St. Croix is home. Being born and bred Crucians, it holds a special place in our heart as the place where growing up our love of the Caribbean also grew.

But St. Croix is more than just our childhood memories. Today, it’s a destination in flux. Thanks to decades of economic changes, the population is also changing. This brings new ideas to our home island’s shores, but it also means losing some of that Caribbean melting pot immersion of our youth.

In our St. Croix travel guide, we try to make the best of the old and the new while blending it with the island’s natural splendor.

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

How to get to St. Croix

Depending on where you’re departing from, getting to St. Croix can be reasonably simple.

From the United States, Spirit, Jetblue, Delta, and American Airlines all service Henry E Rohlsen International Airport with daily arrivals. The only issue is the lack of many direct flights.

Coming from the east coast, you can expect a layover in Miami (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), or San Juan (SJU). If you’re starting your trip from further west, you may connect through Dallas (DFW).

None of those connections are too bad. (Though we have a particular dislike for the service at MIA!)

No Passport required

But, of course, the real draw for many Americans in getting to St. Croix is the lack of passport requirement.

So that we’re 100% clear on this: St. Croix as the largest of the United States Virgin Islands is a part of the United States. (Just like Puerto Rico.)

(Despite a sitting US president saying they met the “President of the Virgin Islands.”)

St. Croix and the rest of the United States Virgin Islands have been a part of the United States for over 100 years—ever since the Treaty of the Danish West Indies in 1916.

St. Croix Beaches

The story of St. Croix is about much more than beautiful beaches. But if you think the island is lacking in this regard, you’d be wrong.

In fact, one of our favorite beaches in the world graces the island. Of course, we’re totally biassed, and of course, we’re talking about Sandy Point.

Sandy Point, St. Croix

Sandy Point, St. Croix

In the extreme west of the island, Sandy Point is nothing less than perfection. Imagine a wide stretch of blazingly white sand, lush green providing seclusion from the rest of the island, and crystalline waves lapping at the fringe.

Sandy Point was the most crucial beach of our high-school years, and it still holds a special place in our hearts. But all that beauty isn’t just for human visitors.

Sandy Point is also a nesting ground for sea turtles. That means for a big chunk of the year it’s off-limits to all human guests in favor of our soon-to-be-born seafaring friends.

Other must-see beaches include Shoys, Rainbow Beach for a rowdy good beach bar, Ha’Penny, Sprat Hall, plus Jack and Isaac’s Bay.

There’s also a truly old favorite: Cramer’s Park. This was the beach we grew up visiting when we were kids with our family. I can still remember some of the picnics and playtimes we used to have here.

Turtle Beach, Buck Island

Turtle Beach, Buck Island

And let’s not forget Turtle Beach, Buck Island National Park. You may need a little help getting there, but you’ll find it’s worth every ounce of the effort once you arrive.

Where to eat

There are definite pros and cons to being a United States territory when it comes to the food on St. Croix.

One of the pros is that for visitors interested in a taste of home, standard American fare is easy to find.

Restaurants line the Christiansted boardwalk offering pizza, hamburgers, and the like. Of course, some are better than others.

But for the best pizza, you’ll need to head to Five Corners a little outside town and visit Un Amore. Sit inside or out, the pizza on offer might as well be coming straight out of an oven in New York. Their antipasti, pasta, and secondi are all also worth a taste.

The cons to all this easily accessible American fare is that regional flavors are sometimes overshadowed. And you didn’t come all the way to the Caribbean to eat American food, did you?

To sate your appetite for a taste of the West Indies, check out Braata in Frederiksted. It’s helmed by St.Croix native and culinary ambassador for the USVI, Chef Digby Stridiron.

Talking Local Cuisine with Chef Digby Stridiron

Here you can find an ever-changing array of locally-sourced creations that pay homage to the history of Crucians in particular and the West Indies as a whole.

And if you want to really get a feel for the local vibe, a visit to La Reine Chicken Shack is a must. Expect mouthwatering rotisserie chicken and fixings like macaroni pie and johnny cake that can’t be beat in a no-frills, authentic package.

Other stops worth making include Eat at Cane Bay for live music, Ziggy’s Gas Station (really) for authentic West Indian breakfasts to go, and Blue Water Terrace way out east for all-you-can-eat lobster Mondays (really).

And finally, if you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen, consider paying a visit to local fishermen for the fresh catch of the day. From lobster to conch, and snapper; you might have the freshest meal of your life!

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