Do I need a passport to travel to St. Croix?
Since St. Croix is a United States territory, American citizens can visit without a passport.
What language is spoken in St. Croix?
English is the official language of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The local dialect of Virgin Islands Creole is called Crucian. It is also common to hear French Creole and Spanish spoken. Before becoming a U.S. territory, the Virgin Islands were under the Danish flag and Danish speaking tourists still frequent the islands.
Do I need a rental car to enjoy St. Croix?
The island is 28 miles from west to east and 7 miles at its widest point north to south, for a total of 84 square miles. To truly appreciate all the island has to offer, you’ll want the flexibility of your own vehicle.
What do I need to know about driving on St. Croix?
On St. Croix, we drive on the left side of the road in American cars (steering wheel also on the left). The change takes a little getting used to so be prepared to take it slow at first. Once you’ve adjusted to life in the left lane, you’ll be ready to take in breathtaking views from East to West.
There are also a few other driving quirks on St. Croix. For instance, a honk most often signifies a greeting, thanks or go ahead, rather than something negative. And it’s not unusual for a driver with the right-of-way to stop to allow someone to turn.
What wildlife might I encounter on St. Croix?
Deer, mongooses, iguanas, and land crabs are among some of the creatures roaming St. Croix – in fact, you’ll want to keep an eye out for them while driving. Three types of sea turtles – Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green – nest on the beaches of St. Croix, and the island is an excellent destination for birdwatching.
The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center has many cats and dogs available for adoption if you’re interested in taking a critter home with you.
How do visitors get to and from St. Croix?
Visitors may travel to St. Croix by air or by sea. Of the major airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and Spirit fly into the island’s Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport (STX). Silver Airways and Cape Air service STX from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, and Silver/Seaborne also connects St. Croix to St. Thomas via seaplane (SSB). Private air charter is another option and Centerline is partners with Bohlke International Airways.
By sea, transportation by ferry is available between St. Croix and St. Thomas. Finally, many tourists explore the island when their cruise ships dock in Frederiksted. Getting to St. Croix is easy – it’s leaving our tropical paradise and returning to reality that’s tough.
What types of things might I do on St. Croix?
While there is no shortage of beaches for relaxing, there is so much more to do. Hiking, paddleboarding, shopping, snorkeling, horseback riding, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, birdwatching, ATV four wheeling, jet skiing, historical tours, golfing…to name a few.
What’s on the menu in St. Croix?
You can find just about any kind of food on St. Croix, from burgers to gourmet cuisine. With an abundance of locally grown produce, many restaurants offer farm to table selections – and local fish, when in season, is on nearly every menu. Of course, no trip to St. Croix is complete until you’ve sampled local Caribbean dishes, like callaloo, roti and pate.
Wash down your meal with local drinks like bush tea, sorrel, peanut punch or seamoss. If you’re a connoisseur of spirits, take a tour of the Cruzan Rum and Captain Morgan Distilleries, and visit the Sion Farm Distillery to try Mutiny Island Vodka made from breadfruit. For a cold beer, a stop at Leatherback Brewing Co. is a must.
We highly recommend a VI Food Tour to experience some of our local fare!
What resources are available for planning a trip to St. Croix?
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