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Guiding Visitors & Locals for 43 Years


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Dec / Jan 2014

Crucian Christmas Traditions......................................... 3 Duty Free Allowance........................................................ 8 Island Worship............................................................... 18 Farm Fresh / Where To Find It...................................... 29 Wine: Best Pick! Turley Zinfandel............................... 31 Freedom City Bar & Grill.............................................. 31 Meet Cover Artist Davina Pallone................................. 34 VI Bradal Guide, Five Minutes to Showtime!............... 36 Our Danish Connection / VELKOMMEN!.................. 37 Danish Legacy Holiday Traditions................................ 37 Bringing People Together on Lightheart!..................... 39 Roseway Returns Christmas Eve!.................................. 43 Christiansted National Historic Site............................. 50 ARTS in the U. S. Virgin Islands, Part 10...................... 59 Waterfront Property—A Buyer’s Market!..................... 63

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LEISURE

Adult Parade.

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Davina Pallone.

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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

DESTINATION ST. CROIX

Rising Stars.

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

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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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Crucian Christmas Traditions A boat race, donkey races, and early morning tramp into town are other popular activities, but nothing equals the excitement of the parades at the end of the festivities – first the delightful children’s parade, where steel pan orchestras from schools and churches and groups of majorette twirlers vie for being the favorite of the crowds along the King Street route in Frederiksted. The following day, the Three Kings Day adult parade is the grand finale, featuring over a hundred troupes, floats, and individual entries – an extravaganza to the beat of loud music, bodies swaying, fantastic costumes, pageantry and pulsating energy and merriment, starting before noon and continuing until after dark. Large crowds line the parade route, and vendors of food and drink are interspersed. The village closes the following day with fireworks at the Frederiksted pier. Frederiksted is the main venue of the festival because of its wide streets for the parades, but Christiansted has a three-day mini-festival kick-off with a food fair, vendors, and rides for the children at Canegata Ball Park opening December 6. Children’s Parade. All photos credited to Crucian Christmas Festival By Nina York

If you think Christmas is defined by a snowy landscape and warming yourself by a blazing fireplace, our tropical Christmas may surprise you! Admittedly, local traditions have had to yield Santa a place in our tropical celebration of Christianity’s major holiday. Tradition plays a large role in the Virgin Islands and, back in former days of slavery, Christmas and Easter were the only times the enslaved population were given time off. That called for celebration, which consisted of dressing up in costumes, masquerading, and making calls at other plantations, where dancing and merrymaking marked these gatherings. But with religious life playing a large role, churchgoing to celebrate the birth of Christ was and remains a major seasonal activity.

Additional activities, not part of the official program but equally anticipated every year are the Boxing Day horse races and, in Christiansted harbor, the lighted Boat Parade.

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Crucian Christmas Festival 2013/2014

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DECEMBER 6, 7 PM East Mini Village Opens Village booths & Coney Island-style rides. For information, call (340) 719-3370 DECEMBER 21, 7 PM Miss St. Croix Pageant Young ladies strut their stuff. For info, call (340) 719-3370 DECEMBER 26, 7 PM Opening of Carnival Music, food & fun. Call (340) 719-3370

Santa Claus appears for many occasions, starting with Christmas Spoken Here at the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Check Events calendar for dates and times.

DECEMBER 31, 7 PM Youth Night in the Village Music, food & fun for the kids. For information, call (340) 719-3370

Our tropical Holidays differ from the usual wintry activities elsewhere but, hopefully, you will find much to appreciate about the Crucian Christmas and our Old Year’s Night! Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014! Visit www.stxcarnival.com for more.

JANUARY 1, NOON Food, Arts & Crafts Local foods, arts & crafts for sale. For information, Call (340) 719-3370 JANUARY 1, 6 PM Jouvert (Roast-A-Time) Jams & dance to bands. For information, Call (340) 719-3370 JANUARY 2, 8 PM Latin Night in the Village Salsa & more. For info, call (340) 719-3370 JANUARY 3, 10 AM Children’s Parade Starts from the Claude O. Markoe School in Frederiksted. Call (340) 719-3379

The official Christmas Festival today extends for a whole month, from early December to a Three Kings Day parade the first week in January. But preparations for the celebrations and elaborate parade costumes begin months ahead. Starting with a prince and princess contest, later a competition for the queen title, a calypso monarch singing contest for adults and youngsters, a band competition and musical theme selection all draw crowds to their venues, and the festival village and amusement park with booths offering traditional food and drink, cultural performances and trinkets for sale continue for two weeks.

Fireworks.

JANUARY 4, 10 AM Adult’s Parade Starts from the Claude O. Markoe School in Frederiksted. Call (340) 719-3379

Food Fair.

JANUARY 5, 10 PM Crucian Christmas Festival – Fireworks Spectacular end to Festival festivities. For info, call (340) 719-3379 For more information, visit www.stxcarnival.com December 2013 / January 2014 December 2013 / December 2014 •• Page Page 33


Events - St. Croix DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014

CRUISE ARRIVALS DECEMBER 2013 Mon, December 2 8 AM Adventure Sun, December 8 8 AM Summit Mon, December 9 8 AM Jewel Sat, December 21 8 AM Adventure Sun, December 22 8 AM Summit Mon, December 23 8 AM Jewel JANUARY 2014 Sat, January 4 Sun, January 5 Mon, January 6 Sat, January 18 Sun, January 19 Mon, January 20

MONDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Fort Christian Brew Pub The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 713-9820 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 information, call 718-8920

8 AM Adventure 8 AM Summit 8 AM Jewel 8 AM Adventure 8 AM Summit 8 AM Jewel

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

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

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ONGOING 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 340-220-0466, email info@visfi.org, or visit www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

FIRST TUESDAYS, 6 PM Wine Club The Galleon Taste fine wines paired with hors’d oeuvres. $35 pp. For reservations, call (340) 718-9948 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 information, call (340) 220-0466 or email info@visfi.org TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9 AM-11 PM Nursery Open St. George Village Botanical Garden Shop here for beautiful tropical plants! For information, call (340) 692-2874 WEDNESDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Divi Carina Bay Resort The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call (340) 773-9700 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 PM Trivia Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Test your knowledge of trivia at this fun evening entertainment. For info, call (340) 718-8920 THURSDAYS, 6 PM BUFFET, 8 PM ENTERTAINMENT West Indian Style BBQ & Floor Show Divi Carina Resort & Casino Come hear a steel pan band & see Mocko Jumbies; traditional West Indian buffet. For reservations, call (340) 773-9700 x 732

Don’t miss the Christmas Boat Parade Dec 14! Martin Oliver

FRIDAYS, 5:30 PM Crab Races Deep End Bar & Grill The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call (340) 773-4455 SECOND FRIDAYS, 6:15 PM Wine Club Beach Side Café Enjoy sampling fine wines. For reservations, call (340) 772-1205 or (340) 772-1266 LAST FRIDAYS, 6:30 PM Beer Club Beachside Cafe Taste 4 specialty beers paired with appetizers. For reservations, call (340) 772-1266 or (340) 772-1205 TWICE-MONTHLY Lunch in the Garden St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy a 3-course luncheon prepared by culinary students from St. Croix Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC). There’s an everchanging gourmet menu! $20. pp Garden members, $25. nonmembers. For dates, times, menu & reservations, call (340) 692-2874

DECEMBER 2013 DECEMBER 1, 10 AM-4 PM 25th Annual Starving Artists Day Estate Whim Museum Local artists, jewelers & craftspeople showcase their wares accompanied by local musicians & food vendors on the historic grounds. $5. adults; children under 12 free. For info, call (340) 772-0598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org

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C R U C I A N C H R I S T M A S C A R N I VA L S C H E D U L E , S E E PA G E 3 . DECEMBER 2, 8, 9, 21, 22 & 23, 8:30 AM Historic Walking Tour Frederiksted Meet at ‘Freedom Statue’ across from Frederiksted Pier for a 2 ½-hour guided walking tour hosted by CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism), $15. pp. Call (340) 719-5455

DECEMBER 14, 9 AM – 6 PM 12th Anniversary Sale Rustico, Northside Road A celebration with our Rustico family & friends. 1-day Sale, 15% off, Birthday cake & refreshments! For information, call 340-718-7257 DECEMBER 14, 10 AM Snorkel Outing Rod Bay Snorkel with the Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park (EEMP). Bring your snorkel & learn about our marine creatures & habitats. For info, call (340) 718-3367 or visit: www.friendsofstxeemp.org

DECEMBER 3, 10 & 17, 6-8 PM Pottery Class Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Create clay Mocko Jumbies!. Classes taught by Sara Lee Hayes, a practicing potter on St. Croix. Teens & adults welcome. No experience necessary. $100. pp for 3 classes; includes clay & firing fees. To register, call (340) 514-7508 or (340) 772-2622 or email: slpottery@hotmail.com DECEMBER 5, 5:30-7 PM Shorebird Identification Slide Show Estate Little Princess Brush up on your bird identification skills & learn about the amazing migrations of many common winter visitors with Carol Cramer-Burke of SEA (St. Croix Environmental Association). Free; donations appreciated. Call (340) 773-1989 DECEMBER 6, 6 PM White Christmas Gala & Auction St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy fabulous food & creative cocktails, a dazzling display of trees & wreaths, amazing array of live auction items & stunning selection at the silent auction. $125. pp. Call (340) 692-2874 DECEMBER 7, 5:30-11 PM Crucian Fusion – A Celebration of Traditional Crucian Cuisine Fort Frederik Museum Come out for this delicious evening highlighting Crucian cuisine, our local chefs & restaurants. Sponsored in part by the VI Department of Tourism. $75. pp, preview & general admission, $50. pp general admission only. For information, call (340) 719-5455

Art Thursdays, Dec 19 & Jan 16 are a favorite local activity! Ted Davis, D&D Studio

vendors, a White Reindeer Flea Market, fun children’s activities, Christmas Choirs & Santa for photos. $5. adults; Children under age 12 free. For info, call (340) 692-2874 DECEMBER 8, 12:30-4:30 PM Places that Matter Buck Island Come explore the history of the island with the St. Croix Landmarks Society. Refreshments served following the 60- to 90-minute guided hike. $40 pp; $37. pp members; includes transportation. For info, call (340) 772-0598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org DECEMBER 11, 5-8 PM Gallows Bay Holiday Festival Gallows Bay Celebrate the season with holiday music, entertainment & decorations. Restaurants & stores will be open for dining & shopping. Take your picture with Santa Claus. For info, call (340) 719-1567

DECEMBER 7, 6 PM Interfaith Coalition Multi-Cultural Film Series St. Croix Reformed Church Inspired by true event, “The Italian” is the irresistible story of a young boy’s incredible journey to find his family. For info, call (340) 778-6263

DECEMBER 12, 4:29-7 PM 2nd Thursday 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 info, (340) 772 -2622 or visit www.cmcarts.org

DECEMBER 8, 11 AM-4 PM Christmas Spoken Here St. George Village Botanical Garden Come to the Garden with your Christmas list in hand & buy gifts from the scores of craft vendors, or take advantage of the sales in the Nursery & the Museum Store. Food & drink

DECEMBER 12, 5:30-6:30 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 (340) 773-1460

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DECEMBER 14, 12 NOON – 2 AM 6th Annual Coquito Festival La Reine Chicken Shack Sample over a dozen Coquitos and vote for the best! Live music all day. Santa has toys for the children at 3 pm. Call 340-778-5717 DECEMBER 14, 6 PM Christmas Boat Parade Christiansted Harbor Over 25 vessels get decked with lights & decorations & sail around Christiansted Harbor several times. The best viewing point is along the Christiansted Boardwalk. During the day, there’s music, Christmas carols, skits & sketches & dance routines from several church youth groups. For info, call: (340) 773-1453 DECEMBER 15, 5 – 10 PM   Dub in the Rainforest Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge Experience reggae vibes in the rainforest!   Tippy Alfred, I Grade records, will use I Grade Dub, a live dub to produce the music with many local singers.  Open jungle bar and Guest Raw Food Chef Janet Phillips at your service.  $10 pp. For more information, call 340-201-7983 DECEMBER 15 Christmas Bird Count Join in the annual Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers welcome. Sight & record birds on your own or go out with experienced birders. For info, time, locations & to volunteer, call (340) 690-3002 or email garvinlj@gmail.com DECEMBER 15 The St. Croix International Marathon – 26.2 miles The St. Croix Marathon Relay – 6 runners – 26.2 miles The St. Croix International Half-Marathon – 13.1 miles VI Pace Runners hosts these events. For info, times & start locations, call (340) 643-2557 December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 5


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C R U C I A N C H R I S T M A S C A R N I VA L S C H E D U L E , S E E PA G E 3 . JANUARY 9, 4:29-7 PM 2nd Thursday 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 (340) 772 -2622 or visit  www.cmcarts.org

DECEMBER 16, 9 AM Free Gut Tour Christiansted Meet in front of Fort Christiansvaern and join Celeste Fahie from CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism) for a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the Free Gut neighborhood in Christiansted. Learn how this area was established at the beginning of colonial rule as a place where ‘free colored’ could own property & live. $35. pp. 10% discount with VI ID. Call (340) 719-5455 DECEMBER 18, 19, 20 & 21, 5:30-8:30 PM Old Time Christmas Estate Whim Museum Join us for family nights of caroling around the piano, music, dancing & traditional food treats. Enjoy the Museum dressed for Christmas! Free; donations welcome. For information, call (340) 772-0598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org DECEMBER 19, 5-8 PM Art Thursdays Christiansted Visit more than a dozen galleries & shops that show the works of local artists. This Art Walk is a favorite of visitors & locals! Call (340) 719-1201 DECEMBER 19, 5-8 PM Art Show Henle Studio This season-opener features a group exhibit of paintings, prints, photography & sculpture by 15 local artists plus a Holiday sale! For information, call (340) 718-0372 DECEMBER 20, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages available for sale. Free. DECEMBER 27, 5:30-7:30 Jazz in the Park Ft. Christiansvaern Bandstand Community Music Concert Series on the waterfront, after work, free. Bring blanket, chairs, coolers. For more information, call 340277-3914. DECEMBER 28, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to pack a picnic to enjoy during the movie, but pack up all trash afterwards. Bathrooms available. To see what’s playing, visit: facebook.com/stcroixmoviesatthefort

Join Celeste Fahie on a C.H.A.N.T. tour of Free Gut, Dec 16, & Jan 13. Susan Wall

DECEMBER 30, 5:30 PM Old Year’s Farm-B-Q Hoedown Ridge to Reef Farm Guest & farm chef Jamison Pollitt will be making a local pig roast with all farm-fresh organic produce. Live string music by Smokey’s Farmland Band & Little Country Giants. Food & music starts at 7 PM. Bring lawn chairs & blankets $25. pp. For info, call (340) 220-0466 or visit www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html

JANUARY 2014 JANUARY 4, 5, 6, 18, 19 & 20, 8:30 AM Historic Walking Tour Frederiksted Meet at the ‘Freedom Statue’ across from the Pier for this 2 ½-hour tour hosted by CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism). $15. pp. For reservations, call (340) 719-5455 JANUARY 5, 9AM-3PM Basket Weaving Workshop Mt. Victory Camp Eco-Lodge Enjoy a day in the hills with Carmen Corradino learning how to weave your own basket out of local vines & twigs. All levels welcome. $25. pp. Bring a lunch. To register, call (340) 201-7983 or visit mtvictorycamp.com JANUARY 8, 15, 21 & 28, 6-8 PM Pottery Class – Raku Workshops Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Learn to make clay vessels January 8 &15 & clay animals January 21 & 28. Classes taught by Sara Lee Hayes & Mandy Thody, practicing potters on St. Croix. Teens & adults welcome. No experience necessary. $60. pp for 2 classes; clay included, firing fees extra. To register, call (340) 514-7508 or (340) 772-2622 or Email: slpottery@hotmail.com

JANUARY 9, 5:30-6:30 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 (340) 773-1460 JANUARY 11, 10 AM Snorkel Outing Boiler Bay Snorkel with the Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park (EEMP). Bring your snorkel & learn about our marine creatures & habitats. For info, call (340) 718-3367 or visit: www.friendsofstxeemp.org JANUARY 11, 6 PM Interfaith Coalition Multi-Cultural Film Series American Legion Hall “The Namesake” chronicles a young man’s cross-cultural experiences & his exploration of his Indian heritage, as the story shifts between the United States & India. For information, call (340) 778-6263 JANUARY 12, 11 AM St. Croix Dolphins 10th Annual Sea Swim Frederiksted Pier The Montclair State University Swim Team from New Jersey & Bryant University Swim Team from Rhode Island will compete alongside local talent. Over 150 participants will jump off the Frederiksted pier & swim 1-mile to Rainbow Beach. Public welcome. $45. pp, includes T-shirt & BBQ lunch. For information, call (340) 719- 7946 or download entry forms at www.stcroixdolphins.org JANUARY 12, 12:30-4:30 PM Places that Matter Christiansted Slave Market Come explore the history of the island with the St. Croix Landmarks Society. $15. pp; $12. members; students free. For information, call (340) 772-0598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org

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JANUARY 25 & 26 Traditional Wooden Bow-Making Workshop Mt. Victory Camp Eco-Lodge In this two-day workshop, Matt Corradino will take you through all the steps to create a finished bow to last the rest of your life! $75. pp for both days. To register, call (340) 201-7983 or visit mtvictorycamp.com

JANUARY 12, 4-5:30 PM Bird Watch Southgate Pond Viewing from the west end of the pond in the late afternoon provides fantastic light for photography. Bring binoculars, camera, insect repellent & wear shoes that can get wet or muddy. SEA (St. Croix Environmental Association) will provide a birding scope for close-up viewing of resident & wintering water birds. $10; free for SEA members & children (please no kids under 10 years of age). For reservations, call (340) 773-1989 JANUARY 13, 9 AM Free Gut Tour Christiansted Meet in front of Fort Christiansvaern and join Celeste Fahie from CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism) for a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the Free Gut neighborhood in Christiansted. Learn how this area was established at the beginning of colonial rule as a place where ‘free colored’ could own property & live. $35. pp. 10% discount with VI ID. For reservations, call (340) 719-5455 JANUARY 16, 5-8 PM Art Thursdays Christiansted Visit more than a dozen galleries & shops that show the works of local artists. This Art Walk is a favorite of visitors & locals! For information, call (340) 719-1201 JANUARY 16, 5-8 PM Art Show Henle Studio Visit the Gallery for recent photographs by Tina Henle & works by Maria & Fritz Henle as well as various local artists. For information, call (340) 718-0372 JANUARY 17, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages available for sale. Free. JANUARY 17 JANUARY 18 & 19, 11 AM-4 PM The Art Show 2014 Canegata Park Recreation Building Guests can vote for a ‘Popular Choice’ painting at the Artists’ Champagne Reception on January 17. $20. pp. Art open to the public January 18 & 19. Free. Hosted by the Artists Guild of St. Croix. For info, call (340) 719-2733 www.stcroix thisweek .com

JANUARY 26, 5 AM The St. Croix Scenic 50 This ultimate sunrise to sun-set race enables runners to see much of St. Croix’s natural beauty. Aid stations located every 3 to 5 miles. For info, call (340) 244-1430 or email: stcroix50@yahoo.com

Whim Museum Candlelight Concerts Jan 17 & 18. SCLS

JANUARY 17 & 18, 7:30-10 PM Candlelight Concert Series Estate Whim Museum Enjoy an intimate evening of music by candlelight. Founded in 1978, the Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble specializes in both baroque & contemporary music. $45. pp, $40. for members. For reservations, call (340) 7720598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org

JANUARY 31 Jazz in the Park Ft. Christiansvaern Bandstand Community Music Concert Series on the waterfront, after work, free. Bring blanket, chairs, coolers. For more information, call 340-277-3914.

Good Hope Country Day School

JANUARY 19 The Martin Luther King Fort-To-Fort Run VI Pace Runners hosts this 15.5-mile run between the historic forts in Christiansted & Frederiksted. For information & time, call (340) 643-2557 JANUARY 19, 4 PM Lecture Series Estate Whim Museum Listen to Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, former Ombudsman & member of Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble speak on the Role of the Ombudsman in Denmark. Free; donations welcome. For info, call (340) 772-0598 or visit www.stcroixlandmarks.org JANUARY 25, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to pack a picnic to enjoy during the movie, but pack up all trash afterwards. Bathrooms available. To see what’s playing, visit: facebook.com/stcroixmoviesatthefort

LOVE TO LEARN Rt. 1 Box 6199 Kingshill, VI 00850 (340)778-1974

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Duty-Free Shopping

FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE CHRISTIANSTED MAP, PAGE 56.

COMPANY STREET

Duty-Free Allowance

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.!

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

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

Fifth Anniversary Bracelet!

Sonya, Ltd.

Sonya’s – 340-778-8605

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.

Quin House Galleries – 340-773-0404 FURNITURE & HOME DECOR ~ est. 1989

Your Source for

Caribbean Style & Classic Furnishings Unique and Classic Styles for Island Living

Fine Mahogany Furniture Beautiful Chinese Antiques Quality Gifts & Collecibles for Home or Office

51 ABC Company Street

340.773.0404

www.quinhousegalleries.com quinhousegalleries@gmail.com

Since 1989, Quin House Galleries has been furnishing island homes with the finest quality, handcrafted mahogany, teak, and exotic fruitwood furniture. Classic Chinese antiques, restored furniture, and quality gifts and collectibles for home or office add variety and style. Quin House Galleries has always been known for its unique styles and excellent quality and is a consistent winner of the VI Daily News Readers’ Poll for Best Furniture and Home Décor. Located on Company Street (at the corner of Queen Cross Street) in the historic Quin House, we are open Mon. – Fri., 10 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm. www.quinhousegalleries.com

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.

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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 in historic Christiansted 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, truly unique, and truly Caribbean! Infinity, Karma, and Wave hook bracelets are traveling the world! Feel Good Jewelry is a salute to the simplicity of life and to the inspiration of creativity. Come see our growing West Indian collection and our gorgeous fan coral designs. We hope you find something that makes you feel good! www.islandboydesigns.com

One of a kind Chaney Jewelry.

ib designs

Island Tribe of St.Croix

57 Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix

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QUEEN CROSS STREET 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 the name – hats, hats, and more hats! Come see us in our new location on Queen Cross Street near Strand. We’re open 7 days a week, Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm.

JOYIA-Inspirational Jewelry – 713-4JOY (4569)

Casual clothes, hats, swimwear & accessories at Hotheads!

Angelique de Paris Bracelets. www.stcroix thisweek .com

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 jewelry” line and have names, dates, or inspirational words hand- engraved on your pendants, bracelets, and rings…perfect to commemorate any occasion! Stop by and transform your inspirations into wearable art. Be inspired. Be creative. Be intentional. Mon-Sat 10-5pm. Queen Cross Street www.Joyia.us

Beautiful batiks in every color and every size. Island Tribe

Panache Jewelers

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KING STREET

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.

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.

Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet – 340-719-0672

Panache Jewelers – 340-719-6624

Michael Michaud hand-painted bronze with pearl Pea Pod necklace with enamel overlay. Tropical Bracelet

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

Be inspired. Be creative. Be intentional. INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY

and craft craft center center and

340.719.0672

www.islandbracelets.com

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

2220 Queen Cross Street, Christiansted • 340-713-4JOY www.joyia.us

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PAN AM PAVILION

STRAND STREET

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$$!

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 dresses and much more—gifts for your friends and family here or back home. This wonderful shop delights your senses!

The Purple Papaya – 340-713-9412

The Royal Poinciana – 340-773-9892

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

Christmas Charm Collection at Baci Duty Free! Contains twenty-two charms, bracelet, necklace and calendar!

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STRAND STREET CONT... 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

Assorted Crucian Gold pendants.

STX 1/16 - PDF temp 6/19/03 Dooney & Bourke, Florentine leather “Kingston Hobo.� Crucian Gold

Violette Boutique

Scents & Seasonings • Exotic Coffees & Teas local Condiments & Jams The Thymes, ltd. Soaps & lotions Vera Bradley Bags • Unusual Gifts Half block from Gov’t parking lot on Strant Street in C’sted

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FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE CHRISTIANSTED MAP, PAGE 56. 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

Belle Étoile makes the sanctuary a reality with Butterfly Kisses—beautiful hand-painted enamel butterflies take flight on studded wings set on the finest rhodium-plated sterling silver. White or Black. Baci Duty Free

Frasier Fir Pinecone Reed Diffuser at Royal Poinciana.

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! MonSat 10-6. Visit us at www.bacidutyfree.com.

See island-inspired Signature and Custom-made Lines at Live it! Jewelry.

Live It! Jewelry – 340-227-6380

This unique gallery and the custom creations of artist Sheri Mount have captured the hearts of both locals and tourists alike. Live it!—the name says it all.  Sheri’s pieces reflect the energy and influence of real life with an eye for quality.  This hand-crafted jewelry embodies Sheri’s passion for design, art and her love of music. Live It! Jewelry has been featured in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Palm Beach, Miami and New York but you can stop by Sheri’s shop here in St. Croix and witness the creation of these compelling works in person.  With her island-inspired signature St. Croix Coin and Longitude and Latitude line or something custom-made just for you, carry your Caribbean memories home with Live it! Jewelry. www.stcroix thisweek .com

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has a large selection of Maui Jim, Oakley, Costa, Ray Ban, Gucci, and Dior sunglasses. When it comes to cigars from Arturo Fuente, Ashton, Cohiba, Padron and Montecristo you will find the best stock walk in humidor in the Virgin Islands.

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GALLOWS BAY

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

Undercover Books for the latest in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. 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, St. Joseph’s on Centerline, 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

Mocko Jumbies by Sandra Michael at the SGVBG Museum store. Susan Wall

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

course Franklin didn’t forget his four-legged 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 lunch 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.

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

The Museum Store – 340-692-2874

“La Familia.” Original painting from Rustico’s collection.

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 Connoisseursyou’ll find all the accoutrement necessary for your gourmet home experience. Of

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.

Rustico – 340-718-7257

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

“Three French Hens”...and of course Franklin also has the Always Loveable “Partridge in a Pear Tree!” Patience Brewster Hand-Made, Hand-Painted, Limited Edition Ornaments. Available only at St. Croix’s Favorite Gift Emporium...Franklin’s on the Waterfront, Next Door to Polly’s-In Beautiful Downtown Frederiksted. www.stcroix thisweek .com

“Something Different”

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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.

“All Curry Eaters”

The Court Yard’s Pan-seared Tuna with Sesame Seeds, Wasabi, and Soy. Susan Wall

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 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.

Upscale Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center Dec 12 & Jan 9 • 4:29 - 7:00 pm

Chicken • Beef • Goat • Shrimp • Fish Serving Lunch 10-4:30 pm Wednesday - Saturday 182 Richmond, Christiansted

340-719-(ROTI)-7684

Art Live Music Refreshments Cash Bar $8.00 340-772-2622

www.cmcarts.org

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! 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! 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. dive shops and the seaplane ramp. Guests enjoy a view of the sailboat-dotted Christiansted harbor and St. Croix’s first and still-largest swimming pool. On-property establishments include a store and cafe, the extraordinary custom designs of Live It! Jewelry, and the waterfront Mill Bar—famous for their frozen drinks and voted one of the top 25 bars in the Caribbean.  After a day of island fun, guests can enjoy cocktails at The Rum & Wine Bar or the Palm Garden, a romantically lush tropical hideaway. Restored and renovated, Hotel St. Croix’s charming rooms reflect the historic character of The West Indies. www.hotel-st-croix.com

Avocado Pitt’s Avocado Veggie Wrap with Mix-Betty Smoothie! Susan Wall

Hotel St. Croix/Club Comanche – 340-773-0210 On the boardwalk of the historic Christiansted Harbor, the charmingly Caribbean Hotel St. Croix is near galleries, duty-free shops, custom jewelers, fine restaurants, waterfront bars, excursion boats,

Ft. Christian Brew Pub – 340-713-9820 Enjoy casual boardwalk dining or upstairs with a spectacular view of the harbor at the VIs’ only micro-brewery/pub. In addition to burgers, wings, soup & salads, our unique menu features crab, duck, steamed mussels, shrimp & fresh 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 – 9 pm; Wed is $15 for a Bucket of Beers; Thirsty Thurs are quenched with $10 Pitchers

Angry Nates, on the boardwalk, serving a creative menu 7 days a week. Susan Wall

of Ale. ½-price appetizers are featured during Happy Hours Mon thru Fri from 4:30 – 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 “Bar with the Best Live Entertainment in the VI” by Daily News readers for 2011! MC, VISA. www.fortchristianbrewpub.com

Open 7 Days a Week for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On the Christiansted Boardwalk overlooking the Harbor www.angrynates.com• 340• 692-6283 www.angrynates.com 692-6283

Seafood & Steaks Classic Pizza Fresh Fruit Smoothies Ice Creams Open Monday - Friday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Lunch and Dinner

Burgers & Beer

Burgers  Seafood  Draft Beer Christiansted  773-1844 www.stcroix thisweek .com

Available for Private Functions 7 days a week!

The Sperbers-Emily, Lily, Victoria, Miles.

55 Company Street

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Galangal – 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 Galangal’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 Galangal’s dishes their unique and authentic flavors. Even the soup is made à la minute. St. Croix’s #1 dining destination- (tripadvisor.com). Dinner 5:30 - 9:30. Closed Sunday and Monday. Savant – 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 “Most Creative Cuisine,” Daily News 2009 Readers’ Poll). From our kitchen comes fresh fish, grilled baby calamari, and our famous stuffed filet. The specials are over the top — you just won’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 — from the food, to the wine, to the magic of this place and even to your waiter’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.

The Court Yard Restaurant – 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. Ft. Christian Brew Pub’s Bacon, Pepper Jack, Onion Ring Burger! Susan Wall

Tavern 1844 – 340-773-1844 If you’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 ‘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, 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!

You Are Here Bar & Grille – 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 three 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 – 11 pm every day, it is home of the largest World Map on island so you’ll always know where You Are... when You Are Here! First Place Entrée Winner at A Taste of St. Croix 2013 for Shrimp Corndogs.Add us on Facebook and check us out on Trip Advisor!

Great Food! Great Fun! Great Times!

Home of the “Best Pizza” on Island! In Kings Alley just off the Boardwalk

340-713-0246

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix â&#x20AC;&#x201D; GALLOWS BAY Jaccar Sorbet & Gelato â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-719-6999 Try one of these new Organic & Natural Sorbet flavors-- Carambola Passionfruit, Guava Soursop, Lime, Mango, Mango Papaya, Pineapple Ginger, Lemongrass Mint, Soursop! These, and Fruit Pops, are made in house with fruit pulp, lime juice, & organic Blue Agave Nectar in 4oz & 8 oz biodegradable containers. Also Fruit Smoothies! New Artisan Gelato flavorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla, Strawberry, Aztec Chocolate, Peppermint Candy, Passionfruit, Local Lime, Cookies & Cream, & Ginger Vanilla! Also Gelato Sandwiches, Push Ups, Milkshakes. Homemade Butter Cookies, and Butter Toffee (almonds, coconut, peanuts, Ambrosia Chocolate), sold in Âź -lb containers. Located in Gallows Bay around the corner from Undercover Books, Jaccar has won 2012 & 2013 Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Open Mon, 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm, Tues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm. jaccarsorbets.com Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina serves up Camarones al Ajilloâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shrimp in butter garlic sauce with ajillo pepper! Susan Wall

You Are Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Coast Pizza! 12-cut Zesty Red or Garlic Parmesan with toppings! Susan Wall

The Bistro â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 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.

Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 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; 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 Jaccar Sorbet & Gelatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Butter Toffee with almonds, First Place EntrĂŠe, A Taste of St. Croix 2013, with peanuts, coconut, and Ambrosia chocolate! Pescado a la Veracruzana! mariascantinastx.com Susan Wall AN UPTOWN COFFEE SHOP IN DOWNTOWN FREDERIKSTED

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Dining on St. Croix FIND FREDERIKSTED RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ON PG. 58. 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 openair 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.

Beach Side Café’s Seared Scallops with 4-cheese Pear Tortellini over a savory saffron cream sauce with basil oil. Susan Wall

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!

Open on N Cruise A Z CRU REL Ship BAR Days Local Draft Beer Cruzan Rums - Local Gifts Ft. Christian Brew Pub Apparel Budget Rent-a-Car

2 Strand Street, Frederiksted • 340-713-0612

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!

Grilled Lobster at Turtle’s After Dark.

Freedom City Beach Bar & Grill – 340-713-5159 Eat and drink right on Frederiksted Beach on St. Croix’s West End! Freedom City Beach Bar & Grill Starter Apps include Chicken Wings, Nachos or Baleadas then move on to Nikki’s Famous Burgers (Angus Beef or Veggie), Sandwiches, Tacos. Wraps, and Salads. The bar serves a full drink menu of cocktails, including Painkillers & Frozen Margaritas, mixed drinks plus beer, wine, and spirits for the responsible enjoyment of those over 18. They also offer virgin frozen drinks, coconut water, fruit juices, sodas, and bottled water. Every night offers up a stunning West End Sunset! Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily 11 am – 8 pm. For many years this spot was known as the “Sand Bar.” We try to uphold the legend! www. freedocitybar.blogspot.com 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.

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

Monday thru Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sit back and enjoy a Caribbean sunset in a relaxing atmosphere. Come join us in our restaurant Tuesday - Saturday at 5:00 pm. (340) 772-3936 Prince Passage (Beach Front) • 37 Strand Street, Frederiksted

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — Frederiksted

Blue Moon’s New Orleans-style Jambalaya with chicken, Andouille sausage, peppers, tomatoes, and rice along with Jazzy Shrimp in garlic butter and Cajun spices. Susan Wall

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.

Replenish and Refresh. Crispy Organic Locallygrown Greek Salad with a tall glass of Organic Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea. Say “Ahhhhhh….” Polly’s at the Pier. Susan Wall

Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — East End Blue Water Terrace – 340-692-BLUE (2583) We’re a restaurant, market, AND deli located across from Buck Island on St. Croix’s East End so all meals have a fabulous view! Specialties include steaks & seafood, Lori’s Famous Fried Chicken, BBQ ribs, lasagna, chicken pot pie, hot & cold sandwiches, paninis, salads, & pizzas. The New Market features local produce, wine, beer, & imported cheeses. Our New Deli offers ice cream, a bakery, coffee bar, & take out. Open through the season every day but Wednesday where, at 8am in the Market, your espresso, breakfast, and lunch can be ordered a la carte for here or out.  Dinner begins at 5pm.  We can cater any party, here or at your house! Always call ahead for your reservations, catering parties or to have your food ready for pick up! Find sample menus at www.bluewaterterrace.com.

Open 365 Days

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Restaurant Market Deli St. Croix’s East End Gorgeous Buck Island View!

RESTAURANT: Brunch • Lunch • Dinner

Steaks & Seafood, Lori’s Famous Fried Chicken, BBQ Ribs, Lasagna, and Chicken Pot Pie. Happy Hour Bar Menu.

MARKET: Fresh Local Produce, Wine, Beer, Imported Cheeses DELI: Extra Large Hot & Cold Sandwiches, Paninis, Salads, Pizzas, Ice Cream, Coffee Bar, Bakery & Take Out Meals.

We proudly present Chef’s Kenny Biggs and Larry Tressler, as well as Ms Anna, in the New and Improved Deli, Bakery and Coffee Market! They’ll team up with Lori and Pam to bring you the very best cuisine this side of the Mason-Dixon line!! Matty is heading up our delicious Pizzas and Sczuka on percussion. With a team like this we can also cater any party, here or at your house! We’ll be open through season every day but Wednesday where, at 8am in the market, your Espresso, Breakfast, and Lunch can be ordered a la carte to enjoy the view here or take out. Early dinner begins at 5pm. Always call ahead for your reservations, catering parties or to have your food ready for pick up!

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — EAST END Cheeseburgers in Paradise – 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 Charlie’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. “There’s nothing like a hamburger at Cheeseburger’s (overheard recently), the East End Headquarters for food, fun, and frolic!”

The Galleon’s namesake entrée The Galleon, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Steamed Mussels at Green Cay Marina. Susan Wall

The Buccaneer Restaurants – 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. Children’s menus available. A member of Historic Hotels of America. Awarded “Best Sunset Bar” by Brides magazine; 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Cultured Pelican Ristorante – 340-773-3333 Located in the Coakley Bay Condos, the Cultured Pelican is a great spot for sipping a daiquiri or glass of wine at sunset while enjoying a Buck Island view! Count on a tempting selection of home-style Italian favorites at this open-air East End haunt—a favorite of both visitors and locals. An imaginative dinner menu with nightly specials is served from 6 pm Tuesday – Sunday. Enticing starters lead up to entrees like pastas, veal and fresh fish. Also choose from Pizza and calzones. A fabulous Sunday brunch is served from 10 am – 2 pm with $3. Bloody Marys and Mimosas. The entire menu is available for takeout. Ask about our complete catering menu. Reservations suggested. www.culturedpelican.com. Deep End Bar & Grill • 340-718-7071 Tucked away between Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa and Green Cay Marina sits the Deep End serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week! Dine undercover, poolside, or on the beach all with a smashing view of Green Cay! With a great selection of tropical blender drinks and a diverse menu, there is something for everyone. Come see us for Weeknight Specials – Monday, Mango BBQ Ribs, Tuesday, Trivia, Wednesday,Buy 1 Burger and get ½ price on the 2nd one, Thursday, Bingo at 6:30 with cash prizes, Friday, Crab Races, Saturday, Chef’s Choice with DJ, Sunday, Brunch with Steve Katz (live

Restaurant Bar Market

~Winner~ best appetizer and entree “a taste of st. croix” 2012

~Winner~ wine spectator magazine’s “award of excellence” 2009-2012

Serving Dinner nightly sunday brunch, 10 am - 2 pm 340-718-9948 THE GALLEON ON THE WATERFRONT AT GREEN CAY MARINA

Imaginative appetizers, fresh salads and seafood, choice meats and luscious desserts, complimented by an extensive wine cellar. Serving Dinner Nightly.

340-773-9949

Happy Hour Daily

Try Papi’s unique blend of flavors in his Pickled Greek Kalamari. Food From Many Greek Kitchens, Tessa Kiros

band second Sunday of the month). Open from 7 am to 9 pm daily, we specialize in private parties, weddings, receptions, and meetings oceanside! Divi Carina Bay Resort – 340-773-9700 From the daily lunch buffet seaside at Dockside, to the island’s best brick-oven pizza at East End Pizza to Rok Dining and the Lobster Fest at the Starlite Grille; there’s 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” and place your bet at the Crab Races with Tito & Sue. Thursday is the “Caribbean Beach Barbeque”, complete with Steel Pans, Quadrille Dancers and Mocko Jumbies! Saturday night is the “Beachside Pig Roast” with live entertainment that’ll have you dancing the night away! www.divicarinabay.com

The

Pickled Greek Saturdays 4 pm until $5 GyroS! (eat in only)

Dine-in or Takeout Award winning BBQ and more! Good Food. Good Friends. Good Spirits! East End Road at The Reef Golf Course

Open 6 days a week from 11am til 9 “NEVEr oN SUNDAy” www.pickledgreek.com 1/4 mile East of Christiansted • Reservations 340-713-1868

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Dining on St. Croix FIND EAST END RESTAURNT LOCATIONS ON PG. 54.

Feeding a large group? Just give us a call! We’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

Duggan’s Reef • 340-773-9800 It’s easy to see why this beachfront restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 30 years—voted Best Seafood on St. Croix by readers of the Daily News! An informal, open-to-the-breeze spot overlooking Buck Island, Duggan’s is open for dinner Thursday – Monday from 6 – 9 pm. 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 Duggan’s Sunday Brunch 11 am – 2:00 pm with Eggs Benedict, weekly specials, and $3. Mimosas…, and $3 Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Reservations welcomed. MC, VISA. The Galleon – 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 Biggs’ imaginative appetizers like Homemade Pasta, Housemade Duck Liver Pate, Escargot Provencale, or Caesar salad prepared tableside, and a gourmet entrée – fresh local lobster when available, osso bucco, Chateaubriand for two, or “The Galleon” filet mignon topped with lobster medallions – 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. Croix’s best! New Bar Menu! Secure parking, air-conditioned, reservations recommended. www.galleonrestaurant.com Good Spirits – 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 go—no one does takeout better!

Pick your pasta at Divi Carina Bay Resort’s Pasta Night! Susan Wall

The Pickled Greek – 340-713-1868 Peter Skrivanos and his family welcome you with open arms and old world recipes! Our awardwinning menu was inspired by the home-cooked Greek meals that Peter’s mother and grandmother prepared for him as a child. As with many Greek family recipes nothing was written – 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 – highly recommended! And don’t forget Peter’s famous Bakalava ice cream! Located ¼ mile East of Christiansted. Mon – Sat, 11 am - 9 pm. Call for reservations, takeout, private parties. “Its like Greece without the airfare!” New look, new feel, same great food.

Try our Kalaloo of experiences! From modern day stone-aged cooking with the Rok Dining to the most raved about pizza at East End Pizza. Mixing our Caribbean Culture with American flare check out the Caribbean Beach BBQ Dinner on Thursday Or watch as things heat up with the Fire Dancers on Tuesday Nights. Reservations are required. Call (340) 773-9700!

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East End Road

food • drink • fun! Daily 11am-10pm • 340-718-1118

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Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort Where there’s fun for everyone! www.divicarina.com

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — NORTHSHORE 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 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.

The Palms at Pelican Cove serves up Shrimp with Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, and Spinach over Linquine in Pesto! Susan Wall

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!

Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort Restaurants – 340-778-3800 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

Broiled Lobster Tail, Grilled Mahi and more at Renaissance Caramabola Beach Resort. Susan Wall

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!

Join us for sunsets!

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Authentic Mexican Food Lunch - Dinner Open every day but Tuesday 11 am - until? (the last person pays their bill)

340-718-1815

Kitchen closes at 9 pm • 340-778-9650

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — NORTHSHORE

Farm Fresh Where To Find It!

Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — Mid-Island

ARTfarm, LLC – 340-514-4873 Mon & Wed, 3 pm – 6 pm, Sat, 10-12 noon Farmer/artist Luca Gssperi continues the tradition of quality organic tomatoes, microgreens, salad mixes, fruits, herbs, veggies, potted trees, pineapple plants, & more. www.artfarmllc.com

La Reine Chicken Shack – 340-718-5717 Are you ready to savor one of St. Croix’s bestkept secrets? Taste La Reine Chicken Shack’s mouth-watering BBQ chickens, slowly-cooked on wood-chip coal over an open pit! Get in line! Other menu favorites include, Roast Pork, Ribs, Steak, Local Seafood, daily specials and many other island delicacies. Come mingle with our friendly staff and local patrons in our newly renovated outdoor seating area. Enjoy one of our most popular drinks “Cruzan Confusion” at our full bar. Located mid-island on Route #75, off Centerline Road, we’re open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eat in or Take out!

Christian “Shan” Hendricks Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 8 am – 3 pm, Christiansted Support our local growers at this revitalized VI Dept. of Agriculture market! La Reine Farmers Market – 340-778-0998 Sat, 6:30 am – 11 am Vendors offer herbs, carrots, yams, collard greens, lettuce, beets, mango, avocado, guava, pumpkin, arugula, plants, trees, & much more at this VI Dept of Agriculture market! Ridge to Reef Farm – 340-220-0466 Wed, 3:30 pm We’re a USDA certified organic farm. Preorder produce at www.vilocallygrown.net and pick up or shop Wednesdays at Polly’s at the Pier, Frederiksted.

La Reine Chicken Shack’s Roasted Chicken or Pot Fish served with rice, beans, and salad! Susan Wall

Sajah 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 livestock, eggs, organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and beets, & more. www.sejahfarm.com Sun Croix Foods, LLC – 340-422-1398 Farmers Gary & Laurie Pokorny grow 4 dozen produce varieties like lettuce, spinach, arugula, basil, carrots, okra, cucumbers, sweet peppers & tomatoes. Visit or order online! www.suncroix.com Tropics Hydroponics Farm – 340-227-5546 Mon – Fri, 8 am – 3 pm, Sat, La Reine Market Brian McCulough specializes in high-quality Bibb lettuce & beefsteak & cluster vine-ripened tomatoes fed with purified, nutrientrich well water. First left off Rt. #80 heading to Salt River. VI Farmers Coop – 340-773-3276, 201-2224 Sat, 7 am – 3 pm Vendors pool their produce for a more consistent supply of locally-grown food. Across from the VI Health & Fitness Center at Beeston Hill. Find all farms on the Maps pages 54-56. Days and times are subject to change seasonally; call ahead to confirm or check websites. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Continental Cuisine with Caribbean Flair Flamboyant bar & Grill 11 am - 10 pm • All Day Menu Saman terrace 7 am - 11 am • Breakfast “Pirate’s Buffet” Every Friday Night! Family Fun! • Cultural Experience

Serving the Community for 11 years!

Mouth-Watering Open-Pit BBQ Chicken Roast Pork Ribs • Steak Local Seafood

Newly Renovated with Full Bar

renaissance®

ST. CROIX CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT & SPA

Try our “Cruzan Confusion!”

Open 7 Days a Week! Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

carambolabeach.com

340-778-3800

Rt. 75 off Centerline Road

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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 Cheeseburgers Comanche Rum & Wine Bar Cruzan Barrel Cultured Pelican Ristorante

LOCATION KEY: Phone (340) 719-7684 692-6283 773-9843 772-1205 772-2222 692-2583 718-1118 773-0210

Christiansted ....... C East End ................ E Frederiksted ......... F

Gallows Bay .........G Mid Island............ M Northshore ...........N

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Open Pit BBQ / Seafood

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Authentic Mexican Authentic Mexican Food Coffee/Internet/Fresh Breakfast / Pirates Buffet Thai / Mexican /Caribbean

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The Bistro The Court Yard Restaurant The Mermaid at the Buccaneer The Palms at Pelican Cove The Pickled Greek The Terrace at the Buccaneer The Waves at Cane Bay Turtle’s After Dark Turtle’s Deli You Are Here *See ads for more info and location

772-2435 773-7769 712-2100 718-8920 713-1868 712-2100 718-1815 772-3936 772-3676 227-6498

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Deep End Bar & Grill Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Duggan’s Reef East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay Flamboyant Beach Bar at Carambola Fort Christian Brew Pub Freedom City Bar & Grill Galangal The Galleon Good Spirits Jaccar Sorbet La Reine Chicken Shack Maria’s Cantina Pirate’s Tavern Polly’s at the Pier Saman Restaurant at Carambola Savant

773-9800 773-9700 778-3800 713-9820 713-5159 773-0076 718-9948 692-4663 719-6999 778-5717 713-0222 778-9650 719-9434 778-3800 713-8666

Starlite Grille at Divi Carina Bay

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Restaurant Entertainment CALYPSO / REGGAE / LATIN Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Sat 7-10pm Cheeseburger’s — Sat 6-9pm

GUITAR & SONG

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

JAZZ & BLUES

MIXED VENUE

HIP HOP

Beach Side Café — Sat 6:30-9:30pm Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Fri 7-10pm Cheeseburger’s — Fri 6-9pm Divi Casino Showbar — Fri 10pm-2am, Sat 9pm-2am, Sun 6pm-10pm The Palms at Pelican Cove — Fri – Sat 6-9pm

KEYBOARD & SONG

Good Spirits — Thurs 6-9pm

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 The Court Yard — Fri 10:30pm - 4:00am Hotel St. Croix Rum & Wine Bar — Fri 5-7pm The Galleon — Fri 6-10pm

OPEN MIKE

STEEL PAN

Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Mon 7-10pm Duggan’s Reef — Fri 7 – 10pm (starting in Jan) Palms at Pelican Cove — Sun 11-2pm

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

WINE: BEST PICK! Turley Juvenile Zinfandel

Freedom City Surf Beach Grill—Rose Would Be Pleased!

by Anne Salafia

With holiday season in full swing, many of us look for a special wine to accompany our festive meals. Fine restaurants have enhanced their wine lists and offer a host of wines ideal for a feast or a toast. Byron Gregory, General Manager and Wine Consultant at Prestige Wine Group, suggests Turley Juvenile Zinfandel. “This is a perfect wine for the varied holiday flavors---especially here in the Caribbean with our pumpkin and squash dishes, our turkey and macaroni,” he says. Like older vine Zinfandels, the Turley Juvenile Zinfandel hints of spice and pepper. The younger grape may not be as smooth as older ones but boasts a fresh style. “Turley is the California specialist in single vineyard Zinfandels. It makes 32 wines of which 29 are Zinfandels,” Gregory says. “Many of the vines are between 50 and 75 years old; juvenile vines are 6-25.” As older vines cease producing, Turley wants the next generation underway. Started by Larry Turley in St. Helena, CA in 1993, the boutique winery produces only 16,000 cases a year. Most are sold through Turley’s mailing lists. “This leaves about 5000 cases for distribution around the world,” says Gregory. “Sixteen states and the Virgin Islands get the wine.” St. Croix has been privileged. When Christina Turley, Director of Sales and Marketing, visited, she fell in love with the island. “I think that’s why we’re blessed to get so many types of Turley here,” says Gregory. Lift a glass of Turley in your favorite St. Croix restaurant! www.stcroix thisweek .com

Rose. Freedom City Grill’s Cilantro/Lime Rice Bowl with sweet corn, black beans, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole. Top with beef, chicken, or shrimp. Susan Wall

Nikki Cicero and her sister, Pi Presto form the dynamic duo that owns and operates Freedom City Surf Board Shop & Beach Grill on Frederiksted Beach. The bar and grill is a sport and family friendly venue offering seating for up to 24 patrons on the dining deck and a 10-seat bar with an unobstructed sunset view unequaled on the West End of St. Croix. Located across from the Paul E Joseph Stadium, there are occasional live performances and a Full Moon Party each month with fire dancers and stand-up paddling (SUP) to the Frederiksted Pier. The pair took over the old Sand Bar over three years ago, a landmark cantina in Frederiksted since the 1970’s. Weary from years spent caring for their maternal grandmother before her death at 94 in 2010, the family needed a fresh start. They chose a life that offered the tranquility of an island, a higher quality lifestyle, and the independence of being able to craft your own destiny as an entrepreneur. That destiny has become the Freedom City Surf Board Shop & Beach Grill. Their grandmother’s dearest wish had been for her granddaughters to pack up her trove of vintage Italian cookbooks and her favorite kitchen wares and put them to good use where they would be appreciated. Nikki and Pi agreed and hatched a business plan for the island of St. Croix. Today, the spirit of their maternal grandmother, Rose, watches over the establishment

every day and she blesses each dish created there. Her glowing portrait enjoys a prominent position behind the bar. Chef Nikki learned her skills first from growing up as part of a tight-knit Italian community in New York City - displaying a talent for creating classic flavors at a young age. Honing her culinary skills at some of the busiest franchises in New York gave her the managerial know-how she needed to make the leap to business owner.  Freedom City Surf Beach Grill has become one of the most popular beach bars on the island to enjoy a frozen cocktail at sunset, play a beach game and wait for the elusive green flash. The bar is open every day by 11am, serving lunches, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, 21 different burger choices and a wide selection of meals, snacks and appetizers - in addition to a full bar. The kitchen serves until  8pm but the bar stays open later for drinks and the coldest beer in the West.  Customers include a jolly mixture of locals, ex-pats and visitors to the island. West-enders know they can always stop here for a drink and a tantalizing meal.  A happy assortment of regulars ensures the conversation will be delightful. Freedom City Surf Beach Grill (340) 713-5159  freedomcitybar.blogspot.com December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 31


Attractions & Tours

PLAY TABLE GAMES, VIDEO POKER & SLOTS AT DIVI CARINA BAY CASINO!

ATTRACTIONS

Randall “Doc” James Racetrack • 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 – 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 – 340-773-1460 Tours of both sides of the park. Great view of Salt River Bay from the Visitor’s Center. Bookstore. Open by appointment. www.nps.gov/sari

Christiansted National Historic Site — 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 (Visitors’ Center). Tours available. See Tours.

The Roseway • 340-626-7877 (World Ocean School) A registered U. S. National Historic Landmark schooner. Daily public sunset sails and private charters Dec – March. Ship’s Store.

Divi Carina Bay Casino • 340-773-7529 — Play at our 1st and only casino. Table games, video poker, slot machines. Free entertainment.

St. George Village Botanical Gardens • 340-692-2874 1500 native and exotic species on 16 acres. Daily tours. Museum Store.

Fort Frederik Museum & Art Gallery — Fort Tours and Gallery Showings, (340) 772-2021. Government House — 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.

● Wilderness skills workshops ● Orchard, garden, & historic ruins tours ● Edible and medicinal plant walks ● Guided rainforest & nature trail hikes ● Campfire activities ● Homeschool & after-school programs

Whim Museum.

Ted Davis

Whim Museum • 772-0598 Tour a completely restored sugar cane plantation. Daily Greathouse tours and s elf-guided walking tours of the grounds. Museum Store.

Estate

WHIM MUSEUM St. Croix Landmarks Society

The Museum of St. Croix’s Culture & History Explore the sugar factory, slave quarters and great house. Current Exhibits Who Ben Sen Yoh: Crucian Musicians & Their Music Emancipation Revisted . . . and Come Live With Me Ties That Bind My Granny House Trace Your Ancestry In our Research Library & Archive

● Unique island rainforest getaway ● Comfortable, eco-friendly lodging ● Fun, natural site for reunions & weddings ● Relax here in nature’s splendor Creque Dam Road, Frederiksted

www.mtvictorycamp.com • (340) 201-7983

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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— St. Croix

NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK SCHOONER ROSEWAY RETURNS DEC 25 FOR DAILY SUNSET SAILS & PRIVATE CHARTERS.

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

Sweeny’s

St. Croix Safari Tours

Narrated tour iNcludes: ■ Botanical Garden ■ Ft. Frederik Museum ■ Frederiksted Lunch Stop ■ Drive through Rain Forest ■ Cruzan Rum Distillery

Departs 10 a.m., Downtown Christiansted, opposite Government House, King Street Returns 3:30, Monday - Friday

Email: sjtous@gmail.com

Call: 773-6700 for Reservations!

Riding on the beach.

Ted Davis

Bush Lady Tours — Veronica M. Gordon Frederiksted Walking Tours Ay Ay Ay Eco Hike Tours

(340) 719-5455 • www.chantvi.org

Paul & Jill’s Stable

Sightseeing on Horseback 340-772-2880

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*Offer Expires January 31, 2014

Beach/Rain Forest • Tropical Trail Combo • Nature Tour A photographer’s paradise • Beginners and families welcome

www.stcroix thisweek .com

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Island Art

CHECK THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR ART SHOWS & CLASSES DURING DECEMBER & JANUARY!

Meet Cover Artist Davina Pallone

“A dance of science and culture, nature and domesticity, technology and mythology, comfort and conflict: the smallest of particles and the size of the universe merge into one dream of beauty, color, tension, pattern, balance and surprise.” “I was born in Michigan to a young military family and spent my childhood traipsing around the country and the globe as my father’s career set a path for exploration. I was a daydreamy child, inventing my own fantastical inner worlds and constantly reading, drawing and creating. Each time my family moved, my mother would build up the excitement of seeing new places, meeting new friends, maybe even learning a new language. In the meantime, my engineer father would teach me mathematics by drawing calculus integrals on our car’s windshield during long road trips, and telling me I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it.

After graduation, I moved to Utah where I started a small graphic and web design studio and immersed myself in Salt Lake City’s rich and vibrant art scene. I studied painting, weaving and sculpture; built custom, modern wood furniture; owned a contemporary downtown art gallery hosting 12 shows a year; and served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Pride Center and the Executive Committee of the Utah Museum of Fine Art’s Young Benefactors.

Sea Grape.

Summers were spent at my maternal grandparents’ small golf course/motel in central Florida, swimming and catching lizards and watching great, silly TV shows: Looney Tunes, The Lil’ Rascals, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Monkees. Holidays were spent with my paternal grandparents, watching my grandmother paint still-lifes, my grandfather make homemade sausage and meatballs, and playing with my nine aunts and uncles. Fast-forward to 1988, twelve schools later: my father was stationed at the American Embassy in Egypt. I spent a few very formative years in my late teens and early twenties in Cairo – most notably during the first Gulf War – working, making pen & ink drawings, travelling to the Sinai and talking world politics late into the night with my friends – who ranged in nationality from Tunisian to Palestinian, Greek, Egyptian, Kuwaiti, American, and everything in between. Higher education beckoned, so after a brief stint in New York City I rejoined my parents for their second tour in Germany and The Netherlands, working at a NATO storage facility and attending night classes. In 1993 I decided to follow in my father’s footsteps as an engineering student, leaving Europe for the remote and beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

In December 2008, I visited St. Croix and fell madly, swiftly in love with my future wife, Lisa, as well as the island and its people, history, critters and food. My imagination was taken with the world above and below the Caribbean Sea. St. Croix distills and reinvents various aspects of many of my past homes: the tropical lushness of my childhood summers in Florida; the deep history, cultural significance and diversity that I treasured in Egypt; the neighborly interconnectedness and extreme weather patterns of rural Upper Michigan; the multifaceted and vibrant art scene of Salt Lake City. It took me two years to wrap up various commitments in Utah in order to make St. Croix my home, and since moving here I’ve been inspired at every turn. I’ve been privileged to work closely with the St. Croix Landmarks Society and the newly-formed Christiansted Community Alliance – the optimism, forward-thinking and community focus of these organizations and the people behind them is uplifting and so incredibly important to positive change.

Farmland. My years at Michigan Technological University were an intense juxtaposition of mathematics, art, social causes and ska/ punk rock: both the right and left sides of my brain had one big party. In the end, the right side rose victorious – I switched from Chemical Engineering to Scientific and Technical Communications in the middle of my junior year, extremely excited about the brand-sparkly-new World Wide Web, the intersection of science and art, and the social, cultural and educational impacts of rhetoric and technology.

My original love is painting, although from 2004-10 I indulged my urge to reenvision spaces with site-specific, multimedia installations – my favorite was Hole No.3 of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporary Masters: Artist Designed Miniature Golf exhibition. When I moved to St. Croix I returned to painting, and the experience has been akin to getting reacquainted with an old friend. Regardless of medium, my creative side distills a love for physics, nature, design, travel, culture, community and connection. I have great dreams of future projects and collaborations on St. Croix, and will continue to post my artistic adventures on my website at www.davinapallone.com.”

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Island Art

FIND LOCAL ART AT CARIBBEAN MUSEUM CENTER & DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN BOTH TOWNS! Art@Top Hat – 513-35558 Art @ Top Hat is a wonderful gallery on Company Street in Christiansted, across from the U.S. Post Office. It is host to the best of our local talent as well as internationally well-known artists. This beautifully restored townhouse dates from the mid-1800s and is a fabulous setting for ever-changing exhibits of modern and traditional paintings, watercolors, handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, giclées, prints, posters and art cards. Antiques and special items from estate sales round out the unique offerings. A “must” to visit - easy to find that special gift for yourself, your home or for a friend. Available for small events. Open for Art Thursdays November through May or call for an appointment. Visit us at www.artattophat.com Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts – 772-2622 A showcase for local talent and international arts, the Museum Center is housed in an 18th century Danish townhouse on Frederiksted’s magnificent waterfront. CMCArts offers year-round exhibitions, classes, and shows for all ages. The Artistsin-Residence Program offers special classes, demonstrations and “open studio” 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 – 340-719-1201 D&D Studio Gallery is a ‘must see” 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, “Where Photography is Art!” Henle Studio – 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. Croix’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 – 340-332-4556 There is always something interesting at Maufé Gallery, featuring an array of artists and artwork. Gallery owner/artist Thérèse Trudeau welcomes you to Maufé 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 C’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

www.cmcarts.org

info@cmcarts.org

Jose Joseph

#10 Strand Street , Frederiksted Open Thurs -Sat, 10 am- 5pm All Cruise Ship Days Sunset Jazz till 6:30pm • 340-772-2622

Modern & Traditional Fine Art Sculpture • Ceramics • Jewelry Giclees • Prints • Posters • Cards Antiques • Collectibles • Estate Sales

340-513-3558 • www.artattophat.com 2128 Company Street, Christiansted Across from Post Office & Market www.stcroix thisweek .com

Maria Henle • Fritz Henle • Tina Henle & other artists #55 Company St., Christiansted mariahenlestudio.com • 340-718-0372 December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 35


Island Weddings MARRY ME ON ST. CROIX!

W

Five Minutes to Showtime!

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. 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 wedding dream come true!

Tina Henle Photography – 340-718-0372

Q Studio, LLC – 340-332-6921

Capture your wedding, event or family portraiture with the award-winning photography of Tina Henle. Tina’s unobtrusive yet engaging approach allows for a wide stylistic range of inspired and creative imagery. Your moments will be preserved for a lifetime in any of St. Croix’s natural beauty locations of beaches, hillside views, gardens and architecture. Tina’s fine art photography can also be viewed at the Henle Studio, 55 Company Street, Christiansted. For further info visit www.tinahenle.com

p h o t o g r a p h y

Fine Art • Portraits • Weddings • Commercial Henle Studio #55 Company St., Christiansted

www.TinaHenle.com • 340.718.0372

Tina Henle

Through classic and contemporary techniques, Quiana introduces a fresh myriad of perspectives depicted in her photographic images. From sassy to exotic to romantic, Quiana’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

With any major production, the most exhilarating yet nerve wracking moment is when you hear the ”5-minute call.” You’re head’s full of thoughts about crossing a threshold into a new chapter of your life and all the adventures, challenges, and triumphs that have brought you to this very moment. As a wedding photographer, I’m with the bride at the 5-minute call witnessing her range of emotions. That, and the fact that I have been a destination bride myself, qualify me to offer you some tips that will ease your nerves and make the short trip down the long aisle less stressful. Use the ladies room! So often with all the energy around the bride, this small detail is easily forgotten. With the bride anxious to get into her dress, this small detail could become a major issue if the wedding dress is tightly fitted, layered, or generally complicated. Since the dress, shoes, and jewelry are usually the last to go on before walking down the aisle, make sure to take a bathroom break. Drink Water! Many times when photographing brides getting ready, there is always a wealth of champagne flowing. However, remember to have a few bottles of water available as well. Save a bottle specifically for the 5-minute call. Its common to be nervous which may cause your mouth to become dry. The last thing you want is to feel and sound parched during the ceremony. A few sips of water will get you to the kiss! Take at least one minute to be alone. It’s an awesome feeling to be completely surrounded by people especially in the moments leading up to the ceremony and, for some brides, the crowd may feel smothering especially 5 minutes before the ceremony. Take a moment to compose your thoughts, be present, and breathe.If you do not feel comfortable asking people to leave, include your time alone in the wedding timeline. Happy Planning! 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.

VELKOMMEN!

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).

A Short List of Danish Legacy Holiday Traditions — by Nina York Considering the history of Denmark the Christmas celebration in former days owning and administering what is toof slavery had great meaning, not merely day’s U.S. Virgin Islands for several hunfor its religious message, but the fact that dred years, you would think that a much it brought a welcome relief from the daily greater legacy of those times would have drudgery in the cane fields. The extended endured. Still, we have to realize that holidays constitute a part of the Danish while the Danish population here during Christmas celebration and endure, with those days was not insignificant, the large continued merrymaking into the New majority was here temporarily as governYear. While the masquerade tradition that ment officials and military; indeed, very arose here for the holidays has a counterfew Danish plantation owners settled Danish braided paper heart baskets. Nina York part in Denmark at Lent, it is not part of here. Nearly all had a hard time adjusting Danish Christmas traditions. to the hot climate, and the different lifestyle as well as health conFood and drink specially created for holiday celebrations met cerns made them look forward to going home. with the challenge of climate differences and lack of refrigeration in former days. A smoked ham was an exception, equally An example of the difference between the Danish winter months welcome on both sides of the Atlantic. What was often seen was and the island equivalent is evident in the difference in outdoor a local adaptation of a Danish dish, is seen in red grout (rødgrød), temperatures – balmy here, chilly and damp there. The winter herring gundy (sildesalat), crustades (same name in Danish), to months there are dreary – in particular because of the many hours of name a few. darkness, where daylight may be just six hours of the twenty-four. To compensate for the dark, the Danes through the year but especially As a token of the strong friendship that remains between the isat Christmas time are candle enthusiasts, lighting them on any occalands and Denmark, we maintain a Friends of Denmark Society that sion they can imagine. This custom of course has gained popularity soon will celebrate its 50th anniversary. At Christmastime, organihere and in many countries and carries a symbolic message as well. zations like the St. Croix Landmarks Society show this attachment by featuring a Christmas tree decorated in Danish style exhibited It must have been hard to transpose the Danish Christmas cusat Whim Museum near Frederiksted, with many paper ornaments toms to the islands, as it is for anyone who has grown up and lived such as braided hanging heart baskets and colorful cones, flag garin a temperate climate where snow and sleigh bells, or a Santa Claus lands and the traditional julenisse, a beloved Christmas pixie. coming down a chimney, do not seem totally out of character. Here, 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

Ride Adventure, the newest and quickest power cat to Buck Island!

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Sail aboard Teroro II (42’) or Dragonfly (38’) Trimarans and experience a personalized tour of Buck Island National Monument. The National Underwater Trail is a snorkel sight second to none!

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LIGHTHEART’S CHARTERS MENU OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF SAILING EXPERIENCES!

Bringing People Together on Lightheart!

For those seeking to learn to sail or improve their skills, we teach sailing informally or offer American Sailing Association certification at levels 101-105.

“There is something special that occurs while sailing in open waters - so totally steeped in nature with its awesome beauty, power and motion - that naturally brings people together, creating trust, authenticity, friendship and fun. For me, that’s what Lightheart Sailing is all about. After I’d raced and coached individuals and sailing teams for 40 years, and after I’d spent far too much time behind a desk in a professional office, my wife Martha and I bought our beautiful 40-foot Hanse sloop Lightheart. We sailed her all along the U.S. eastern seaboard, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas, and spent a year cruising the eastern Caribbean.  Now we have settled on the beautiful island of St. Croix, and Lightheart is here for your own magical experiences while sailing our clear tropical waters. Our menu of charters offers you a wide range of sailing experiences.  You might choose a half-day or full-day sail exploring

Captain Peter Branning.

St. Croix’s coastline, or perhaps you’d prefer a peaceful romantic sunset sail. These charters are conveniently based at Green Cay Marina, just outside Christiansted. Lightheart Sailing also offers extended charters throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Our guests can snorkel the reefs, join diving excursions, hike, beachcomb, sample world-reknowned restaurants or little hideaways, and just relax on a 3-10 day excursion.

For me, the best part of Lightheart Sailing is our guests. However they choose to participate, we’ve found that almost universally, the conversations aboard Lightheart are interesting and the experiences we share on the water are fun. Our guests leave with smiles and sometimes hugs, and often they tell us their time on Lightheart was the highlight of their vacation.” Peter Branning is a retired attorney, commercial pilot and USCG captain and master. His wife Martha Boston leads personal growth adventures and executive trainings at sea, on shore, and virtually. www.captainscourageous.net.

PETER BRANNING www.lightheartsailing.com 340-244-0240 • 941-504-1405

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

Jolly Roger – 340-513-2508

Sailing Association. With our partner Captains Courageous, we offer customized business events, personal growth adventures, and sunrise or sunset meditation sails.  Welcome aboard Lightheart! www.lightyeartsailing.com

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.

Llewellyn’s Charter – 340-773-9027

Take a fast and exciting sail with local sailing legend and calypso recording artist Llewellyn Westerman aboard his 37-foot locally-designed and built, six-passenger performance trimaran Charis+. He’s been sailing to Buck Island National Monument since 1960 and assures a comfortable arrival to the beach or the first designated underwater National Park. Snorkel gear is provided. Departs from the St. Croix Yacht Club at Teague Bay 9 to 1:00 am, 1:30 to 5:30 pm, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Personalized sails available. Call for more information and reservations

Lightheart Sailing Charters—340-626-8104

Come enjoy the light-hearted time of your life! Lightheart is an elegant 40-foot European sloop designed for comfort and performance.  Captain Peter Branning invites you aboard for a private half- or full-day sailing excursion. You can sit back and relax or even take the helm, plus enjoy snorkelling and swimming on an outing designed just for you. If you prefer, an idyllic 2-hour sunset cruise is the perfect end to a day of exploring the island.  We also offer extended charters around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as a learn-to-sail program with certifications from the American

Teroro II and Dragonfly – 340-718-3161

Experience a personalized tour of Buck Island on Teroro II. Tina Henle

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 Learning balance at an early age! JR-09-214more copy.pdf 1 Board 6/29/09 AM – the most phenomenal macro dive you’ll Freedom City Surf Shop 9:57Pier ever do… all in the same day! One day introductory courses and beach dives get beginners in the water within hours of initial instruction!

Cane Bay Dive Shop – 340-773-9913

Less crowded trips! ● Private charters are our specialty!

It’s always a great day at Cane Bay. There’s something for the entire family. Dive, snorkel or just relax on the beach at beautiful Cane Bay. A perfect place for beginner snorkeling or diving. The 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.

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

Dive Experience – 340-773-3307

Sea-Thru Kayaks VI – 340-244-8696

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

BIOLUMINESCENT BAY TOURS in the only clear kayaks on STX. Visit our bay at Salt River National Park, which is currently being studied by the National Park Service and Dr. Michael Latz of Scripps Institute California. Experience the bay that the scientific community was unaware existed until a year ago and now is being called possibly the best of the six or seven year round bioluminescent bays in the world. Our see-through boats are the best way to view this—definitely better than swimming through it! Business owned by life-long, father and son residents offering award-winning clear kayaks in two styles. Also check out our morning tour and nighttime “Creepy Crawler Critter Hunt” at Altona Lagoon. www.seathrukayaks.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

KAYAK TOURS 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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Freedom City Surf & Grill – 340-277-0682 or fax 1-450-735-1480 or fax 1-450-735-1480 SUP, aka “KU Hoe He’e Nalu,” originated in Hawaii, has arrived on the West End of St. Croix! With a When emailing When emailing please mention please contract mention con quick learning curve our trained crew will have you Number &Number Secter. & Secter. “standing strong” in no time. Daily lessons & rentals or customized SUP Safaris through the mangroves of Gaba design Gaba will design not be willresponsible not be responsi Altoona Lagoon or the East End Marine Park. Book a Partyon or Full Moon Paddle. Get out ofthe the gym for any mistake for SUP any mistake this ad onafter this ad after t and get fit through our SUP Fitness program – build customercustomer has signified has muscle signified approval approval core strength, improve mass and endurance. We also teach Kids SUP including water safety, balFor any questions Forance, anyandquestions concerning concerning artwork, artwo stroke. Full Service SUP and surf retail and rental shop Beach across from Frederiksted please callplease 1-450-623-6387 callat Limin’ 1-450-623-6387 ballpark. Living the Stoke!

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TRY THE FASTEST GROWING WATER SPORTS—STAND UP PADDLE SURFING & KITEBOARDING!

Roseway Returns Christmas Eve!

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by Abby Kidder, President and Co-founder, World Ocean School

On Christmas Eve you just might see the red sails of Roseway on the horizon as she sails towards her winter port of Gallows Bay. This year, World Ocean School’s National Historic Landmark ship, Roseway will continue the education programs at sea, begun six years ago, for the island’s schools and youth organizations. As World Ocean School wraps up another busy year that served over 2,200 students on board Roseway in Savannah, St. Croix, and Boston, they are excited to be back home in Christiansted for the start of a new year. Having just sailed from Savannah where Roseway spent six weeks working with local schools on the Savannah River, it’s time to get back out to the open ocean. On tap for this winter, World Ocean School is working on a partnership with the National Park Service to provide experiential learning opportunities for 7th grade classrooms around the maritime history of Columbus Landing. In an on-going effort to combat the growing school drop-out rates, Roseway will continue to welcome aboard students from both public and private schools in academically driven maritime programs that not only enhance classroom learning but motivate and inspire kids to want to learn. Along with the education programs, Roseway will also open her decks to locals and visitors for daily sunset sails, making this 88-year-old historic landmark ship open to the public. For more information about programs or day-sails, call 340-626-7877 or visit www.worldoceanschool.org. www.stcroix thisweek .com

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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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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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R E C R E AT I O N GOLF

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.

Cramer Park - Just before Pt. Udall, on

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

TENNIS

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

Rainbow Beach - North of Frederiksted is this lively beach with bar and restaurant plus watersports and volleyball. Live music on Sunday afternoons. Great for swimming!

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

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.

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

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.

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

Duggan’s Reef Restaurant at The Reef Beach.

Ted Davis

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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.

Chenay Bay.

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 Flight....................................340-714-3000 Shoreline Aviation......................340-642-3000 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

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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.

Ted Davis

Phone Numbers St. George Village Botanical Garden.... 340-692-2874

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. December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 47


Island Accommodations

Arawak Bay: the Inn at Salt River

Chenay Bay Beach Resort Classic St. Croix

340-332-2504

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

Hotel St. Croix

340-773-0210

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

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Rattan Inn

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t’s a short flight from St. Croix to Old San Juan and a stay at La Terraza de San Juan on Calle Sol. Located within walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this boutique hotel gets you close to history, great shopping, dining, nightlife, and cultural events.

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340-772-1205

Sugar Beach

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Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa

340-718-4455

Vacation St. Croix

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Waves at Cane Bay

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hether you’re planning your wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway, or family vacation, St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, has accommodations to suit everyone! Choose The Buccaneer, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa or Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort & Casino and get tennis, watersports, shopping, spas, beaches, and restaurants. The Buccaneer and Renaissance Carambola also offer golf. Consider small hotel charm at Sand Castle on the Beach, Frederiksted. This boutique hotel has studios, suites, and villas on a magnificent beach with fresh-water pools, and award-winning Beach Side Café and Iguana Lounge. Tamarind Reef Resort features 38 beachfront rooms, 2 restaurants, a seaside pool, lighted tennis courts, and day spa. Enjoy spectacular views of the Caribbean, Green Cay, Buck Island, and the yachts at Green Cay Marina.

Vacation St. Croix represents the finest vacation villas and includes personalized service from planning to arrival. Enjoy all the privacy and space of a beautiful home combined with hotelquality services and amenities. Cruzan Sands Villa on the Beach is a new luxury beachfront villa in Estate Salt River. Family friendly, it sleeps 8 comfortably. Enjoy the wonderful sandy beach and the views from the spacious, covered wrap-around porch! Mt. Victory Camp Eco Lodge is a unique rainforest getaway; comfortable lodging in a natural site. Take advantage of workshops, tours, walks, hikes and other activities. Relax here in nature’s splendor! A tranquil bed & breakfast, Rattan Inn & Tea Garden is nestled into five acres of rolling hills and the ruins of a sugar cane plantation, c. 17501850. This enchanted, lush property features five secluded residences, by the night or by the month, and a large, welcoming pool.

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Transportation

RENTAL CARS, TAXI & TOUR INFORMATION

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

TAXI CHARGES AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS ■ The charges to areas not listed in this schedule shall be arrived at by using the nearest tariffed place crossed to the next tariffed place ahead, based on one nearest to the passenger’s destination. ■ These rules include, “A taxi operator, while on duty, shall not refuse any passenger unless the passenger is intoxicated and disorderly or in possession of a pet or animal (other than a seeing-eye dog or service dog) that is not properly secured in a kennel case or other suitable container. There shall be no charge for the seeing-eye or service dog. ■ Kennel charges: Large kennel $30, small kennel $20. ■ Round trip fares: double the oneway fare plus waiting charges.

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■ Hourly Rates (1 - 4 passengers) Sedan/Mini Van $40; Van $55; Safari $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passenger(s).

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Taxi stands in Christiansted are on King Street near Government House and at Market Square; in Frederiksted by Fort Frederik. You can stop by and make arrangements to be picked up later in the day. Contact the Taxi Division with compliments, complaints, problems or questions. The number is (340) 773-2226, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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CHOOSE FROM OUR FLEET OF: Jeeps, Suv’s, Minivans CHOOSE FROM OUR FLEET OF: ChooseCars, from our fleet of: and FLEET Passenger Vans. Cars, Jeeps, Suv’s, MinivansAlternate affordable ways of getting around CHOOSE OUR Cars,FROM Jeeps, SUV’s,OF: Minivans

■ Enjoy our friendly and efficient service.

www.rentacarstcroix.com orand email -Passenger hertzstx@viaccess.net Vans. are group taxi vans (marked Taxi) that ply Cars, Jeeps, Suv’s, Minivans many routes. Economy-minded visitors can www.rentacarstcroix.com email - hertzstx@viaccess.net pick up a ride from Christiansted to Frederikandand Passenger Vans.(340)Vans. Henry Passenger E. Rohlsen Airport: 778-1402 oror(340) 778-9744

www.rentacarstcroix.com email: hertzstx@viaccess.net www.rentacarstcroix.com or email -or hertzstx@viaccess.net Henry E. Rohlsen Airport: (340) 778-1402 or (340) 778-9744 share with local riders. Departures are from *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

sted or reverse for $2.50, if they are willing to

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.

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.

*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 Top Hat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.artattophat.com Maufe Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.maufegallery.com ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . chantvi.org Divi Carina Bay Casino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.carinabay.com Paul & Jill’s Stables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.paulandjills.com Ridge to Reef Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visfi.org 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 Good Hope Country Day School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ghcds.org DINING Angry Nates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.angrynates.com Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bluewaterterrace.com Cultured Pelican Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.culturedpelican.com Ft. Christian Brew Pub. . . . . . . . . www.fortchristianstedbrewpub.com Freedom City Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . . www.freedomcitybar.blogspot.com Good Spirits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.facebook.com/goodspiritsvi Jaccar Sorbet & Gelato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jaccarsorbets.com Polly’s at the Pier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pollysatthepier.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 Christiansted 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 La Terraza de San Juan. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.laterrazahotelsanjuan.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 Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty. . . . . . . . www.coldwellbankervi.com 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 Live it! Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.liveitjewelry.com Quin House Galleries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.quinhousegalleries.com 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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. . . . . . . . . . . . www.standuppaddleconnection.com Jolly Roger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jollyrogervi.com Kitesurf/Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.kitestcroix.com Lightheart Sailing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lightheartsailing.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 December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 53


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Restaurants 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

Ace Roti Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 Cheeseburger’s In Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Cultured Pelican Ristorante. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 Deep End Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-2 Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 Duggan’s Reef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . N-2 Flamboyant Bar & Grill at Renaissance Carambola. . D-1 Good Spirits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 La Reine Chicken Shack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-2 Mermaid at The Bucaneer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Pirate’s Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-1 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. Hideaway Spa at the Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 2. Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2

3. Rustico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 4. Tamarind Reef Resort Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 5. The Museum Store at Botanical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . D-4 6. The Spa at Renaissance Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1

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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. Lightheart Sailing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 6. Llewellyn’s Charter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 7. Paul and Jill’s Equestrian Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2 8. Randall “Doc” James Racetrack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 9. Renaissance Carambola Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-2 10. Sweet Bottom Dive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 11. Teroro II & Dragonfly Day Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 12. The Reef Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 13. Virgin Kayak Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 14. West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3

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Farms ARTfarm, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J-4 La Reine Farmers’ Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-3 Ridge to Reef (VISFI). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-2 Sejah Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-3 Sun Croix Foods, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-3 Tropics Hydroponics Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-2 VI Farmers’ Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3

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Banco Popular ATM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2, H-3 First Bank ATM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2, H-3 Scotia Bank ATM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 Kings Hill Post Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-3 Richmaond Post Office. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2

1. Captain Morgan Distillery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 2. Caribbean Community Theater (CCT). . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 3. Cruzan Rum Factory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-4

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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. December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 55


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Budget St. Croix Centerline Car Rentals Seaborne Seaplane Ramp Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours

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P - Parking Real Estate & Rentals

1. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty 2. Vacation St. Croix

Local Art 1. 2. 3. 4.

D&D Studio Henle Studio Maufe Gallery Top Hat

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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. December 2013 / January 2014 • Page 57


Frederiksted Map

CATCH A FREE JAZZ CONCERT AT THE FREDERIKSTED BANDSTAND DEC 20 & JAN 17 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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Historic Frederiksted

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ATM (3) 1 Boat Ramp/Fish Market 2 4Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts 3 4C.H.A.N.T 4 4Fire Station 5 4Ingeborg Nesbitt Clinic 6 4Post Office 7 4Public Restrooms 8 4Visitors’ Bureau (upstairs) 9

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Hotels and Inns

4Cottages By The Sea 1 4Frederiksted Hotel 2 4Sand Castle on the Beach 3

Real Estate / Rentals 4Calabash Realtors

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4Cane Bay Dive Shop 1 4Freedom City Surf & Grill 2 4West End Water Sports 3

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ARTS in the U. S. Virgin Islands Part 10 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. A HERITAGE IN THE MAKING Life can only be understood backward but it must be lived forward. Kierkegaard Today, a generation is growing up, living in space, finding form, creating style and getting messages from the rest of the world. How will that space look? Who will help them find form? What style will they create? Which messages will get through? The generations, already grown, are making that heritage for them every day. Sensitive or destructive, passive or active, the adult world is making the choices and creating the environment.

--Youngsters do not realize that anyone, other than their art teacher – if there is one at that particular school – is interested in art…

Art is All. It brings people together. It elevates the masses. It teaches little children to reach for beauty.

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--need to see more art and work with art… --no chance for my talents without a concert orchestra… --not enough concert minded people… GROWING UP is a time for exploration. It is a time to test the limits of sensation, endurance, skill. It is a “no comment” time. Most of all – it is a time when there still is time.

--We need better opportunities for native entertainers to work on a full time professional basis… --There is no place to perform or rehearse… --we need a place...

“It seems to me,” said the Oldest Woman Around, “that there is altogether too much fuss made about Art.”

Certain threads of similarity ran through their comments, but each had his own emphasis. Let them speak for themselves and let the ones who have lived in the Islands the longest have the most to say. The statements that follow are excerpts from comments generously expressed on returned questionnaires ranging from lifetime residents down to those who have lived in the Virgin Islands more than ten years; there are two exceptions to allow shorter term residents a word. Remarks about councils refer to a question asked about local councils in each community.

--people would be surprised at the talent…

--A council would give our group and other native groups the support and chance to broaden our musical talents on the Virgin Islands as well as an international basis…

The Council is pleased to report that they did. In its recent survey of arts resources in the Virgin Islands, more than a hundred painters, musicians, writers and specialists in other arts or crafts gave their cooperation.

“It is all fuss and rot,” she said firmly and went out into the yard where she began to model some clay, kneading and pommeling it with all her feelings. She formed it into a loaf of bread, colored it a golden brown and baked it.

--This island has an art potential…

--As an arranger I am definitely limited by the lack of musical organizations which read music professionally and are capable of performing a variety of musical forms…

In the fabric of living in the Virgin Islands today, what place do the arts have? That is the question the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts set out to answer. This means asking the artists living in the three islands. This means a questionnaire. Would they respond?

“Not at all,” said the Thin Man, his pale skin gleaming with pure thoughts. “Art is All. It brings people together. It elevates the masses. It teaches little children to reach for beauty. It—“

--If the arts council has a broad enough base and doesn’t become the exclusive pet of a few it could have immense effect…

--My interest in the arts council is not ‘what can it do for me’ but what can it do for other artists who have not had the opportunities I have had… --There has been quite a lot of progress made in the last few years in the cultural education of young people in the Virgin Islands… The Mongoose and the Dog were watching moving things. The Mongoose turned away. “Give me something more stable. More content, More form. I want something I can keep and look at every day.” The Dog chased the movement, the grass, the leaves and some little white papers that fluttered. “Let me go where the action is,” he said and executed a small chase around his tail. The Cat, who had been watching the Dog, stood up and stretched. “It’s all right for a beginning, but without discipline, without training, without development – it just isn’t ART.”

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Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center – 340-778-6311 Did You Know? JFL provides the following in-patient care services for you and your family: General & Specialty Surgeries (Operating Department), Intensive & Progressive Care Services (critical care & continuous monitoring of patients), Medical & Surgical Services (overnight & surgical recovery), and Women & Children Health Services (Labor & Delivery, Nursery including Neonatal ICU, PostPartum, OB/GYN surgeries & Pediatrics). You don’t have to be admitted to utilize the following outpatient services: Cardiovascular Services (VI Cardiac Center), Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray), including the Women’s Health Imaging Suite, Emergency Services, including the Fast Track (urgent care walk-in facility), Gastroenterology (digestive system & its disorders), Laboratory & Blood Bank (clinical testing and blood donation), Rehabilitation Services (physical therapy), and Nephrology (5 Diamond Hemodialysis Unit for patients with end stage renal dialysis). JFL’s mission is to “drive improvement in JFL provides following in-patientwe careserve, serviceswhile for you and your family: the healththecare of those exemplifyŹ General and Specialty Surgeries (Operating Department) ing compassion and respect. ” Visit www.jflusvi.org Ź Intensive & Progressive Care Services (critical care & continuous monitoring of patients) Ź Medical & Surgical Services (overnight and surgical recovery) or email info@jflusvi.com

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JFL provides the following outpatient services for you and your family:

Cardiovascular Services (Virgin Islands Cardiac Center) Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray), including the Women’s Health Imaging Suite Emergency Services, including the Fast Track (urgent care walk-in facility) Gastroenterology (digestive system & its disorders) Laboratory & Blood Bank (clinical testing and blood donation) Rehabilitation Services (physical therapy) Nephrology (5 Diamond Hemodialysis Unit for patients with end stage renal dialysis)

 Cardiovascular Services (Virgin Islands Cardiac Center)  Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray), including the Women’s Health Imaging Suite  Emergency Services, including the Fast Track JFL visitors can also enjoy special amenities (urgent care walk-in facility) such as The Gift Box gift shop and Tropical Treats Café, where we serve more (digestive than just  Gastroenterology system & its disorders) hospital food!  Laboratory & Blood Bank (clinical testing & blood donation) For more details please call  Rehabilitation (physical therapy) 855-247-8364 or email usServices at info@j usvi.com (5 Diamond Hemodialysis Unit  Nephrology for patients with end stage renal dialysis) www.jusvi.org

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Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery – 340-220-1206 For Quality Custom Art come to Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio and Gallery. We work with you to give you the perfect tattoo design, using sterile, disposable materials and high quality ink.  Owner/Artist, Jennifer Thomas has 12 years of experience as a Registered Nurse before turning her artistic energy into a career of a lifetime in 2008. She is currently a VI Licensed Tattooist, and current in First Aid/ CPR.  Looking for something a little less permanent?  We offer Body Piercings, Henna, and a Gallery of Local Art and Jewelry. Call for appointment or Walk-ins Welcome.  Open Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am to 7pm.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.  Special appointments available. Visit TattooStCroix. Com. Experience cool vibes in a clean, comfortable setting.  Located in Princess Plaza, near 5 Corners.

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The Buccaneer Hideaway Spa & Salon – 340-712-2149 We offer a variety of relaxing, rejuvenating and therapeutic spa treatments, services, and packages reducing stress and promoting wellness using seawater and marine products that address the needs of every skin type. Choose from dozens of Waxing, Manicure, and Pedicure Services along with Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Deluxe Therapeutic, and Reflexology Massage. Specialized Scrubs and Wraps can be followed by an application of Protective Anti-aging Cream with sunscreen. Choose from Three Spa Packages or “create your own” Day of Indulgence. Proud to feature Jane Iredale (make-up), Phytomer (skin care), Surface (hair), OPI (nails) & Carols Daughter products. Come shop today! Located at the Buccaneer Hotel. Open Mon through Fri, 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm and Sun 12-6 pm. www.thebuccaneer.com/spa Renuatum Spa/Yoga Studio - 340-718-2440 Visit us for ‘island fresh’ spa regimens like our Aloe and Noni After-Sun Treatment or one of our Farm Fresh Facials. Other offerings include Ayurveda, Reiki/Energy healing, Bamboo massage, a sensational AromaTouch massage, locally, hand-made skincare products, and exclusive Eminence Organics products! Manduka yoga gear, bamboo clothing, hand-made jewelry, crystals and Doterra essential oils are other reasons to come visit and indulge! Our new location on Queen Cross Street (former Namaste Café) features a beautiful indoor yoga studio with daily classes. Renuatum Spa is the perfect place to Relax, Revive, and Renew your wellness. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (yoga class schedule may be within but not limited to these hours). Renuatum hosts ongoing health and wellness workshops and welcomes the community as an educational center. For more info visit www.renuatumspa.com The Spa at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort – 340-778-3800 Do you need to be pampered? Is it time for a break from reality?  The Spa at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort is open six days a week (Monday- Saturday) to relax and re-balance you at the newly remodeled Resort. Let us spoil you with a Hot Stone massage, relaxing pedicure or one of our luxurious Marriott signature facials. We also offer couples beach massages, reflexology, body scrubs and numerous other therapeutic services to rejuvenate your body and mind. Renew your appearance or simply restore your locks after a day in the sun in our upscale hair salon, offering deep

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Tropical Therapy – 340-773-5333 Established in 1990, we are St. Croix’s #1 Wellness Spa, conveniently located in Gallows Bay. Highly reputable, in the last 2 years alone we have won 8 Daily News “Best of St. Croix “ awards. We provide supreme services including therapeutic and deep tisssue massage, stone massage,  pregnancy massage, Rolfing, foot reflexology, body wraps and scrubs, acupuncture, manicures, pedicures, and ioncleanse footbaths. We offer many types of facials, using Dermalogica products to deep-cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your skin. We also offer Parisian Peel Microdermabrasion. Visit us soon in our luxurious, tranquil setting with 8 treatment rooms. All therapists are Nationally Certified. Voted “Best Facial Treatment for 2011-2013 by readers of the Daily News. Dermalogica products used exclusively. Learn more at www.tropicaltherapyvi.com

conditioning, styling, Keratin treatments, coloring and cuts.Let us pamper you or a loved one in our Mediterranean inspired facility! Tamarind Reef Resort Spa – 340-718-3782 Tamarind Reef Resort announces that its high-end day spa is NOW OPEN. The intimate new spa overlooks the ocean and features a variety of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, sugaring, waxing and more. Tamarind invites you to treat yourself and enjoy a little pampering today. Experience the relaxing sound of the ocean as you unwind and let our caring and educated professionals cater to your body, skin and nail care needs. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 6pm. Located 10 minutes east of Christiansted in Suite 9 of Tamarind Reef Resort (adjacent to Deep End Restaurant, Galleon Restaurant, and Green Cay Marina). Offering 15% discount to St. Croix Residents! Reduce stress and promote your well-being at The Buccaneer Hideaway Spa & Salon!

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Coldwell Banker St.Croix Realty – 340-778-7000 With broker Amy Land-deWilde at the helm, the professionals at Coldwell Banker St Croix Realty are eager to help you buy, sell or lease real estate. We offer a host of lovely homes, outstanding building sites, and both historic and commercial properties. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty also lists an array of rental properties, ideal for your next dream vacation or long-term lease. From a bungalow on the beach to a villa with a view, we have the perfect property for you Because we keep up with the latest technology and market trends, our data is accurate and up-to-date. We’re “high tech and high touch” and we’re here for you. Gallows Bay and Buccaneer Hotel. www.coldwellbankervi.com

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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. Job openings exist in many fields and we have an Economic Development Commission (EDC) program that offers tax incentives for business owners who qualify.

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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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Waterfront Property — a Buyer’s Market! by Anne Salafia Go ahead--picture yourself waking to the sound of the waves just outside your own bedroom door. Or enjoying a Crucian rum cocktail on your own balcony as you watch the sailboats returning from Buck Island each evening. See yourself with morning coffee in hand as you stroll the beach and splash your feet in the sparkly blue waters. Watch the pelicans dive for breakfast. Go ahead and let your imagination soar. Reach for the sky. And then, don’t dash those dreams. Anything is possible! Right now, waterfront property comes at an outstanding value here on our cozy Caribbean island. It would be very hard to find shoreline property in the United States with price tags as low as ours and water as crystal clear. Hilltop homes with ocean views, bungalows on the beach, condos by the sea---for now, all hover at rock bottom prices. It’s a buyer’s market on St. Croix. Comparison shop, and you will see. Where else will you see waterfront condos starting at under $100,000?

Two-bedroom, two-bath waterfront condos starting below $100,000.

and we typically lag behind by six months to a year. Perspective buyers should jump on current real estate opportunities; they won’t last,” she says. Amy suggests that even if you purchase property strictly for investment purposes, you might also consider island life. “Most of our buyers desire to spend time on St. Croix. Islanders welcome newcomers with big hearts and open arms. Buyers become ‘Crucian’ in no time. They never remain tourists for long,” she says of her many happy clients.

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During the past year, homes on St. Croix sold for an average of $336,301; condos went for an average of $165,919. The “Sold” stickers on land averaged from just over $25,000 for smaller pieces to $95,847 for larger high-end lots.

Why not stop in for a chat with the real estate experts at Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty? Isn’t that a great first step? Our professional agents and brokers would love to introduce you to the home of your dreams. Or land on which to build your own castle. How about a commercial property for that business you’ve wanted to start? A vacation rental investment?

St. Croix boasts a healthy inventory of both residential and commercial properties for sale. Like property prices, financing rates hover at near historic lows. What’s more, our availability of mortgage options right here on island helps expedite the sale process. www.stcroix www.stcroixthisweek thisweek.com .com

Amy Land-de Wilde, owner at Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty, thinks now is the time to buy. “Prices have risen in the States,

The high-touch, high-tech professionals at Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty will always go the extra mile for you. You are our top priority. Because we constantly expand our education in the field and keep up with the latest real estate trends and technology, our data is accurate and up-to-date. We’ve got know-how. Count on us to guide you through all of your real estate needs, whether it’s buying, selling or leasing property on St. Croix. You’ll find our offices in Gallows Bay Market Place (340-778-7000) and in the Buccaneer Hotel (340-718-7000). Visit our website at coldwellbankervi.com and preview the beautiful island properties we have to offer. Now, about that dream home down on the water’s edge... December December 2013 2013 // January January 2014 2014 •• Page Page 63 63


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▲ Shootings stars, planets, and perhaps a comet make the end of 2013 a fun time to look at the night sky.

Every year at this time people ask astronomers if they know what was the star of stars, the star which lead the Wise Men to Bethlehem at the time of the birth Comet ISON may provide quite a aurIga draco of Jesus? Long ago people thought show in November and then again cassIopEa Vega of everything that they saw in capella early next year – right now we the night sky as a “star”. Thus, just do not know. When the the planets, the “fixed” stars, deneb comet was first discovered late meteors, comets, etc. all were cygnus last year astronomers thought “stars”. So what might have pErsEus andromEda it might become a very bright been “The Star”? Meteors comet. Now it is possible the Taurus or shooting stars happen so comet could still turn out to aldebaran pEgasus altair quickly that if you see one, arIEs be fairly good, or it might by the time you tell your orIon never reach naked-eye visfriends to look, the flash will aquILa pIscEs rigel ibility at all. So, check on the be gone. Certainly a meteor web to find out the latest on did not send the Wise Men to this comet. Bethlehem. Comets were well As comets orbit the Sun they cETus known, but were considered aquarIus leave behind clouds of dust parcaprIcornus omens of bad tidings and thus ticles. When the Earth passes a comet would not send the Wise through one of these clouds we see a Men in search of a great king. The CO e achernar NS meteor shower. The night of November as fixed stars do not change from year to TEL rC e 16th to 17th is the maximum of the Leonids w year, so they would not account for the LAT o IONS s: L Meteor Shower. The Leonids is produced by search. For time to time a star may “explode” : UPPER CASE • Star dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, as a nova or supernova, and for a short time may SOUTH which was discovered in 1865. Usually the Leonid meteor even become visible in the daytime. But, our records shower produces about 15 meteors per hour. Unfortunately the show no “guest star” at the time of Christ’s birth. glare from the full moon will The Wise Men followed block many of the meteors this the motions of the planets year. December 13th to 14th is VIEW THE MAP SO THAT THE as these “wandering stars” the maximum of the Geminids NORTH INDICATOR IS FACING NORTH moved against the backMeteor Shower. Perhaps the Constellation names are in upper case. Star and planet names in lower case. ground of fixed stars, for they best of all meteor showers the The sun, moon, planets and stars all rise in the east and set in the west. believed that the motions of Geminids can produce up to By: Tom Lesser, formerly Senior Lecturer at the these wandering stars could 120 multicolored meteors per foretell the future. With their American Museum-Hayden Planetarium and frequent island visitor. hour at its peak. Moonlight knowledge of the motions of will block out some of the In the northern hemisphere Winter begins on December 21st the heavens they could calmeteors this year, but the culate that Jupiter and Saturn December Moon Phases: January Moon Phases: Geminids are so bright and would pass each other three numerous that it should still First Quarter ��������9 December First Quarter ������������8 January times and then be joined by be a good show. The best time Full Moon . . . . . 17 December Full Moon . . . . . . . 16 January Mars. But, what of Herod to look for meteors is between and his advisors, why did Last Quarter . . . 25 December Last Quarter ����������24 January midnight and dawn. they not see this “star”? Most New Moon . . . . . 2 December New Moon ��������������1 January As the evening sky grows of the event would not be dark the first star-like object visible because it would hapDecember Sunrise: 6:43 am January Sunrise: 6:55 am you will see is in the southpen during the day. But, the December Sunset: 5:45 pm January Sunset: 6:04 pm western sky. This is the planet Wise Men knew that it was Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 15th of each month. Venus. Just before 8:00 the happening. They knew that largest planet Jupiter will rise this event would take place in in the east. Wait a few hours and Jupiter will climb higher in Pisces, the Fish, a star group which for them was symbolic of the the sky and you will easily spot this bright star-like object in the Hebrews. Thus some great event would take place in the land northeastern sky. The red planet Mars rises in the east around of the Hebrews and the Wise Men were off on their search. Was 1:00 a.m. Again, wait a few hours for Mars to climb higher in the this meeting of the planets really “The Star”? Astronomers do not sky and it will be easy to locate. know; the final decision is yours. LITTLE dIppEr north star cEphEus

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