      offerings are as diverse as the population
                                                  sandwiches and specialties like bagels and
the island's restaurants.                                                                        and what is hot one season may disappear
                                                  lox.
Charlotte Amalie                                                                                 by the next. In fact, the winter season
                                                  Frenchtown                                     always sees more to do than the summer.
The island's main town serves as its                                                             For the latest on entertainment events,
                                                  Frenchtown, a small community near
culinary heart. Dozens of bistros welcome                                                        pick up a copy of"St. Croix This Week,"
                                                  Charlotte Amalie, is a food connoisseur's
cruise ship passengers for lunch. At night,                                                      available free at shops, restaurants and
                                                  paradise. Great restaurants sit cheek
hotel guests and locals fill the tables.                                                         tourist attractions around the island.
                                                  and jowl with casual bistros. Alexander's
At the upper end of the credit card bill          Cafe, open for lunch and dinner, sees a        Easy-listening piano music is popular at
and opposite ends of town, Virgilio's and         good smattering of visitors joining local      the hotel restaurants and more upscale
Hervé Restaurant& Wine Bar attract well-          business types for eclectic fare. The patés    eateries located around the island. Clubs
heeled customers for fine dining in lovely        are especially good.                           near the Christiansted waterfront often
surroundings. Hervé Restaurant& Wine                                                             have rock and roll or reggae bands. Indies
                                                  Between Charlotte Amalie and Red
Bar, on Kongen's Gade, provides lovely                                                           Restaurant in Christiansted is the place
                                                  Hook
views and a fusion of French, Italian and                                                        to go for jazz on Thursday, Friday and
Caribbean cuisine. Virgilio's, a local hot        A string of hotel-based restaurants on both    Saturday nights during the winter. In
spot for in-town government officials and         the north and south coasts serve a wide        Frederiksted, the Blue Moon restaurant
professionals, leans toward Northern              variety of cuisines in varying settings.       has jazz on Friday nights and at its Sunday
Italian.                                                                                         brunch.
                                                  On the south shore and a few miles east
A tad less pricey are spots like the              of Charlotte Amalie and the Havensight         Cane Bay's Off the Wall beach bar and
casual Café Amici in A.H. Riise Mall for          area, the huge Marriott Frenchman's Reef       restaurant, located near Frederiksted, has
burgers, salads and sandwiches or Lillian's       Beach Resort and the adjacent Morning          blues or jazz Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Caribbean Grill to dine on West Indian fare       Star Beach Resort reign over the restaurant
like kallallo, a spicy okra stew, or local fish   scene. Havana Blue, a lovely seaside           On Wednesdays when there is a cruise
and fungi, made or cornmeal and okra.             restaurant serving Latin-fusion food, is the   ship in town, downtown Frederiksted comes
                                                  best of the lot.                               alive with a street party called Harbour
For budget meals, try Texas Pit BBQ. This                                                        Night.
take-out stand has three locations in St.         In Estate Nazareth, on the south coast,
Thomas. Gladys's Cafe, in the alleyway            Blue Moon Cafe at Secret Harbor Beach          The St. Croix Landmarks Society sponsors
shopping area called Royal Dane Mall,             Resort conjures up contemporary cuisine        classical music concerts during the winter
dishes up a mixed bag of American and             with tropical flair in a lovely beachfront     at its Whim Plantation Museum, located
Caribbean food to an equally eclectic             setting.                                       outside Frederiksted on Centerline Road.
clientele.

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                                                   moonlight, the melodic chirping of the
Gambling                                                                                             St. Thomas: When it comes to
                                                   coqui(tree) frogs, the sound of the sea
                                                                                                     entertainment, the offerings are as eclectic
Divi Carina Bay Casino has the island's            lapping on pure white beaches and
                                                                                                     as the people who live in St. Thomas. What
only casino. Located on the island's east          more. In fact, for many it may be all the
                                                                                                     is fresh and new this season may have left
end across from the oceanfront resort, the         entertainment you will need on St. John.
                                                                                                     the island by next, but others quickly take
casino attracts locals and visitors for a day
                                                   Needless to say, there are things to do.          their place. The winter season always sees
or evening of gambling.
                                                   In Cruz Bay, the evening bar scene gets           more to do than the summer. For the latest
History                                            quite lively especially on weekends when          on entertainment events, pick up a copy
                                                   the nights are warm and the music warmer.         ofSt. Thomas This Week, available free at
St. Croix is the perfect spot for history buffs.
                                                   A fun place to stop is Cafe Wahoo's at            shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions
Both Christiansted and Frederiksted, have
                                                   Wharfside Village, one of the popular bars        around the island, or check the Thursday
pasts worth exploring. The countryside
                                                   around the islands. At Gallow's Point, also       edition of theVirgin Islands Daily News. Its
is dotted with picturesque ruins, leftovers
                                                   in Cruz Bay, is Zozo's Ristorante which           weekend section gives a good rundown of
from the 18th- and 19th-century days when
                                                   is the perfect peaceful place for a sunset        who is playing where and when.
sugar and slavery fueled the economy.
                                                   cocktail.
                                                                                                     Nightlife
Christiansted National Historic Site,
                                                   Both the Westin Resort St. John and
part of the United States National Park                                                              Most hotels provide some sort of rather
                                                   Caneel Bay have entertainment, but it is
system, is home to the huge yellow Fort                                                              sophisticated entertainment at their bars
                                                   best to call them directly once you arrive, to
Christianvaern, an old Danish Customs                                                                and restaurants, particularly during the
                                                   catch up on their current line-up.
House, a Scale House and a museum                                                                    busier winter season. The offerings run
located in the Steeple Building, formerly a        Not far on the south side of town is the          toward local artists, some quite good,
Danish Lutheran Church. All are open daily.        Lime Inn, a lively dinner/bar scene with          playing piano, steel pans or guitar. The Blue
                                                   good food and great company. Another spot         Moon Cafe at Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Just west of Christiansted sits the Nature
                                                   to check out on the weekends is the Inn at        provides a lovely setting for mellow piano
Conservancy's Little Princess Estate, an old
                                                   Tamarind Court in town. The loudest music         and jazz music.
plantation with windmill, rum factory and a
                                                   comes probably from Fred's Patio also in
slave village dotting its acreage that dates                                                         Hotels occasionally offer West Indian-style
                                                   Cruz Bay, a dance scene on Wednesdays
to the 19th century.                                                                                 events popular with tourists. Bolongo Bay
                                                   and Fridays—local Caribbean style—right
                                                                                                     Beach Resort& Villas holds a Wednesday
Fort Frederik sits adjacent to the                 across from the Lime Inn.
                                                                                                     Carnival Night with a steel band, fire eater,
Frederiksted cruise ship pier. Now a
                                                   One of the most popular night spots on the        limbo show and dinner.
museum, this was the spot where Danish
                                                   island is at Coral Bay, something out of
Governor Peter Von Scholten announced                                                                Many restaurants set up entertainment
                                                   Margaritaville, where Skinny Legs Bar is
freedom for the territory's slaves on July 3,                                                        after dinner with offerings that run from
                                                   located. There is a TV for sports-watching
1848.                                                                                                sophisticated jazz to very loud rock and
                                                   and sometimes live music. There is also
                                                                                                     roll. Duffy's Love Shack sets the pace
Near Frederiksted, the restored Whim               Woody's, right on the street, where you can
                                                                                                     for a party hearty atmosphere with its
Plantation Museum provides a glimpse into          see it all and be seen, and watch it all from
                                                                                                     outrageously named drinks and loud music.
plantation life. Its oval great house is filled    a second-story balcony.
                                                                                                     Located in the Red Hook Shopping Center
with antiques.
                                                   Probably the best way to find out what is         parking lot, the bar sees huge crowds
St. George Village Botanical Garden,               happening is to question local residents          of youthful folks gather here to mix and
located near Frederiksted, has a glorious          once you get there. St. Johns is the kind         mingle. The Greenhouse also attracts a
array of plants tucked in among 19th-              of place where everybody knows what               young crowd for nightly music that runs
century sugar plantation ruins.                    everybody's doing at every given moment!          from rock& roll to local music.
                                                   Seasonal activities, parties, and fairs will be
Carl and Marie Lawaetz Museum, also                                                                  Molly Malone's in American Yacht Harbor at
                                                   advertised in local publications.
located near Frederiksted, was until                                                                 Red Hook always has Irish music playing.
recently a working farm owned by the               Also check Connections,
                                                                                                     Frenchtown is the place to stroll from bar
descendents of Danish family that arrived          a"communications" center right in Cruz Bay,
                                                                                                     to bar for eclectic late night entertainment.
here in the late 1800s. It was built around        down the street from the ferry dock, where
                                                                                                     The hot spots seem to come and go, but
1750.                                              posters and announcements and bulletin
                                                                                                     there is always something happening.
                                                   boards abound. The residents of St. John
                                                   love a reason to celebrate and you'll find        Performances
St. John: When it comes to quiet St. John,         myriad festivals, celebrations, events, and
entertainment is sort of a misnomer. Not                                                             Reichhold Center for the Arts on the
                                                   contests—in other words,'happenings'—
that there isn't nightlife, music, dancing,                                                          University of the Virgin Islands is the
                                                   year'round. Pick up a copy of the
or bars, and all the things that make                                                                island's only place for major performances.
                                                   Tradewinds or the St. John's Times, two
the Caribbean special—it's all here, but                                                             Imported symphonies, ballet, and repertory
                                                   local newspapers, or the Virgin Islands
there's a difference. Nature reigns here                                                             companies join homegrown theater and
                                                   Daily News, for announcements of what is
and nightlife is augmented by magical                                                                dance groups in staging performances.
                                                   happening.

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                                                European in style. The streets slope gently
Pistarkle Theater, in the Tillett Gardens art                                                    In addition to the above landmarks and
                                                uphill from the harbor, traffic is minimal and
complex, holds performances throughout                                                           sites, the town teems with charming shops,
                                                the sidewalks are wide.
the year.                                                                                        duty free stores, places to eat, picturesque
                                                Start with a stop at the National Park           gazebos, and galleries.
Festivals
                                                Service Visitor's Center, located in Fort
                                                                                                 Visitors often split their day in St. Croix
Carnival, held every year, is the island's      Christianvaern, which is the centerpiece of
                                                                                                 into a morning of strolling and shopping
premier event. Thousands of islanders           Christiansted National Historic Site. This
                                                                                                 and an afternoon of sun and snorkeling
living abroad return home for this event, so    mustard-colored landmark has served as
                                                                                                 at Buck Island Reef National Monument.
make sure to reserve your hotel early if you    a sentinel over Christiansted Harbor since
                                                                                                 Sign up for a sail at your hotel or at water
plan to attend. The event culminates with       construction began in 1749. Park rangers
                                                                                                 sports centers located in the towns and at
a parade by troupes and floats of people        answer questions, provide brochures and
                                                                                                 marinas.
wearing fanciful costumes.                      offer tours through the fort, an imposing
                                                edifice complete with dungeons, ramparts         Day 2 and 3
Other events, such as the St. Thomas
                                                and cannons.
Agriculture& Food Fair and the Texas                                                             Frederiksted
Society Chili Cookoff happen yearly, but        In front of the fort sits the Danish Customs
                                                                                                 If your plans allow more tour time, visit
many happen only sporadically. Check at         House. It dates to 1734 and now houses
                                                                                                 the cozy town of Frederiksted, located on
your hotel to find out what is happening        National Park Service offices. The Scale
                                                                                                 the island's west end. Charming colonial
when you are in town.                           House is nearby. It contains a scale once
                                                                                                 architecture, tropical gardens and covered
                                                used to weigh incoming and outgoing
Art Exhibits                                                                                     walkways lend themselves to an easy
                                                goods. On nearby Company Street, the
                                                                                                 stroll around the town. Benches along the
With little to entertain them in the way of     Steeple Building serves as a Christiansted
                                                                                                 waterfront are the perfect spot to stop for a
formal events, residents gather at local        National Historic Site museum depicting
                                                                                                 rest.
galleries and shops whenever an artist          island history. Dating to 1753, the building
unveils a new collection. Spots like the        was once a Lutheran Church.                      Begin your walking tour at Fort Frederik,
Color of Joy and the Camille Pissarro                                                            an imposing structure built in the 1750s
                                                The U.S. Post Office building, located along
Gallery are known for these events. Wine,                                                        and adjacent to the cruise ship pier. Now
                                                Company Street between Hospital and
cheese, conversation and a chance to                                                             a museum, it contains refurbished military
                                                Church Streets, served as the Danish West
meet the locals are the reasons to attend.                                                       quarters and stables. The waterfront
                                                India and Guinea Company Warehouse. It
CheckSt. Thomas This Week and theDaily                                                           Strand Street and King Street, located one
                                                was built in 1749.
News for announcements.                                                                          block inland, are the main shopping and
                                                Protestant Cay sits just across the water        restaurant areas. St. Patrick's Catholic
Sports
                                                from the fort. Once the burial ground for        Church, located on the corner of Market
Horse racing at Clinton Phipps Racetrack        Protestants who were not allowed in the          and Prince Streets, was built in the Gothic
provides gathers a crowd every other            Catholic cemetery, the small island is           Revival style using limestone and yellow
Sunday. While the crowd is mostly local, a      home to Hotel on the Cay. It has a small         bricks. The adjacent cemetery is fascinating
smattering of tourists also place bets.         beach, a water sports area and beachfront        with above-and below-ground caskets
                                                restaurant where all are welcome. A water        dating to the 1700s.
School fields and Emile Griffith Park,          taxi service runs day and evening from the
located along Route 30 in Charlotte Amalie,                                                      St. Croix's Rain Forest is only a 20-minute
                                                Christiansted boardwalk to the cay.
often see local teams play baseball. Avid                                                        drive northeast from Frederiksted. Not a
fans are always welcome to sit in the           Head up Company Street to Queen Cross            true rain forest, it is the home to centuries-
stands.                                         Street, where you will find the historic         old mahogany trees, samaan and silk
                                                Apothecary Hall Museum. It was once              cotton trees. There are also remains of
The Rolex Regatta is the island's premier       a pharmacy and gracious home set in a            former plantations and estates along
sailboat race with competitors coming from      courtyard, but now offices, restaurants and      Mahogany Road, the main road through the
all over the Caribbean. All are welcome to      shops have taken their place.                    forest. A trip through the rain forest on the
the festivities at the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
                                                                                                 less-traveled and barely-improved Scenic
© wcities.com                                   Further along Company Street at Prince
                                                                                                 Road–Route 78 or Creque Dam Road–
                                                Street, stop for a look at Holy Cross
                                                                                                 Routes 58 and 78 requires a four-wheel
                                                Catholic Church built in 1828 in the form of
                                                                                                 drive vehicle.
Things to Do Insights                           a cross.
St. Croix: Day 1                                                                                 Salt River National Historical Park and
                                                Turn downhill on Prince Street to King
                                                                                                 Ecological Preserve, located along the
All of St. Croix is delightful to visit, but    Street. Heading toward the water, you'll
                                                                                                 North Shore off Route 801, has not been
if you only have one day on this United         see the recently renovated Government
                                                                                                 developed. However, it is fun to wander
States Virgin Island, plan a walking tour       House. Now the local government seat, it
                                                                                                 around the beach and inland areas.
of historic Christiansted, the island's main    was once two gracious homes built in 1747,
                                                                                                 History tells us that Christopher Columbus
town. With construction starting in 1735, the   its ascending staircases leading to a gated
                                                                                                 skirmished with the Carib Indians at this
town's architecture is mostly 18th-century      courtyard and ballroom.


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St. Thomas Snapshot continued
location on his sail through the islands in        the mid-1700s. It was restored to be the         park officials, printed materials and signs to
1493.                                              island's library and museum that houses          help you understand the site.
                                                   artifacts of the early days. At the south
Outdoor adventures                                                                                  Continuing on inland, head toward Coral
                                                   end of town is Wharfside Village, a lovely
                                                                                                    Bay, a somewhat protected area, adjacent
Visitors with more time have many other            seaside shopping area with restaurants
                                                                                                    to Hurricane Hole, which is a hideout for
options. Active visitors may enjoy a half-day      and shops. At the north end of town is
                                                                                                    vessels if a storm is imminent. Coral Bay
mountain bike tour outside Frederiksted,           Mongoose Junction, a wonderful stone
                                                                                                    is a delightful collection of shops and
a kayak trip through Salt River National           structure that was built to fit in with the
                                                                                                    restaurants, some referred to as the local
Historical Park and Ecological Preserve on         environment, filled with terrific shops and
                                                                                                    Margaritaville. From there you can continue
the island's north shore, a horseback trip to      eateries.
                                                                                                    on to Lameshur Bay and from there you
the rainforest, or a scheduled hike to some
                                                   Continuing on around the island heading          can hike up to see the Reef Bay Plantation
remote location. Visit the St. George Village
                                                   north from Mongoose Junction, you will           House, which is the most elaborate building
Botanical Garden—10 acres of beauty just
                                                   pretty soon enter the Virgin Islands National    on the island. Now in a state of disrepair, it's
off Centerline Road near Frederiksted or
                                                   Park, which covers about two-thirds of           still interesting to see it as well as the sugar
Whim Plantation Museum, located along
                                                   the island—thanks to the generosity of           factory equipment located down near the
Centerline Road outside Frederiksted. Of
                                                   Laurence Rockefeller, who donated the            beach.
course, no tropical holiday is complete
                                                   land to the US government in 1956 as a
without some beach time and water sports                                                            St. Thomas: Day 1
                                                   national park. This treasure has remained
activities. Reefs nearly encircle St. Croix,
                                                   in its natural form for all these years, which   If you only have one day to visit, spend half
which makes diving and snorkeling one
                                                   has allowed the beaches and water to             a day on a taxi tour around the island past
of the most popular activities. Try Cane
                                                   remain clean and clear. Along North Shore        beautiful beaches and lovely vistas. Have
Bay Beach, Northstar, Davis Bay, or
                                                   Road, you will pass Caneel Bay Resort,           your driver let you off in Charlotte Amalie
Christiansted Harbor.
                                                   founded by Rockefeller, which was built on       for lunch and a stroll through Charlotte
                                                   the former Durloe Plantation. Now, it is one     Amalie's byways and back ways. The
St. John: Though a day trip to St. John
                                                   of the premier hotels in the Caribbean, and      heart of the island's shopping scene, the
will barely skim the surface, many day-
                                                   encompasses seven beaches. Hawknest              stores crammed full of merchandise on the
trippers visit the island from neighboring
                                                   Beach offers plenty of shade, picnic             waterfront side of town date to the 17th
St. Thomas. It really takes a good week
                                                   facilities and restrooms(one of the benefits     and 18th century when they served as
to explore the mountains, visit the
                                                   of the National Park ownership).                 warehouses. Filled with sugar, molasses
many magnificent beaches, and see
                                                                                                    and other goods awaiting export, they held
the wonderful underwater life through              Next comes a beach you may well
                                                                                                    products from the island's plantations. In
snorkeling or diving. However, if you have         recognize from USVI ads. Trunk Bay--
                                                                                                    those days, the waterfront was at their
only a day, this is the"not to be missed" list,    long, white and beautiful--is the most
                                                                                                    doorstep. A mid-20th century landfill
with a little time for recreation while you tour   photographed bay on the island and site
                                                                                                    created the waterfront highway called
this glorious little island.                       of the well-known underwater trail. It's a
                                                                                                    Veterans Drive, and the warehouses were
                                                   lovely spot, but can get crowded, so stop
One-day trip                                                                                        turned into shops with entrances at both
                                                   by and have a look and then move on if
                                                                                                    ends. The stores on the inland side of Main
You will enter St. John by ferry, most likely,     its too busy. Farther along is Cinnamon
                                                                                                    Street were always shops with storeowner
unless you're on a private yacht or other          Bay: a lovely beach and the site of a
                                                                                                    families living upstairs.
chartered boat. Cruz Bay is a delightful           privately owned campground by the same
seaside port town that bustles with visitors       name. There are restrooms, restaurants,          Start your tour at the 17th-century Fort
and locals who are busy with their daily           and showers. Maho Bay and Little Maho            Christian, the oldest building in St. Thomas.
routines. There are many shops here that           Bay are delightful places to swim and            With its small museum, the fort sets the
sell handcrafted items, paintings and other        snorkel, and if you're lucky, you'll see the     pace with old guns and ramparts ripe
Caribbean-style treasures. Though St.              hawknest turtles floating around the edges       for exploring. Across the street toward
John is small, it is quite upscale, with lovely    of the bays. You might want to check out         the harbor sits the Legislature Building,
hotels, good restaurants and shops that            the campgrounds there with their 144             home to the sole lawmaking body in
appeal to people who are looking for an            so-called tent-cottages made of wood,            the territory. Heading west and inland,
out-of-the-way place to visit. Near the ferry      screen and canvas, large outdoor pavilion,       Emancipation Garden provides a pleasant
dock is the headquarters of the National           and wonderful restaurant that serves up          respite for tired sightseers. The park was
Park Service, where you will find a good           scrumptious meals.                               built to commemorate the 1848 slave
selection of maps, books and materials                                                              emancipation, which actually happened in
                                                   After Maho, continue along the road
about the island. This office has much                                                              St. Croix.
                                                   following the signs to Annaberg Plantation,
information about the natural parts of the
                                                   an 18th-century plantation that can be           Continue up hill to Government Hill, home
islands, including schedules of hike and
                                                   essential to understanding the important         to slews of historic homes and public
talks offered by park rangers.
                                                   role that sugar and plantation life played in    buildings. The list includes the Hotel 1829,
In Cruz Bay, do not miss the Elaine Ione           the history of this island. Now part of the      Government House, and the Seven Arches
Sprauve Library& Museum, which was                 National Park Service, the plantation offers     Museum, tucked behind the Lieutenant
at one time a plantation great house in                                                             Governor's office. The 99 Steps leads to

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Blackbeard's Hill, home to Haagensen              Thomas. Play a round at Mahogany Run
                                                                                                    Antilles taxi Service(+1 340 773 5020)
House, a restored historic home, Inn at           Golf Course. Or hop the ferry to St. John
Blackbeard's Castle, and the Green Iguana         for a day of hiking or swimming at the Virgin     Caribbean Taxi and Tours(+1 340 773
Hotel, both located in historic buildings.        Islands National Park's luscious beaches.         9799)
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After returning to the town proper, go east a                                                       Cruzan Taxi Association(+1 340 773 6388)
block to visit the historic Frederick Lutheran
                                                                                                    St. Croix Transit Tours(+1 340 772 3333)
Church. Tucked up behind Main Street on           Travel Tips
Crystal Gade sits the historic St. Thomas                                                           Discovery Tours(+1 340 772 4492)
Synagogue. The congregation dates to              St. Croix: By Air:
1796 although this building went up in                                                              Friederiksted Taxi Service(+1 340 772
                                                  The main airport on St. Croix is the              4775)
1833. It has a sand floor to commemorate          Henry E Rohlsen Airport(Tel:+1 340
the flight of ancient Jews out of Egypt           778 1012, Fax:+1 340 778 1033/ http://            Golden Rock Taxi(+1 340 778 7007)
across the desert.                                www.azworldairports.com/airports/                 Eagle Taxi and Tours(+1 340 778 3133)
Day 2                                             p1338stx.htm). There are several airlines
                                                  that service St. Croix:                           Taxi Commission(complaints/ lost& found)
While the air is still cool, stop by the lovely                                                     (+1 340 773 8294)
Magens Bay Beach for a few hours of               Air Sunshine(+1 888 879-8900/ http://
swimming, snorkeling and relaxation.              www.airsunshine.com)                              By Car:
This palm-fringed beach is the island's           American Airlines(+1 800 474 4884/ http://        Perhaps you prefer to travel at your own
most popular. With fresh-water shower             www.aa.com)                                       leisure and renting a vehicle is more to your
facilities to make clean up a breeze, it                                                            liking. St. Croix offers many car and jeep
makes a perfect first stop on a day spent         American Eagle(+1 800 474 4884/                   rentals that you can take advantage of:
exploring the island north and east of            http://www.aa.com/content/footer/
Charlotte Amalie. Visit Drake's Seat for          eagleOverview.jhtml)                              Atlas Auto Rentals(+1 340 773 2886)
great views and the lovely restored St.           Cape Air(+1 800 352 0714/ http://                 Avis(+1 800 331 1084/ http://www.avis.com)
Peter Greathouse Estate& Gardens while            www.flycapeair.com)
poking around these less crowded roads.                                                             Budget(+1 340 778 9636/ http://
                                                  Caribbean Sun(+1 866 864 6272/http://             www.budget.com)
Day 3                                             www.flycsa.com)
                                                                                                    Centerline Car Rentals(+1 340 778 0450)
If you are touring on your own, spend             Continental(+1 800 231 0856/ http://
the day exploring the island's South and                                                            Go Around Rent-A-Car(+1 340 778 8881)
                                                  www.continental.com)
North Coasts. You first stop might be the                                                           Hertz(+1 800 654 3131/ http://
Havensight area for a jaunt up Paradise           Delta(+1 800 221 1212/ http://
                                                                                                    www.hertz.com)
Point Tramway. The views are stupendous.          www.delta.com)
Follow the southern Route 30 and then                                                               Judy of Croix(+1 877 903 2123/ http://
                                                  Liat Airlines(+1 888 844 5428/ http://
Route 32 to Red Hook, where it is fun to                                                            www.villadawn.com/st_croix/info/
                                                  www.liatairline.com)
watch the ferries to St. John arrive and                                                            judi_car_rental.htm)
depart. There are several restaurants and         Seaborne Airlines(+1 340 773 6442/ http://
                                                                                                    Olympic Rent A Car(+1 340 773 8000)
shops in the area perfect for whiling away        www.seaborneairlines.com)
a bit of time. From Red Hook, head west                                                             Skyline Car Rental(+1 877 719 5990/
                                                  US Airways(+1 800 622 1015/ http://
along Route 38 past luxury resorts. Feel                                                            http://www.villadawn.com/st_croix/info/
                                                  www.usairways.com)
free to stop at anyone of them to enjoy the                                                         skyline_car_rental.htm)
beach and the resort's restaurants. Coral         United Airlines(+1 800 241 6522/ http://
                                                                                                    Tourism Industries Inc(+1 340 778 7720)
World, a unique marine park with petting          www.united.com)
tanks and an underwater observatory, sits                                                           Getting Around: There is an abundance
                                                  Viegues Air Link(+1 340 741 3266/ http://
just off Route 38 in Smith Bay.                                                                     of amazing places to go see in St. Croix
                                                  www.vieques-island.com/val/) By Taxi:
                                                                                                    whether by taxi, car rental, or walking. Be
Following your map, turn right on Route                                                             sure to ask your taxi driver or car rental
                                                  Once you've landed, you're probably
42 and then onto Route 40 for a ride on                                                             provider for their favorite spots, you're sure
                                                  wondering why there are no busses. Even
Valdemar Hill Drive. Usually called Skyline                                                         to be amazed!
                                                  though St. Croix doesn't offer a public
Drive by residents, this road provides lovely
                                                  transportation system, you still have the
vistas of Charlotte Amalie below.                                                                   St. John: By Air:
                                                  option of taking one of the many taxi
Outdoor Adventures                                services. Along with the fixed fares of all       As there is no airport on the Island, St. John
                                                  the taxis, all taxi drivers are registered tour   is serviced via St. Thomas using the Cyril
Visitors with more time have many options.                                                          E. King International Airport(+1 340 774
                                                  guides! Here are some of the taxi services
Spend a day sailing the waters between                                                              5100). Flights to and from St. Thomas are
                                                  on the Island:
St. Thomas and St. John or the nearby                                                               provided by:
British Virgin Islands. Go scuba diving with      St. Croix Taxi Association(+1 866 778 1045/
any of the numerous outfitters based in St.       http://www.stcroixtaxi.com/)

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                                               taxi from Cruz Bay. There is only one taxi
American Airlines(+ 1 800 433 7300/ http://                                                    V.I. Taxi Association(+1 340 774 4550) VI
                                               service on St. John, so make sure that taxi
www.aa.com/)                                                                                   Taxi Association
                                               license plate has JP on it:
Cape Air(+1 800 352 0714/ http://                                                              Wheatley Taxi Service& Tours(+1 340 775
                                               Taxi Commission(+1 340 776-8294)
www.flycapeair.com/)                                                                           1959)
                                               If a taxi isn't your style, feel free to take
Continental(+1 800 525 0280/http://                                                            By Train:
                                               advantage of the various car and jeep
www.continental.com/)
                                               rentals available on the Island as well:        There are no train services available on St.
Delta(+1 800 221 1212/ http://                                                                 Thomas.
                                               St. John Car Rental(+1 340 776 6103/
www.delta.com/)
                                               http://www.stjohncarrental.com/)                By Bus:
Seaborne Airlines(+1 340 773 6442/ http://
                                               L&L Jeep Rental(+1 340 776 1120/ http://        Bus services on St. Thomas are limited to
www.seaborneairlines.com/)
                                               www.bookajeep.com/)                             local providers such as Vitran Buses(+1
US Airways(+1 800 428 4322/ http://                                                            340 774 5678).
                                               Varlack Ventures(+1 340 776 6412/ http://
www.usairways.com/)
                                               www.varlack-ventures.com/)                      By Car:
From the airport there are several taxi
                                               Getting Around:                                 There is a comprehensive network of roads
companies you can use that get you where
                                                                                               on St. Thomas. Route 302 services the
you need to go:                                The two most popular methods to get
                                                                                               airport.
                                               around the Island are to use a taxi or rent a
East End Taxi(+1 340 775 6974/ http://
                                               car. Once you have made a decision, talk to     Getting Around:
www.eastendtaxi.com/)
                                               your taxi driver or car rental provider about
                                                                                               Vitran Buses(+1 340 774 5678) offer transit
Independent Taxi(+1 340 774 0394)              good places to explore either on foot or by
                                                                                               services throughout St. Thomas.
                                               car.
Islander Taxi(+1 340 774 4077)                                                                 © wcities.com
                                               St. Thomas: By Air:
V.I. Taxi Association(+1 340 774 4550;
Radio Dispatch+1 340 774 7457/ http://         St. Thomas is serviced by the Cyril E. King
                                               International Airport(+1 340 774 5100/http://
                                                                                               Fun Facts
www.vitaxi.com/)
                                               www.viport.com/aviation.html). Flights to       St. Croix:
Wheatley Taxi Service& Tours(+1 340 775
                                               and from St. Thomas are provided by:            St. Croix
1959)
                                               American Airlines(+1 800 433 7300/ http://      Country: U.S.
Taxi& Tour Services Taxi& Tour Services
                                               www.aa.com)                                     St. Croix by the Numbers:
C& C Taxi Service C& C Taxi Service
                                               Cape Air(+1 800 352 0714/http://
                                                                                               Population: 119,000
By Ferry:                                      www.flycapeair.com)
                                                                                               Land Area: 84 sq mi
Once in St. Thomas, you may take a taxi        Continental(+1 800 525 0280/ http://
to one of two Varlack Ventures locations       www.continental.com)                            Average Annual Rainfall: 40 in
either in Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie.
                                               Delta(+1 800 221 1212/ http://                  Average January Temperature: 79 degrees
Both locations offer daily ferry services to
                                               www.delta.com)
Cruz Bay, St. John:                                                                            F
                                               Seaborne Airlines(+1 340 773 6442/http://
Varlack Ventures(+1 340 776 6412/ http://                                                      Average July Temperature: 84 degrees F
                                               www.seaborneairlines.com)
www.varlack-ventures.com/index.htm)
                                               US Airways(+1 800 428 4322/ http://             Quick Facts:
Should you have a car, there are several
                                               www.usairways.com)                              Major Industries: Oil, Sugar, Agriculture,
independently owned car barges that
service St. John from Red Hook where           There are bus and taxi services available       Tourism
there is no extra fee for passengers ride:     from the airport. The city bus line(+1 340
                                                                                               Electricity: 120 volts, 60 Hz; standard two-
                                               774 5678) runs between downtown and the
Love City Car Ferries' Captain Vic(+1 340                                                      pin plug
                                               airport.
779 4000)
                                               Taxi Companies include:                         Time Zone: GMT-4
Boyson's General(+1 340 776 6294)
                                               East End Taxi(+1 340 775 6974) East End         Country Dialing Code: 1
Global Marine's Tug Life aka Roanoke(+1
                                               Taxi Association
340 779 1739)                                                                                  Area Code: 340
                                               Independent Taxi(+1 340 775 1006)
By Car:                                                                                        Did You Know?
                                               Islander Taxi(+1 340 774 4077)
When you're finally on the Island there are
several options you can use to explore. The    Sunflower Bliss(+1 340 777 7343)
easiest and most popular way is to use a
                                               V.I. Taxi Radio Dispatch(+1 340 774 7457)

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In November of 1493 Christopher                Electricity: 120 volts, 60 Hz; standard two-    Average January Temperature: 79 degrees
Columbus and his crew landed on the north      pin plug                                        F
shore of St. Croix.                            Time Zone: GMT-4                                Average July Temperature: 83 degrees F
Orientation:                                   Country Dialing Code: 1                         Quick Facts:
St. Croix is one of the United States Virgin   Area Code: 340                                  Major Industries: Tourism, Petroleum
Islands, which are located between the                                                         refining, Rum distilling, Pharmaceuticals,
Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. About        Did You Know?
                                                                                               Textiles, Electronics.
50 miles east of Puerto Rico, they make up     During WWI the United States paid USD
part of the large arc of Caribbean islands                                                     Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz
                                               25 million for the Virgin Islands in order to
that stretch from Florida down to South        stop the Germans from expanding into the        Time Zone: GMT-4
America. St. Croix is the southernmost of      Western Hemisphere.
the Virgin Islands, and is also the largest.                                                   Country Dialing Code: 1
                                               Orientation:
St. John:                                                                                      Area Code: 340
                                               St. John is one of the United States Virgin
St. John                                                                                       Did You Know?
                                               Islands, which are located between the
Country: U.S.                                  Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. About         During the 17th century the Virgin Islands
                                               50 miles east of Puerto Rico, they make         were divided between the English and the
St. John by the Numbers:
                                               up part of the large arc of Caribbean           Danish colonies. The Danish islands were
Population: 4,197                              islands that stretch from Florida down to       purchased by the United States in 1917
                                               South America. St. John is the closest to       and since this time have been transformed
Land Area: 20 sq mi
                                               the British Virgin Islands, which lie to the    into a popular tourist destination. The port
Average Annual Rainfall: 45 in                 northeast.                                      of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas is a
Average January Temperature: 77 degrees                                                        popular site for cruise ships.
                                               St. Thomas:
F                                              St. Thomas                                      Orientation:
Average July Temperature: 82 degrees F         Country: US Virgin Islands                      St. Thomas, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Quick Facts:                                                                                   is located between the Caribbean Sea and
                                               St. Thomas by the Numbers:                      the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto
Major Industries: Agriculture, Tourism,        Population: 108,775                             Rico.
Petroleum Refining                                                                             © NileGuide
                                               Average Annual Rainfall: 38 inches


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Description: St. Croix is the perfect balance between the tourist-focus of St. Thomas and the natural seclusion of St. John. Spend three days (or more, if you so desire) on a yacht, soaking up the sun, the waves and the good living that the USVI have so readily available.
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