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Guiding Visitors & Locals for 42 Years


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Guiding Visitors & Locals for 42 Years


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Aug / Sept 2013

Rising to the Challenge of Preservation.......................... 3 Duty-Free Allowance....................................................... 8 NEW — “Easy St. Croix” CHANT’s Wheel Coach Tours!....12 Farm Fresh Where To Find It!....................................... 15 Island Worship............................................................... 18 Wine: Best Pick!............................................................. 31 Angry Nate’s for Great Seafood on the Boardwalk!..... 31 Meet Cover Artist Christina Frederick Gasperi............ 34 VI Bridal Guide — The Benefit of Research!................ 36 Our Danish Connection / VELKOMMEN!.................. 37 Sugar Cane, Once Everywhere, Has Left a Legacy........ 37 Discover Bush Tribe Island Wide Eco Adventures!...... 39 Protecting Our Marine Environment........................... 44 Christiansted National Historic Site............................. 50 ARTS in the U.S. Virgin Islands..................................... 59 Where’s the beef? On St. Croix its Pasture-raised Senepol!.... 63

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Cover Artist

Salvador’s Barber Shop.

John Connor

LEISURE

Events Calendar..................................................... 4-7 Shopping...................................................................8 Easy Shopping Guide..............................................10 Dining......................................................................20 Easy Dining Guide..................................................30 Restaurant Entertainment......................................30 Attractions & Tours.................................................32 Island Art.................................................................34 Island Weddings......................................................36 Watersports.............................................................38 Recreation/Beaches.................................................45 Treat Yourself...........................................................60

Christina Frederick Gasperi

ON THE COVERS

DESTINATION ST. CROIX

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Susan Wall

Helpful Info & Phone Numbers.............................46 Easy Hotel Guide.....................................................48 Accommodations....................................................49 Transportation........................................................50 St. Croix Road Map.................................................54 Christiansted Map & Walking Tour.......................56 Frederiksted Map & Walking Tour.........................58

LIVING

Advertiser Online Directory...................................53 Real Estate................................................................62 Moving Here...........................................................62 St. Croix Sky Watch.................................................64

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The Virgin Islands Of The United States OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Tel: (340) 773-1404 Fax: (340) 713-9806

1105 King Street Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 00820

Tel: (340) 772-1000 Fax: (340) 772-0333

On behalf of the people and Government of the United States Virgin Islands, I applaud St. Croix This Week magazine for highlighting the best in entertainment, siteseeing, dining, shopping, and a myriad of recreational activities available on St. Croix. Both residents and visitors will find on page after page of this helpful resource guide eyecatching attractions, on-island features, and other points of interest. Whether with family, friends, or on your own, this magazine has the inside track and advance view of all the upcoming events and activities on the “Big Island.” St. Croix’s relaxing beaches and rolling hillsides are the perfect complement for a weekend get-away, and the downtown shopping and restaurants in Christiansted and Frederiksted offer a variety of choices. There are hiking tours, snorkeling and scuba excursions, rainforest sights, and an abundance of other natural and cultural attractions throughout the island. The options for fun and entertainment are truly limitless, and St. Croix This Week provides immediate access to all of St. Croix’s major attractions, while highlighting those that are off-the-beaten path. As the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix has a natural beauty that is both charming and awe-inspiring. Its wondrous landscapes, hillside views, oceanfronts, and downtown areas tell the story of an island rich in culture and history. The influence from Denmark is readily visible in our architecture and windmills, offering a pleasant introduction to the experience of our people of strong Caribbean traditions. With a long history of providing the inside scoop on the latest and best in family fun and island excursion entertainment, St. Croix This Week truly captures the beat and pulse of our people. It is my pleasure to extend best wishes to all readers of St. Croix This Week for a safe and enjoyable experience in paradise. We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we enjoy hosting you.

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Rising to the Challenge of Preservation by Sonia Jacobs Dow, Executive Director, St. Croix Landmarks Society St. Croix and her sister Virgin Islands have a unique history as part of the former “sugar islands” of the Caribbean. Here, visitors are invited to move beyond the sun, sand and sea experience and the charm of colonial architecture to a deeper understanding of St. Croix’s people, their contributions to this and world communities and the responsibility Crucians feel to honor those who came before us and to preserve cultural traditions, history and places for those who will follow. The St. Croix Landmarks Society has for 65 years undertaken the challenge of preserving that unique legacy of culture, history and the structures that stand as a testament to the ingenuity, skills and labor of enslaved Africans and the aspirations of Europeans and Americans who sought fortune in these special places. SELF, PLACE and RESPONSIBILITY are the words that best describe Landmarks’ preservation initiatives. Programs, museum tours, exhibits and the unequaled Research Library & Archives offer a glimpse of who we are as a people through the stories of our ancestors and their triumph over the harshest of experiences – human bondage and the de-humanizing process and mindset that allowed it. Undoubtedly both enslaved and enslaver were changed. Ours, like all colonial stories brandishes painful memories, but wisdom, strength, and spirituality persevere. From its base at the Estate Whim Museum, Landmarks offers spirit-moving experiences for residents and visitors. In the serenity of the site, are juxtaposed great house, slave quarters and the humble My Granny House. Breezes moving through the trees disguise the hushed voices of ancestors urging recollection and healing. As a respite from the emotions of the experience, the Cookhouse offers Johnny cakes, patés, red grout, local fruit juices and other traditional fare. New exhibits opened in July 2013 and enhance the museum: “Who Bin Sen Yoh: Crucian Musicians & Their Music employs photos and cherished artifacts to shine the spotlight on native music genre and related dance and dramatic traditions, including Quelbe, Cariso, and Masquerading. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Ties that Bind – Just say “Cousin” no need to tell whether first, second, or far removed, because in our hearts they are all the same. However as the elders who hold our oral history pass on, we recognize the need to document relationships for future generations. The exhibit tells the stories of many families with roots on St. Croix and abroad and showcases the sleuthing of those for whom genealogy is a passion. The Roebuck Family: New Vines from Strong Roots is but one display of a history that does not shy away from embracing ancestors whether African- or European-born. Emancipation Revisited focuses on enslaved individuals, arrested for active participation in the 1848 Emancipation rebellion through which Africans and their descendants gained a measure of freedom.

Our affiliation with FamilySearch International brings the world’s largest genealogy collection to the fingertips of researchers seeking to trace ancestors around the globe. The St. Croix Landmarks Society’s work on behalf of and with the people of St. Croix is invaluable. The Society’s 2013 Preservation Challenge Campaign aims to raise FRIENDS who value the honoring of the lives of our collective ancestors and FUNDS for this worthy cause. The St. Croix Landmarks Society invites your support of a purposeful and careful endeavor.

St. Croix Landmarks Society 340-772-0598 www.stcroixlandmarks.com

Come Live With Me underscores the common goal of two artists from vastly different origins to preserve evidence of our existence. The exhibit brings together the work of Lloyd “Dove” Braffith, famed Crucian artist, and Lee Platt who after World War II found a home for his heart on St. Croix. The Research Library & Archives at Estate Whim house a treasure trove of rare books, maps, photographs and other documentation about St. Croix and her people. Our Family History Center collects disparate resources for those who cherish family bonds and the hunt for connections – censuses, the matriculs of the slavery era, court, vital statistics and other government records, church archives and business and personal papers. August / September 2013 • Page 3


Events - St. Croix august / september 2013

CRUISE ARRIVALS august 2013 Sun, August 11 september 2013

8 AM Jewel of the Seas

MONDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Fort Christian Brew Pub The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 713-9820

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TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 9 AM-NOON Farm Volunteer “Help & Harvest” Days Ridge to Reef Farm Volunteers – all ages & experience levels are welcome. Get your hands & feet in the dirt, learn about organic gardening & off-grid living, & enjoy lunch together in the Community Center. For info, call 220-0466 or Email info@visfi.org

MONDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Fort Christian Brew Pub The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 713-9820

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9 AM-11 PM Nursery Open St. George Village Botanical Garden Shop here for beautiful tropical plants! For information, call 692-2874

MONDAY, 6 PM Caribbean Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Enjoy a buffet of island favorites, with Mocko Jumbies, fire dancers & live music! $30 pp; $15 pp for children ages 12 & under. For reservations, call 718-8920

TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM Farm & Fruit Foraging Tours Ridge to Reef Farm These 2-hour guided tours focus on the fresh organic bounty that grows at the Ridge to Reef Farm. $35 pp. Group rates available. Organic produce available for sale. For reservations, call 220-0466 or Email info@visfi.org

Sun, September 1 8 AM Jewel of the Seas Sun, September 22 8 AM Jewel of the Seas

*Ship schedule subject to change. For information, call 772-0357.

FIRST TUESDAYS, 6 PM Wine Club The Galleon Taste test fine wines paired with hors’d oeuvres. For reservations, call 718-9948 SUNDAYS, 1-2 PM Organic Farm Tours Ridge to Reef Farm Join naturalist Veronica Gordon for a tour of the farm. $20 pp. For reservations, call 2200466, Email info@visfi.org, or visit www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

TUESDAYS TO SUNDAYS, 9AM-5PM Self-Guided Farm Tour Ridge to Reef Farm Get an interpretive farm map at the Community Center for your own self-guided walking tour of the farm grounds. Suggested donation is $10 pp. For information, call 220-0466 or Email info@visfi.org WEDNESDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Divi Carina Bay Resort The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 773-9700 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 PM Trivia Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Test your knowledge of trivia at this fun evening entertainment. For information, call 718-8920 THURSDAYS, 6 PM BUFFET, 8 PM ENTERTAINMENT West Indian Style BBQ & Floor Show Divi Carina Resort and Casino Come hear a steel pan band & see Mocko Jumbies; traditional West Indian buffet. For reservations, call 773-9700 x 732

Meet internationally-renowned Spanish muralist Javier Arce at a Caribbean Museum Center Family Fun Day on August 17 and at an Artist Reception, August 23.

SECOND FRIDAYS, 6:15 PM Wine Club Beach Side Café Enjoy sampling fine wines paired with hors’d oeuvres. For reservations, call 772-1205 or 772-1266 FRIDAYS, 5:30 PM Crab Races Deep End Bar & Restaurant The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 773-4455 LAST FRIDAYS, 6:30 PM Beer Club Beach Side Café Taste 4 specialty beers paired with matching foods. For reservations, call 772-1205 or 772-1266.

august 2013 THROUGH AUGUST 3, 8:30 AM - 3 PM Discover St. Croix Summer Camp Estate Whim Museum Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to learn about the islands people, places & traditions. Visitors can register their children for as little as one day. To register, call 772-0598

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AUGUST 3, 11:30 AM AUGUST 21, 10 AM Story Hour at the Garden St. George Village Botanical Garden A volunteer reader shares a botanical story on the Garden grounds. Bring a towel or blanket & snack. $8, adults, $1, children 12 & under; Garden members free. For info, call 692-2874 AUGUST 3, 6 PM Interfaith Coalition Film Series – ‘The Way’ St. Croix Reformed Church The Way is a powerful & inspirational story about family, friends & the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing & complicated world. The main character embarks on the historical pilgrimage, The Way of St. James, to honor his son’s memory. For information, call 778-6263 AUGUST 4, 6 AM Beast of the East 5K & Triple Mini Triathlon Cramer’s Park Run or try this mini-triathlon: 200-yard swim, 3 mile bike, and ½-mile run. Triathletes can compete on this mini course up to three times in a row. For information, call 513-8281 or visit www.vitf.org AUGUST 8, 4:29-7 PM Upscale Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Works of local artists & chefs are featured along with live music in the Courtyard. Suggested donation, $8. For information, call 772 -2622  or visit www.cmcarts.org AUGUST 8, 5-6 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish Guinea West India Company The National Park Service holds monthly lectures that discuss topics regarding current research at the islands’ three National Parks. For information, call 773-1460

Attend the 12th Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off at Divi Carina Bay Resort August 11.

AUGUST 10, 9 AM-NOON Second Saturday St. George Village Botanical Garden An interactive program for children & parents to learn about the wonders of the plant world. Ages 6 & up; children must be accompanied by an adult.  $5 per child & adult Garden member; $8 per adult nonmember. For reservations, call 692-2874 AUGUST 10 French Billy Pond Great House Tour and Hike The St. Croix Hiking Association will host this event. For information, call 772-2073 or visit www.stcroixhiking.org

AUGUST 11, 6 AM 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort Come cook or sample at this delicious event that benefits the United Way of St. Croix. For information, call 718-0582 or 513-8359 AUGUST 11, 8:30 AM Frederiksted Historic Walking Tour Maroon Ridge Hike with Ras Lumumba Meet at ‘Freedom Statue’ across from Frederiksted Pier for 1 of 2 Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) tours: Take a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour of historic Frederikstd, $15. pp or a 4-hour moderate to strenuous hike includes the history of the Maroons, flora, fauna & history of the Light House at Ham’s Bluff. $75 pp includes round-trip transportation from the Frederiksted Pier. Reservations, call 719-5455 AUGUST 16, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Buddhoe Park Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages available for sale. Free. AUGUST 17, 10-1 PM Family Fun Day Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Interact with our August Artist-in-Residence, Javier Arce, internationally-renowned Spanish muralist. Parents and children ages 4-16; snacks provided. To register, call 340-772-2622.

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Events - St. Croix august / september 2013 AUGUST 24, 10 AM-NOON Grow and Learn St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy the Garden’s series of educational workshops for adults led by local experts & enthusiasts. $5 members; $15 nonmembers. For reservations, call 692-2874 AUGUST 31 Frederiksted Lighthouse Hike The St. Croix Hiking Association will host this event. For information, call 772-2073 or visit www.stcroixhiking.org AUGUST 30, 5:30–7:30 PM Jazz in the Park Ft. Christiansvaern Bandstand Community Music Concert Series. Bring blanket, chair & cooler. Free

Be part of CHANT’s Jumbie Talk at Mt. Victory Camp on August 17.

AUGUST 17, 10 AM-NOON FREE Snorkel Clinic Cane Bay Learn to snorkel or advance your skills. School-aged children to adults are welcome. St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) will provide instruction, gear, lifeguard, & light refreshments. Registration is not required but appreciated. Sponsored by Reef Jam. For information, call 773-1989 or visit www.stxenvironmental.org AUGUST 17, 5 PM Jumbie Talk! Mt. Victory Camp Listen to island jumbie (ghost) stories, hike in the moonlight, and enjoy good music and good food. Bring a chair. $10 adults, $5 children. Sponsored by Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT). For information, call 719-5455 AUGUST 23, 5-7 PM Artist Reception Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts  Visit this Welcome Reception for internationally-renown Spanish muralist and illustrator, Javier Arce. For information, call 772 -2622  or visit www.cmcarts.org

AUGUST 31, 6 PM Interfaith Coalition Film Series – ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Harbor Lights, King Street, Frederiksted From the Sundance Film Festival, Quvenzhane Wallis delivers an Oscar-Worthy performance as Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. For information, call 778-6263

SEPTEMBER 2013 SEPTEMBER TBA Interfaith Coalition Film Series – ‘For the Next 7 Generations’ TBA Brought together by a common vision of peace, thirteen tribal elders, all grandmothers from across the globe, travel to eight different countries to share one powerful message of hope. This award-winning film follows these amazing women as they face a world in crisis. For information, call 778-6263 SEPTEMBER 1, 8 AM The 3rd Annual Stand-Up Paddle Board Race Location TBA Races include pro, amateur, relay, kids, & kidsparents. $50 pp Elite Race, $50 pp Open Race, $25 pp Kids Fun Race, $30 pp for Relay Race. Proceeds benefit the St. Croix East End Marine Park & promote sustainable recreational activities within the park such as SUP. For information, call 718-3367, Email info@friendsofstxeemp.org, or visit www.friendsofstxeemp.org.

Children learn about the wonders of the plant world at the St. George Village Botanical Garden’s Second Saturdays on August 10 and September14.

SEPTEMBER 1 & 22, 8:30 AM Frederiksted Historic Walking Tour Maroon Ridge Hike with Ras Lumumba Meet at ‘Freedom Statue’ across from Frederiksted Pier for 1 of 2 Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) tours: Take a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour of historic Frederikstd, $15. pp OR head off on a 4-hour moderate to strenuous hike that includes the history of the Maroons, the flora & fauna of the area & history of the Light House at Ham’s Bluff. $75 pp includes round-trip transportation from the Frederiksted Pier. Reservations, call 719-5455 SEPTEMBER 2 The Labor Day 5K Road Race Virgin Islands Pace Runners Come out and run this 3.1-mile race. For time and location, call 643-2557 SEPTEMBER 7, 11:30 AM SEPTEMBER 18, 10 AM Story Hour at the Garden St. George Village Botanical Garden A volunteer reader shares a botanical story on the Garden grounds. Bring a towel or blanket & snack. $8 adults, $1 children 12 & under; Garden members free. For info, call 692-2874

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SEPTEMBER 8 Spring Bay Beach Hike The St. Croix Hiking Association will host this event. For information, call 772-2073 or visit www.stcroixhiking.org SEPTEMBER 12, 4:29-7 PM Upscale Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Works of local artists & chefs are featured along with live music in the Courtyard.  Suggested donation, $8. For information, call 772 -2622  or visit www.cmcarts.org SEPTEMBER 12, 5-6 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish Guinea West India Company The National Park Service holds monthly lectures that discuss topics regarding current research at the islands’ three National Parks. For information, call 773-146 SEPTEMBER 14, 9 AM-NOON Second Saturday St. George Village Botanical Garden An interactive program for children & parents to learn about the wonders of the plant world.  Ages 6 & up; children must be accompanied by an adult.  $5 per child & adult Garden member; $8 per adult nonmember. For reservations, call 692-2874 SEPTEMBER 20, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Buddhoe Park Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages available for sale. Free. SEPTEMBER 21 Virgin Islands 10K Virgin Islands Pace Runners Come out and run this 6.2-mile race. For time and location, call 643-2557 SEPTEMBER 21, 10 AM-NOON Free Snorkel Clinic Southgate Beach (between Cheeseburgers in Paradise & Chenay Bay Beach Resort) Learn to snorkel or advance your skills. School-aged children to adults are welcome. St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) will provide instruction, gear, lifeguard, & light refreshments. Registration is not required but appreciated. Sponsored by Reef Jam. For information, call 773-1989 or visit www.stxenvironmental.org www.stcroix thisweek .com

3rd Annual Stand-Up Paddle Board Race to benefit the St. Croix East End Marine Park September 1.

SEPTEMBER 21, 10 AM-4 PM Bee Buzzaar Sunshine Mall Parking Lot Held in honor of September as ‘National Honey Month’, this fair is a great time to learn about bees & sample and purchase local honey & honey products such as beeswax candles, body butters & balms. For information, call 778-0997

SEPTEMBER 28, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to pack a picnic to enjoy during the show, but pack up all trash afterwards. Bathrooms available. For information, visit facebook.com/stcroixmoviesatthefort

SEPTEMBER 22, 7 AM Sprint Triathlon Coconuts on the Beach Compete individually or as a relay team in the Sprint Triathlon. The course features a ½ mile swim, 12 mile bike ride, & 3 mile run. There’s also a Super Sprint— ¼ mile swim, 6 mile bike and 1 ½ mile run. For information, call 513-8281 or visit www.vitf.org SEPTEMBER 27, 5:30–7:30 Jazz in the Park Ft. Christiansvaern Bandstand Community Music Concert Series. Bring blanket, chair & cooler. Free SEPTEMBER 28, 10 AM-NOON Grow and Learn St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy the Garden’s series of educational workshops for adults led by local experts & enthusiasts. $5 members; $15 nonmembers. For reservations, call 692-2874

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Duty-Free Shopping

FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE CHRISTIANSTED MAP, PAGE 56. Designworks / Island Living Store – 340-713-8102

at Apothecary Hall (Mon-Sat 11-4) offers island elegance in the West Indies Collection of solid teak antique reproduction furniture, home furnishings and accessories. Works by island artists (originals and prints, ceramics, metalwork and photography), gifts, jewelry, maps, cards, and design services by Richard Harris. www.islandlivingstore.com

Duty-Free Allowance Make important purchases here — Allowance is Double That Of Other Islands!

Sonya’s – 340-778-8605

Sonya, Ltd. Each piece individually handcrafted. Producing find jewelry for over 40 years!

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Hook up with the Original- Sonya’s St. Croix Hook. Located at #1 Company Street since 1964, an introduction to the hand-wrought jewelry at Sonya’s begins with the pleasantly inexpensive hook bracelet which is often imitated, never duplicated. Our designs include: hurricanes, hearts, flowers, sea life, breast cancer awareness, and so much more. All creations are crafted in sterling silver, 14 & 18 karat gold— bracelets, rings, earrings, and pendants. Our loyal customers continue to vote our jewelry #1 in the Virgin Islands. Visit us at www.sonyaltd.com Toll-free: 877-766-9284.

Cache of the Day – 340-773-3648

Whim “sea” cal treasures await you when you step into this charming colorful shop on historic Company Street in Christiansted. Under the sea critters will delight kids and adults alike from pretty mermaids and giant geckos to adorned flip-flops and sounds of the ocean books. You’ll find attractive home décor items such as clever sink strainers, embroidered guest towels, gorgeously hued glass hanging vases and night lights, beautifully designed palm tree and shell serving pieces with napkins to match as well as prints and handicrafts from local artists. Sparkling jewelry, fragrant soaps and candles, tropical beach bags, the best cards on the island, the cutest shop dog and so much more are just inside the door strung with dancing mocko jumbies at #55 Company St.!

When Shopping on St. Croix, US citizens can enjoy a Duty-Free Allowance of $1600.00 per person, including children, every 30 days whether buying to pack or mail. A small percentage is added on for purchases over that amount. When returning to the US you will be required to fill out a separate customs form for these items. You may be asked to show your receipts so it is important to keep a good record of what you buy. This Duty-Free Allowance is double the $800.00 limit from other islands, so make your important purchases on St. Croix. You may also take 5 cartons of cigarettes and 6 bottles of liquor back as long as one of the bottles is a product made in the Virgin Islands such as our rum. Outside this allowance you can mail gifts to friends and relatives (not including tobacco and alcohol)—one package a day to the same address up to $100.00 in value with no declaration. Shop Christiansted and Gallows Bay Marketplace plus Frederiksted and Mid-island for all that we have to offer! Check out the Easy Shopping Guide on page 10 to find what you’re looking for.

“The Duty-Free allowance for US citizens is $1600.00.

Beautiful batiks in every color and every size. Island Tribe

Twice as much as any other Caribbean location!”

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a t i B k Appa l u f i t u rel Bea for Women off ALL Sizes Small to 4X

Shopping continued ENJOY A $1600.00 DUTY-FREE ALLOWANCE!

Island Tribe of St. Croix – 340-719-0936

This unique women’s store specializes in batik clothing for women of all sizes, Small to 4X. Island Tribe of St. Croix features a casual line of “patchwork” styles and an “island elegant” signature line. Beaded jewelry, sarongs, scarves, hats in all the vibrant, rich colors of the Caribbean compliment any style. New arrivals weekly. Special orders welcome. Gift certificates available. Great prices and a fun place to shop. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.

ib designs – 773-4322 (say “eye-bee”)

This wondrous gallery is home to the distinctive designs of local artist/metalsmith Whealan Massicott who’s motivated by the Caribbean’s people, beauty, and culture. Being a musician at heart allows life’s movements, patterns, and rhythms to play out in his raw, organic designs. Truly artful, unique, and Caribbean! Feel Good Jewelry is a salute to the simplicity of life and inspiration of creativity. Infinity, Karma, and Wave collections are traveling the world! Voted Best Jewelry & Best Locally-Made Jewelry of the VI on St. Croix for 2012 by the readers of the Daily News. Stop in—we hope you find something that makes you feel good. www.islandboydesigns.com

Find Strength at ib designs.

handcrafted feel good jewelry A wondrous gallery home to distinctive designs by local artist/metalsmith, Whealan Massicott. ib designs’ feel good jewelry is a salute to the simplicity of life and to the inspiration of creativity. Please stop in and say hi to the ib family. We hope you find something special that makes you feel good. Truly artful, truly Caribbean.

Island Tribe of St.Croix

57 Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix

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Duty-Free Shopping Easy Shopping Guide

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Fun and colorful, cleverly-designed quilted cotton Vera Bradley bags & accessories at Royal Poinciana.

kings alley walk Hotheads – 340-773-7888

This trendy shop has swimwear for all shapes and sizes including hard-to-find separates, cup sizes, long torso, and attractive styles for full-figured women. We also carry colorful sarongs, cover-ups, bags, great accessories, casual and dressy clothing, and sandals. And... the reason for their name — hats, hats, and more hats...and more hats in our new, expanded space that now incorporates mens and boys swim and casual wear! We’re located behind the Ft. Christian Brew Pub in King’s Alley Walk and open 7 days a week--Mon-Sat, 10-6 pm and Sun, 11-4pm.

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Panache Jewelers – 340-719-6624

Finally, Panache Jewelers has arrived on St. Croix! With over 15 years of fine jewelry experience, Kevin Banani established Panache Jewelers in 2009 to meet the needs of the St Croix customer—fine jewelry inspired by romance, passion, and the beauty of the Virgin Islands. Your Authorized Dealer for Witnauer, Bulova, Fossil, and Michael Kors watches, Angelique de Paris bracelets, rings, and earings, and The Hook Company bracelets, Panache also carries a wide assortment of 14K gold, silver, and diamond fine jewelry. Distinctive Style. Distinctive Quality. Distinctively You. Come visit Your Ultimate Jewelry Destination on King Street, Christiansted. Open Monday – Saturday, 9:30-6 pm and Sundays, 11-3pm during Season.

NEW — “Easy St. Croix”

CHANT’s Wheel Coach Tours!

Miclael Michaud hand-painted bronze with freshwater pearl Orange Blossom Flower Earrings in gold and silver plate, symbolizing purity, innocence, chastity, and fertility at Tropical Bracelet.

For travelers (or locals) who need specialized services, CHANT (Crucian Heritage

and Nature Tourism) now offers Wheel Coach Services for tours of the island calling it “Easy St. Croix!” Driver Sammy Jacobs, of Wheel Coach Services, Inc., and a CHANT tour guide, take visitors in wheelchairs and scooters on a tour of St. Croix’s West End.

One of the largest manufacturers of fine jewelry in the USVI.

and craft craft center center and

340.719.0672

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Significant historic and cultural sites will be highlighted and interpreted for the guests. Enjoy a drive through the Rainforest, a stop at the Baobab Tree in Estate Grove Place, a visit to St. George Villiage Botanical Garden and other attractions. “Accessibility is our goal and we try to offer all visitors and residents with the opportunity to see our island in comfort and with guides who inform and entertain them,” says Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director. CHANT continues to grow and promote the beauty, culture and history of St. Croix with providers who will show you St. Croix through the eyes of our residents and entertain and educate you along the way. By selecting CHANT as your tour provider, you will be supporting local businesses and contributing to the sustainable development of St. Croix.

On the corner of Queen Cross and Strand Streets, Christiansted.

CHANT 340-719-5455 info@chantvi.org • www.chantvi.org

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We are not only a store but an attraction not to be missed specializing in magnificent jewelry made on the premises. See how your special piece is designed, created, and finished through our studio’s glass windows. View our extensive collection of stainless steel, copper, platinum, gold, and silver earrings, pendants, and rings. We have the largest selection of island bracelets, chaney, Larimar, conch, diamonds of all colors and sizes, certified ancient coins, natural pearls including the most unique of them all— “The Queen Conch Pearl.� Free rum samples from our extensive liquor collection available daily. Stop in for a rare cigar to commemorate your vacation. Known for our locally made crafts and collectables, take home a real souvenir made right here on St. Croix. Open Monday – Saturday, 10-6pm.

Nested in St. Croix’s historic Christiansted, and embedded in the hearts and minds of everyone who has entered through its doors, is the Purple Papaya Souvenir and Gift Shop. The store is loaded with a full line of souvenirs, cold drinks and snacks, the largest selection of embroidered tee shirts and sweatshirts, Hawaiian shirts and dresses, sun tan lotions, sunglasses, towels, hats & caps, disposable cameras, batteries, and quality beach/swimwear for the entire family. So, if you are looking for excellent customer service, and quality merchandise, come on in. It’s the island’s number one spot for ALL your Duty Free shopping, and vacation needs. It’s where you always get more for Le$$!

The Purple Papaya – 340-713-9412

Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet – 340-719-0672

Purple Papaya for the largest selection of ladies & men’s swimwear! Purple Papaya

JOYIA-Inspirational Jewelry – 713-4JOY (4569) Artist and jeweler, Joyia Jones, invites you to her working studio to experience handcrafted jewelry utilizing gold, gold-filled, silver, copper, and precious stones. Come see our “intention jewelryâ€? line and have names, dates, or inspirational words hand- engraved on your pendants, bracelets, and rings‌perfect to commemorate any occasion! Stop by and transform your inspirations into wearable art. Be inspired. Be creative. Be intentional. Mon-Sat 10-5pm. 3A Queen Cross Street www.Joyia.us

Be intentional. Be creative. Be inspired.

Inspirational Jewelry

2220 (3A) Queen Cross Street, $ISJTUJBOTUFEr+0: www.stcroix thisweek .com

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strand street Crucian Gold- 340-773-5241

Crucian Gold is home to a family of jewelry artisans. Discover how Crucian Gold’s original designs are inspired by the history, people, and natural environment of St. Croix. Visit our studio where we hand make jewelry in our on-site workshop. Enjoy unique silver and gold pieces crafted from recycled and eco-friendly sources. Monday-Saturday 10-5pm, www.cruciangold.com,  sales@cruciangold.com

The Royal Poinciana – 340-773-9892

Three-piece Shard earrings in Silver, Gold, Copper, and Brass.

Crucian Gold

Just a half block from the government parking lot, stop in for Caribbean-made specialties, Sunny Caribee spices, local condiments and jams, metal art, colorful pottery and hostess gifts, The Thymes Ltd. soaps, lotions, and bath gels, cook books, kitchen accessories, and unusual note cards, gourmet coffees and tea, Vera Bradley bags, island-design tee STX 1/16 - more—gifts PDF temp dresses and much for your 6/19/03 friends and family here or back home. This wonderful shop delights your senses!

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Farm Fresh Where To Find It! ARTfarm LLC – 340-514-4873 Wed, 3-6 pm, Sat, 10-12 noon Farmer / artist Luca Gasperi continues the tradition of quality, fresh, organicallygrown tomatoes, microgreens, salad mixes, cooking greens, fruits, herbs, veggies, edible flowers and coconuts, potted trees and pineapple plants. www.artfarmllc.com La Reine Farmers’ Market – 340-778-0998 6:30 am - 11 am Run by the Dept. of Agriculture, vendors offer herbs, carrots, yams, collard greens, lettuce, beets, parsley, chives, mango, avocado, eggfruit, guava, okra, pumpkin, arugula, Chinese cabbage, Soursop, plants & trees. Sejah Farm – 340-773-8065 or 277-6046 Mon – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm, Sat, 7 am – 5 pm Since 1998, Dale and Yvette Browne offer their own livestock, eggs, and organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, greens, peppers, watermelon, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and beets. www.sejahfarm.com Tropics Hydroponics Farm – 340-227-5546 Mon – Fri, 8 – 3 pm, Sat at La Reine Market Brian McCulough specializes in high-quality Bibb lettuce & beefsteak & cluster vineripened tomatoes fed with purified, nutrient-rich well water. First left off Route #80 heading to Salt River.

Baci Duty Free – 340-773-5040

Located on the corner of Queen Cross and Strand Streets, Baci Duty Free is here to serve your island shopping needs. Elegant stones are set in precious metals by designers such as Gabriel, Elma Gil, and Vahan. We also feature Titanium jewelry by the Hook Company along with enamel jewelry by Belle etoile, and copper or bronze creations by Rebecca to name a few. Stop in and be tempted by our wide selection of unique liquors, fine bourbons, scotches, and rums from around the world. A large array of cigars can be found in our Humidor. To complete your shopping experience, we also feature designer sunglasses, authentic treasure coins and South Sea pearls. Finally, eliminate hassles with our stateside packaging service! Mon-Sat 10-6. Visit us at www.bacidutyfree.com.

Stack um’ high, stack um’ low!  We love mixing our stack rings in different shapes, widths, and metals. Joyia Inspirational Jewelry

strand street... cont. Violette Boutique – 340-773-2148

Located in the heart of Christiansted, our staff has offered exceptional service on St. Croix since 1962. We carry European imports at Duty-Free prices. Our lines include fragrances by Vera Wang, Chanel, Givenchy, Lalique, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Sean John, and Tom Ford. Our cosmetic lines include Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Clarins,

and Fashion Fair. We also carry a beautiful selection of designer fashion jewelry by Lalique, watches by Gucci, Technomarine, and Swiss Army, bags by Dooney & Bourke, Kipling, Brighton, and Land, sunglasses, pens, and accessories by Cartier, and Montblanc, and Swiss Army knives. Call 800-544-5912, vboutique@aol.com www.viviolette.com

VI Farmers’ Coop – 340-773-3276, 201-2224 Sat, 7 am – 3 pm, Estate Grange Across from the VI Health & Fitness Center at Beeston Hill, vendors seek to revive the island’s agriculture industry by pooling their produce for a more consistent supply of locally grown food. Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute – 340-220-0466 Wed, 3:30 – 6 pm, Polly’s, Frederiksted VISFI’s Ridge to Reef Farm is a USDA certified organic farm. Pre-order produce at www.vi.locallygrown.net and pick up or shop Wednesdays at Polly’s. For information on tours, training programs, field trips, and Slow Down dinners visit www.visfi.org Find all farms on the St. Croix map pages 54-55. Days and times are subject to change seasonally; call ahead to confirm. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Prada “Luna Rossa” for Men. Conveying strength and dynamic energy, while its signature is noble and sensual.

Violette Boutique.

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QUEEN CROSS & STRAND STREET Baci has a large selection of designer sunglasses by:

Maui Jim, Oakley, Costa, Ray Ban, Gucci, Dior and many more. When it comes to watches you will find fine Swiss time pieces by Mido, Frederique Constant, Swiss Army, and Luminox. Great selection from Citizen, Seiko, Bulova, Guess, Fossil, Skagen, and many more. Looking for authentic treasure coins Baci has them and South Sea Pearls. Divers and boaters love Baci selection of Steiner German made binoculars and SeaLife Digital Underwater cameras. Stop in and be tempted by our wide selection of unique liquors, fine bourbons, scotches, and rums from around the world. Eliminate the hassles of buying liquor with our stateside packaging service. Nobody in St. Croix can have abetter selection of name brand cigars found at Baci from: Arturo Fuente, Ashton, Padron, Montecristo, Romeo & Juiliet just to mention a few all found in our wall to wall walk in humidor.

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Island Worship

Rare Finds – 340-713-9254

The history of our island is mirrored in its old church structures, many of which have recently been restored. The Moravian brethren, arriving here in the 1730s from Saxony in today’s Germany, founded their mission to bring Christianity to the enslaved part of the population. Their handsome yellow buildings at the entrance to Christiansted and red-roofed white wooden church mid-island, along with a contemporary church in Frederiksted, attest to their continued importance.

This fascinating shop is found at the gateway to Gallows Bay — turn left after Tutto Bene on East End Road. Here you’ll discover an assortment of different, fun gifts and collectibles. Open Wednesday thru Saturday, they offer something old, something new, something for every taste and budget. Browse here for a memento of St. Croix. 713-9254.

Undercover Books – 340-719-1567

Rare Finds Antiques & Collectibles.

Susan Wall

If you are looking for an independent bookstore in St. Croix, Undercover Books & Gifts in Gallows Bay is it. The Bistro is located right next door, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee after browsing the shelves. Undercover has everything you need in a bookstore. You will find the latest in fiction, and non-fiction as well as a fantastic children’s section. Don’t be surprised if you run into one or two local writers while you’re there; they have a great local interest selection and provide a comprehensive representation of the local talent.

The historic Anglican (Episcopalian) churches built in Gothic style include St. John’s in Christiansted, and in Frederiksted the beautifully restored St. Paul’s church, which had been damaged by a fire in 1996. These and other Anglican churches bear witmess to the large English population which settled here (and also brought us our custom of left lane driving. The large number of Irish settlers, along with Englishmen and Hispanics, have contributed to the presece of the Catholic church; Holy Cross in Christiansted is the oldest in the Virgin Islands; also significant and historic are St. Ann’s (with an interesting shrine) mid-island, and St. Patrick’s in Frederiksted.

Antiques, Unique Gifts and Collectibles

The Danish rule of the island from 1733 to 1917 brought the Lutheran church, which still plays a large role here. Lord God of Sabaoth in Christiansted occupies the former Dutch Reformed Church; Holy Trinity in Frederiksted was built shortly after the town was founded.

340-713-9254

The Dutch Reformed church (Presbyterian) now has an new mid-island home. But these are just a few of the many (at last count over 150) churches on St. Croix, from Seventh-Day Adventist to Methodist, Baptist, Church of God, any many more. You will find that church attendance and activities are important to a large part of our population, and visitors are always welcome at services,often a high point in their experience of our island.

Undercover Books & Gifts

Many other faiths offer places of worship: a Jewish synagoge, a Hindu temple, and a Moslem mosque, to name a few.

Gallows Bay, St. Croix

Phone: 340-719-1567 Phone: 719-1567

The latest in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books at Undercover Books.

An easy-to-follow guide is actually the yellow pages of our local phone book beginning on Page 72.

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around the island ARTfarm, LLC • 340-514-4873

Local farmer Luca Gasperi and family grow a great diversity of high quality salads, tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and fruits in small interplanted gardens on the South Shore. Now in their 4th season on the South Shore (14th year farming organically on St. Croix), ARTfarm is known for sweet local tomatoes in the winter months and pineapples in the summer, and local restaurant chefs prize their microgreens and edible flowers. Luca is always experimenting with new crops and the shady farmstand sits near several of the gardens and a tiny art gallery. Arrive early to the stand to greet your neighbors and for the best selection. The farm is available for weddings and farm-to-table events. Current produce listings on their website: ARTfarmLLC.com

Franklin’s on the Waterfront

There’s a new dog in town! Polly’s brother Franklin is moving in! Franklin’s on the Waterfront, a Caribbean Emporium, will delight your senses...inspire you. Experience the hip, modern vibe of Frederiksted’s new gift and home furnishings emporium. Whether you’re looking for that perfect vase, lamp or other objet d’art, you are sure to find it at Franklin’s! An unparalleled candle selection awaits you, brands like Seda France, Aspen Bay, and Barr Co. Coffee and Tea Connoisseurs-you’ll find all the accoutrement necessary for your gourmet home experience. Of course Franklin didn’t forget his fourlegged friends. He’s wrangled up about the funkiest selection of pet accessories on island! Clever greeting cards, unique Holiday Decor, and art from St. Croix’s finest artists will make you return time and again. Come West-make a day of it! Have a healthy l unch and cappuccino at Polly’s, and step next door to a shop you may til now have thought you could only find stateside! #4 Strand Street, Frederiksted.

The Museum Store – 340-692-2874

St. George Village Botanical Garden Museum Store specializes in botanically themed gifts, books and local art. Offering tasteful home decor and dazzling jewelry designs matched only by the Garden itself! If you’re a cook you’ll find one of the best collection of cookbooks on the island and other kitchen items. There’s great stuff for kids as well, with a focus on toys and books that are both fun and educational. Remember your trip to the Botanical Garden and St. Croix with a memento from The Museum Store. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Tea Connoisseurs Rejoice!!! Franklin’s Proudly Offers Sterling Teas, Hand-Blended by an Entirely Woman Owned and Operated Tea Company. Organic. Fresh. The Strawberry Hibiscus will make you sing!!! Of course we offer all the accouterments to make your Tea Steeping Experience Perfect Every Time! Franklin’s on the Waterfront. A Caribbean Emporium, Downtown Frederiksted. Susan Wall

Rustico – 340-718-7257

Rustico’s Haitian Paper Mâché Vases and Hammered Metal Fish Art.

Rustico is a gallery of treasures for your home or office. From original art to unique custom gifts, Rustico specializes in aroma therapy, candles, unique wood carvings, jewelry and floral designs by Manuela, silk and latex flowers and plants, original paintings, patio furniture, pottery and many other authentic Caribbean arts and crafts. Conveniently located in Princesse Plaza, heading west on Route 75 (0.3 miles from 5 Corners). Twelve years meeting the decoration needs of St Croix`s local clientele and visitors from around the world, Rustico works hard to keep its merchandise fresh and original.

Gifts Home & Garden Accessories 340.718.7257

“Something Different”

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — Christiansted / Gallows Bay

A Culinary Tour

Ace Roti Shop – 340-719-(ROTI)7684 “Calling All Curry Eaters!” Are you craving for curry dishes at an affordable price? Well, look no further. ACE Roti Shop specializes in traditional Trinidadian Indian curries. You will find chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, and goat curry on our daily menu. We offer two types of roti (bread) to soak up our delicious curry -- dhal puri and paratha aka buss-up-shut. On Saturdays, we serve a traditional Trinidadian appetizer called “Doubles” featured on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. It is served hot with our homemade Tamarind Chutney. Don’t forget to try our homemade drinks which include Sorrel, Mauby, Peanut Punch, Carrot with Beet, and our delicious selection of Indian desserts! We’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10-4:30 pm and located at 182 Richmond, just three minutes East of Christiansted. Angry Nates Boathouse & Seafood Emporium – 340-692-6283 Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on our boardwalk patio or in our breezy open-air restaurant overlooking the beautiful Christiansted Harbor. Sit back and watch the local fishing boats deliver their daily catch of Wahoo, Tuna, or Mahi-Mahi (a fish so nice we named it twice). We specialize in the fresh seafood that is brought to our dock every day. Voted Best New Restaurant in St. Croix, 2008 (VI Daily News), we feature a creative dinner menu incorporating an eclectic blend of world cuisines, a unique and affordable wine list, and drink specials from the most complete bar on the island. Open 7 days a week. MC, Visa. Avocado Pitt – 340-773-9843 This bistro cafe, located adjacent to Christiansted Fort on the Boardwalk overlooking the harbor, is a must for your stay in St Croix. Visitors return year after year.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, ice cream, smoothies, beer or even a rum. Try our signature breakfast, granola with fresh

“All Curry Eaters”

Ft. Christian Brew Pub’s Mandarin Chicken Salad with Red Cabbage, Almonds, Mango Dressing & Crispy Noodles. Enjoy with a cold, hand-crafted ale on tap! Susan Wall

St. Croix boasts many talented chefs preparing some of the most creative and flavorful cooking in the Caribbean. Here you’ll find dining experiences to please any palette, whether you are seeking world-class international cuisine, a casual family meal, or a quick and delicious take out!

fruit and yogurt. Eggs served any style.  Lunch features include spicy tuna wrap, deli style sandwiches, burgers or our lunch special (changes daily).  Box lunches available for your Buck Island trip, beach day, or dive adventure.  Call ahead or order on the day. Voted “Best Breakfast on St Croix” multiple years by the readers of the Daily News.  Open daily from 7:00am.

Your setting might be the Christiansted boardwalk, an historic townhouse, club, bistro, or coffee house. Dining at a marina, viewing Buck Island, watching the waves on the North Shore, or one of the stellar sunsets in Frederiksted could be fun, too!

The Bistro – The friendly staff at The Bistro offers a convenient and unique dining experience with great service, great food, great coffees and great drinks. We offer outdoor seating or indoor air conditioned dining; fast carry-out service

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Breakfast & Lunch Chicken • Beef • Goat • Shrimp • Fish

Mon – Wed, 8 am to 2:30 pm Thurs – Sat, 8 am to 9:00 pm

Serving Lunch 10-4:30 pm Wednesday - Saturday 182 Richmond, Christiansted

340-719-(ROTI)-7684

1138 King Street Pentheny Courtyard

340-719-0126

Ethnic cuisines can be found at a host of great restaurants around the island. Also try West Indian dishes and local, organically-grown salad fixings. Local lobster and the catch-of-the-day, like Wahoo, Mahi, or Tuna are a must! Frederiksted has several quaint ocean-front eateries specializing in everything from elegant dining to soul food to world-class coffees, smoothies, and light fare. Try Sunday brunch or live Jazz on the weekends. Check our Easy Dining Guide on Page 30 for a quick summary of cuisine, meals, and credit card information. Hours may vary seasonally so phone ahead for reservations. Bon Appetit!

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FIND CHRISTIANSTED & GALLOWS BAY RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ON PG. 56. is also available. The Bistro opens early and serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday.  The baristas and chefs specialize in fresh coffees, espresso, daily breads, bagels, pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches.  The menu and environment are kid friendly with a dedicated focus on health conscious options.  The Bistro, located in Gallows Bay in Christiansted, is next to the local bookstore and specialty shops favored by many islanders.  Find easy directions and check out the full food and drink menus online at www.theBistroVI.com. cafĂŠ fresco â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-719-0126 Located in an old-world style, walk-through courtyard in the historic Pentheny building (1813), we offer long-time favorites, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;the funky chicken saladâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fresco phattyâ&#x20AC;? near our famous mermaid fountain or under our big green awning. From our daily homemade soups, salad dressings, and fresh-cut vegetables, to our home-brewed hibiscus-passion iced tea and ground-fresh coffee, all that comes out of our kitchen is made with pride just for you.  A European feel in the heart of Christiansted, we are a quick walk from government parking lot;

Ace Roti Shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curry Shrimp, Curry Potato & Chick Pea & Dhal Puri Roti with Pulorie appetizer, served with Tamarind Chutney, and a refreshing Sorrel.   Susan Wall Fresh daily to stay or go.

Club Comanche Pavilion Lounge/Rum & Wine Bar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-773-0210 The historic and fabled Club Comanche Hotel offers two new meeting spotsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Pavilion Lounge and The Rum & Wine Bar. The beautiful, timber-framed Pavilion Lounge upstairs overlooks Christiansted Harbor. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails (best handmade mojitos in the Caribbean), $10. menu plates, and live music Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm in a casual, elegant atmosphere.  The Rum & Wine Bar (St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only), under the Comanche bridge, is in an original Danish settlement structure built in 1756.  This cozy space, with over 20 varieties of rum and reasonably-priced wines, opens into a beautiful secluded garden.  Wine tastings every Thursday at 6 pm with special tapas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; four glasses for twenty bucks! Live piano music Fridays at happy hour 5-7 pm. Both spots open every day at 4 pm. www.clubcomanche.com

enter on Strand or King Streets. For breakfast or gourmet lunch on-the-go, use our curb-side service or in-town delivery (voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Deliveryâ&#x20AC;? in the latest Daily News readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poll). Open Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wed, 8 am to 2:30 pm, Thurs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat, 8 am to 9:00 pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;live music 6-9 pm.

Ft. Christian Brew Pub â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-9820 Enjoy casual boardwalk dining or upstairs with a spectacular view of the harbor at the VIsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; only micro-brewery/pub.  In addition to burgers, wings, soup & salads, our unique menu features crab, duck, steamed mussels, shrimp & fresh

Open 7 Days a Week for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Mexican Restaurant & Sports Bar

Authentic Mexican Food

LUNCH & DINNER

Monday 11 am - 9 pm Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm

340-713-0222 5032 Anchor Way, Arawak Bldg. Suite 1, Christiansted (Across from Gallows Bay Hardware)

On the Christiansted Boardwalk overlooking the Harbor www.angrynates.comr340r692-6283 www.angrynates.com 692-6283

The Pavilion Lounge

Open Monday - Friday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Lunch and Dinner

Upstairs at the Comanche Opens at 4 pm every day Live Music Friday and Saturday at 8 pm Best handmade Mojitos in the Caribbean

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Seafood & Steaks Classic Pizza Fresh Fruit Smoothies Ice Creams

Available for Private Functions 7 days a week!

The Sperbers-Emily, Lily, Victoria, Miles.

55 Company Street

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local fish.  Dine from 11 am - 10 pm daily. 5 hand-crafted ales are brewed on the premises & served frosty cold on tap.  Mon night specials include free draft ale with a steak or seafood entree; Two for Tues features 2 for 1 drinks from 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm; Wed is $15 for a Bucket of Beers; Thirsty Thurs are quenched with $10 Pitchers of Ale. ½-price appetizers are featured during Happy Hours Mon thru Fri from 4:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:00 pm.  On Sat enjoy $5 Bloody Marys all day with $2 Beer & $4 Well Drinks from 9 pm to 11 pm. Voted the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bar with the Best Live Entertainment in the VIâ&#x20AC;? by Daily News readers for 2011! MC, VISA. www.fortchristianbrewpub.com

meat lovers to vegan. Busy? No problem! Go-go Burritos and Tacos, made-to-order, are served as fast you can say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andale!â&#x20AC;? Specialvalue Kids Menu. Margaritas, Sangria, Micheladas, and Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signature Drinks made fresh daily.  There are 14 TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for our Sport Fans.  Eat in AC or out in the new courtyard. Kitchen open Monday 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm, Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm. Winner! Tied for First Place EntrĂŠe, A Taste of St. Croix 2013, with Pescado a la Veracruzana! mariascantinastx.com

Galangal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-773-0076 As one approaches the 1729 House, the tan one across from Fort Christiansvaern Park, the Galangal sign, made from wine corks by a patron, is hardly visible from the street. Opening the aubergine door is almost magical as one steps inside an elegant white-table dining room filled with original paintings, and Indo-Colonial architectural elements. Sitting down at the cool, dry granite bar, one just knows their Martini is going to be ice cold and the red wine will be at 65 degrees. Galangal specializes in authentic modern Thai cuisine, combining traditional ingredients with international flavors and techniques. Freshness is the key to Galangalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bold flavors and consistent quality. Spices from Vietnam and Singapore, curry pastes from Bangkok and unusual Asian vegetables grown in our own gardens give Galangalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dishes their unique and authentic flavors. Even the soup is made Ă  la minute. St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 dining destination- (tripadvisor.com). Dinner 5:30 - 9:30. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Organic Blue Agave Nectar, & come in 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 32 oz. containers. Try a Fruit Smoothie, Gelato Frappe or homemade Butter Cookies sold in 1/4-pound containers along with Artisan made Gelato (Guava, Passion Fruit, Lime, Coffee) in small batches. 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Ice Cream Parlor in the USVI (Daily News Readers Poll), 2nd Place at Crucian Fusion, and 2nd Place in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste of St Croixâ&#x20AC;? Desserts! 2012 1st Place Dessert at Cuisine on the Green, &The 2012Pavilion Trip Advisorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Certificate of Lounge Excellence. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Gallows Bay around the corUpstairs at the Comanche Opens atBooks. 4 pm every dayMon,12-6pm, ner from Undercover Open Music Friday and Saturday at 8 pm Tues-Sat Live 10am-6pm. www.jaccarsorbets.com

Jaccar Organic & Natural Sorbets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-719-6999 How do these flavors soundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carambola Passionfruit, Guava Soursop, Lime, Mango Papaya, Mango Mint, Pineapple Ginger, & Soursop? Our Organic Sorbets & Fruit Pops are made in house with fruit pulp, lime juice &

Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s"WBJMBCMFGPS4QFDJBM&WFOUTt Cantina â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-0222 This Mexican Restaurant & Sport Bar (little Mexico in Gallows Bay) is owned by chef Maria Fonrougeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;actually from Mexico! They will transport you there with Authentic Mexican Cuisineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;

New natural, heart-shaped Chocolate & Coffee Layer Gelato & Soursop, Mango Papaya, and Pineapple Sorbet Push-ups at Jaccar! Susan Wall

Best handmade Mojitos in the Caribbean

Savant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-8666 This little place is hard to describe. It has the ultimate food with a really cool vibe. Inside is cozy and sophisticated as well. The Courtyard is an open-air piece of art they do tell. The food is the most creative they say (voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Creative Cuisine,â&#x20AC;? Daily News 2009 Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Poll). From our kitchen comes fresh fish, grilled baby calamari, and our famous stuffed filet. The specials are over the top â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to order in this little spot. As hard as you try, you might never find as interesting a place as this to dine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the food, to the wine, to the magic of this place and even to your waiterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy little face. People travel from one place to the next but always return and say Savant is the best. We could list all of our awards and all our grand fetes, but the best thing to do is just ask anybody on the streets! Dinner, MondaySaturday, 6-10pm. Tavern 1844 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-773-1844 If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re craving an incredible burger and a draft beer to wash it down with, come to Tavern 1844.  How about a dozen freshshucked oysters, or our signature lobster mac â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n cheese or award-winning handmade Ravioli?  Tavern 1844 has the largest beer menu in the VI and a burger menu just as compelling.  Every dish is made to order,

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FIND CHRISTIANSTED & GALLOWS BAY RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ON PG. 56. You Are Here Bar & Grille â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-0246 You Are Here Bar & Grille is tucked away in Kings Alley, just off the Boardwalk. Owner, Andrew Havanchak, moved to St. Croix two years ago and fell in love with St. Croix and decided to build on it!  The atmosphere at You Are Here is Unique, Fun, and Upbeat merging Local and Continental culture. We have free WiFi, a power strip at the bar for plug-ins, and the menu offers food that is both Quick and Savory. Open 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 pm Monday through Saturday, Sunday, 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00 pm, it is home of the largest World Map on island so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always know where you are when You Are Here! Winner! Tied for First Place EntrĂŠe, A Taste of St. Croix 2013 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Come in for our Shrimp Corndogs!

so be prepared to have your taste buds revitalized!  Try out never-been-frozen mussels steamed in the broth of the day along with some hand-cut, duck-fat fries or just Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon.  In a great atmosphere just two blocks up from the boardwalk, Tavern 1844 is the best place on island for burgers and seafood and the only place on island for a draft Guinness!  Facebook us! The Court Yard Restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-773-7769 Nestled in historic downtown Christiansted, The Court Yard on Company Street will delight you with its variety of cuisines and relaxed atmosphere. The Court Yard offers something special for everyone entailing great seafood, fresh salads, pizza, steaks, and house made desserts. Try our signature cocktail menu. As a recent winner of the Soup De Cure, The Court Yard has become one of St. Croix must visit restaurants. Not only will you have an amazing dining experience, but you will dine in a piece of history. Our Danish courtyard has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th century. Rod iron gates, stone walls, and a cool breeze help The Court Yard on Company Street retain its place as a staple of Christiansted. We look forward to your family joining ours.

The Court Yardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honey and Tamarind-glazed Mahi and Vinaigrette Slaw with Grilled Squash, Onion, and Tomatoes and Harvest Medley Wild Rice. Susan Wall

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Beach Side Café 340-772-1205 or 340-772-1266 Dine alfresco overlooking the Caribbean Sea! At lunch, sip your favorite cocktail while enjoying your choice of Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads & Creative Wraps. Sunsets at the Beach Side Café are stunning! From the amazing Green Flash to the beautifully streaked pink skies, evenings are almost ethereal. Eclectic seaside dining awaits you then with Bang Bang Lobster, Huge Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Pastas & more. Open Thursday – Monday, Lunch 11:30 2:30 pm, Burgers & Fun Food, 2:30 - 6 pm, Dinner 6 – 9 pm, Sunday Brunch 10 – 3 pm. Happy Hour 4 – 6 pm in the Iguana Lounge. Thursday dinner, 2 for 1 bottles of wine. Wine Club 2nd Fridays, Beer Club the last Friday of every month. Call to reserve your date for celebrations, special events, and destination weddings! The Blue Moon • 340-772-2222 where jazz has a home, is located in historic Victoria House at 7 Strand Street. Awardwinning cuisine with a Cajun flair, featuring fresh local fish, great salads, their unique New Orleans Alfredo, and homemade desserts. An extensive selection of fine wines is available to complement your meal. Join us Wednesday and Friday nights and at Sunday Brunch for the island’s best live jazz scene, in an eclectic open-air setting on the Frederiksted waterfront. Be sure to stop in for a cocktail at sunset. Open 6 days a week – lunch Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 2 p.m., dinner Tuesday – Saturday 6 pm – until. Call for reservations.

Sweet Pea’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich...Oooey Goooey and Grilled to Buttery Perfection... served with our signature Asian Slaw. Savor an All Natural Fruit Smoothie, or a Refreshing Glass of Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea!!! Save room for a slice of Lugo’s scrumptious locally made cakes! Buen Provecho!!! Polly’s at the Pier....An Uptown Coffee Shop in Downtown Frederiksted. Susan Wall

Polly’s at the Pier Internet Cafe—340-719-WIFI (9434) Coffee lovers rejoice! Enjoy world-class coffees, a decadent Ghirardelli Frappe, or a 100% Fruit Smoothie in a “hip, funky, and friendly” Urban-Caribbean art gallery. Our selection of loose-leaf teas is unsurpassed on the island.  Polly’s showcase salads are made from the freshest local organic produce that our beautiful and bountiful island has to offer. Our wraps are healthy and light. Sweet Pea’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are served up with Buttery Perfection! Frederik’s Loveburger was voted #1 Veggie Burger on St. Croix! Sip a glass of organic wine, or relish a dish of local ice cream, and capture an incredible West End Sunset. Three Internet stations plus Wi-Fi. Polly’s at the Pier...”An Uptown Coffee Shop in Downtown Frederiksted.” Open weekdays from 7am-6pm, Sat/Sun 8am-5pm.

Cruzan Barrel – 340-713-0612 Cruzan Barrel is located at # 2 Strand Street on the waterfront in Frederiksted. Open on cruise ship days, we feature a fine selection of local products including Fort Christian Brew Pub apparel, their fine selections of beers, and an assortment of Cruzan Rums and other local gift items. In case you need a vehicle to see the island, Budget Rent-a-Car also maintains and office at Cruzan Barrel. So if you need an ice cold, local hand-crafted ale, or a car to go and find one, stop in and see us at Cruzan Barrel!

Blue Moon’s New Orleans-style Jambalaya with chicken, Andouille Sausage, Peppers, Tomatoes & Rice along with Jazzy Shrimp in garlic butter and Cajun spices. Susan Wall

Rhythms at Rainbow Beach – 340-772-0002 Just one mile North of the Cruise Ship Pier in Frederiksted, Rhythms offers the island’s best limin’ beach! Hang with the locas and play volleyball in the sand or catch the best sunset of your life – maybe even see the “Green Flash!” Great food and drinks. Best bands every Sunday, 3-7pm. Open 7 days a week, 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.

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TurtlesDeli – 340-772-3676 Turtles After Dark – 340-772-3936 Turtles Deli has won international acclaim and numerous awards including ‘The Best Deli in the Virgin Islands,’ in a Daily News readers’ poll, for their oversized, sumptuous sandwiches on fresh baked breads. St. Croix’s only seaside gourmet deli is a must stop on your Frederiksted visit for delicious sandwiches, pastries, and specialty coffees. Open 8:30 am for coffee/pastries, 9:30 -5 pm for sandwiches. Monday - Saturday. Call in orders and take out.Turtles After Dark, right above the deli, serves everything the deli doesn’t from 100% Angus Burgers to Grilled Lobster Platters and succulent steaks. Fifty-cent wings on game nights. Local specialties include Man Soup and Kallaloo. Three Time Winner in the Crucian Fusion Culinary Awards. Full Bar. Open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday from 5:00 pm.

A Taste of St. Croix EAST END Divi Carina Bay Resort – 340-773-9700 From the daily lunch buffet seaside at Dockside, to the island’s best brick-oven JetatSki @toRainbow Beach pizza EastRentals End Pizza Rok Dining and Ocean is our the“The Lobster Fest at the Starlite Grille; there’s Playground!” always a great dining experience to be had at Divi Carina Bay! Mondays…”Meet the Cooks” as they amaze you with their culinary talents. Tuesdays, Viva Italia during the “Taste of Italy Buffet” along with Kiki & the Fire Dancers. Wednesday…go loco at the “Mexican Buffet” ★7PUFE#FTU-PDBM5PVSTt7*%BJMZ/FXT and place your bet at the Crab Races with Tito & Sue. Thursday is the “Caribbean Beach Barbeque”, complete with Steel Pans, Quadrille +FU4LJ3FOUBMT5PVSTt"575PVST Dancers and Mocko Jumbies! Saturday night is 4OPSLFMJOH(FBSt,BZBL3FOUBMT the “Beachside Pig Roast” with live entertainment that’ll have you dancing the night away! www.divicarinabay.com

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Phone: 340-277-8295

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Come Limin’ on St. Croix’s Best Beach! Just one mile north of the Cruise Ship Pier in Frederiksted

We offer the simple living, beach-style. Come get lost with us for a few hours! ●

Great food & drinks

Best bands every Sunday, 3-7pm ● Spectacular sunset ● Hang with the locals

Turtle’s massive Greek Salad served fresh daily!

St. Croix’s only seaside Deli and Coffee Shop. Serving Gourmet sandwiches and specialty coffees. (340) 772-3676

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Try Divi Carina Bay’s Kalaloo of experiences! From modern day stone-aged cooking with the Rok Dining to the most raved about pizza at East End Pizza. Mixing Caribbean Culture with American flare there is Caribbean Beach Barbecue or Pig Roast Night both held beach side. You can also check out the nightly entertainment. Reservations are required. Call (340) 773-9700! Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort Where there’s fun for everyone! www.divicarina.com August / September 2013 • Page 25


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Blue Water Terrace â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-692-BLUE (2583) Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a restaurant! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a market! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a deli! And, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re new on St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East End right across from Buck Island so all diners have a fabulous view! Specialties include steaks and seafood, Loriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous fried chicken, BBQ ribs, Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie, huge hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, salads, and pizzas. The Market features specialty items including local produce, wine, beer, and imported cheeses. Our Deli offers ice cream plus a bakery, coffee bar and take out meals. For the summer, restaurant open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for dinner at 5 pm. Brunch/Lunch on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. Market and Deli have the same hours. Find sample menus at www.bluewaterterrace.com The Buccaneer Restaurants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-712-2100 The Buccaneer, just minutes east of Christiansted on Route 82, offers casual open-air dining beachside at The Mermaid for lunch and seasonal dinners. Soups, salads, burgers, fish, sandwiches, along with tropical drinks and vintage cocktails. Daily 11:305:30pm. Enjoy cocktails with a view, fine wines and dining al fresco or in a/c in the historic Great House at the award-winning Terrace Restaurant. Daily specials include fresh fish seafood, steaks, pasta, and heavenly desserts. Live entertainment seasonally. Casual chic dress code. Reservations please. Cocktails from 4-11 pm, light menu from 5-9:30 pm and dinner 6-9:30 pm. See menus at www.thebuccaneer.com/dine.htm. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menus available. A member of Historic Hotels of America. Awarded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Sunset Barâ&#x20AC;? by Brides magazine; 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Cheeseburgers in Paradise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-718-1118 For the best in local and off-island entertainment, check out this schedule. We have Llewellyn singing songs of the Caribbean on Saturday nights, guitar virtuoso Steve Katz on Sunday.   Mercy Child plays on Fridays except once a month when we feature one of Chicken

Charlieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing bands from the states.   Come out and dance to your favorite sixties rock-n-roll and feast on fresh local lobster, great steaks and other specials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like a hamburger at Cheeseburgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (overheard recently), the East End Headquarters for food, fun, and frolic!â&#x20AC;? Dugganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reef â&#x20AC;˘ 340-773-9800 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see why this beachfront restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 20 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;voted Best Seafood on St. Croix by readers of the Daily News! An informal, open-to-the-breeze spot overlooking Buck Island, Dugganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is open for dinner every night from 6 to 9:00. Start off with drinks or your choice from the wine list with local conch chowder. We specialize in local lobster and fresh fish. Also enjoy pasta, filet mignon, and your choice of freshly prepared desserts. Try Frank Dugganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday Brunch 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2:00 pm with Eggs Benedict, Quiche, weekly specials, and $3 Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Reservations welcomed. MC, VISA. The Galleon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-718-9948 A classic Island favorite overlooking the yachts at Green Cay Marina. Happy Hour 4-6pm and dinner 6-10pm seven days a week, Sunday Brunch 10-2pm. Try Executive Chef Kenneth Biggsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; imaginative appetizers like Homemade Pasta, Housemade Duck Liver Pate, Escargot Provencale, or Caesar salad prepared tableside, and a gourmet entrĂŠe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fresh local lobster when available, osso bucco, Chateaubriand for two, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Galleonâ&#x20AC;? filet mignon topped with lobster medallions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; then let our knowledgeable staff suggest a wine from our extensive, award-winning Wine Spectator Award cellar to compliment your meal. Vegetarian specials, luscious desserts. Piano bar and live music nightly by St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best! New Bar Menu! Secure parking, air-conditioned, reservations recommended. www.galleonrestaurant.com

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Good Spirits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-692-4663 Good Spirits, on the East End Road at The Reef, is a fun, unique island spot for award-winning food in a casual, outdoor venue at very affordable prices. Loyal customers feast on house-smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, hand-crafted burgers and homemade desserts. Happy hour daily and nightly specials make Good Spirits an East End destination! Free WiFi! Good Spirits is a great place to grab a family meal to goâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no one does takeout better! Feeding a large group? Just give us a call! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also got a small market with snacks, bottled water, beer, wine, liquor, bagged ice and more. Good Spirits also offers villa provisioning and delivery. Closed on Mondays for the summer.Visit goodspiritsvi.com or  facebook.com/goodspiritsvi

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The Pickled Greek â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-1868 Peter Skrivanos and his family welcome you with open arms and old world recipes! Our award-winning menu was inspired by the homecooked Greek meals that Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother and grandmother prepared for him as a child. As with many Greek family recipes nothing was written â&#x20AC;&#x201C; instead they were handed down with a pinch of this and a dash of that. His chefs work with Peter to recreate childhood recipes complete with favorites like dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), souvlaki, authentic Greek gyros, and mousake. Enjoy one of our famous Greek pizza â&#x20AC;&#x201C; highly recommended! And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous Bakalava ice cream! Located Âź mile East of Christiansted. Mon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat, 4-10pm. Call for reservations, takeout, private parties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its like Greece without the airfare!â&#x20AC;? New look, new feel, same great food.

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beautiful beachside setting. The Palms at Pelican Cove is an ideal location for your St. Croix destination wedding or other special event. Business travelers will enjoy the 1000 square foot air-conditioned meeting room. Please call for reservations. St. Croix May #6 The Waves at Cane Bay – 340-718-1815 or 340-718-4745 Experience intimate seaside dining at The Waves at Cane Bay. Casually elegant, The Waves has beautiful views of Cane Bay, Hamm’s Bluff, and gorgeous sunsets. The Waves serves fine cuts of meat, locally caught seafood, and fresh vegetables along with creative and delicious Chef ’s specials. The Waves also has a fully stocked bar with Happy Hour daily from 4-6 pm plus nightly drink specials. Open seven nights a week for dinner from 6-10 pm and for Sunday Brunch from 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Reservations suggested. The Waves at Cane Bay … fine dining on the rocks!

Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort Restaurants – 340-778-3800 The Palms Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast with Seasoned Rice, Stewed Beans, and Sauteed Vegetables.

Pirate’s Tavern – 340-778-9650 Pirates Tavern is located in the quaint Salt River Marina. Salt River is a National Park and the Marina and restaurant are within the boundaries of the park. At Pirates Tavern you will find an eclectic mix of locals, tourists, businessmen and women, retirees and even college students. Pirates Tavern is well known for its authentic Mexican food, daily specials, and great drinks – Home of the 20-oz, $5.00 Margarita! Come on by and enjoy. Open 11:00 am - 9:00 pm for the kitchen, bar stays open until the last bill is paid!

The Palms at Pelican Cove – 340-718-8920 Trivia Night on Wednesday and Caribbean Night on Monday. Enjoy Sunday Brunch from 10 am - 2 pm, and throughout the rest of the week, The Palms has an exciting schedule of live entertainment and events such as Caribbean Night on Monday, and Trivia Night on Wednesday. The chefs have put together a tantalizing menu to please every palate, including our special bar menu served until 10 pm. And for special holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the Palms does a lovely menu for you to celebrate with family in a

Welcome to our open-air restaurants at Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa with inspiring cuisine, an extensive wine cabinet, and attentive Caribbean service. Our Saman Restaurant offers breakfast on the terrace or inside with the mahogany-framed doors wide open to enjoy the morning sea air and views. Poolside by the beach is our Flamboyant Beach Bar. Kick back and enjoy a Cruzan frozen beverage or a cold beer with your lunch from the grill. Experience the famous Pirates Buffet & Mocko Jumbies Show. Dance under the starry sky and taste local St. Croix cuisine. Saman open 7 days a week, 7 am – 10:30 am. Flamboyant Bar open 7 days a week, 11:30 am – 11 pm. Pirate Buffet every Friday from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Reservations please. www.carambolabeach.com

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EASY GUIDES TO RESTAURANT DINING & ENTERTAINMENT!

Easy Dining Guide Restaurant Ace Roti Shop Angry Nates Boathouse & Seafood Emporium Avocado Pitt Beach Side Café Blue Moon Blue Water Terrace café fresco Cheeseburgers Comanche Pavilion Lounge Comanche Rum & Wine Bar Cruzan Barrel Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Duggan’s Reef East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay El Flamboyant Flamboyant Beach Bar at Carambola Fort Christian Brew Pub Freedom City Surf Board Shop & Grill Galangal The Galleon Good Spirits Jaccar Sorbet Maria’s Cantina Pirate’s Tavern Polly’s at the Pier Rhythms at Rainbow Beach Saman Restaurant at Carambola Savant

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Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Tues 6-10pm Cheeseburger’s — Sun 6-9pm Fort Christian Brew Pub — Fri 7-10pm Good Spirits — Sun 5:30 – 8:30pm, Tues 6-9pm The Galleon — Sat 6-10pm

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Angry Nates — Wed 5-8 pm Beachside Café — Sat 6:30-9:30pm Blue Moon — Fri 9-Midnight, Wed 7-10pm Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Wed, Thurs, Sun 7-10pm

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The Court Yard — Fri 10:30pm - 4:00am

Cheeseburger’s — Fri 6-9pm Comanche Pavilion Lounge — Fri 8pm Divi Casino Showbar — Fri 10pm-2am, Sat 9pm-2am, Sun 6pm-10pm The Palms at Pelican Cove — Fri – Sat 6-9pm Rhythms at Rainbow Beach — Sun 3-7pm

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REFER TO MAPS ON PAGES 54-58 TO FIND ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS.

Wine: Best Pick!

Angry Nate’s for Great Seafood on the Boardwalk!

DeLoach Vineyards Heritage Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by Anne Salafia

Sarah Ridgway knows a thing or two about wines. A level one Sommelier and Certified Wine Specialist, Ridgway runs the show at Dionysus Distributors. Previously, she worked at Hoffman Family Cellars in Sonoma County as Cellar Master & Wine Educator. She likes these wines for their value, accessibility and great taste. “DeLoach has been at the pinnacle of winemaking in the Russian River Valley since its inception,” said Ridgway. In 1973, Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for wine, found ideal conditions in the Russian River Valley for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and pioneered winemaking there. Along came Jean-Charles Boisset whose family had farmed these grapes for generations in Burgundy. Boisset loved the Sonoma wine region, recognizing similarities to Burgundy. In 2003, he bought DeLoach Vineyards and has since implemented bio-dynamic farming there--a practice he favored in France. “Not only is bio-dynamic farming organic, it also considers the ethical and spiritual needs of the land, fruit and vines,” said Ridgway. “Rather than use a tractor to till the soil, you might use a large stock animal whose hooves add more air to the soil.” The Pinot Noir offers bright cherry flavors with cranberry accents and a trace of spice. Ridgway suggests pairing it with grilled salmon and a leek cream sauce. The Chardonnay boasts a nose of Asian pear and apricot with vanilla accents. Try it with bouillabaisse or mahi and mango chutney. Or drink them alone! www.stcroix thisweek .com

Angry Nate’s Fresh Local Lobster, Seafood Pasta (shrimp, mussels, fish, calamari), and Salmon with Basil Pesto Crust, Potato Croquette, Wilted Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis. Susan Wall

From the age of 14, Brian Mika has worked in the restaurant and food service business that, along the way, included Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Being a bustling tourist destination, his experience in Williamsburg helped launch him into the hospitality industry. To formalize a career and to explore kitchens and cuisines, Brian turned to the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY where, in 1993, received a degree in Culinary Arts. The new degree, all his new knowledge of the food industry, plus perseverance, led Brian to receive wide recognition as a successful chef at hotels, restaurants, and ships for the next several years. Brian had an opportunity to move to St. Croix in 2002 and became chef at St. Tropez, a classic French restaurant in King Street in Frederiksted. Next he opened a restaurant at Carambola Beach Resort on the Northshore before being offered a chance to lease a wellequipped restaurant in Frederiksted on the waterfront; “Aqua West” was born. Through all this and the advent of Angry Nate’s, more and more Williamsburg friends helped in the effort, some even moving down here to be a part of it including old friend Chris Stone who partnered Brian in opening Angry Nate’s on the Christiansted

boardwalk, part of the Holger Danske Hotel complex. Chris has since left the reigns in Brian’s hands to wander the globe. Brian explains that “Angry Nate’s is a seafood house specializing in local fresh seafood, lobster, Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo. Mostly, these fish are purchased directly from the sport fishing boats that line the dock jutting out from the boardwalk in front of the restaurant. We try to bring as much local fish and produce to the table nightly as we can. All entrees are paired with reasonably-priced, hand-picked wines. We work hard to bring you a great dining experience whenever you join us.” “Some highlights of our week include Wednesday nights when we offer live Jazz and a three-course Prime Rib dinner for only $23.50 which includes soup or a salad, Prime Rib au Jus with Green Beans, Baked Potato, and Apple Crisp for dessert. Also our ala carte Brunch is hugely popular with free-flowing champagne (essentially a bottomless glass)! Our biggest speciality of all—we’re always open 6am to 10pm! In the Summer, when you can’t remember who’s open and who’s closed, relax. We are always here for you. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner!” Angry Nate’s Boathouse & Seafood Emporium 340-692-6283 www.angrynates.com August / September 2013 • Page 31


Attractions & Tours

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Randall â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? James Racetrack â&#x20AC;˘ 340-713-7228 Get in the game! Catch live horse racing every month. Check the TRAXCO ad in the Events Calendar for dates and post times.

Buck Island Reef National Monument â&#x20AC;&#x201C; See the first designated underwater National Park; the first National Park whose primary designation was to protect a coral reef system. Two beaches, two picnic areas. Reached by authorized National Park concessionaires. www.nps.gov/buis

Salt River National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-773-1460 Tours of both sides of the park. Great view of Salt River Bay from the Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center. Bookstore. Open by appointment. www.nps.gov/sari

Carl & Marie Lawaetz Family Museum â&#x20AC;˘ 340-772-1539 This house museum provides a rare view of Danish West Indian life. Ruins and rambling gardens. Call for seasonal hours. Christiansted National Historic Site â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This 7-acre park has a number of historic structures including Fort Christiansvaern, the Steeple Building Museum, the Scale House, and the Old Danish Customs House (Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center). Tours available. See Tours. Divi Carina Bay Casino â&#x20AC;˘ 340-773-7529 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Play at our 1st and only casino. Table games, video poker, slot machines. Free entertainment. Fort Frederik Museum & Art Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fort Tours and Gallery Showings, (340) 772-2021.

The Roseway â&#x20AC;˘ 340-626-7877 (World Ocean School) A registered U. S. National Historic Landmark schooner. Daily public sunset sails and private charters Dec â&#x20AC;&#x201C; March. Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store.

Blackjack Gaming Fun at Divi Carina Bay Casino. Carol Lee

St. George Village Botanical Gardens â&#x20AC;˘ 340-692-2874 1500 native and exotic species on 16 acres. Daily tours. Museum Store.

Government House â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Located on King Street in Christiansted, this historic landmark was constructed in 1742 and long served as the palace of the Danish Monarchy. Tours available.

Whim Museum â&#x20AC;˘ 772-0598 Tour a completely restored sugar cane plantation. Daily Greathouse tours and s elf-guided walking tours of the grounds. Museum Store.

L Unique island rainforest getaway L Comfortable, eco-friendly lodging L Fun, natural site for reunions & weddings L Relax here in natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s splendor L Wilderness skills workshops L Orchard, garden, & historic ruins tours L Edible and medicinal plant walks L Guided rainforest & nature trail hikes L Campfire activities L Homeschool & after-school programs

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— St. Croix

TOUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE ONCE THE PALACE OF THE DANISH MONARCHY.

TOURS

Island – Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours 340-773-6700 Kayak – Bush Tribe Eco Tours, Sea-Thru Kayaks, Virgin Kayak Tours See Watersports for details. Mixed Venue – C.H.A.N.T. (Crucian, Heritage, & Nature Tourism) 340-719-5455 Mt. Victory Camp 340-201-7983 Wheelchair & Scooter – C.H.A.N.T.

Guided Christiansted Tours, Nina York, Danish & English 340-718-7017. Self-guided, both towns, see Pages 57 & 58. Horseback – Paul & Jill’s Equestrian Stables 340-772-2880 or 340-772-2627

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Island Art

CHECK THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR ART SHOWS & CLASSES DURING August & september!

Meet Cover Artist Christina Frederick Gasperi “I was born in an east coast town and my childhood was immersed in beachcombing, building sacred spaces in the woods, drawing letterforms and animals, reading voraciously, and watching my Christina, Luca, and Marina mother create Thomas Shelley stained glass in her studio. I love layers of textures, cycling and decaying back to their original elements through forces of nature. Many of my paintings meld my seminal obsessions together. I attended well-funded NY public schools in the 70s and 80s with excellent art teachers and facilities. Active in practically all the visual and performing arts as a child, I sold my first painting at age 16 and eventually entered the Communication Design department at Parsons School of Design in New York City. On the first day of typography class I met an intriguing 18 year old with dark eyes and a mop of curly hair who described a cattle ranch on a tiny Caribbean island where he was born. ‘Ah, Puerto Rico,’ I remember assuming.

pasture. Our design/management talents realigned to a frenzy of farm-building. One of the great things about a design education is its flexible application to all problems. Fences, farmstand, a greenhouse, rain catchment ponds, tool sheds and a small art gallery sprang up like lovely weeds from found objects and repurposed structures.

Cherry Tomatoes. (acrylic and graphite on vintage signage)

The ARTfarm is a way of life; a giant and demanding, beautiful and productive art installation in progress. We’ve grown sustainably raised food for enthusiastic customers for over 13 years. The act of thoughtful farming requires a level of creativity, intuition and faith that sometimes seems to monopolize all our creative energies. The same could be said for thoughtful parenting. But with the farm’s rhythms in a groove, Luca and I are both turning back to painting, now, finally.

Luca Gasperi turned out to be Italian, from an island I’d never heard of (St. Croix), an accomplished watercolorist who shared my love of nature and good food. A decade later he became my husband and co-creator of our beautiful daughter, and our family-run organic produce farm and art gallery, the ARTfarm, on that tiny island. We both spent many years working as design professionals in NYC, honing our project management skills and visual vocabularies. We became Greenmarket junkies, purchasing all of our food in Union Square and Grand Army Plaza from local truck farmers, when not exploring every affordable restaurant in the city. After I worked in Europe for two years and Luca followed his heart to a farming internship in upstate New York, we both realized the next big thing was to combine creative forces again and start a slower, more sustainable life on the tiny island. I arrived on St. Croix from NYC a few months after 9/11. Together we marketed and

Bananas Verdes.

(mixed media on wood panel)

managed Estate Southgate Farms, and produced several exhibitions of Luca’s artworks. I participated in group and solo exhibitions, documentary film work and freelance design, and wrote about the arts for local publications. Then motherhood took over. Our daughter was born just before we moved our farm operation from the north shore, where we’d established infrastructure over ten years, to ARTfarm on the south shore, where there was nothing but cattle

Ready.

(acrylic and graphite on canvas board)

With time at such a premium, it’s terrifying to make art. There’s always the fear that the muse won’t appear, the inspiration or happy accident won’t strike, or that your techniques have gotten so rusty that the work will fail to please you. But it’s even more terrifying not to have an outlet for that energy. So I plant the creative seeds for myself and for my daughter. She’s already filling sketchbooks with trees and bugs, letters, mountains and princesses.”

Christina Frederick Gasperi • 340-514-4873 islandorganics@gmail.com • www.artfarmllc.com

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FIND LOCAL ART AT CARIBBEAN MUSEUM CENTER & DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN BOTH TOWNS! Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 772-2622 A showcase for local talent and international arts, the Museum Center is housed in an 18th century Danish townhouse on Frederikstedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magnificent waterfront. CMCArts offers year-round exhibitions, classes, and shows for all ages. The Artistsin-Residence Program offers special classes, demonstrations and â&#x20AC;&#x153;open studioâ&#x20AC;? time. Make a trip to Frederiksted to visit this unique and captivating destination which may be available to rent for your next special occasion! For more information, visit www.cmcarts.org D&D Studio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-719-1201 D&D Studio Gallery is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;must seeâ&#x20AC;? stop in Christiansted! Owners Ted Davis and Sam Dike invite you to come in and take a look at stunning, eye-catching photographic artworks, in a sophisticated gallery setting. D&D Studio also carries unique St. Croix cards and posters at very affordable prices. Visit our new location in the courtyard at

5 Company Street. Open Tuesday-Friday 10-5pm. Call or visit us on the web at www.ddstudio.us. D&D Studio, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where Photography is Art!â&#x20AC;? Henle Studio â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-718-0372 Celebrating 20 years, this historic loft in Christiansted showcases the paintings and prints of the late Maria Henle, the photographs, books and films of St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier photographer Fritz Henle, and the fine art photographs of Tina Henle. Other featured artists are Toni Lance, Larry Lipsky, Steve Rockstein, Sydney Solis, Nicolette Jelen, Cynthia Hatfield, Sacha Tebo, Janet Morgan and Lyn Voytershark. New exhibitions and events during Season. Call for appointment.   MariaHenleStudio.com

Maufe Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-332-4556 There is always something interesting at MaufĂŠ Gallery, featuring an array of artists and artwork. Gallery owner/artist ThĂŠrèse Trudeau welcomes you to MaufĂŠ Gallery, where she exhibits her own work and that of other local and international artists on St. Croix, USVI. Located at Crucian Gold, on Strand Street in Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sted., Maufe Gallery shares space with jewelry designer Nathan Bishop. There is often a new exhibition every month, and other activities such as live music and performance art pieces taking place. Check the local newspaper, or call for more information about current events at the Gallery.

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

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Featuring an array of artists and artwork! Jose Joseph

#10 Strand Street , Frederiksted Open Thurs -Sat, 10 am- 5pm All Cruise Ship Days Sunset Jazz till 6:30pmt340-772-2622

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Island Weddings Begin your life together on a beautiful island!

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The Benefit of Research!

hat could be more romantic than beginning your life together on a beautiful island? Whether you say your vows on a spectacular hilltop, a white-sandy beach, or floating on a boat, our reflective turquoise waters will surround you for the occasion. St. Croix has the accommodations, caterers, ceremony and reception sites, churches, clothing, consultants, flowers, invitations, jewelry, photographers, planners, restaurants, and transportation to make it happen.

As you plan your wedding, you have to put your faith in your vendors hoping that on the day of everyone shows up, shows up on time, and delivers their service(s) as promised. I recently came across a story where a bride hired a vendor who did not meet her expectations in the trial runs leading up to her big day. On the day of her wedding she panicked trying to find a replacement but none was found and she was left to enlist her guests to fill in the large gap left by the unqualified vendor. No bride should ever have to go through this kind of trauma.

For a complete listing of Wedding Planners and Consultants, Places of Worship, Weddings at Sea, Photographers, Transportation, and Florists, visit www.usvitourism.vi. Here you can also download an application for a wedding license. For more info, call 800-372-USVI or 340-772-0357.

A perfect ending to a perfect day.

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Through classic and contemporary techniques, Quiana introduces a fresh myriad of perspectives depicted in her photographic images. From sassy to exotic to romantic, Quianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s background in photojournalism and fine art gives her a vast creative range. Understanding the unique qualities of the island experience, she encourages clients to be spontaneous, bringing out their personality and feelings in that moment. For a more creative approach to wedding photography, visit www.qstudiovi.com

What do you do when the vendor you hired does not meet your expectations? Successful vendors go to great lengths to build and protect their reputations. Equally, they understand the power of word of mouth and social media. This is usually why these vendors charge so much more because they have proven results. This entire scenario could have been avoided completely by researching before hiring wedding vendors. They should have a website or at least a facebook page. They should be able to show you recent work and provide you with references and testimonials. If the vendor you want is out of your budget, ask for a more affordable recommendation in that category. Before money is exchanged and contracts are signed, be sure that this is the vendor with which you are willing to take a risk. I say this because things do and will happen during the course of your wedding journey with vendors, either trivial or dire. The more successful vendors make this process feel less like a risk and more like an investment but this kind of piece of mind usually comes with a price. In the end, all you want is for your wedding to be covered so you can avoid being the subject of a cautionary tale. For more info, planning tips, and resources visit  www.vibridalguide.com Quiana L. Adams, Managing Editor

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Our Danish Connection

Her i det tidligere Dansk Vestindien er vi særlig glade for danske gæster. Til trods for de mange år siden salget af øerne til USA i 1917, bevarer vi en kulturarv fra næsten 200 år under Dannebrog. Derfor er det naturligt for besøgende danskere at ikke blot nyde det dejlige vejr og den smukke natur men også aflægge besøg på de historiske steder som denne ø har særlig mange af.

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Næsten alle ø-ture gør ophold på den både botanisk og historisk interessante botaniske have, romfabrikken og Whim plantagemuseum – alle af interesse for danskere. Seværdighder hvor danskere kan fornemme historiens pust omfatter Fort Christiansværn i Christiansted, (hvor en dansk oversættelse af vejledningsbrochuren findes ved indgangen)og de andre bygninger på Christiansteds nationalhistoriske område. Det restaurerede Guvernementshus med en dejlig baghave og imponerende balsal er et smukt minde fra Peter von Scholtens styre mellem 1827 og 1848. Det lillebitte apotekermuseum i Apotekergården på Dronningens Tværgade nær Kompagniets Gade viser de gamle krukker, vægte og møbler fra det oprindelige danske apotek der lå her mellem 1828 og 1970. Fort Frederik i Frederiksted har en udstilling med danske dokumenter om overdragelsen af øerne og en gribende

udstilling om slavehandel og slaveri der omfatter fund fra det forliste slaveskib Fredensborg. Carl og Marie Lawaetz museet, omgivet af en vidunderlig have nord for Frederiksted var de kendte Lawaetz brødres barndomshjem og afspejler en dansk immigrantfamilies liv for hundrede år siden.

På de danske afdelinger af kirkegårdene i Christiansted og Frederiksted findes mange grave af historisk betydning. En ledet tur med guide kan hjælpe med at finde dem; spørg på hotellet derom. I Christiansted ligger kirkegården i den vestlige del af byen, bag den engelske kirke, nær ruinerne af det gamle hospital. I Frederiksted ligger den danske afdeling af kirkegården overfor den lutherske kirke, som også indeholder minder fra den danske tid; dette er også tilfældet i Christiansteds lutherske kirke på Kongensgade. Danskere er altid velkomne til søndagsgudstjenesten. Top Hat, et kunstgalleri og bar på Kompagnigade ejes og drives af herboende danskere Bent og Hanne Rasmussen som gerne ser besøg af deres landsmænd. I nødstilfælde, hvis man kræver dansktalende assistance, kan man kontakte den danske generalkonsul på St. Thomas Søren Blak, tlf. 776-0656, eller Leif og Elisabeth Pedersen tlf. 773-8049 (ikke om sommeren).

Sugar Cane, Once Everywhere, Has Left a Legacy — by Nina York If you look at paintings of our island scenLemuel Smithen is a local farmer whose ery from the 18th and 19th century, portrayfields of sugar cane and breadfruit trees als of tidy fields of sugar cane predominate. grow at Estate Upper Bethlehem right That crop once brought vast riches to this up to the edge of the busy Queen Mary island and its Danish owners until it met with Highway, also known as Centerline Road. competition from the more widely grown The cane stalks grow tall and are ready for sugar beet. At one point sugar cane covered harvest about 14 months after planting, two thirds of the terrain, a surprising statisSmithen is an entrepreneur who has creattic, given the numerous steep hillsides that ed a little stand, almost as a temple to remwould have made the planting and harvestinisce about this important crop which still ing of the cane stalks a challenging undertakis cultivated in many Caribbean and South ing. But the field workers, whether enslaved American areas as well as Florida. Here he or later emancipated, had developed impresprovides sugar cane juice which he presses sive skills in handling their difficult task. out of the shaved stalks that he has prepared before your eyes, using an electric Little by little, sugar cane fields were abanpress that converts the stalk to a flattened, doned, some as a result of the 1878 Fireburn soft piece of megasse, as the remainder is revolt, others by residential development. called, while the sweet juice from it pours The fertile center plain of St. Croix was the into the pitcher which he uses to serve last to abandon the crop and includes the your refreshing drink. He also sells a few site of Estate Bethlehem, the last sugar facother farm products and has a faithful clitory of the island, dismantled in 1966. entele among the local population as well Susan Wall The conversion to an industry-centered Lemuel Smithen prepares a cane drink. as offering a popular attraction for visitors economy from an agricultural one was a maeager to sample what was once the most important liquid projor undertaking, and turned out to be of considerable benefit to the duced here. Of course, in order to make sugar of the juice, it has island economy until the 2012 shutdown of the Hovensa oil refinery. to be boiled under carefully controlled conditions, but that is not a Nevertheless, our entire island is still divided into estates carrying the part of his business. names the areas had as sugar plantations, but only one single location here can still be called a sugar cane field. For a tasty memento of the past, try sugar cane juice! www.stcroix thisweek .com

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Watersports & Activities Explore Buck Island Reef National Monument with the pros!

BUCK ISLAND EXCURSIONS & SUNSET SAILS Big Beard’s Adventure Tours – 340-773-4482

Ride on our beautiful and spacious sailing catamaran Renegade or the newest and quickest power cat Adventure from Christiansted Wharf to Buck Island. Try our famous beach BBQ on Renegade’s full day trip, or take a fast ride on Adventure’s half day trip, or enjoy a sunset cruise at the end of your day. Captain Big Beard is also and ordained minister and performs weddings on board or around the island. (Services provided within Buck Island Reef National Monument are authorized by a National Park Service concession contract.)

Caribbean Sea Adventures – 340-773-2628

Located adjacent to Fort Christiansvaern, CSA hosts several excursions to this US underwater National Park. Enjoy a full-day sail aboard our 32’ catamaran “Wavedancer” or our 32’ trimaran “Trine.” We also offer half-day glass bottom powerboat excursions, which are the fastest way to get there! Don’t miss out on our famous West Indianstyle BBQ—all you can eat and drink. Ask about our underwater video systems.

BUCK ISLAND TOURS

Captain Mike prepares snorkelers for the underwater trail at Buck Island.

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Jolly Roger Charters

Live the Adventure: Become a National Geographic Diver! The PADI National Geographic Diver course takes the basic open water course  to a higher level and gives you two more dives – one is learning more about navigation underwater, and and the other dive is learning about underwater environment. This course is more about adventure, conservation and exploration. By having the additional skill level in navigation it gives the diver more freedom to explore and to better observe the underwater environment. In 1926 National Geographic published the first color underwater photographs.  Today with the PADI National Geographic Diver course you can follow in the footsteps of the world renown explorers. Visit or call Dive Experience, your PADI National Georgraphic Dive Center to find out more, 773-3307.

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Watersports & Activities GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH WITH BUSH TRIBE ECO ADVENTURES!

Discover Bush Tribe Island Wide Eco Adventures!

“I’m originally from Northern California,” says Adrian Rogers, “but was living in Spain for two years, studying Spanish and Spanish guitar before arriving on St. Croix seven years ago. It was a very random decision, actually, to move here. I’m an old friend of a local musician and immediately fell in love with the island when I came to visit. Partner, Ty McRae, on the other hand, “was born and raised a farm boy in the southern part of Idaho where all we did was hunt, fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors. After graduating from college, I wanted to start traveling, bought the cheapest ticket possible landing in St. Croix in 2008 and loving it!” “Before arriving on St. Croix, I really wasn’t into water sports,” Adrian admits. “I was more interested in hiking, mountain-biking and rock climbing.  However, on arrival, I immediately pursued various water activities and found that I also loved SCUBA diving, sailing and kayaking.” Ty says, “Since I lived in the mountains for most my life, I didn’t get to see the ocean till my late teens. Once I came

Ty McRae, with a Montessori group from the states, conducting an all-day lecture on Red Mangroves and Ecology in Salt River National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve near the Bush Tribe campgrounds.

here, I immediately fell in love with the idea that any time of the year or anytime of the day you can utilize the beautiful blue water.” Adrian and Ty met working together doing ecological and historical kayak tours in Salt River National Park and just wrapped up their second season with Bush Tribe Eco Adventures. They love that it keeps them outside enjoying, sharing and exploring St. Croix’s rich history and lush environment. 

Student groups, marine-biologists, naturalists, and visitors go to Bush Tribe for fun, unique adventures. Most of the positive guest comments pertain to the level of knowledge and attention that their guides provide whether snorkeling the pier in Frederiksted, kayaking the nighttime bioluminescence, or hiking the tide pools.  Adrian and Ty allow guests to build their own tour from a 2-hour excursion to a series of adventure days. Call or email through their website and they’ll assess your needs and put together a custom ‘adventure menu.’ For people who want to organize a unique and very organic event, they have a division called ‘Bush Vibe’ that allows them to use their campgrounds to provide a beautiful palmgrove setting with campfire, catering, libations and live-music entertainment! It appears that this company is quite diverse and flexible catering to a multitude of entertainment needs.

Bush Tribe Island Wide Eco Adventures 340-277-2503 • www.bushtribe.com Mon – Sat, 8 am-6 pm year round

Elkhorn coral seen on the Northshore snorkeling with Bush Tribe Eco Adventures! www.stcroix thisweek .com

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Watersports & Activities Take the family kayaking – a great way to see things up close!

Jolly Roger – 340-513-2508

Sail, hike, snorkel, and relax on the Jolly Roger 42’ Catamaran with Captain Mike. Sail to Buck Island on a half or full day trip and experience the colorful reefs, beautiful hiking and white sand beach (snorkel gear and instruction included). The Jolly Roger can accommodate small groups up to six or private groups up to twenty to Buck Island. Most trips depart from the boardwalk in Christiansted. Jolly Roger is a National Park Service Concessionaire.

Teroro II and Dragonfly – 340-718-3161

Crystal-clear snorkeling at Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures.

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Buck Island Charters, with Captain Heinz and his son Carl, is one of the oldest charter boat companies sailing to Buck Island Reef National Monument. Teroro II, a 42’ trimaran, is the first commercially built boat by Gold Coast Yachts at Salt River and chartered by Captain Heinz. Carl followed his father’s passion, after sailing and competing in his youth and after helping to captain Teroro II to Buck Island for 16 years, and now has is own boat Dragonfly, a 38’ trimaran. He and his father love to share their local knowledge with the guests aboard and give them a very personalized snorkeling tour of Buck Island Reef. We are recommended by Fromer’s Tour Guide and sail from Green Cay Marina.

diving

St. Croix is the only Caribbean island where a diver can: Dive a Wall—it drops over 13,000 feet, Dive a Reef – the largerst living reef of any Caribbean island, Dive a Wreck – there are 5 within 100 yards of each other, and Dive a Pier – the most phenomenal macro dive you’ll ever do…all in the same day! One day introductory courses and beach dives get beginners in the water within hours of initial instruction!

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It’s always a great day at Cane Bay. There’s something for the entire family. Dive, snorkel or just copy.pdf 1 6/29/09 9:57relax AM on the beach at beautiful Cane Bay. A perfect place for beginner snorkeling or diving. The Art by Judith King. perfect spot for the most advanced divers. Boat, beach, wreck, night and pier dives all done daily. Try SCUBA diving any day no experience necessary! Just give us a call for one of the best times you will have on St. Croix! On a cruise ship? Just walk right across the street to our Frederiksted Store under the large red and white dive flag to set up a great day for the whole family.

Less crowded trips! ● Private charters are our specialty!

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Watersports & Activities DIVE A WALL, DIVE A REEF, DIVE A WRECK, DIVE THE PIER!

Dive Experience – 340-773-3307

Get to know St. Croix’s underwater wildlife— Turtles, Eels, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and even Humpback Whales with St. Croix’s Original PADI 5-Star IDC Center! Michelle Pugh, a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, opened Dive Experience in 1983 and has the most experienced dive staff on the island. Diver safety, combined with fun and preservation of the marine environment are our primary concerns. Daily Boat Dives. Diver Training. We love to dive and it shows! www.divexp.com

Sweet Bottom Dive – 340-778-3800

Located on the property of the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Sweet Bottom Dive Shop offers shore diving daily to the famous Davis Bay Wall located just over 100 yards off shore. Dive/Accommodation packages available. Ever wanted to scuba dive? Enjoy a Discover Scuba experience right in front of the resort. We also have great North Shore snorkeling, volleyball, bocce ball, and kayaks, among other activities, on one of the most beautiful beaches on St. Croix. Full-service restaurant and bar/lounge located next to the dive shop. Diving is always sweeter at Sweet Bottom Dive Center! www.sweetbottomdive.com

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Bush Tribe Island Wide Eco Adventures – 340-277-2503

We are your One Stop for ecological and historical excursions! Come snorkel, hike, and kayak with us (day or night) and experience bioluminescent kayaking! Bush Tribe focuses on taking travelers of all ages off the beaten island path to learn about local vegetation, wildlife, and history. Adventurers get to see some of the most intriguing landscapes, breathtaking views, and coral reefs that St. Croix has to offer. Join us as we combine adventure, education, and culture into a relaxed and entertaining format led by experienced guides with a broad knowledge of island history and ecology. Ask about Private Events at our beautiful Salt River Palm Tree Grove. At Bush Tribe Eco Adventures we want to encourage people of all ages to get out and adventure more! www.bushtribe.com

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St. Croix’s original PADI 5 Star IDC Center

Sea-Thru Kayaks VI – 340-244-8696 We are ‘clearly’ the best way to kayak.  Our 2 styles of award-winning clear kayaks allow you to view not only the land above but the marine world below. Family owned and operated by lifelong residents Bryce and Craig Scott, we have been ranked by tripadvisor.com as the #5 activity to do on St. Croix as well as being featured in American Airlines inflight magazine and Frommer’s travel guide. Tours include the amazing, glowing water of our bioluminescent bay which will light up the kayak beneath you as only a clear kayak can do, or our lighted night “Creepy Crawler Critter Hunt”, and Best Of Both Worlds” morning tour. Come see why locals consider us the #1 kayak company. www.stcroix thisweek .com

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TRY THE FASTEST GROWING WATER SPORTS—STAND UP PADDLE SURFING & KITEBOARDING! Protecting Our Marine Environment

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The St. Croix East End Marine Park (STXEEMP) was established in 2003 to achieve its mission of protecting significant marine resources, promoting sustainability of marine ecosystems, and conserving and preserving significant natural and cultural areas for current and future generations. It includes 17 miles of shoreline from Green Cay to Point Udall and around to Great Pond Bay. See the St. Croix Road Map on Page 55 for Management Zones. Now the USVI’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA), the Park has been designated for protection because of its importance in protecting and restoring ecosystems, mitigating the effects of overuse, supplementing fishing catch through spillover outside its boundaries, and providing recreational opportunities enhancing the local economy. With a variety of habitats, including mangroves, salt ponds, sea grass beds, beaches and coral reefs and an amazing array of wildlife, the Park offers a range of recreational activities like camping, picnicking, snorkeling, diving, bird watching, kite boarding, paddle boarding or simply swimming with a great view. The 3rd Annual Stand-Up Paddle Board Race Fundraiser--Paddle for the East End Marine Park--will occur on Sunday, September 1 this year.  Watch for location announcement or check the website. Races include pro, amateur, relay, kids, and kids-parents.  The goal of the annual Stand Up Paddle Board Race is to raise awareness about the St. Croix East End Marine Park and our marine environment, promote sustainable recreational activities within the park, such as SUP, raise funds to further support The St. Croix East End Marine Park mission, and engage the community by introducing a new exciting event and activity.

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Stand-Up Paddle is for all ages, lots of fun, and good exercise, too!

Freedom City Surf Shop & Grill

Kitesurf/Paddlesurf St. Croix – 340-643-5824

If you want to enjoy St Croix’s best playground, come try the fastest growing water sports: Stand Up Paddle surfing and kiteboarding. Our full service operation is the only school on St Croix run by professional athletes, fully insured, and P.A.S.A. certified. With s.u.p. you benefit from a great work out while gliding over the beautiful Caribbean water. S.u.p. can be practiced on flat water but we also teach wave riding. For the more adventurous visitors, kiteboarding is the thrill of a lifetime. The beginner package is a three half-day course while we also offer advanced lessons for the experienced riders. Call us. We work inside the East End Marine Park. www.kitestcroix.com

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See Hamm’s Bluff Lighthouse, Butler Bay, & Sandy Point On An Exciting Jet Ski!

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Rent Jet Skis, Kayaks, Snorkeling Gear, Umbrellas and Chairs, and Sunray Floats at West End Water Sports Located on Rainbow Beach, 1-mile north of the Frederiksted Pier. The Western waters are crystal clear and the riding area is second to none on St. Croix. Glide over the smooth clear blue water while enjoying beautiful views of the bottom of the Caribbean Sea on your own unguided jet ski or book a tour to see Hamm’s bluff lighthouse, snorkel in Butler Bay and cruise by Sandy Point. Come spend a day on Rainbow Beach for a relaxing good time, great music, volleyball and your favorite beverages and local catch of the day at Rhythm’s Beach Bar and Grill.

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Tee-off at one of St. Croix’s exceptional golf courses! Carambola Golf Club – 778-5638

A beautiful, challenging 18-hole Robert Trent Jones award-winning course nestled in the lush rainforest. Name brand sportswear and golf accessories in the Pro Shop. Club rental and carts available. Call for rates, specials, and tee times.

The Buccaneer Hotel – 712-2144

An East End, 18-hole course that takes the player over rolling hills to the water’s edge with incredible views! Call for rates and tee times. Pro Shop.

The Links at Divi Carina Bay Resort – 773-9700 Mini 18-Hole Golf Course, Driving Range, Clubhouse. Thursday – Friday, 2-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12-9pm.

The Reef Golf Course – 773-8844

A beautiful 9-hole course located on the East End of St. Croix with phenomenal views of Teague Bay. Our Pro Shop offers top brands in golf apparel and accessories. Call for rates. Tee times are not required. Club rental and carts are available.

Non-Hotel Beaches sunbathe, swim, snooze

All beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are open to the public, although access through private property and hotels may have restrictions. Buck Island Reef National Monument -

See the first designated underwater National Park; the first National Park whose primary designation was to protect a coral reef system. Celebrating 51 years! Two beaches, two picnic areas. Great snorkeling, shade, hiking trail, limited facilities. Located 7 miles East of Christiansted and reached by authorized National Park concessionaires. See Watersports section for more information on getting there.

Cane Bay - On St. Croix’s Northshore,

this is a long, sandy beach with shade and great snorkeling off the reefs near shore; relatively shallow and nice for swimming. Dive shop, kayaking, hotels, beach bars, and restaurants nearby.

Columbus Landing - The site of the 1493

landing of Columbus at Salt River. Accessed by the road to the left of Salt River Marina. Minimal facilities. Managed by the Territorial State Historic Preservation Office (DPNR), and is within the boundaries of the National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. Great view of Salt River from the Visitor’s Center. Call for hours, 340-773-1460.

Sandy Point - Located on St. Croix’s West End,

this spectacular beach is part of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge and is one the longest in the Caribbean! Park your car in the lot and take a short hike to the beach area for swimming, more hiking, and wildlife/nature photo ops. The beach is also a popular nesting site for the leatherback, hawksbill, green, and loggerhead sea turtles between April 1 and September 1 and is closed 7-days a week. Beach access is however open the rest of the year on weekends only, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For info call the US Fish & Wildlife Service at 340-773-4554.

Shoy Beach - A popular local’s beach located

inside the entrance to The Buccaneer. Just tell the attendant at the guard gate to your right, that you are heading down to the beach. Parking lot at the end of the road. No facilities; some shade trees. Deep, lush sand. Great swimming.

St. Croix East End Marine Park - The USVI’s

deep, white-sand beach with hotels, beach bars, and restaurants nearby; great swimming and snorkeling.

Rainbow Beach - North of Frederiksted is

Vincent F. Mason, Sr. Coral Resort - South of

St. Croix’s East End, is a beautiful long, deep public beach with bathrooms, changing rooms, and picnic tables.

Dorsch Beach - South of Frederiksted is this

We love tennis on St. Croix! Some courts are equipped for night play.

street from the Reef Condos on the East End. With a very gradual decline, the beach is perfect for getting on and off your windsurfer or for swimming with small children. Restaurants and golf nearby.

first marine park encompasses approximately 60 square miles of coastal and marine habitats on St. Croix’s East End providing a great opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the island. Managed buy the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), a division of Coastal Zone Management. Beaches, watersports, hotels, restaurants, and the St. Croix Yacht Club within the parameters.

Cramer Park - Just before Pt. Udall, on

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Reef Beach – A nice slip-of-a-beach across the

this lively beach with bar and restaurant plus watersports and volleyball. Live music on Sunday afternoons. Great for swimming!

Frederiksted, you’ll find this white, sandy beach and the refurbished Frederiksted pool. New park, paved parking, tables, grills, facilities.

Chenay Bay Beach Resort – 773-2918

Two East End courts open to the public. Non-guests, $5.00 per person per hour. Call for reservations.

The Buccaneer Hotel – 773-3036

Eight East End courts, two lighted. Pro Shop and Game Match Service. Tennis Pro, Don de Wilde, available for lessons. Open to the public. Call to reserve court time.

The Reef Tennis – 773-8844

Located on the East End, on the road to Duggan’s Reef Restaurant, and across the street from the Reef Golf Course. Two courts. $5.00 per person per hour. Open to the public.

Public Courts

Three courts located at Canagata Ball Park just East of Christiansted. Lighted for night play. One court located near Fort Frederik in Frederiksted. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Buck Island beach.

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Destination St. Croix BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS

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ARRIVAL. US citizens don’t need a passport; departing visitors need a photo ID. LOCATION. St. Croix lies 18 north latitude and 65 west longitude, about 700 miles from the equator. The Virgin Islands are part of the Antilles chain from the Bahamas down to Trinidad. St. Croix is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. VIRGIN ISLANDERS. Virgin Islanders are a reserved but friendly people. “Good Morning,” “Good Afternoon,” and “Good Night” are welcome Crucian greetings. Everyone speaks English or a lilting version of it. CLIMATE. Year-round temperatures range in the 80s during the day, 70s most nights, with summer somewhat warmer. Easterly trade winds keep the humidity down. Most island showers are over in minutes. Residents collect rainwater from rooftops into household cisterns. Saltwater distillation plants help the supply. With water scarce, it is used sparingly. TIME. We are on Atlantic Standard in the winter, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard. During the summer, we are the same time as Eastern Daylight Savings. WHAT TO WEAR. Island dress is casual but bathing suits and men without shirts in town or grocery stores is frowned upon. Men don’t need ties or jackets; hats are great sun protectors for everyone. No adaptors needed for personal plug-ins. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU. The Christiansted Visitors Bureau is located in Government House on Queen Cross Street; open weekdays. The Frederiksted Visitor’s Bureau

is located in a Strand Street courtyard near the Pier; open weekdays & cruise-ship days. A Christiansted National Historic Site Visitor’s Orientation Center is located at Scale House on King Street at the Wharf. The seasoned traveler doesn’t take chances. Lock your car, don’t wear valuable jewelry wandering in town, keep to the main areas. CURRENCY & BANKING. We use the US dollar and credit cards are accepted everywhere. First Bank (all branches), M – Th, 8:30 am – 4 pm, F, 8:30 am – 5 pm, Sat, 9 am – 1 pm (SI and Fsted); Banco Popular Sunny Isle, M – F, 8:30 am – 4 pm, Sat, 9 am – 1 pm, Banco Popular Orange Grove, M – F, 8 am – 4 pm; Scotia Bank Sunny Isle, M – W, 8:30 – 3:30, Th – F, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. See maps for bank and ATM locations.

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TAXES. No sales tax but a 10% government tax is applied to hotel rooms. COMMUNICATIONS. St. Croix has several radio stations and three television stations; Cable TV carries the national news stations. Two newspapers are published daily; also an online daily. New York and Miami papers arrive each morning. TELEPHONE SERVICE. The local area code is 340 but you need not dial it for local numbers. Phone cards are sold at many shops throughout the island. We have local Sprint and ATT stores plus Radio Shack for any forgotten cell phone accessories. POSTAL RATES. As part of the US postal system, 1st class mail is .46 cents for the first ounce, postcards are .33 cents, international rates are $1.10 for cards and letters. See maps for post office locations. MARINE LIFE. All native plants, animals, fish (unless harvested for food), coral and shells are protected under the Indigenous Species Act. You will not be permitted to leave the territory with any plants or marine life in your possession. HOLIDAYS. We celebrate US Federal holidays and local ones as well. The government closes for all holidays, banks close for most. Shops stay open except on major holidays.

Helpful ARTS Caribbean Dance Company......340-778-8824 Caribbean Museum Center.......340-772-2622 Island Center..............................340-778-5271 Pointe Dance Academy..............340-718-0435

AIRLINES American Airlines......................800-474-4884 American Eagle..........................800-433-7300 Bohlke International Airways....340-778-9177 Cape Air......................................800-352-0714 Coastal Air Transport.................340-773-6862 Jet Blue........................................800-538-2583 LIAT............................................340-778-9930 Seaborne Airlines & Seaplane . .340-773-6442 Sea Fight.....................................340-714-3000 U.S. Airways................................800-622-1015 Vieques Air Link . ......................340-778-9858

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Chamber of Commerce.............340-773-1435 St. Croix Hotel Association........340-773-7117 Toll Free.................................800-524-2026

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Police, Fire, Ambulance ........... Land line, 911 Cell Phone, ............................340-772-9111 Divers Alert Network.................919-684-2948 V.I. Territorial Emergency Management (VITEMA...............................340-773-2244 VI Search and Rescue . ..............787-729-6770 St. Croix Hospital. .....................340-778-6311

HISTORIC St. Croix Landmarks Society.....340-772-0598 Fort Frederik Museum . ............340-772-2021 St. George Village Botanical Garden.... 340-692-2874

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Rejsemål St. Croix PRAKTISKE OPLYSNINGER OM US VIRGIN ISLANDS

Ankomst: Pas og visum fordres af danske besøgende. Beliggenhed. St.Croix ligger på 18 grader nord bredde og 65 grader vest længde, lidt over 1000 km fra Ækvator. Jomfruøerne er en del af Antilles økæden fra Bahama øerne ned til Trinidad. St. Croix er omgivet af det karibiske hav. Befolk-ningen. Virgin Islands befolkning er venlig men tilbageholdende. Man hilser gerne med “Good morning”, “Good Afternoon” og “Good Night.” Alle taler engelsk eller et melodisk dialekt deraf.

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Phone Numbers LIBRARIES Athalie Petersen Library, Frederiksted...........................340-772-0315 Florence Williams Library, Christiansted..........................340-773-5715

SERVICES & ORGANIZATIONS Alcoholics Anonymous..............340-776-5283 Al-Anon/ACOA. . ......................340-718-0372 American Red Cross..................340-778-5104 Chamber of Commerce.............340-718-1435 Narcotics Anonymous ..............340-719-3058 National Park Service.................340-773-1460 Rotary Harborside ....................340-277-7206 Rotary Mid Isle . ........................340-642-2562 Rotary St. Croix . .......................340-277-4788 Rotary West ...............................340-772-5282 St. Croix Environmental Assoc.....340-773-1989 Tourist Information: Frederiksted ..........................340-772-0357 Christiansted ............340-773-1404 x 4801 Toll Free.................................. 800-372-USVI U.S. Customs..............................340-773-5650 Cruise Ship Arrival Information....340-772-0357 FBI...............................................340-773-7922 after hours: (San Juan) .........787-754-6000

weather National Weather Service Forecast Office............................787-253-4586

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Klima. Solrigt, med årlige temperaturer omkring højt i 20erne om dagen, omkring 20 grader om natten – lidt varmere i sommermånederne. Østlige passatvinde holder fugtigheden lav. .De fleste byger er forbi i løbet af få minutter. Beboerne samler regnvand fra tagene ned i cisterner under husene. Saltvandsdestillering bidrager til forsyningen. Vi er nøjsomme med vores vandforbrug. Tider. Vi ligger på atlantisk standardtid; om sommeren minus 5 timer fra Danmark; mellem oktober og april minus 6 timer. En time før USAs østkyst om vinteren. Påklædning. Afslappet, men badedragt eller mænd uden skjorte på gaden og i butikker er ildeset. Mænd behøver ikke jakke og slips. En bredskygget hat er en god beskyttelse mod solen for alle. En adapter til 110VDC er nødvendig til strømforbrug ved f.eks.opladning. Hjælp til Besøgende. Turistkontoret i Christiansted ligger i Guvernementshuset med indgang fra Queen Cross Street; åbent uge dage. I Frederiksted ligger kontoret i en baggård på Strandgade nær kajen; åbent ugedage og når krydstogtsskibe ankommer. I Christiansted ligger et orienteringscenter til besøgende i den gamle vejerbod ved havnen. Her som alle vegne, vær forsigtig. Lås bilen, gå ikke med værdifulde smykker i byen, og hold dig til de befolkede områder.

Valuta og Banker. First Bank (alle filialer) har åbent mandag-torsdag kl. 8:3016, fredag til kl. 17, lørdag kl. 9-13 (kun Sunny Isle og Frederiksted). Banco Popular Sunny Isle, man-fre kl. 8:30-16, lør kl. 9-13; Banco Popular Orange Grove, man-fre kl. 8-16. Scotia Bank Sunny Isle, man-ons kl. 8:30-15:30, tors-fre kl. 8:30-17:30. Se by-og økort om bankernes og kontantautomaternes beliggenhed. Skatter. Ingen moms her; der lægges dog 10% skat på hotelværelser. Media. St. Croix har flere radiostationer og tre fjernsynsstationer; kabelfjernsyn viser alle de amerikanske kanaler. To aviser udgives daglig; også en netavis. Blade fra New York og Miami kommer daglig. Telefon. Den lokale.områdekode er 340, men bruges ikke ved lokalopringning. Telefonkort sælges mange steder. Mange danske mobiltelefoner fungerer ikke her; man kan købe billige telefoner med kort og andet tilbehør hos Sprint, AT&T og Radio Shack. Posttakster: Vi er en del af USAs postsystem, hvor taksterne for et brev er 46 cents og postkort 33 cents. International posttakst er $1.10 for brev og postkort. Se by- og økortene for at finde postkontorerne. Plante-og dyreliv på land og i hav. Alle lokale planter, dyr og fisk (undtagen fanget som føde), er beskyttede, inklusive koraller, skaller og andet levende fra havet. Man må ikke hjembringe nogen af disse levende organismer. Helligdage. Her fejrer man amerikanske helligdage foruden en hel del lokale. Regerings-kontorer er lukkede da, ligeledes som regel banker, mens butikker kun lukker de vigtigste helligdage. August / September 2013 • Page 47


Island Accommodations

Arawak Bay: the Inn at Salt River

340-772 1684

Buccaneer

340-712-2100

Carrington’s Inn

340-713-0508

Chenay Bay Beach Resort

340-718-2918

Club Comanche

340-773-0210

Club St. Croix

340-718-9150

Colony Cove

340-718-1965

Company House Hotel

340-773-1377

Cottages By The Sea

340-772-0495

Cruzan Sands Villa

972-747-7575

Discovery Grove

340-642-8322

Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort

340-773-9700

Frederiksted Hotel

340-772-0500

Hibiscus Beach Resort

340-718-4042

Holger Danske

340-773-3600

Hotel Caravelle

340-773-0687

Hotel on the Cay

340-773-2035

King Christian Hotel

340-773-6330

King’s Alley Hotel

340-773-0103

Mt. Victory Camp Eco Lodge

340-201-7983

Northside Valley

340-772-0558

Palms at Pelican Cove

340-718-8920

Rattan Inn

340-718-5098

Renaissance St Croix Carambola Beach Resort 340-778-3800

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Christiansted National Historic Site Established in 1952, Christiansted National Historic Site was the first unit of the National Park Saystem in the US Virgin Islands. The park’s historic buidings and grounds commemorate the Danish heritage (1733-1917) of the town of Christiansted,

St. Croix, which was named in honor of the reigning King of Denmark and Norway, Christian VI. In the 1700s, Christiansted was part of a mercantile system that linked Europe,West Africa, and the Caribbean in the infamous “Triangular Trade.” Christiansted was the first town in the Lesser Antilles to be built on the grid system and to have a building code. Its distinctive colonial architecture reflects the town’s status as capital of the Danish West Indies (1755-1871); the great wealth generated by the export of cane sugar, molasses, and rum; and the influence of government building inspectors. Take two tours—“Free Gut” is the freed black neighborhood of Christiansted established by the Danish in 1748 and “Gallows Bay” is the fishing community that sustained Christiansted’s fish market for more than two centuries. Free Gut, $35., Gallows Bay, $15. Make Reservations with Eastern National Bookstore at the Scale House. 340-719-4091

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www.rentacarstcroix.com email: hertzstx@viaccess.net sted or reverse for $2.50, if they are willing to www.rentacarstcroix.com or email -or hertzstx@viaccess.net Henry E. Rohlsen Airport: (340) 778-1402 or (340) 778-9744 *Coupon must be presented at time of rental and may not be combined with any other discounts. **Some restrictions apply.

Henry E. Rohlsen Airport: (340) 778-1402 or (340) 778-9744 Henry E. Rohlsen Airport: (340) 778-1402 or (340) 778-9744

share with local riders. Departures are from the Market Square in Christiansted and Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted, but the vans can also be flagged down along the route.

*Coupon must be presented at time of rental and may not be combined with any other discounts. **Some restrictions apply.

*Coupon must be presented at time of rental and may not be combined with any other discounts. **Some restrictions apply.

*Coupon must be presented at time of rental and may not be combined with any other discounts. **Some restrictions apply.

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ART AND ARTISTS Caribbean Community Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cct.vi Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . www.cmcarts.org D&D Studio Fine Art Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ddstudio.us Elisa McKay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sistahart.com Henle Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mariahenlestudio.com Maufe Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.maufegallery.com Attractions AND EVENTS Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . chantvi.org Divi Carina Bay Casino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.carinabay.com Lawaetz Museum at Little LaGrange. . . . www.stcroixlandmarks.com Paul & Jill’s Stables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.paulandjills.com St. Croix Environmental Association. . . . www.stxenvironmental.org St. Croix Ironman 70.3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixtriathlon.com St. Croix Landmarks Society. . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixlandmarks.com St. Croix Yacht Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixyc.com St. George Village Botanical Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sgvbg.org The Good Hope School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ghsvi.org Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visfi.org dining Angry Nates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.angrynates.com Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bluewaterterrace.com café fresco. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cafefrescousvi.com Ft. Christian Brew Pub. . . . . . . . . www.fortchristianstedbrewpub.com Good Spirits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/goodspiritsvi Polly’s at the Pier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pollysatthepier.com Rhythms at Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . www.liminatrainbowbeach.com The Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebistrovi.com The Buccaneer Restaurants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com The Galleon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.galleonrestaurant.com The Palms at Pelican Cove. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.palmspelicancove.com The Pickled Greek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pickledgreek.com The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebaystcroix.com You Are Here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.youareherestx.com HELPFUL GENERAL INFORMATION Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stxchamber.org Harbor Web Cam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gotostcroix.com Hotel & Tourism Association. . . . . . www.stcroixhotelandtourism.com National Weather Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nws.noaa.gov Rotary Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rotary.org St. Croix Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixfoundation.org St. Croix This Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixthisweek.com HOTELS AND vacation rentals The Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com Hotel St. Croix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hotel-st-croix.com Cruzan Sands Villa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cruzansands.com Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.carinabay.com Mount Victory Camp Eco Lodge. . . . . . . . . . www.mtvictorycamp.com Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort . . . . www.renaissancestrcroix.com Sand Castle on the Beach . . . . . . . . www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . www.tamarindreefhotel.com The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebaystcroix.com Vacation St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.vacationstcroix.com www.stcroix thisweek .com

photography / WEDDINGS Q Studio, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.qstudiovi.com Tina Henle Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tinahenle.com VI Bridal Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.vibridalguide.com REAL ESTATE Calabash Realtors…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.calabashrealtors.com REcreation Reef Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.reefcondosusvi.com SHOPping ARTFarm, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.artfarmllc.com Baci Duty Free. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bacidutyfree.com Crucian Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cruciangold.com Designworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandlivingstore.com ib designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandboydesigns.com Joyia Inspirational Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.joyia.us Landmarks Society Research Library . . . . www.stcroixlandmarks.org Rustico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.caribbean-rustico.com Sejah Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sejahfarm.com Sonya’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sonyaltd.com Tropical Bracelet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandbracelets.com Undercover Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.undercoverbooksvi.com Violette Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.violette.com TRANSPORTATION Budget Rent A Car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.budgetstcroix.com Centerline Car Rental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ccrvi.com Hertz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rentacarstcroix.com Olympic Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixcarrentals.com Skyline Car Rental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . skyline@vipowernet.net TREAT YOURSELF Buccaneer /Hideaway Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com Gov. Juan Luis Hospital & Medical Ctr.. . www.caribbeanfamilyhealth.org Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery. . . . . . www.tatoostcroix.com Renuatum Spa at Kalima Center. . . . . . . . www.renuatumnaturals.org Spa at Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . renaissancestcroix.com Tamarind Reef Resort Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tamarindreefhotel.com Tropical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tropicaltherapyvi.com WATER SPORTS Big Beard's Adventure Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bigbeards.com Bush Tribe Eco Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bushtribe.com Cane Bay Dive Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebayscuba.com Caribbean Sea Adventures. . . . . www.caribbeanseaadventures.com Dive Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.divexp.com Freedom City Surf & Grill. . . . . www.standuppaddleconnection.com Jolly Roger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jollyrogervi.com Kitesurf/Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.kitestcroix.com Roseway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.schoonerroseway.org Sea-Thru Kayak Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.seathrukayaksvi.com Sweet Bottom Dive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sweetbottomdive.com Teroro & Dragon Fly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.teroro@msn.com Virgin Kayak Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.virginkayaktours.com West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.wewatersports.com August / September 2013 • Page 53


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15. The Palms at Pelican Cove. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 16. The Waves at Cane Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1

Restaurants 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Ace Roti Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 Cheeseburger’s In Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 Duggan’s Reef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . N-2 El Flamboyant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-3 Flamboyant Bar & Grill at Renaissance Carambola. . D-1 Good Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 Mermaid at The Bucaneer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Pirate’s Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-1 Rhythms at Rainbow Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3 Saman at Renaissance Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 Starlite Grille at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . N-2 Terrace at The Bucaneer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 The Galleon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 The Palms at Pelican Cove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 The Pickled Greek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J-2 The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1

Shopping and Services 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Hideaway Spa at the Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 Rustico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 Tamarind Reef Resort Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 The Museum Store at Botanical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . D-4 The Spa at Renaissance Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1

Sports 1. Buccaneer Golf / Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 2. Bush Tribe Eco Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-0 3. Cane Bay Dive Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1, N-2 4. Kitesurf / Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 5. Paul and Jill’s Equestrian Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2 6. Randall “Doc” James Racetrack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 7. Renaissance Carambola Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-2 8. Sweet Bottom Dive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 9. Teroro II & Dragonfly Day Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 10. The Reef Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 11. Virgin Kayak Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 12. West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3

Rental Cars

1. Avis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 2. Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 3. Centerline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3

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Good Hope School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-5 Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center. . . . . . . H-2 Island Center for the Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . H-2 Carl & Marie Lawaetz Family Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . C-3 Salt River National Historic Park & Ecological Preserve. . . G-0 St. Croix Yacht Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 St. George Village Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-4 Sunny Isle Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 University of the Virgin Islands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-3

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For Your Safety AED Locations Outside of Towns in case you need them Airport Departure Lounges Bassin Triangle Police Station Buccaneer Hotel Canagata Ballpark Carambola Hotel Coakley Bay Condos Country Day School Divi Carina Bay Casino

Divi Carina Bay Resort East End Fire Station Fire Service Office, Sunny Isle Palms at Pelican Cove Patrick Sweeney Police Station Richmond Fire Station St. Croix Yacht Club

Peter’s Rest Convenience Center is NOW OPEN on Rt. 62 between Rt. 68 and Rt. 70 taking Residential Household Waste, Green Waste, Bulk Waste, Scrap Metal & White Goods plus Household Hazardous Waste. You can also recycle your aluminum and steels cans here to support the Boys & Girls Club. Operated by Virgin Islands Waste Management, it is open Monday - Friday, 6 am 8 pm, Saturdays, 6 am - 4 pm, and Sundays, 6 am - 2 pm. August / September 2013 • Page 55

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Shopping 1. Baci Duty Free 2. Cache of the Day 3. Crucian Gold 4. Designworks 5. Hotheads 6. ib designs 7. Island Tribe 8. Joyia 9. Purple Papaya 10. Rare Finds 11. Royal Poinciana 12. Sonya, Ltd

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Transportation 1. Budget St. Croix 2. Centerline Car Rentals 3. Seaborne Seaplane Ramp 4. Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours

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P - Parking Real Estate & Rentals 1. Vacation St. Croix

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1. D&D Studio 2. Henle Studio 3. Maufe Gallery

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Open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm, weekends 9 am to 5 pm. 2 hour parking available on site. The Steeple Building 4 across Hospital Street, formerly the Lutheran Church and dates from 1753. It houses a display documenting aspects of the religious history of St. Croix. Ask for opening hours at the Fort. Across Company Street lies the onetime Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse 5 , built in 1749. In its courtyard, slave auctions were formerly held. Government House 6 on King Street was in part the former home of a Danish merchant. That section dates from 1749; another section, the previous town house of a wealthy Danish plantation owner, was joined to it in 1826, together becoming the seat of the Danish West Indies government. The grand staircase and portico were added in 1830, as was the impressive ballroom/reception hall on the second floor by Governor General Peter von Scholten, who had his office and official residence here. The former are open to the public (entrance at mid-building on King Street). The Virgin Islands Tourism office (open weekdays only) is downstairs fronting the Lutheran Church. The Lutheran Church 7 across Queen Cross Street on King Street, was originally the Dutch Reformed Church, built in the 1740’s and transferred to the Lutherans in 1831, who brought the furnishings here from the Steeple Building. Later, the steeple was added. Walking up Queen Cross Street to Company Street takes you to Apothecary Hall 8 on the left corner, which holds both the tiny Apothecary Museum on Queen Cross Street, open anytime, and in the courtyard the Archaeological Museum, open only Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. Nearby on Company Street is the Old Market 9 , laid out in the original town plan from 1735, and still being used. The well dates from 1863. On this square you will also find the downtown Post Office. August / September 2013 • Page 57


Frederiksted Map

CATCH A FREE JAZZ CONCERT AT THE FREDERIKSTED BANDSTAND AUG 16 & SEPT 20! Getting West St. Croix’ West End offers beautiful sandy, calm beaches, great snorkeling and wreck or pier diving, spectacular sunsets, and the lush subtropical forest. You can reach Frederiksted with its quaint, historic town architecture in several ways. The four-lane Melvin Evans Highway is your speediest route, if you are coming from the east. Most drivers take Queen Mary Highway (Centerline Road), which also takes you to the St. George Village Botanical Garden, the Cruzan Rum Factory, and Whim Plantation Museum, all just off the Queen Mary Highway.

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4ATM (3) 4Boat Ramp/Fish Market 4Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts 4C.H.A.N.T 4Fire Station 4Ingeborg Nesbitt Clinic 4Post Office 4Public Restrooms 4Visitors’ Bureau (upstairs)

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ARTS in the U. S. Virgin Islands Part 8 in a series Excerpts from “Arts in the U. S. Virgin Islands” by Ruth S. Moore and David M. Hough of the Caribbean Research Institute of the College of the Virgin Islands, 1967, for the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts. THE DRUM, seconded by all the percussive instruments related to it, has been the dominant instrument, from the Bamboula drum from Africa to the steel drum from Trinidad. It has always called the dance, set the pattern for the dancers and it has accompanied the old traditional songs. Bamboula drums were made from hollowed logs covered with goat skin at one end. The strong beats are played by the hands and fingers on the skin while another player may produce counter-rhythms with stick at the open end. There were smaller drums of bamboo, and every other imaginable drumlike form was used including military trap drums. The scratch band used a flute or fife to carry the tune, a long bass instrument (created from a length of exhaust pipe after cars came to the Islands), and a gourd with serrated sides which was scratched with a wire-pronged stick to produce the rhythm. Violins and guitars were used in combination with other instruments and as solo instruments for singing and dancing. Puerto Ricans used guitars, but also the more complex cuatro with twelve strings and an ornate shape of violin-like curves. The tres was similar with fewer strings. The marimbula was a stringed bass instrument whose strings were often held in tension by the spring of an old victrola. The guiro, maracas, drums, and occasionally an accordion, completed the instrumental group. Puerto Ricans still enjoy traditional aguinaldo festivals when they gather to play and sing impromptu songs and “controversies” improvised on the spot to fit the music and rhyme. FOLK TALES have been the source of entertainment for centuries beyond memory. They came into the Virgin Islands from Europe and Africa and have been handed down orally from generation to generation. Among the most popular are the Anansi stories which tell of the exploits of a folk hero, a trickster, a spider whose name came from the language of the Ashanti people of West Africa. Called Bru Nansi (or Bro, Bur, Brer), Anansi is at home throughout the Caribbean. In our century he has become literate and is found in school books and anthologies. There is the story of “Bru Nansi’s Escape from Death” recounted in a mimeographed collection in the St. Thomas Public Library: (Once upon a time Bru Nansi asked for the hand of many young ladies but no one would accept him because they had heard of his badness. He finally persuaded one old lady to let him marry her daughwww.stcroix thisweek .com

ter by promising to be buried alive with the old lady if she should die before him. Soon after that she died and Bru Nansi sought Bru Lizard’s help. Bru Lizard demanded many flies in payment for his help at the funeral.) On the day of the funeral, Bru Lizard dressed in a black suit and went up into a tree. He ate so many flies that his belly hung on both sides of the limb. He went fast asleep. The ceremony on the corpse was performed and Bru Nansi shouted as loudly as he could, “Cover me up too! Throw dirt on me!” His noise finally waked Bru Lizard who said in a gross voice, “Ever since I made Heaven and Earth I never commanded the living to be buried with the dead.” Bru Nansi said, “Listen, listen, Papa God speaks!” . . . Every mourner screamed and ran, leaving Bru Nansi alone. Bru Nansi went home boasting to his wife that he would have been buried with her mother but Papa God, himself spoke. PERFORMANCES in meetings and gatherings have been going on throughout the settled history of the Virgin Islands. One refinement of the traditional gathering was the Tea Meeting. Held usually during the Christmas Holiday season, often in the country but also in the towns, the Tea Meetings traditionally charged a fee and ritually had different acts presented before a King, Queen, and Princess who presided in appropriate costume. A call master was present and a series of acts were performed, but the essential part of the performance was a dialogue by seasoned performers. Here is one Virgin Islander’s memory of Tea Meetings: Tea Meetings would be a discussion where men would get together to challenge each other’s knowledge of history and the various happenings of the day. I’ll give you a breakdown on a typical Tea Meeting.

Folk tales have been the source of entertainment for centuries beyond memory. They came into the Virgin Islands from Europe and Africa and have been handed down orally from generation to generation.

For months, men – and women, too – would discuss having a meeting at a meeting hall or some other place. You generally paid a fee to go in and the various participants would ask for the floor from the chairman. Each one would try to outdo the other, showing his eloquence and knowledge of some particular happening in history. The particular happening was arranged ahead of time. And, of course, one or two real slicksters, as we would call them today, would come up and discuss some particular happening that wasn’t on the agenda. As I recall, even in 1941 one guy gave a discussion about Julius Caesar – from when Caesar was born until the day he was stabbed. He discussed every battle – and remember these men were not lettered men. How they learned is almost a secret. Probably someone would read to them and they would memorize it. A great deal of preparation was required. On stage, the King, Queen and Court was all part of it. The real purpose of it was to bring out the newfound knowledge of these men. The rest was trapping and adornment. They went with the war. It couldn’t be done again without preparation and quick thinking. I remember one man who said: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, give me the floor And I promise you that I’ll say no more; So crack the music without any doubt, The last speaker’s mouth was like a water spout. NEXT ISSUE: VIRGIN ISLANDERS’ CELEBRATIONS / THE VISUAL ARTS / CAMILLE PISSARRO LAST ISSUE: TOWNHOUSES / DANCE / MUSIC MAKING

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Moving Here Dream – Build – Retire More vacationers every year find a way to move to “America’s Paradise.” They like that we are part of the US, have no state taxes, enjoy great year-round climate and are surrounded by beautiful beaches and turquoise water. Newcomers learn the traditions of culture and history on the island. Being home to dozens of community organizations, with volunteer opportunities, and annual events to attend, it’s easy to get involved quickly and form new friendships. St. Croix is an ideal second home for some and a wonderful year-round residence for others. Houses and condos are available for rent or purchase along with undeveloped land for those who want to build.

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Job openings exist in many fields and we have an Economic Development Commission (EDC) program that offers tax incentives for business owners who qualify. St. Croix retains a relaxing pace even though cosmopolitan in many ways. We say, “ Good Morning” before beginning a conversation, say “no problem” and mean it, and celebrate lots of holidays without commercializing them. A few challenges might be not being able to find your favorite brand all the time, finding water scarce during dry spells (although you can buy it by the truckload), and erratic electricity (making generators popular along with the use of solar panels). Come and stay for a short or long time. Most of us wouldn’t live anywhere else!

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Where’s the beef?  On St Croix it’s Pasture-raised Senepol! In addition to the beautiful beaches, great scuba diving, beer drinking pigs and excellent rum, St. Croix is also known for its own unique breed of eco-friendly, gentle, hornless red beef cattle—the Senepol, now dispersed to tropical climates all over the planet.

Today, the SCBA recognizes over 500 breeders and more than 60,000 registered animals in its database, and Senepol ranches are thriving in 8 U.S. states and Australia, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and wherever tropically adapted production is needed. Lawaetz, currently serving on the board of the SCBA as Treasurer, is headed to Bogota, Colombia in July this year for the 36th Senepol Annual Convention.

Despite the fact that most beef consumed in the territory today is imported, up until the 1950s local farms were the source for all St. Croix residents in search of a good pot roast, steak or hamburger. Farming conditions on St. Croix can be harsh, with droughts, ticks, and poor quality pastures affecting “The carcass quality, mild dislivestock farmers. In the 1860s, position and ability to utilize some farmers raising cattle on poor quality forages have made the dry, desert-like South shore the Senepol very attractive to of St. Croix tried to make their cattle producers in tropical environments,” explains  Dr. Bob cattle farms more profitable by Godfrey, Director and Professor importing cattle breeds that of Animal Science at the Uniwere more resistant to heat, versity of the Virgin Islands’ Agridisease, and were able to thrive cultural Experiment Station. “Over and reproduce on poor qualthe years there has been a lot of ity, dry pasture. “Then as now, it interest in Senepol cattle as an alterwas essential that cattle living in St. native to other breeds for use in hot, Croix’s rough conditions be selected humid climates.”  Along with a team of carefully over generations, for traits that animal science professionals (including a would make them affordable and efficient direct descendant of Bromley Nelthropp),  Dr. to manage,” explains Hans Lawaetz, owner of Godfrey  runs the Castle Nugent herd, donated St. Croix’s Annaly Farms and Meat Market, 3rd genYou ng S dfrey to the University by Caroline Gasperi in 2006, currently enepo eration Senepol rancher, and founding member of the l Bull. Dr. Robert Go about 100 head of Senepol. The UVI cow-girls and boys work the Senepol Cattle Breeder’s Association (SCBA). animals on horseback on the South Shore of St. Croix, and conduct geGenerations of Crucian cattle ranchers  continued to cross-breed netic research to uncover the successful traits of the Senepol. to  create a superior tropical beef cow by importing far-flung genetics, from George Elliot’s Senegalese N’Dama cattle in the 1860s to Bromley Nelthropp’s English Red Poll bull in the 1920s. Over the span of a century or more, these Crucian cattle producers managed to remove the animals’ tendency to sprout horns, increase the average weights of the cattle and to produce uniformly red, short-haired offspring. They selected animals with placid, calm dispositions, which made them easier to move around and less damaging to fencing and workers. They improved the cattle’s ability to produce milk for faster growing and maturing offspring (a trait known in the cattle industry as “maternal efficiency”), and selected for their ability to birth their offspring in the wild without any veterinary care – all while eating dry, sparse, non-irrigated brush that even goats would sneer at. These farmers were creating what in today’s eco-trendy world would be known as a “sustainable” cattle breed. In the 1950s, the Nelthropp family shifted into dairy cattle, and the marketing-savvy Lawaetz family helped to name and trademark the “Senepol” breed and create a registry for pure-bred Senepol cattle. In the late 1970s, with global beef consumption up and demand high, cattle producers in the sunbelts of the US, Brazil, Central America and other far-flung equatorial corners of the globe purchased full cargo planes worth of live Senepol cattle from ranchers on St. Croix, including the Lawaetz’s Annaly Farms, Henry Nelthropp, Sr., Oscar Henry, and the Gasperi family’s Castle Nugent Farms, to start their own Senepol herds. (Today, artificial insemination practices have mostly eliminated the shipping of live Senepol around the world. With bulls weighing in at around 2,000 pounds and cows around 1400 to 1500 pounds, they are expensive to fly!)  www.stcroix thisweek .com

In the end, the product has to be tasty. “Carcass quality” refers to scientific characteristics of the meat: lean, tender, flavorful beef. “With Senepol cattle, high carcass quality can be achieved by feeding the animals grass only, their natural diet,” explains Kiko Gasperi, manager of Castle Nugent Farms for over 40 years. Most beef purchased in a supermarket must be fed corn, soybeans, and other commodity grains in feedlots where they get little exercise, to achieve high fat marbling and rapid weight gain. It can be argued that feedlot produced beef is not as healthy for you as locally produced grass-fed (so-called pastured) beef, which has higher levels of omega-3s and other nutrients. Cooking pastured beef requires a slightly different approach than Grade A USDA beef. Without all the fat content, the moisture and tenderness in grass-fed beef needs to be more carefully maintained in the cooking by searing the outside of steaks before cooking at a lower heat, by stewing or roasting in a Dutch oven, by marinating, and by ‘aging’ the meat in the refrigerator for several days prior to cooking. “In the early days of Annaly Market, when electric refrigeration was a new technology, people didn’t trust aged beef,” said Lawaetz. “They expected to purchase beef that was slaughtered just hours earlier. But the most tender beef was that which was allowed to hang in the meat locker for a few days.” Aging meat is a well-documented ‘secret’ of top restaurant chefs whose clientele demand sustainably grown, pastured meats. Where to buy? Call Annaly Farms Meat Market at 340-778-2229  and ask for local Senepol beef! August / September 2013 • Page 63


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