There were women on our 'leave the men and run' trip. Here are a few highlights...
Took American from Chicago to PuertoRico then Seaborne from there to St. Croix. Very uneventful flights, yippee!!
Stayed at Palms at Pelican Cove. All I can say is WOW! The staff is unbelievable and the owner is very hands on. Beautiful rooms and grounds and I felt completely safe 100% of the time.
Rented a Yaris from Centerline. It's about the size of a go-cart but it got the job done, even for all four of us, plus luggage. We had an early morning flight out so they let us leave it in the airport parking lot and they got it from there... quite a bit different than O'Hare!!
Taking a Tan Tan Tour was the highlight of our trip. We saw most of the island and I feel it's the ONLY safe way to get to the tide pools. Richie was a great driver. He was very informative, safe, and lots of fun. We had 3 swimming stops, numerous historical stops, and stopped to feed the pigs beer... Great fun!
Almost as neat as the TanTan tour was going out with Sea Thru Kayaks for the bioluminescence tour. WOW!! Two of us are teachers so the science nerds in us were loving it!! If you're doing the bio tour, sea thru kayaks are the best way to go. We saw another group in pedal kayaks and they were really missing out. Seeing it light up under and around you with he stars above you is amazing.
Stopping at the Cruzan Rum Factory was a must do for a rum enthusiast such as myself! It's a great place to stock up on Cruzan and have it boxed up to be check as luggage for free since it's $8 there and $19 here!! The boxing of the rum and checking it as luggage is free.
The four of us went out with Captain Carl on Terroro to Buck Island and had a great time. A lot of the coral is dead and colorless and there was a lot less sea life than I had hoped, but it was still really neat to see.
We didn't see much sealife at Buck Island. While snorkeling the wall at Cane Bay I saw my first eagle ray, amazing!! We spent most of our time snorkeling at the Palms. They have guides who quickly become your friend to take you out. The owner even took us out night snorkeling twice and we found and held an octopus each time. This was the first time I had snorkeled at night and was a bit terrified until I realized how awesome it was! Most of the predator sealife like octopus, lobsters, and eels are out and fairly easy to spot. I saw another eagle ray (yay) and lots of other neat fish I can't remember.
Food- Not only are none of us foodies, we barely care about food at all. We ate at RumRunners once and it was ok but mostly ate out hotel bar and had great food. Our TanTan tour stopped for sandwiches at a scary looking deli and they were amazing so we ordered sandwiches from there 3 more times throughout the week.
I was beginning to worry after reading some of the recent posts that us 4 ladies would feel unsafe on St. Croix. Nope!! We felt 100% safe 100% of the time! I'm sure if we stayed out late things may had been different, but never once did we feel creeped out, even when I got lost and ended up in goverent housing. Everyone was kind, talkative, and willing to share their island knowledge with us. We asked our taxi driver, TanTan driver, and check out lady at the grocery store about crime being on the rise. They all basically said the same thing- it's slightly up, but only if you're a thug looking for drugs or don't use your common sense and end up as prey around the "wanna be gangsters". For those of us who have no interest in drugs or doing stupid things like walking around lost and drunk, we have nothing to worry about except what beach to go to next!