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  • St. Croix Vacation Guide: Where to Stay, What to Do, & FAQs

    St. Croix is the largest US Virgin Island and is one of the best Caribbean islands to visit. In this article, we'll share everything you need to know to plan the best St. Croix vacation. We’ll discuss where to stay, fun activities , and expected costs. We’ll also answer common questions about visiting St. Croix. Why Visit St. Croix, USVI There are many reasons to visit St. Croix, including the following: Unique culture and history  - The US Virgin Islands has a culture and history that dates back thousands of years, making it one of the most special Caribbean vacation destinations. There are also many fun ways to explore the culture and history, which we’ll share below. Beautiful beaches  - There are so many beaches to discover on St. Croix, most of which are picture-perfect, with clear-blue waters and soft sand. Warm weather year-round  - No matter when you plan your St. Croix vacation, you'll enjoy warm weather, with high temperatures usually in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the 70s. Friendly locals  - Most Crucians are very friendly and laid-back. We always greet each other, even strangers, with a good morning, good afternoon, and good night. Fun activities  - There are so many fun things to do on St. Croix, whether you want to relax, get active, or do a combination of both. No passport needed  - St. Croix is a US territory, so it’s one of few Caribbean islands you can visit without a passport if you’re a US citizen. Where to Stay in St. Croix (Popular Areas) When booking your accommodation, you'll notice many are in Frederiksted, Christiansted, or Cane Bay. Frederiksted and Christiansted are the main towns, and Cane Bay is a popular beach on the island's north shore. Frederiksted is a small town on the west side of St. Croix where many locals live. It's also where cruise ships dock and close to the rainforest. The beaches and sunsets are gorgeous in Frederiksted, and there are several great shops and restaurants. Christiansted is the larger of the two towns. This area takes up a large portion of the island, but the most popular area is where the downtown area and boardwalk are. In Christiansted town, there are many shops and restaurants. There are also a few hotels and vacation rentals. Cane Bay is a small area on the north shore, a bit further from many popular attractions. Locals and tourists love Cane Bay Beach. There are also a few restaurants, bars, and accommodations along the north shore. While these are the main areas of the island, there are also other places you can stay and hang out. While the island is only 22 miles long and 7 miles wide, it does take longer than you’d think to get from one place to another, so be prepared to drive or get a taxi if you want the full St. Croix experience. Best St. Croix Vacation Accommodations There are many places to stay when visiting St. Croix, including hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals.  Note: While there are a couple of small resorts on St. Croix, they aren’t all-inclusive. If you’re planning an all-inclusive resort vacation, St. Thomas  might be a better option. Some of St. Croix’s best accommodations include: Victoria House  - A charming hotel in a historic building (Frederiksted) The Fred - An adults-only hotel with a pool, spa, and beach access (Frederiksted) Sand Castle on the Beach  - A beachfront hotel with a restaurant and pool (Frederiksted) Carambola Beach Resort - A resort with a private beach, pool, hot tub, fitness center, restaurant, and bar (between Frederiksted and Cane Bay) The Waves - An oceanfront boutique hotel (Cane Bay) Company House Hotel - A renovated hotel in a historic building close to many shops and restaurants (Christiansted) Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast - A small boutique hotel within walking distance of the boardwalk (Christiansted) The Buccaneer Hotel - An upscale hotel and resort with a restaurant, spa, tennis courts, and golf course (Christiansted) Grapetree Bay Hotel - A restored 1960s hotel with a restaurant, bar, and pool (East island) There are also many St. Croix vacation rentals on   Airbnb  and   Vrbo , which is ideal if you want a kitchen or space for a larger group. Fun St. Croix Vacation Activities One of the best reasons to visit St. Croix is its many memorable activities. From relaxing on the beach and kayaking to shopping and hiking, there's something for everyone. Relaxing on the Beach What’s an island vacation without relaxing on the beach? St. Croix has no shortage of beautiful, sandy beaches. Some of our favorites include: Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge - A long sandy beach only open on Saturdays and Sundays, from April through August (Frederiksted) Dorsch - The perfect spot to relax, snorkel, and hunt for sea glass (Frederiksted) Rainbow Beach - A lively beach where you can rent jet skis, chairs, and umbrellas (Frederiksted) Cane Bay - A popular beach to hang out, snorkel, and dive (North Shore) Cay Beach - A fun beach, a short boat ride from the Christiansted boardwalk (Christiansted) Mermaid Beach  - A public beach at the Buccaneer Hotel, where you can rent chairs and umbrellas and order food and drinks (East Christiansted) Snorkeling and Diving Going snorkeling or diving is a must when you’re visiting St. Croix. You can snorkel at most beaches, and there are a few gear rental shops, including Cane Bay Dive Shop  and SCUBA .  You can also take guided snorkeling and diving trips. Some of the most popular places to do this are at the Frederiksted Pier and Cane Bay. You can also snorkel at Buck Island if you take a day trip with Big Beards Adventure Tours . Kayaking Kayaking is one of the best St. Croix activities for relaxing, enjoying nature, and learning about local history. Virgin Kayak Tours offers  a unique experience exploring the beautiful Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. Best of all, foot pedal kayaks make the adventure incredibly comfortable for all skill levels. There are various kayak tour options, including: Historical & Ecological Day Tour  - Kayak the peaceful Salt River Bay during the day while learning about local history and ecology Bioluminescence Kayak Tour   - See the fascinating bioluminescence in St. Croix’s super glow biobay Sunset & Moonlight Tour  - Enjoy the serene bay during sunset and moonrise, learn about the history, and see unique ecological features You can also rent kayaks  for a self-guided adventure of St. Croix’s Salt River Bay. Eating and Drinking St. Croix’s food and drink scene is one of the best, and there are great options all over the island. Some of our favorite restaurants and bars are: Domino Club  - A bar and grill in the rainforest with beer-drinking pigs (Frederiksted/rainforest) Leatherback Brewing Company  - A St. Croix staple where you can enjoy locally brewed craft beer, pizza, and regular events (Frederiksted near the airport) The Landing Bear Bar  - A delicious restaurant overlooking Cane Bay Beach (North Shore) La Reine Chicken Shack - A popular family-owned restaurant and must-try when visiting St. Croix (between Frederiksted and Christiansted Common Cents Pub  - A restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating (Christiansted) Shupe’s - A bar and grill on the boardwalk and a popular late-night spot (Christiansted) Savant  - An intimate and elegant restaurant (Christiansted) Fishing One of the best St. Croix excursions  is fishing, whether you want to stay inshore or head offshore. Most fishing charters offer half or full-day tours and supply everything you need for a successful fishing trip. There are several reputable fishing companies on St. Croix, including: Silver Kings Down South Charters Caribbean Sea Adventures Shopping While St. Croix doesn’t have big stores or malls, there are many small shops worth checking out, especially if you want to find local items. Some of our favorite shops on the island include: Eden South - A small store with Crucian art and snacks Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry - A local jewelry store that sells the original hook bracelet Mitchell Larsen Studio - A large shop with locally made glass art, including plates, ornaments, and picture frames Barbara Art Studio - An art studio and gallery with locally inspired pieces Christa’s Art Gallery - A gallery and store with cultural home decor and special gifts Molly’s Tropical Boutique  - A shop with men's and women’s clothing, swimsuits, and shoes Hiking One reason many people love St. Croix for an island vacation is because not only are there great beaches, but you can also go hiking. Some of the best hikes on St. Croix include: Goat Hill  - A 3.5-mile, moderately challenging hike that ends with endless ocean views Annaly Tide Pools  - A popular 4-mile, moderately challenging hike that leads to tide pools in Frederiksted Hams Bluff Lighthouse  - A 0.8-mile, easy-to-moderate hike to a historic lighthouse and beautiful views of the island Mount Eagle  - A moderate hike about a mile long to St. Croix’s highest point; note that the road to the trail is rough, so a 4WD vehicle is best St. Croix Vacation Cost When planning your trip to St. Croix, costs will vary depending on the type of activities, accommodations, and restaurants you choose. You should also rent a car to get around. Taxis are available but can be less reliable and cost more than   car rentals . Average costs  typically look like the following:  Accommodations for two people - $150 to $250 per night Car rental - About $100 per day One meal at a restaurant - $30 Again, these costs will vary. There are also many free activities, including going to the beach and hiking. St. Croix Vacation: FAQs Make the most of your Caribbean vacation with answers to common questions below. What is the best month to go to St. Croix? While there are perks to visiting St. Croix any time of year, April or May is a great time since the busy season is ending, the summer heat hasn't hit, and it's before hurricane season. St. Croix’s peak season is during winter, and hurricane season is late summer through fall, so keep this in mind when planning your trip. How expensive is a vacation in St. Croix? You can expect to spend at least $150 per person each day of your vacation in St. Croix, including your accommodations, transportation around the island, and food. St. Croix prices are similar to those in big cities, and how much you spend can vary greatly depending on your travel styles and activities.   Is St. Thomas or St. Croix better to visit? St. Thomas is a better place to visit if you want more amenities and nightlife, but St. Croix is better if your primary goal is relaxing and enjoying nature. Do I need to rent a car for my St. Croix vacation?  It's best to rent a car when visiting St. Croix because the island is spread out, and taxis aren't always affordable or convenient. There's a lot to see and do all over the island, and you can miss out on many experiences if you don't have a car. How many days to spend on St. Croix? It's best to spend at least three days on St. Croix. However, up to a week is ideal to see and do as much as possible while also having time to relax. St. Croix Vacation: Conclusion We hope you found this article helpful in planning your Caribbean getaway. St. Croix is an incredibly special island and the perfect vacation spot. If you’re ready to start planning your activities, book a kayaking tour with Virgin Kayak Tours  to experience a slice of the island’s beauty and history.

  • 10 Best St. Croix Excursions (Fun Tours & Activities)

    St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is one of the most fun places in the Caribbean. With so many unique things to see and do, there are endless experiences. In this article, we’ll share the best St. Croix excursions. Whether you’re a local looking for fun things to do or planning a St. Croix vacation, explore the best activities below. From historical kayaking tours of the Salt River Bay and self-guided walking tours to snorkeling and diving trips, there’s something fun for everyone. If you're visiting St. Croix for the day on a cruise, you can do most of these activities in half a day or less. Taxis are also available and often at the pier where cruise ships dock, but we recommend booking your transportation ahead of time. Boat Trip to Buck Island One of the most popular St. Croix tours is Buck Island Reef National Monument with Big Beards Adventure Tours. Buck Island, which protects a small, uninhabited island about a mile and a half north of St. Croix, is only accessible by boat. You can take a half-day or full-day guided tour on Big Beards’ catamaran from Christiansted in St. Croix to Buck Island. Spend a few hours or the day cruising, snorkeling, and hanging out on the beach. ATV Tour in the Rainforest Get adventurous while exploring St. Croix on an ATV tour with Gecko’s Island Adventure. This is a fun experience, no matter how long you’ve lived here or the number of times you’ve visited St. Croix. There are a few guided tour options, including the following: Gecko’s Original ATV Tour - a two-hour tour that covers 15 miles of tropical terrain Xpedition STX - a two-hour tour that takes you to mountain-top vistas, historical sites, and beautiful beaches Sunset ATV Tour - a two-and-a-half-hour tour through the rainforest, past sugar mill ruins, and picturesque island scenery and ending at the beach, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne at sunset To drive an ATV, you must be 18 years or older, and passengers can be five years or older. Kayaking Tour in the Biobay One of our favorite St. Croix excursions is kayaking the beautiful Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve with Virgin Kayak Tours. This is one of the best ways to enjoy St. Croix's beautiful scenery, relax, and learn about the local culture and history all in one activity. Salt River Bay is a preserved natural area with over 2,000 years of history. It’s home to one of only ten studied super glow biobays in the world, meaning the bioluminescence glows year-round. Whether you want to see the biobay glow at night or enjoy a daytime tour, there are various tour options: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour - The most popular guided tour where you experience the biobay at night and see a rare and magical underwater light sparkling in the water Sunset & Moonlight Biobay Tour - A guided evening tour when the bioluminescence may not be as bright due to the lack of contrast from the brightness in the sky; you can often still see many of the glowing organisms as you enjoy the peaceful bay during sunset and moonrise, learn about the bay’s history, and see unique ecological features Historical & Ecological Day Tour - Spend a relaxing morning kayaking the Salt River Bay on a guided tour as you learn about local history and ecology and enjoy St. Croix’s natural beauty (This is also a great option if you’re visiting St. Croix for the day on a cruise!) Self-Guided Salt River Tour - If you prefer to explore the Salt River Bay on your own, you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard for a half or full day and create your own adventure All Virgin Kayak Tours kayaking adventures use the Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayaks, which make it easy for anyone to enjoy their experience. The pedal kayaks are perfect for beginners, pros, children, and adults. They are comfortable, sturdy, and easy to navigate, no matter the weather or currents. Zipline Through the Rainforest Go ziplining with Carambola Zip Line for a unique experience in the rainforest for anyone ten years and older. You’ll take a scenic open-air safari bus ride to the top of St. Croix, then go ziplining through the rainforest and enjoy some of the Caribbean’s best views. During your tour, your guide will also share unique St. Croix stories and history. Carambola Zip Line also offers transportation if you're a passenger on a St. Croix cruise ship or staying in a hotel. Guided Food Tasting The Taste of Twin City Food Tour is one of the best St. Croix excursions for foodies. During the tour, you'll enjoy six local cuisine tastings in downtown Christiansted and learn about St. Croix's role as the culinary gateway to the Caribbean. During your three-hour food tour, you’ll try a Crucian lunch, the famous bush tea, and other local favorites. Immerse yourself in St. Croix culture while dining at locally-owned restaurants and learning about the origins of local food and drinks and other history dating back to the early 1400s. Each tour is a small group, so you can appreciate a personalized, intimate experience. The tour is also suitable for all ages and most fitness levels. Snorkel or Dive at the Frederiksted Pier or Cane Bay St. Croix is one of the best snorkeling and diving destinations in the Caribbean! Experience the clear-blue waters and diverse marine life, including colorful coral reefs, fish, anemones, and turtles. Two of the best places to snorkel and dive on St. Croix are the Frederiksted Pier and Cane Bay. Both areas are beautiful, with the pier being more for snorkeling before or after exploring Frederiksted town and Cane Bay being ideal for a beach day. If you’re snorkeling or diving at the Frederiksted Pier, you can rent gear or join a guided tour at Cane Bay Dive Shop or SCUBA dive shop at Molly’s. Sweet Bottom Dive Center at Cane Bay also offers rental equipment and tours. It’s important to note that the pier isn’t accessible for snorkeling or diving on cruise ship days, so it’s best to go to Cane Bay. Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour If you want to explore Christiansted, St. Croix’s historic downtown area, you can take yourself on a historic walking tour. There are many unique historical sites to see, including Fort Christiansvaern, which the Danish built in 1749, and the Government House, where Governors of the Danish West Indies lived. A self-guided walking tour is one of the best ways to spend the day in town. You can explore the area and stop along the way to eat, drink, and shop. Guided Fishing Trip If you’re looking for St. Croix excursions that take you fishing, we recommend Silver Kings Fishing. All trips include everything you need for a memorable and successful fishing experience, including rods, reels, lures, flies, and baits. Silver Kings Fishing’s guided trips include: Kayak Fishing - Take a Hobie Pedal-Drive Kayak for a fun, saltwater fishing experience Fly Fishing - Kayak to St. Croix’s remote Flats and Reefs to fish for Trophy Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, and Permit fish Beach Fishing - Enjoy casual beach fishing to some of the best spots on St. Croix Hiking Adventure One of the best things to do on St. Croix to explore nature and enjoy your own adventure is hiking. There are several unique trails with varying difficulty levels, where you can see some of the best views of the Caribbean. Some of our favorite places to hike on St. Croix include: Goat Hill - A 3.5-mile, moderately challenging hike that takes you to 360° ocean views Annaly Tide Pools - A 4-mile, moderately challenging hike to one of St. Croix’s most popular tourist attractions, tide pools you can explore and cool off in Hams Bluff Lighthouse - An 0.8-mile, moderately easy hike to a historic lighthouse and beautiful scenery Jack and Isaac Bay Preserve - A 3.6-mile moderately easy hike, which can easily be shortened, that takes you to a quiet beach perfect for relaxing or snorkeling Sailing Tour of the Salt River Bay If you’re looking for private St. Croix excursions on the water, 8th Flag Charters is one of the best. The author of The Eighth Flag, Stanford Joines, spent 30 years sailing the Caribbean and now leads historical sailing tours. You can take a private tour with your group and captain to explore the beautiful Salt River Bay. Relax on a two-hour historical tour or take a romantic sunset sail. St. Croix Excursions: Conclusion We hope you found this article helpful and are excited to enjoy the best of St. Croix tours. If you're visiting St. Croix, we recommend booking as many excursions as possible to enjoy the island's unique history and culture, delicious food, and beautiful scenery. Ready to start planning your St. Croix activities? Book a kayaking tour to explore the scenic, historical Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve.

  • St. Croix vs St. Thomas: The Differences & Best One to Visit

    Choosing the best vacation destination can be both exciting and overwhelming. Where will you enjoy most? How can you plan a fun and relaxing trip? In this article, we’ll compare St. Croix vs St. Thomas to help you choose your perfect U.S. Virgin Islands getaway. There are three main U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. St. Thomas. They all have incredible beaches, delicious food, and unique Caribbean culture – but different experiences. While St. John is stunning and well worth a visit, we’re comparing St. Croix and St. Thomas below. We’ll look at their similarities and what you can expect in terms of their geography, vibe, activities, and costs. We’ll also answer common questions to help you choose the best USVI vacation spot. St. Croix and St. Thomas Similarities Before we dive into the differences between the two islands, let’s look at what St. Croix and St. Thomas have in common. US territories - Both islands are US territories and don’t require passports to visit if you’re a US citizen Beautiful beaches - St. Croix and St. Thomas are both home to picturesque sandy beaches with clear-blue waters Left-side driving - All U.S. Virgin Islands require you to drive on the left-hand side of the road, which can be tricky for some tourists but is usually fairly easy to get used to Warm weather year-round - If you want a warm Caribbean vacation, you can find this on both St. Croix and St. Thomas year-round Hurricane season - Hurricane season is mid-summer to late fall throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, so plan accordingly when booking your vacation Cruise ship docks - If you’re planning a cruise, cruise ships can go to both islands, docking at the Frederiksted Pier on St. Croix and Havensight and Crown Bay on St. Thomas Airport - Both islands have an airport with direct flights from the United States mainland Power outages - Although they don’t usually last long and it’s the perfect excuse to get outdoors, be prepared for occasional power outages on the islands Fun activities - It’s easy to have fun on either island, with beach activities, kayaking trips, and more (we’ll share specific activities for each island below) Culture and history - The USVI as a whole has a unique culture and history that dates back thousands of years, and we recommend exploring this when visiting either island Visiting St. Croix – The Specifics St. Croix is the largest, less touristy USVI. It’s one of the best vacation destinations for relaxing and enjoying nature. Below, we’ll look more at St. Croix’s geography, vibe, activities, and costs. St. Croix Geography St. Croix is about 40 miles south of St. Thomas and 65 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. It's the largest U.S. Virgin Island, about 22 miles long and 7 miles wide. Although it seems small, it’s bigger than you may think, and there's a lot to see and do. The east end of St. Croix has a dry, desert-like atmosphere. It also has rolling hills, beautiful beaches, and scenic hiking trails. Meanwhile, the west side is home to a tropical rainforest, some of the island’s best beaches, and St. Croix’s highest point, Mount Eagle, which you can also hike to. The popular area of Christiansted is in the middle of the island, with lots of dining, drinking, and shopping experiences. St. Croix Vibe St. Croix is known for its laid-back atmosphere. Island time is real here! If you want to unwind and enjoy a slower pace, we highly recommend visiting St. Croix. There are secluded beaches and quiet trails throughout St. Croix. We especially love a peaceful hike to Jack and Isaac Bay and kayaking the bioluminescent bay at Salt River Bay National Historical Park. Although St. Croix is becoming more popular, it's less touristy than St. Thomas. Most people on the island are locals, and it's important to treat St. Croix as their home and a place you're visiting. Crucians (St. Croix locals) always appreciate being greeted with a good morning, afternoon, and night. St. Croix Activities There are so many things to do on St. Croix, whether you’re looking to relax, get active, or enjoy good food and drinks. Some of our favorite St. Croix activities include: Visiting Point Udall, the easternmost point of the United States Taking a kayak tour of the scenic Salt River Bay with Virgin Kayak Tours Snorkeling or diving at the Frederiksted Pier Going to local events like Jump Up, Art Thursday, and the Agricultural and Food Fair Drinking locally brewed craft beer at Leatherback Brewing Company Eating and drinking on the Christiansted Boardwalk Seeing the beer-drinking pigs at Mt. Pellier Domino Club Hanging out on the beach, especially Cane Bay, Rainbow Beach, and Sandy Point A boat trip to Buck Island with Big Beards Adventure Tours St. Croix Cost St. Croix’s costs are higher than many places in the United States mainland and similar to big city prices. For example, the average meal out per person is $30. Of course, prices depend on where you’re eating, drinking, and shopping. There are also many activities to choose from, free and paid. Accommodation prices also vary. Most Airbnb rentals on St. Croix for two people cost between $150 and $250 per night. Hotel prices are similar, with some costing a bit less or more. You’ll also likely want to rent a car on St. Croix. Taxis can be very costly and there aren’t rideshare services. Car rentals are about $100 per day, give or take, depending on the kind of vehicle you rent. Visiting St. Thomas – The Specifics St. Thomas is smaller in size than St. Croix, but with about the same population and many tourists. It’s also the best island vacation spot if you want to book a resort or enjoy a more lively atmosphere. We’ll look more at St. Thomas’ geography, vibe, activities, and costs below. St. Thomas Geography St. Thomas is about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. It’s about 13 miles long and 4 miles wide. Although St. Thomas is smaller than St. Croix, they have similar populations of about 50,000 people, so St. Thomas is a bit more congested. Like St. Croix, the island’s landscape is picture-perfect, but you’ll see more buildings and homes. St. Thomas’ beaches are stunning, including the world-famous Magen’s Bay. Although St. Thomas isn’t known for hiking, there are trails to beaches, most of which you can also drive to. One significant difference between the two islands is how hilly St. Thomas is. The turns, steep hills, and rough roads can make it difficult to drive, but the elevations offer incredible views of the ocean and nearby islands from just about anywhere on the island. St. Thomas Vibe St. Thomas is known as the most lively U.S. Virgin Island. It’s touristy, and there’s a lot more hustle. That said, you can still expect to be on island time, as St. Thomians often go at a slower pace. Although St. Thomas isn’t quite as laid-back as St. Croix, it’s a nice place to relax, with so many beaches that are perfect for spending the day. Like Crucians on St. Croix, St. Thomians are kind and appreciate speaking to one another. Don’t forget to say good morning, good afternoon, and good night. St. Thomas Activities St. Thomas is slightly more developed than St. Croix and feels a bit more like the mainland than the other U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s ideal for a more built-up vacation destination where you can enjoy nightlife, scenic beaches, and shopping. A few of the best things to do on St. Thomas include: Hanging out on Magen’s Bay Beach, one of the most popular and beautiful USVI beaches with a restaurant, bar, and beach rental shop Strolling through the historic Charlotte Amalie, where you can find shops, restaurants, and bars Drinking craft beer at Leatherback Brewing Company and Taphus Beer House Visiting Water Island or St. John for a day trip (both easily accessible by ferry) Taking the Skyride to the top of Paradise Point to see some of the best views of St. Thomas Snorkeling or diving at Coki Beach St. Thomas Cost Like St. Croix, St. Thomas's cost of living is higher than many places stateside and similar to big cities. However, costs are comparable between both islands. A comparison of St. Croix vs St. Thomas costs shows that rent prices are about 5% higher on St. Thomas, while restaurant prices are 6% lower. Most Airbnb rentals on St. Thomas for two people are between $170 and $350. Hotel prices are similar, but you can splurge if you prefer to book a resort. You may also want to rent a car on St. Thomas, which is usually $100, give or take, per day. There are safari buses on St. Thomas, but they aren’t easy to come by all over the island. Taxis are also available but can be pricey. St. Croix vs St. Thomas: Overview St. Croix vs. St. Thomas: FAQs Learn more about St. Croix and St. Thomas with answers to common questions below. Which is better: St. Croix or St. Thomas? St. Croix and St. Thomas are both incredible U.S. Virgin Islands. It's nearly impossible to pick which one is better because it depends on what kind of vacation experience you're looking for. St. Thomas is best if you want to visit a more built-up, lively island. At the same time, St. Croix is also fun but a bit more laid-back and has more nature to explore. Which is the nicest U.S. Virgin Island to visit? All U.S. Virgin Islands are nice. St. Croix and St. John are known for their nicer scenery and outdoor activities, while St. Thomas is known for its nicer shopping and dining but has great beaches and scenery, too. Which U.S. Virgin Island has the best beaches? All U.S. Virgin Islands are tied on the best beaches! No matter which island you visit, you’ll find magical beaches with clear-blue water. How far is St. Croix from St. Thomas? St. Croix is 45 miles south of St. Thomas. While there is a ferry ride between the two islands, it’s a bit rough and not the most enjoyable. That said, you can take a half-hour flight from St. Croix to St. Thomas with Cape Air or Fly the Whale for $109+. St. Croix vs. St. Thomas: Conclusion We hope you found this article helpful and are ready to book your next trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Whether you unwind on St. Croix or enjoy a lively atmosphere on St. Thomas, you can't go wrong with either option. If you’re planning a trip to St. Croix, be sure to explore the beautiful Salt River Bay for a unique experience. Virgin Kayak Tours offers guided kayak and paddleboard tours. You can also rent kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding equipment for a self-guided trip around the bay.

  • Best Things to Do on St. Croix, USVI (Top Tips from Locals)

    St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is known for beautiful blue-water beaches, outdoor adventures, and unique culture. In this article, we’ll share some of the best things to do on St. Croix. Whether you’re a local looking for unique activities or visiting St. Croix and want to enjoy a memorable experience, there’s something for everyone. From kayak tours and shopping to sailing adventures and beer-drinking pigs, there’s no shortage of fun activities on St. Croix. Below, we’ll explore our favorite activities with insider tips from St. Croix locals. 1. Take a Boat Trip to Buck Island Visiting Buck Island is easily one of the most magical St. Croix adventures! Buck Island Reef National Monument protects the small, uninhabited island about a mile and a half north of St. Croix. Buck Island is only accessible by boat, and Big Beards Adventure Tours offers half-day and full-day trips. You can take Big Beard’s catamaran to Buck Island to snorkel, play in the clear, blue water, and walk along the sandy beach—all while experiencing picture-perfect Caribbean scenery. 2. Visit Point Udall Point Udall is at the East end of St. Croix and the easternmost point of the United States. The drive to scenic Point Udall is incredible, with panoramic views of blue waters. There's a unique sundial at Point Udall known as the Millennium Monument, built for New Year's in 2000 to represent the first US sunrise of the new millennium. Point Udall is a popular place to take pictures and enjoy the views. You can also take a relatively easy hike at the nearby Jack and Isaac Bay Trail, which takes you to a beach. We also highly recommend stopping at Ziggy's Island Market on your way to or from Point Udall. Ziggy’s is a gas station, convenience store, and bar with a relaxed atmosphere and some of the best food on St. Croix. 3. Kayak the Salt River Bay One of the most fun and unique things to do on St. Croix is kayaking the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve. This is one of our favorite ways to get outside, enjoy nature, and relax. Salt River Bay is a preserved natural area with more than 2,000 years of history. It's also home to only ten studied super glow biobays worldwide, meaning it glows year-round. Virgin Kayak Tours offers several guided kayak tours, including the Bioluminescence Bay, Sunset & Moonlight, and Historical & Ecological. You can also rent kayaks and standup paddleboards if you prefer to explore the bay on your own. The best part about Virgin Kayak Tours is the foot-pedaled kayaks, which means all you have to do is move your feet back and forth to go. This offers a relaxing experience for all skill levels, and you can keep your hands free to take pictures or agitate the water to see the bioluminescence glow. 4. Drink Beer at Leatherback Brewing Company Leatherback Brewing Company is a St. Croix staple that is kid and adult-friendly. It’s conveniently located a few minutes from the airport and serves delicious food and drinks, including pizza, craft beer, and cocktails. We love visiting Leatherback to enjoy traditional beers and those made with Caribbean-grown ingredients. They have a few delicious year-round options and always have unique seasonal beers, like the Biobay Double IPA and the Caribbean Trail Pilsner, which support local causes. There are also regular events at Leatherback, including live music, crab races, fundraisers, and movie nights. 5. Go Hiking One of the best free things to do on St. Croix is hiking. There are many amazing hiking trails throughout the island for all skill levels, each offering different scenery. Some of our favorite hikes are: Goat Hill - A moderately challenging 3.5-mile hike leading to 360° ocean views Annaly Tide Pools - A moderately challenging 4-mile hike to a popular area with tide pools in Frederiksted Hams Bluff Lighthouse - An easy to moderate 0.8-mile hike to a historic lighthouse and beautiful scenery Mount Eagle - A moderate hike about a mile long, depending on where you park, to St. Croix’s highest point (The road to the trail is rough, and you can stop along the way or continue driving until you see a small parking area.) 6. Support Ruff Start Animal Rescue Ruff Start is a local non-profit organization that rescues stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered animals. We highly recommend supporting Ruff Start while you’re visiting St. Croix by: Attending a local benefit event, which you can find information about on Ruff Start’s Facebook page Visiting Ruff Night Hair of the Dog Bar, a fun dog bar with drinks and music (all proceeds go to Ruff Start) Sign up to fly a rescue dog back to their forever home in the States at no extra cost to you 7. Explore Christiansted Christiansted town is in the center of the island and has many things to see and do. It's one of the best areas for eating, drinking, and shopping. You can park on the street or in the Christiansted parking lot to walk around and explore. A few of our favorite places, all of which are on the Eastern end of Company Street, are: Eden South - A small shop with local art and other Crucian gifts Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry - A local jewelry store selling the original hook bracelet and other unique pieces Christa’s Art Gallery - A gallery and shop with cultural art, gifts, and home decor Mitchell Larsen Studio - A large store with locally made glass art pieces, including ornaments, plates, picture frames, and more Barbara Art Studio - A studio and gallery with locally inspired art Jump Up Deli & Dem Tings - A delicious deli and Caribbean-inspired gift boutique Common Cents Pub - A restaurant and bar with great dinner and late-night food, cocktails, live music, and indoor and outdoor seating Shupe’s - A bar and grill on the boardwalk with made-to-order food; open all day and ideal for late-night food and drinks Dazzled - A bar with tapas, cocktails, live music, and salsa dancing If you’re looking for places to have a nice dinner in Christiansted, we recommend checking out Too Chez Restaurant and Bar, Hamilton’s, or Savant. We also love hanging out on the boardwalk to eat, drink, shop, and enjoy views of the Christiansted harbor. 8. Hang Out at the Beach Another one of the best free things to do on St. Croix with kids, friends, or alone is hang out at the beach. St. Croix has some of the most beautiful blue-water beaches, all offering a unique vibe. Here are some of our favorite beaches on St. Croix: Cay Beach - Get to Cay Beach with a short boat ride from the Christiansted boardwalk. It’s at Hotel on the Cay, which has a beach bar and live music on the weekends. You can also rent chairs and umbrellas. Mermaid Beach - The Buccaneer Hotel on the east side of the island has a beautiful public beach where you can rent chairs and umbrellas. You can also order food and drinks to enjoy on the beach. Cane Bay - This stunning beach is on St. Croix’s north shore. It’s popular for hanging out, snorkeling, and diving. It’s also across the street from The Landing, a great beach bar and restaurant. Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge - On Saturdays and Sundays, from April through August, you can visit Sandy Point’s long, sandy beach. Dorsch - Relax on the beach, go snorkeling, and hunt for sea glass at Dorsch Beach in Frederiksted. Rainbow Beach - If you’re looking for a lively beach, Rainbow Beach is perfect. It has a beach restaurant and bar, and you can rent jet skis, chairs, and umbrellas. These are some of the more popular beaches. If you want to find a secluded area, drive past Rainbow Beach, and you'll see pull-offs for more private beach spots. 9. Go on a Sailing Adventure Stanford Joines, author of The Eighth Flag, spent 30 years sailing the Caribbean. Now, he leads historical sailing tours on St. Croix with 8th Flag Charters. Take a private tour with your group and no other sailors, aside from your guide, to explore the beautiful Salt River Bay in St. Croix. You can take a two-hour historical tour, fun for anyone, or a romantic sunset sail. 10. Take a Guided Fishing Trip If you want to go fishing on St. Croix, Silver Kings Fishing offers a fun experience! The most popular option is inshore kayak fishing, but you can also take a guided beach fishing trip. Silver Kings Fishing has everything you need for a successful fishing trip, including rods, reels, lures, flies, and baits, which have landed almost 30 unique tropical species. Various tour options include small groups, larger groups, and personalized trips. 11. Snorkel or Dive at the Frederiksted Pier While there are tons of incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities on St. Croix, the Frederiksted Pier is one of our favorite spots. The pier is where cruise ships dock, and the waters are home to sea turtles, fish, and other marine life. There are a couple of shops across from the Frederiksted Pier where you can rent snorkeling and diving gear and also take a guided scuba diving trip: Cane Bay Dive Shop and SCUBA (St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures) dive shop at Molly’s. If you want to grab a bite to eat before or after your adventure, there are several restaurants and bars nearby. 12. Go to a Local Event Attending a local event on St. Croix is one of the best ways to enjoy the culture. With many events throughout the year, there’s almost always something going on. Here are some of the best local events on St. Croix: Art Thursday - An art event in Downtown Christiansted on the third Thursday evening of every month from November through May Jump Up - A festival in Downtown Christiansted four times per year Agricultural and Food Fair - The largest agricultural festival in the Caribbean during President’s Day weekend Carnival - Festivals and parades over the last week of December and first week of January every year 13. See Beer Drinking Pigs at Domino Club Mt. Pellier Domino Club is an unassuming restaurant and bar in St. Croix's rainforest, where you can serve non-alcoholic beer to pigs. Guided visits to see the pigs are every half hour, but they are well taken care of, so visits may be limited if they need rest. Make sure you try Domino Club’s famous Mama Wanna, a local rum soaked over island roots, herbs, and spices. They also serve beer and cocktails and have a small but delicious food menu. While the road to Domino Club is a bit bumpy, and there’s little to no cell service, it's one of the most unique spots on the island and well worth a visit. It’s also cash only, so be prepared! 14. Zipline Through the Rainforest Another fun St. Croix rainforest experience is ziplining with Carambola Zip Line – a fun activity for those ten years and older. Take a scenic safari bus ride to the top of St. Croix, then zipline through the lush rainforest for some of the best views in the Caribbean. There are three ziplining adventures, with tons of cool photo opportunities throughout your experience. Best Things to Do on St. Croix: Conclusion We hope you’re excited to enjoy St. Croix’s unique and fun activities! From kayaking the beautiful Salt River Bay and enjoying blue water beaches to attending local events and visiting beer-drinking pigs, there’s something for everyone in St. Croix, USVI. If you’re ready to start planning your St. Croix experiences, book a kayaking adventure with Virgin Kayak Tours.

  • Best Kayak Tours in St. Croix (Biobay, Day, & Self-Guided)

    A St. Croix kayak tour is one of the most fun and memorable experiences. It’s also the best way to explore the beautiful and historic Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. In this article, we’ll share the best kayak tours in St. Croix, including the iconic bioluminescent bay tour, a daytime tour, and a self-guided adventure. Where to kayak in St. Croix? The most popular place for kayaking in St. Croix is Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. Salt River Bay is a preserved natural area with over 2,000 years of history. It’s also home to one of only ten studied super glow biobays, which means it glows year-round. The Best Kayak Tours in St. Croix Virgin Kayak Tours leads guided biobay, sunset, and daytime tours. You can also rent a kayak for a self-guided trip around the bay. Bioluminescence Kayak Tour The Bioluminescence Kayak Tour is the most popular in St. Croix. Spend an evening touring Salt River Bay and experiencing a rare and magical underwater glow. On a Bioluminescence Kayak Tour, you’ll kayak around the beautiful bay, learning about five different bioluminescent organisms that can be seen in the area. Virgin Kayak Tours offers nets, so you can agitate the water and see the bioluminescent glow. Various factors affect the concentration of the bio and brightness, including how bright the moon is, so it’s best to book a guided tour to ensure you go at the right time. Sunset & Moonlight Tour When the bioluminescence isn’t shining as bright, you can take a Sunset & Moonlight Tour to experience the Salt River Bay at night. During the Sunset & Moonlight Tour, you’ll enjoy the peaceful bay and its natural beauty. You’ll also learn about Salt River Bay’s history and explore some of its most fascinating ecological features, including the red mangrove tree, the night sky, and constellations. You’ll also learn about the bioluminescent organisms, and there's a chance you'll see a glimpse of the glowing bioluminescence, even on the Sunset & Moonlight Tour. Historical & Ecological Day Tour The Historical & Ecological Day Tour is one of St. Croix’s most fun and memorable daytime activities. Appreciate the warm weather, St. Croix’s history and ecology, and beautiful scenery. During your Historical & Ecological Day Tour, you can spend a relaxing morning kayaking and learning about the Mangrove Estuary’s ecology, the Indigenous Peoples of St. Croix, migratory birds, and Christopher Columbus’ expedition. Self-Guided Kayak Tour To explore St. Croix’s Salt River Bay on your own, you can take a self-guided kayak tour. Virgin Kayak Tours offers half and full-day kayak rentals. With the self-guided tour, you'll get a map and helpful information about the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. From there, you can enjoy a kayaking adventure on your own terms. Virgin Kayak Tours in St Croix If you book a tour with Virgin Kayak Tours, you’ll get to explore the Salt River Bay in the Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak. We’ve been leading kayak tours for over 25 years and have found these to be the most comfortable and efficient way to enjoy a fun kayaking adventure. The Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak is spacious, unlike many other kayak options. It’s also sturdy, comfortably holding up to 260 pounds. It’s even stable in strong winds and currents, offering a pleasant experience no matter what. The pedals allow you to easily maneuver your kayak with a simple back-and-forth motion, offering a great experience whether you’ve never kayaked before or you’ve been doing it for years. The foot drive also frees up your hands so you can take pictures, enjoy a beverage, or agitate the water to see the biobay glow. Check out how to Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak works: Kayak Tours in St. Croix: FAQs Make the most of your kayaking experience with answers to common questions. Are see-through kayaks better? While some people enjoy see-through kayaks, many find the foot-pedal kayaks to be the best way to explore Salt River Bay. They're sturdy, spacious, and comfortable, unlike see-through kayaks. With the Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak, you don’t have to worry about using paddles to move across the water. It’s also easier to see the bioluminescence glow from the pedal kayak because you can use your hands or the net provided by Virgin Kayak Tours to agitate the water. What is the best time to see the bioluminescence? Although St. Croix’s Salt River Bay glows year-round, for about ten days leading up to the full moon each month, the extra brightness in the sky diminishes viewing conditions. During this time, you can take the Sunset & Moonlight Tour instead and can usually still see some bio glow. Can anyone take a kayak tour in St. Croix? Just about anyone can enjoy kayaking the Salt River. Most kayak tours require you to be at least six years old and under 260 pounds. Virgin Kayak Tours’ pedal kayaks are also suitable for all levels, beginner to pro. Book a Kayak Tour in St. Croix We hope this guide to the best kayak tours in St. Croix has inspired you to enjoy kayaking the beautiful Salt River Bay in the comfortable Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayak. Whether you take a guided biobay, sunset & moonlight, or daytime tour, you'll have a memorable experience. The self-guided tour is a fun adventure, too. Virgin Kayak Tours has been sharing St. Croix’s beauty and history with locals and visitors since 1998 with various tours and rentals. We hope to see you on the water soon!

  • Bioluminescent Bay St. Croix, USVI: Where and When to See It

    Exploring the bioluminescent bay in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is one of the most unique and fun experiences. There are two biobays in St. Croix, but only one is considered a “super glow” bio bay, where you can see water that glows at night from light emitted from living organisms in the water. In this article, we’ll share where and when to see the glowing bioluminescent light in St. Croix. We’ll also explore fun facts about the bioluminescent bay in St. Croix and the best way to experience the biobay. Where to See the Bioluminescent Bay in St. Croix There are two places to see the biobay in St. Croix: Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve and Altona Lagoon. Salt River’s Bay is a “super glow” biobay and the most popular place on St. Croix to experience bioluminescence. It’s known as a “super glow” biobay because there’s a high enough concentration of organisms to be visible 365 days per year, regardless of the moon phase or weather conditions. When can you see bioluminescence in St. Croix? Although you can see bioluminescence year-round in Salt River Bay, many factors impact the visibility of the biobay concentration and glow. Ambient light in the sky, generally from the moon, can diminish the effects of the bio since there isn’t as much contrast between the light in the sky and light in the water. You can book a guided tour to ensure you explore the bioluminescent bay in St. Croix at the right time to see the bioluminescence. Virgin Kayak Tours offers Bioluminescence Kayak Tours when the bio is most visible. During a tour, you get a hand-held net to agitate the water for an incredible glow. The best part? It’s easy to focus on the bioluminescence since Virgin Kayak Tours’ kayaks are foot-pedaled, giving you a hands-free experience. When the bioluminescence effects aren’t as visible, you can book a Sunset and Moonlight Biobay Tour. The Sunset and Moonlight Tour lets you explore Salt River Bay while catching the end of the sunset and learning about the bay’s unique history in a peaceful setting. As you kayak to the biobay, you still even get to see a glimpse of the bioluminescent glow. Can you swim in the bioluminescent bay? To help protect and preserve the bioluminescent organisms, swimming isn’t allowed in the bioluminescent bay. The best way to enjoy the biobay is by looking at and appreciating the scenery and glow. Fun Facts About the Bioluminescent Bay in St. Croix As one of only ten studied super glow biobays in the world, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve is one of the most fascinating places in the Virgin Islands, with over 2,000 years of human history in the Caribbean. Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve covers over a thousand acres and has numerous prehistoric and colonial-era archeological sites and ruins. The area preserves an abundance of natural, cultural, and historical resources, which document the human and natural Caribbean world from the earliest indigenous settlements to the present day. Not only do mangrove forests, upland watersheds, and estuarine and marine environments protect threatened and endangered species throughout Salt River Bay, but they also create a peaceful slice of paradise in St. Croix. Five different bioluminescent organisms are found in Salt River Bay. The two most abundant are dinoflagellates and diatoms. There are also egg sacks of the Bermuda fireworm, fireflies, and comb jellies. You can learn more about all of these organisms during a biobay tour with Virgin Kayak Tours. Explore the Stunning Biobay in St. Croix A guided tour with Virgin Kayak Tours is an incredible way to explore the bioluminescent bay in St. Croix. Virgin Kayak Tours has been showing visitors the beauty of Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve since 1998. You can tour the biobay in a Hobie Mirage Kayak, which is foot-pedaled and offers a hands-free experience, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the opportunity of easily using the provided nets to agitate the water and see the biobay glow. The Hobie Mirage Kayaks are sturdy and comfortable, with a weight capacity of up to 260 pounds per person. They offer a fun experience exploring the bio bay in St. Croix for anyone six years and older. No matter your kayak level, you can easily move your legs back and forth in the Hobie Mirage Kayak to cruise along the water and enjoy your Salt River Bay experience. During a tour with Virgin Kayaks Tour, your guide will discuss local ecology and history as you explore the biobay and enjoy a memorable St. Croix, USVI adventure.

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