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Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: Buck Island, St. Croix

Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: Buck Island, St. Croix
Buck Island, St. Croix
Buck Island, St. Croix

When it comes to traveling to St. Croix, I can think of many, many reasons to make the trip. We’ve talked about some of them right here on Uncommon Caribbean. There’s the easternmost point of the United States at Point Udall, St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the beer drinking pigs, the favorite rum of Steve and I: Cruzan Rum, the excellent food to be had every year at the St. Croix Food and Wine Experience, the excellent food to be had year round at restaurants like Salud! and, of course, our own resident mixologist, Jesse Card.

But for me, and I’m sure Steve would agree, the real reason we visit St. Croix, is to go home. It’s where we were born and raised, so no matter how long I’ve lived stateside, St. Croix has always been and will always be home.

And what’s one of my favorite things to do when I go home? Literally beg one of my friends with a boat to have a Buck Island lime. There’s no better way to spend the day than casting off, heading north for a few minutes, and weighing anchor at this protected paradise. The water is warm and crystal clear. You could go for a short hike if you get bored, but really this is just about limin’ strong. Knocking back some Greenies, floating around, reminiscing and letting the hours pass blissfully by.

This week’s wallpaper was shot on just one of those days back in 2009 looking back toward St. Croix from Buck Island. Put it on your desktop and see if you can feel the sun’s warmth and a decidedly easy island vibe pouring over you.

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  • TwoTicketsToParadise

    We stayed at Chenay Bay in 1983 and are now worried all the great restaurants we visited are no longer there. I can’t find anything on the net that jogs my memory. What happened to the “local” restaurants such as the Cable Car and how about the Chart House at the marina? I’m trying to recreate and set up our 30th wedding day trip and want to bring our memories back to life. We are now in our retirement years and we haven’t changed our prospective. We still like the seclusion and the slow pace of the island and I want to recreate that. Don’t suggest fufu dining options. We want the “real” local island fare. The lobster at the Cable Car could feed a small family. Those kinds of local restaurants. How about the sugar mills and the rum factory tours? You will never truly forget the island. I just want to recreate and have another chance at being in paradise.

    • Thanks for checking in with us, TwoTicketsToParadise. It’s true that the St. Croix of today is vastly different than the one you came to love in 1983. Time always brings change, of course, but it’s the devastating effects of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 that have had the most lasting and profound impact. I was 12 in 1983 and don’t even remember Cable Car. Chart House was a staple, but it’s been gone for years.

      On the plus side, though, St. Croix has upped its profile on the regional culinary scene with inventive eateries like [email protected] Bay, Rowdy Joe’s Northside Eatery, Salud! Bistro and RumRunners, among others, drawing raves from locals and visitors alike. You also still have old faves like Tutto Bene and Kendricks still serving fine fare, while truly local Crucian food can best be enjoyed at Harvey’s in Christiansted and Villa Morales in Frederiksted.

      Sugar Mills still dot the island and the Cruzan Rum factory tour is still running, though expanded somewhat and minus the bottling, which no longer occurs on St. Croix.

      It’s not the same as it was, but in a few ways I think you may find St. Croix is better than ever!

      I hope that helps. Please check back with us after your trip and let us know how things went…


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