Destination Spotlight: St. Croix


By Melissa Rice on January 19, 2015

White sand. Sparkling water. Abundant ocean life. My recent visit to the island of St. Croix offered a glimpse of how great this destination is for my romance travel clients.

 

St. Croix offers travelers beautiful beaches and clear water ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. As one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, this is a very easy destination for American travelers. English is the official language, the currency is the U.S. Dollar, the drinking water is safe, and no passport is required. (Be prepared to show a raised-seal birth certificate with government-issued photo ID.) In addition, U.S. medical insurance is accepted at local facilities, and all dive boats and captains are U.S. certified.

Group photo in St. Croix
Kathy and friends during her recent visit to St. Croix

The island of St. Croix features two main towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted. It is quite possible to rent a car to explore the island, as long as you are comfortable driving on the left! Frederiksted, which is also where cruise ships dock, is a nice area with small shops, historical sites, and restaurants.

St. Croix offers hotel choices in a wide range of prices, sizes, and amenities. Only one of the island’s resorts is all-inclusive, the majority are European Plan (no meals included). We had dinner at a local restaurant and found the food to be good with fairly reasonable prices–higher than back home, but not as high as I’ve seen in other resort destinations.

A few of my favorite hotels included:

THE BUCCANEER

Room view at The Buccaneer in St. Croix
Room view at The Buccaneer

This quiet resort has 130 rooms spread over 340 acres, with very prompt shuttles available between all areas. (Fans of ABC’s “The Bachelor” will recognize this hotel from season 17 with Sean Lowe!) The family that owns the Buccaneer lives in a house on the property, and their staff was the friendliest of any resort I’ve ever visited. In addition to an 18-hole golf course and two swimming pools, this hotel has a very nice, swimmable beach.

Kathy’s Bottom Line: Good for a laid-back, beach-lover’s getaway.

 

TAMARIND REEF HOTEL

This is a small, moderate property in a nice location for access to water sports. On one side is a harbor with lots of boats and yachts, on the other is a wide beach filled with shells. All of the resort’s 40 rooms are beachfront, although they are small. A reef located right off the beach is great for snorkeling, but you will need footwear to navigate the rocky entry. Guests can also kayak to Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge.

Kathy’s Bottom Line: A basic option for active couples who want to spend most of their time exploring.

 

CLAIRMONT OVERLOOK

This 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath villa sits at the top of a huge hill. It’s quite a drive up, but you are rewarded with spectacular, 360-degree views. Guests are met at the airport and escorted to the villa. The house features large glass windows and doors, lots of outdoor space, a pool, and offers total privacy.

Kathy’s Bottom Line: A luxury choice for those who want peace and relaxation; Amazing for small destination wedding groups.

 

RENAISSANCE CARAMBOLA

I really enjoyed my stay at this resort, with its great pool area and livelier atmosphere. The grounds cover 28 acres, with 150 total rooms spread out in smaller buildings holding 6 rooms each. Island View rooms have a kitchenette, and all of the remaining room categories have full kitchens. The rooms also have a full living area, plus a huge bathroom with a walk-in closet–Tons of space! Since the property is so spread out, guests looking for easy beach access will want to book the Deluxe Beachfront rooms.

Kathy’s Bottom Line: A fun resort for those that want a little more “elbow room”; Especially great for destination wedding groups in St. Croix.

 

I’d love to help you plan a trip to experience the beauty of St. Croix for yourself! Contact me for vacation-planning service to this destination and many others.