Five Days Away Each island has its own personality and activities that you can enjoy. Don’ t miss sampling all kinds of delicious local delicacies like seafood kallaloo, passion fruit or tamarind drinks and refreshing sour sop ice cream. Here are some suggestions for your visit.
St. Croix DAY 1: The Island Culture
- Experience the influence and history of seven different colonial powers in both the towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted. Stroll the quaint shopping districts along the water’s edge. Take a tour of the world-famous Cruzan Rum Distillery and try some of the island’s exceptionally smooth rum! DAY 2: Explore the Deep - St. Croix offers some of the best scuba
sites in the Caribbean. Experience the numerous wrecks, reefs and wall dives this island has to offer. Get a recommendation for your level of expertise from a local dive shop.
DAY 3: Serene Swim - Catch a sailboat out to Buck Island Reef
National Monument. This 176-acre island is the perfect sanctuary for a snorkel or picnic. Or you can take a calm kayaking tour of the Salt River Bay National Park & Ecological Preserve.
DAY 4: Take Notes on Nature - Try biking
DAY 1: Nature Encounter - With two-thirds of the
entire island preserved as National Park, this is where you can connect with nature. Stay at one of the island’s ecofriendly accommodations and begin your exploration of the National Park.
DAY 2: Surround Yourself In Blue - Take a day sail to
surrounding islands or go windsurfing. Visit Trunk Bay and snorkel its famous underwater trail or just enjoy the sun, sand and sea at Cinnamon Bay.
DAY 3: Let the History Move You - The Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins are the most intact ruins of a sugar plantation in the Caribbean. Save time to also visit the Catherineberg Plantation ruins.
DAY 4: Shop/Stroll - St. John has plenty of opportunities for
shopping. Stroll through the quaint and colorful shops of Mongoose Junction and Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay.
DAY 5: Take a Hike - With 22 trails to choose from, this is a hiker’s paradise! Start with the Reef Bay Trail where you can find ancient petroglyphs or petrified cave drawings.
DAY 1: Beach It - Spend the day at the famed Magens Bay, which is consistently named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Sip on a Bushwacker and watch the sunset at Paradise Point before heading out for a night on the town.
DAY 2: Set Sail - Try your sea legs on a charter 65-foot schooner or 50-foot ketch and let the wind carry you off to sea. There’s nothing like a sunset on the water.
or horseback riding. Explore the St. George Botanical Garden. You can also do some jeep off-roading in the lush tropical rain forest located in Frederiksted.
DAY 3: Move Inland - Charlotte Amalie is a historic town full of sights and
DAY 5: Walk Through History - Visit the
DAY 4: Shop ‘Til You Drop - As one of the biggest shopping destinations
forts in town or learn of the sugar cane days at the Estate Whim Plantation Museum. Don’ t forget to check out Point Udall, the easternmost point of the United States that has a breathtaking view.
sounds. Take a walking tour past Emancipation Garden to Fort Christian and then take a taxi up to Mountain Top and see the island from its highest point.
in the Caribbean, you can partake of some duty-free fun at one of the island’s many shopping complexes. Head downtown to historic Main Street where you can purchase everything from local art to jewelry.
DAY 5: Explore the Depths - Visit Atlantis Submarine and take in the wonderful water views. Spend a few hours at Coral World sea trekking, petting sharks or swimming with the sea lions. The snorkeling at the adjacent Coki Beach is fantastic!
Published on May 7, 2011