About St. Croix
St. Croix offers its visitors the comfort of traveling under the U.S. flag, while still projecting the feel of a tropical destination. As a U.S. territory, the Virgin Islands use U.S. currency, the U.S. postal system, U.S. and Canadian banks and U.S. Customs. It is recommended that you carry your U.S. Passport and Drivers License because of the TSA, Customs and Immigration checkpoints at our airport. It’s also handy to have your documents with you if you plan to travel to any of the non-U.S. Caribbean islands, including the British Virgin Islands (like Tortola).
You will hear a variety of languages spoken here, including the enchanting Caribbean-accented English, as well as Spanish, Creole, French, Danish and Patois. If you don’t understand what someone is saying take a look at a local St. Croix island dictionary here. Soon you’ll be saying “Ar’ight” to “A yo”, spreading the weekend’s melee while limin’ on the beach.
Try some of the wide variety of Caribbean, Danish, Puerto Rican and local Crucian cuisines, like roast goat, fish and fungi or kallaloo. Our favorite, and a place we try to visit every time we are on the island, is La Reine Chicken Shack, which you can find here.
Most major credit cards and ATM cards are widely accepted. When leaving, customs will require you to claim any items you purchase. However, as a duty-free port, you can return to the mainland with up to $1,600 in local merchandise such as perfume, jewelry, art and clothing, tax-free. Don’t forget the six bottles of rum each visitor is allowed to take home. Most shops open at about 10am and close around 5pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday is a day off, so go to the beach. Restaurants usually serve dinner until 9pm, but some of the local bars and pubs serve food til midnight. You can find food vans, open late into the night, around town on weekends. Dress is casual, but not too casual. Wear only your bathing suit into town or shorts to church, and you are sure to get the “Tourist” stare.
The weather? Perfect… almost. Rainy season is September through November and March through May. But no matter what time of year you are here, if it rains every day of your trip, buy yourself a lottery ticket because chances are one in a million. If you visit during hurricane season, you might just see one. Schedule your time on St. Croix around a great event: Triathlon, Taste of St. Croix, VI Puerto Rico friendship Columbus Weekend or St. Patrick’s Day.
Explore St. Croix at the relaxed pace at which the island moves. It will change any Type A into a Type Z by stays end. You have the time to start your conversations with a “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” and “Good night” and should do so, as the locals do. Move slowly. Drive slowly and on the LEFT. As questions. Relax and take deep breaths. Explore the culture. Buy local. Fall in love. Come back soon.
*Portions of the copy above were provided by St. Croix Explorer.