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St. Croix Newby

We are thinking about checking out St Croix for a week in early June (hopefully before any hurricanes!) We've been annual visitors to Aruba and absolutely love it there. Our kids are 10 and 14 and are open to trying a new island in addition to our Aruba trip.

I'd greatly appreciate any guidance from an experienced St Croix traveler on where to stay, where to avoid, etc. We like to primarily relax... a little bit of sight seeing, some water sports, sunset cruise, etc. We enjoy good food and good times.

Is the island safe? Are the people friendly?

How's the water supply handled? Is the water from a desalinization plant (taking the water from the sea?)

Thank you!

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Clarks Summit,Pa
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2. Re: St. Croix Newby

Arrrrggghhhh ???

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3. Re: St. Croix Newby

St. Croix is a gorgeous island and a good one to explore, too. I find it to be as safe as Barbados and Grand Cayman, if that helps any. The Crucians do tend to be a bit on the reserved side, so greeting with a Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, is both respectful and well received.

While it is very welcoming to visitors, it's not highly developed or very touristy. There are several activities on island, but plenty of great places to discover on your own, too. I find that I don't need to plan many organized activities to enjoy myself on St. Croix. The best was the glass bottom kayak tour. But we hike, snorkel, sightsee, and drive all over the island on our own.

There are few big resorts, so lodging tends to be villas, condos (many beachfront), a small number of resorts (Carambola, Buccaneer and Divi Casino), and a few hotels, mostly around Christensted, the main "big" town.

The island has a few ecosystems; you may want to know about them for choosing your favorite location. The east side is dry, you'll even find cactus there. It felt, to me, to be the wealthier part of the island as well. Mid-island would make you proximate to Christensted. It's nice and green, but you haven't gotten to the rainforest yet. North and Northwest areas are the rainforest. I love that part of the island for it's natural beauty. Fun ruins, hiking and attractions in the rainforest (look at the Things to do tab at the top of the page). The west side is where the town of Fredriksted is located and where the cruise ships dock at the pier. It tends to be very quiet here when there aren't ships in port. I loved the beaches here, especially for long, leisurely swims and snorkeling. South is pretty undeveloped for tourists, but Sandy Point beach is beautiful. It probably will be closed in June, though, for turtle nesting.

There is a reef that circles most of the island, making it a great place for snorkeling and diving. Many beaches on St. Croix are nice, crescent shaped ones; with long stretches found on the west side, or the rugged east coast (good hike down to Jack's Bay - no services there).

Our first visit to the island was end of June/early July. If you plan for that time, check calendars to find out when Jump Up will be held. It's a lot of fun, and I hear that the summer one isn't even the best. You will also have to be flexible when it comes to dining out that season as some restaurants, especially outside of Christensted, will have fewer summertime hours.

Finally, it's best to rent a car for the duration of your trip. St. Croix is rural, you won't find great bus service and places are not clumped together, making taxis expensive. Like I mentioned, it's a great island to explore.

I hope this helps you. I've not been to Aruba because it's not known to have good snorkeling or diving, so I cannot compare for you.

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4. Re: St. Croix Newby

Welcome to Tripadvisor and the St. croix Forum ktziff!

Stcroixtraveler...I'm with you!

Plumeria has given a great overview. I would encourage you to take a look at the various postings on the St. Croix forum as it will have answers to many of your questions. You probably need to get a sense of the island from just perusing some of those posts as well as the Top Questions posted in the upper right hand part of this forum. Some great info there to get you started.

We love St. Croix but have never been to Aruba (and have never wanted to go). I think you will find much less development on STX and probably it's a bit rougher around the edges. But we (and our kids) like that about the island....we're not fans of high rise resorts. And we think the restaurants on St. Croix are fabulous and fun so would highly recommend many of them.

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5. Re: St. Croix Newby

Count me as #3, ccrosner and sttraveler - and, here we go again...

At the risk of making this old can of worms an "open container" once again, just want the OP to know that some resorts DO charge a day fee for use of their beaches and chairs.

We enjoy Aruba but it is a much different vibe on STX - STX is much more laid back and casual. Once you have the chance to do some research on the type of accommodations you may want, come on back and let us know and we can make some suggestions (resorts, B&Bs, condos, villas).

Happy planning!

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Thank you for your replies and info. I check out postings and FAQ's. Which beach seems to be the cleanest with the calmest waters? Thx!

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Here we go again guys. St Croix offers so much in the way of a wide variety of great places to eat--both fancy and casual. So many options for activities for all ages that a week isn't long enough. I have been to Aruba but it isn't what we were looking for because in our opinion it was too commercialized. St Croix has friendly people with warm hearts as long as you treat them with friendliness.

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8. Re: St. Croix Newby

I think you have quite a few options when looking for accommodations on the cleanest beach with calm waters. Here are some that might fit the bill. It also depends on what type of accommodation you are looking for:

Gentle Winds - condo resort where you rent from owners through vrbo.com or homeaway.com. Surf probably could get a bit rough (would others agree) due to north shore orientation. Also have a nice pool

The Palms at Pelican Cove or Pelican Cove condos (rentable from owners or realtors) - laid back hotel and nice condos. There are limited entry points to the water (due to coral reef) but many who visit St. Croix love this spot

Cottages by the Sea or Sandcastles resort - laid back beach hotels in Frederiksted. Lovely, calm beaches with sunset views. F'sted is not as bustling as other parts of the island (except on cruise ship days) so you might not feel as 'safe' but it's an option

The Buccaneer - beautiful beaches with usually gentle waters. I would guess it's got the best security of any resort on the island. More upscale and, hence, more expensive. But June is considered off season so rates will be better.

Hope that gets you started in your search. I did not include Carambola resort as the surf can be rough there or Divi as many comment in reviews on TA that the beach isn't kept that clean. But that's all hearsay and not from my person experience.

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Different day...new name. Oh no.

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