As I drained the last fruity bits of my Cruzan Confusion rum cocktail while listening to the Friday night jazz in Frederiksted as the sun slowly set over the Atlantic Ocean, I wondered. Why had I never been to St. Croix before? The largest and most laid-back of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix is just a 2 ½-hour plane ride from Miami. With no passport, money exchange or customs to deal with, it’s an easy island getaway. And with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees year-round, any time is a great time to enjoy the beach and the many water activities available. Here are five suggestions for your visit. Just make sure to leave time for just limin’, as the locals say. Just hanging out. And enjoying that Cruzan Confusion.
Shop in Christiansted
Once the capital of the Danish West Indies as St. Croix was previously known, Christiansted maintains the Danish architecture
characterized by colonnades and arches, some dating back to 1733 when Denmark bought the island from the French. The arches over the sidewalks add to the charm of the city and also serve to protect you from the sun or rain while strolling around the shops on King, Company and Strand streets.
You can’t leave the island without your own version of the Cruzan hook bracelet. While you’ll see many variations, Sonya Lore designed the original in 1962. Visit Sonya’s shop, Sonya Ltd., where variations of the bracelets are still handmade in silver and gold. It’s quite a conversation piece and people who’ve visited St. Croix always comment on my silver one. Take a break with some delicious raw food such as cashew hummus, a smoothie or vegetarian wrap at the charming Lalita Courtyard and Studio. Get a massage or reflexology treatment at the adjoining Kalima Center if time allows. Read the full post »