You expect a bit of beach erosion when a category 5 hurricane comes a calling on your island. It’s only natural. We wondered, though, before arriving in St. Croix in mid-December, three months after Hurricane Maria, if our home island’s beaches had rebounded as yet. Shoy’s, Sandy Point, Dorsch, Haypenny, Isaac Bay, Coakley Bay, Sprat Hall –– were they still lined with pristine white sand, or had rocks taken their place? Well…

Isaac Bay, East End, St. Croix – December 19, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Isaac Bay, East End, St. Croix – December 19, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Dorsch Beach, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 19, 2017 | SBPR

Dorsch Beach, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 19, 2017 | SBPR

Sandy Point, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 20, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Sandy Point, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 20, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Haypenny Beach, South Shore, St. Croix – December 15, 2017 | SBPR

Haypenny Beach, South Shore, St. Croix – December 15, 2017 | SBPR

Coakley Bay, East End, St. Croix – December 24, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Coakley Bay, East End, St. Croix – December 24, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Spratt Hall, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 18, 2017 | SBPR

Spratt Hall, Frederiksted, St. Croix – December 18, 2017 | SBPR

All over the island we found our favorite beaches in as good or better shape than we remembered from your youthful days growing up in St. Croix. Where sand had eroded, as along the shores that line some parts of Frederiksted, very encouraging signs were everywhere that Mother Nature was rapidly putting things back to normal…

Sand Castle on The Beach, St. Croix – December 17, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Sand Castle On The Beach, St. Croix – December 17, 2017 | Credit: Patrick Bennett

Bottom line: St. Croix’s beaches, like much of the rest of the island, are most definitely open for business.

 

*Lead photo: Sandy Point, St. Croix from the sky | Credit: Patrick Bennett

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