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Guiding Visitors & Locals for 45 Years

Hand-Wrought Jewelry

51st Anniversary Year

Often imitated, but never duplicated... Sonya’s original “St. Croix Hook.”

One Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands 00820

Telephone 340-773-8924 Toll-Free (USA) 1-877-766-9284

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The New Generation Continuing the VI-PR Tradition........................................................ 3 Duty Free Allowance........................................................ 8 Farm to Table—Local Markets...................................... 29 Restaurant Entertainment............................................. 30 Jaccar Ice Cream & Desserts.......................................... 31 Meet Cover Artist Debbie Sun....................................... 36 Danish Connection/VELKOMMEN!............................ 38 Affection Marks Denmark­­­— USVI Relations as Centennial Approaches............ 38 VI Bridal Guide / How Much Time Do You Need?...... 39 Hang Glide St. Croix...................................................... 41 Always Remember to Drive Left.................................... 48 Island Worship............................................................... 49 Christiansted National Historic Site............................. 57 The VI Historic Preservation Commission.................. 59 New Home Owners—Bridging the Gap!...................... 63

Cover Artist Altoona Lagoon.

Susan Wall

Debbie Sun.


Events Calendar..................................................... 4-7 Shopping...................................................................8 Easy Shopping Guide..............................................16 Dining......................................................................22 Restaurant Entertainment......................................30 Easy Dining Guide..................................................32 Attractions & Tours.................................................34 Island Art.................................................................36 Island Weddings......................................................39 Watersports.............................................................40 Recreation/Beaches.................................................47 Treat Yourself...........................................................60



Helpful Info & Phone Numbers.............................48 Easy Hotel Guide.....................................................50 Accommodations....................................................50 Transportation........................................................52

OCTOBER 2016 “Under the Sea” Textile Design


Century Plant.

Susan Wall

St. Croix Road Map...............................................54 Christiansted Map & Walking Tour....................56 Frederiksted Map & Walking Tour......................58


Real Estate................................................................62 St. Croix Sky Watch.................................................64


Morris Caribbean Publications • St. Croix This Week • St. Thomas / St. John This Week • St. Thomas This Week Cruise Edition

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Copyright 2016. No part may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.

Publisher......................................................Charlotte Atkins Art Director.......................................................Kevin Amsler Distribution................................................. Debbie Bradley Managing Editor................................................. Susan Wall

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

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

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

Good Day and welcome to the United States Virgin Islands! Our people welcome you. We are a unique place to visit with a variety of islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island and dozens of small cays and islets. Each island is unique. Each offers distinct and memorable experiences. St. Croix is our largest island and we invite you to discover our historic towns; Christiansted and Frederiksted and discover the quaint shops and Danish Architecture. St Croix has wide open spaces, magnificent vistas and a unique culture. St. John is almost all National Park and perfectly preserved. It has sparkling turquoise bays and long, lazy beaches. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. St Thomas is the shopping center of the Caribbean with duty free shopping and a vibrant nightlife. Charlotte Amalie is the capital city of the United States Virgin Islands with its huge natural harbor, bustling port and vistas that will take your breath away. Try our underwater delights, bask on a beach, soak up some sunshine, sail into sunset or hike the trails. You can see why we call this "America’s Paradise." As the new Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, I assure you that we will do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable. Our people are warm and friendly. We will welcome you in conversation. Don’t hesitate to ask people for directions or shopping tips. Our people are eager to help you enjoy your visit. I extend to you my warmest greetings and hope you enjoy your vacation in the United States Virgin Islands! Sincerely, Kenneth Mapp Governor

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“The New Generation Continuing the VI-PR Tradition” Puerto Ricans have been part of this community from the beginning of the last century and have become a strong, powerful group of people working hard to improve themselves, their families, and what became their new home—St. Croix. Their influence was recognized in 1964 by the local Legislature, under Governor Ralph E. Paiewonsky approving a historical change bill. Columbus Day, observed in all the Americas as the Discover Day, was now to be Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friendship Day. This bill called upon the citizens of the Virgin Islands to “observe the occasion with fitting ceremonies honoring Puerto Ricans residing in our midst and who have made substantial contributions to the advancement and progress of the Virgin Islands.” Over the years, the celebration has gone from honoring just individuals to honoring outstanding students, service organizations, people with disabilities, those supporting youth and sports, and small business owners who help the community. Becoming more inclusive, native Crucians are also recognized for their contributions. This year, 2016, the Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Friendship Committee is making 52 years of celebrating with pride and enthusiasm the long-lasting ties that have bonded our two families since the beginning of the 20th century. It’s been a long path of big sacrifices and great achievements that gave birth to the 1964 Law, to recognize the importance of the alliance of two cultures, two languages which became so entwined, that made of us, “all a we one family.” And in tune with this year’s theme, A New Generation Continuing the Tradition, the energetic and innovative team, under Mr. Emerito Torres’ leadership, is rescuing the tradition while giving it a wonderful new flavor.

The host of events planned for the entire community will provide an opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy the celebrations. In addition to the traditional Sacred Service, Queen Show, Family Fun Day, the Governor’s Awards Reception, the Parade and the Village, the committee is working on a series of innovations sure to please every taste. The softball games are back with three days of intense sports for the family, with local and Puerto Rico teams. School children will have educational field trips to learn more about the public library services, especially the Hispanic Collection, one of the committee’s most beloved projects. Groups from Puerto Rico will visit schools to bring workshops, music and dance to our students. Volunteer educators will delight the little ones by having bilingual story telling at the island’s head start centers. “Vejigantes” and “Zanqueros” will be part of the parade, where they will join our local Mocko Jumbies. A marathon will run from K-Mart West to Budhoe Park. A number of government dignitaries and cultural groups from Puerto Rico will visit the island to be part of the fiesta and music bands will delight all at the different events. As a grand finale, the Christiansted boardwalk will be turned into a Puerto Rican Big Bash with music, food, arts and much more. It will be a blast and a great closing for the celebrations.

For more information: Emerito Torres VI-PR Friendship Committee, 787-539-7608

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2016 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Coronation — 6:00 pm, Villa Morales Restaurant, Frederiksted SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Marathon — 8:00 am at Kmart at Sunshine Mall to Budhoe Park, Frederiksted Fiesta en el Batey, Family Fun Day Activities 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm, Budhoe Park, Frederiksted THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Sacred Service Night, Noche Sacra — 6:00 pm, D. C. Canegata Ball Park, Christiansted Softball Tournament — 7:30 pm, D. C. Canegata Ball Park, Christiansted FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Village Opening — 6:00 pm, D. C. Canegata Ball Park, Christiansted SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Governor Awards Reception — 5:00 - 8:00 pm, Government House, Christiansted SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 VI-PR Friendship Parade — 1:00 pm Basin Triangle to D. C. Canegata Ball Park, Christiansted Village Closing — 2:00 am MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 VI-PR Friendship at Christiansted Boardwalk — 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm

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Events - St. Croix OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2016

Cruise Arrivals*

TUESDAYS, 7 PM Beach BBQ & Floor Show Harbormaster Beach Club Take a short ferry ride to Hotel on the Cay for an all-you-can-eat Beach BBQ with Steel Pan Music, Mocko Jumbies, Broken Bottle & Limbo Dancing & Fire Eating. Call for reservations (340) 719-5438.


Sat, October Sun, October

22 Jewel of the Seas 23 Summit

NOVEMBER 2016 Wed, November 2 Sat, November 5 Sun, November 6 Sat, November 19 Sun, November 20 Wed, November 30

Amsterdam Jewel of the Seas Summit Jewel of the Seas Summit Silhouette

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9 AM-11 AM Nursery Open St. George Village Botanical Gardens Shop here for beautiful tropical plants! (340) 692-2874  THIRD TUESDAYS, 6 PM Book Group Undercover Books Check the bookstore website for which book is up for discussion. (Always a good read!) Add your 2 cents! (340) 719-1567,

*At press time, no arrival times were available. Ship schedule subject to change. Call 340-772-0357.

Norwegian Airlines Arrivals FROM COPENHAGEN Fri, November 4 Fri, November 11 Fri, November 18 Fri, Novemer 25

HAVE AN EVENT? Events Calendar Closing for the December/January issue: October 15. Email: Use format as posted here. Events, dates, time, and location, were at press time. Please call to confirm. For online readers, click the hyperlinked websites in the Events Calendar for more information at

ONGOING DAY IN, DAY OUT Darling Puppies & Kitties St. Croix Animal Welfare Center The Animal Shelter invites you to check the beautiful kitties, cats, puppies & dogs it has rescued--one cuter than the next! Adopt one! Or volunteer to assist. (The Shelter now runs a full service, low cost veterinary clinic.) Closed Mondays. Facebook. (340) 778-1650, LIFE @ THE FARM WALK (5-30 PEOPLE) Ridge to Reef Farm Farm staff guide you around this farm in St. Croix’s rainforest. See gardens, taste crops! $25pp. Reservations, (340) 220-0466 or MID OCTOBER-NOVEMBER Ceramics Classes with Sara Hayes Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Call for days & times, (340) 772-2622,

October 27 – November 12—DineVI, Island-wide, sponsored by the USVI Dept. of Tourism.

FIRST SUNDAYS, 5:30 PM Jazz Vespers St. Croix Reformed Church Feast your ears & open your hearts with the jazz sounds of our island’s talented musicians; service features music with prayer. (340) 778-0520, MONDAY-SATURDAYS, 10 AM-4 PM Self-Guided Farm Tour Ridge to Reef Farm With map in hand, tour one of the USVI’s only certified organic farms. See the gardens & experience the lush peaceful setting. $10. (340) 220- 0466 or MONDAYS, 6-9 PM Caribbean Night Dinner Show The Palms at Pelican Cove Enjoy a Traditional West Indian Buffet with Mocko Jumbies, live music, & fire dancers. Buffet: 6-8 pm, last seating: 7:30 pm. To reserve, call (340) 718-8920, MONDAYS, 6 PM-10 PM Live Entertainment East End Pizza, Divi Carina Bay Resort Kick back & have a good time over a few good slices & good music! (340) 773-9432 TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 11 AM – 3:30 PM Bridge Games The Palms at Pelican Cove Open to the public; full range of ability levels. Casual players welcome! (340) 718-8920

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WEDNESDAYS, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM Women & Friends in the Courtyard Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts CMCA invites women to meet, communicate & create! Free to CMCArts members, otherwise a $20 donation suggested.  (340) 772-2622,   WEDNESDAYS, 3:30-6 PM Lawaetz Family Museum Walk-Up Tours Little La Grange, Frederiksted Learn about the Danish Lawaetz family that arrived at the turn of the 21st century & see how this 18th century property is transforming into a 21st century farm. $15. RSVP: (340) 220-0466 or email WEDNESDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Divi Carina Bay Resort The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! (340) 773-9700 WEDNESDAYS, 6 PM-UNTIL Trivia Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Test your knowledge at this fun evening event.  (340) 718-8920, THURSDAYS, 5:30 PM Disco Bingo Deep End Bar & Restaurant Revelry @ the bingo table! The DJ plays disco between games; you go wild! Hot, Hot, Hot! Reservations a must: 340 718-7071. THURSDAYS, 6 PM BUFFET ENTERTAINMENT 8 PM Caribbean Beach BBQ

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SU N SE T JA Z Z , O C TOB E R 2 1 & NOV E M B E R 1 8 , F R E DE R I K ST E D BA N D STA N D Divi Carina Resort & Casino Hear Steel Pans, and see Mocko Jumbies and Cultural Dances at this traditional Caribbean Beach BBQ. $35. $19 children 12 & under. Call (340) 773-9700 x 732.

OCTOBER 14-16 Migrating Histories Performance Arts Festival Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts The festival includes artist talks, workshops, & performance! Call for details: (340) 772-2622,

FRIDAYS 5:30 PM Crab Races Deep End Bar & Restaurant The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! (340) 718-7071

OCTOBER 15 Dance Performance: “Build a Better Fishtrap” Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts The Artist in Residence gives a movement & dance performance as part of the Migrating Histories Performance Arts Festival. For details, call (340) 772-2622.

FRIDAYS, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Hip Sounds from the DJ East end Pizza, Divi Carina Bay Resort Pizza tastes even better with a good drink & a DJ playing the music! Good watering hole. (340) 773-9432

OCTOBER 15 The 32nd West Indies Lab 5-Miler West Indies Lab Take off from the old Farleigh Dickenson West Indies Lab & race to Estate Southgate, along a scenic course with rolling hills. (340) 643-2557,

OCTOBER 2016 ALL MONTH “Culture Shock with Puerto Rican Roots” Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Photographer David Bergs pays tribute to VIPuerto Rican Friendship (and his heritage) in this new show on display through November 15. (340) 772-2622 OCTOBER 2, 9AM-12PM Coil Basketry Workshop Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge This ancient style of basketry involves stitching coils together. Learn to use local plant materials to make functional works of art. $20.   To register, call 340-201-7983, OCTOBER 5, 12, 26 4-H/V.I. Pace Runners Cross Country Race UVI Campus-Frederiksted This race series, which includes local & national championships, welcomes all age groups. Elementary kids run 1 mile, Jr. Varsity students race 2. Varsity & others compete in 3.1 mile runs. (340) 643-2557, OCTOBER 8 The Annual Coast Weeks Beach Relay Ha’ Penny Beach A 2x2 relay beach run, this event helps preserve one of St. Croix’s most beautiful beaches. Post race, runners volunteer for a beach cleanup & findings are cataloged for Coast Weeks study. VI Pace Runners, National Conservancy & UVI collaborate. Free! (340) 643-2557, OCTOBER 8-9 Guy/Gal Fishing Tournament Seas of St. Croix The Golden Hook Fishing Club holds a face-off w w w.stcroix

November 5—Annual Kallaloo-Gumbo Cook Off, Christiansted Boardwalk, sponsored by Crewe de Croix!

between fishermen and fisherwomen! Captains meeting at Sharkey’s on Oct. 6, 6pm. Info: Dennis, (340) 690-8285, OCTOBER 9, 23, 9 AM SUP Yoga East End Paddle Club, Chenay Bay Explore yoga poses with the paddleboard as your mat! 60min/ $25. To register, call (340)-643-5824 or (828)-280-4987. OCTOBER 9, 3 PM Trail Ramble Fundraiser Adventure Trail Join the St. Croix Hiking Association, across from the main entrance to the Dept. of Agriculture, & ramble down Adventure Trail. Light snacks served afterwards. (340) 772-2073,

OCTOBER 15, 10 AM-12 NOON Free Public Snorkel Clinic Rainbow Beach Learn to snorkel or advance your skills! Schoolaged children to adults are welcome. St. Croix Environmental Association provides instruction & gear. Sponsored by The Buccaneer. To register, call (340) 773-1899, OCTOBER 15 Full Moon Hike Wills Bay, North Shore The St. Croix Hiking Association guides you & points out historic, natural & cultural features. (340) 772-2073,

OCTOBER 9 Liberty Day Races St. Croix Motorsports Complex The New Caribbean Drag Racing Association hosts fun @ the tracks: 1/8-mile drag racing, food & drinks for sale. Facebook. Info: OCTOBER 13, 5:30-6:30 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish West India & Guinea Co. Warehouse The Friends of the St. Croix, USVI, National Parks holds monthly lectures that discuss topics regarding current research at our three Parks. Ft. Christiansvaern parking lot open till 7 pm. Call (340) 277-9642. Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 5

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OCTOBER 19, 1 HOUR BEFORE SUNSET Sunset SUP Yoga East End Paddle Club, Chenay Bay Enjoy your SUP yoga class under the setting sun. 60min/ $25. To register, call 340-643-5824 or 828-280-4987.

CONTINUING THROUGH NOVEMBER 15 “Culture Shock with Puerto Rican Roots” Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Photographer David Bergs pays tribute to VIPuerto Rican Friendship (and his heritage) in this new show on display through November 15. (340) 772-2622

OCTOBER 20, 5-7 PM Pre-Season Social Hours Art@Top Hat Gallery Everyone welcome, enjoy the great collections and visit with artists and art-enthusiasts. Info: 340-513-3558

NOVEMBER 2, 6, 20, 28, 30, 8:40 AM Frederiksted Walking Tour Freedom Statue Across From the Pier CHANT (Crucian Herigage & Nature Tourism) leads a 1 ½-walking tour sharing the history along the magnificent waterfront including Fort Frederik, Victorian townhouses and churches. Wear walking shoes, hats & sunscreen. $25. To register, call (340)-719-5455 or online

OCTOBER 21, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park, Frederiksted Bring a beach chair or blanket & catch the hip sounds of local & international jazz artists. Food & drinks available for sale. Music & conviviality free! OCTOBER 22, 8AM – NOON Christiansted Town Clean-Up Help the Christiansted Community Alliance to spruce up this Historic District! To volunteer, call (340-513-2081 or email OCTOBER 23, 7-11 AM 3rd Annual Clean Sweep Day Frederiksted Come out & help make Frederiksted beautiful— it’s a town clean-up! (340) 227-1978 OCTOBER 23, 8:40 AM Frederiksted Walking Tour Freedom Statue Across From the Pier CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism) leads a 1 ½-hour walking tour that shares the history along the magnificent waterfront including Fort Frederik, Victorian townhouses & churches. Wear walking shoes, hats & sunscreen. $25. To register, call (340)-719-5455 or online OCTOBER 23, 5 PM Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Basin Triangle Think pink: Walk with the American Cancer Society, USVI unit. Head out together from Basin Triangle down King Street to Hospital Street ending at Canegata Ball Park. Make a $10. (or more) donation & get a T-Shirt. Info: (340) 778-2882, (340) 719-6068 OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 12 DineVI Island Wide Calling all foodies! The USVI Dept. of Tourism presents the 2nd Annual Restaurant Weeks, a 17day extravaganza celebrating the local restaurant scene & our culinary diversity. A fusion of local, regional & global fare using locally-sourced in-

November 11—St. Croix International Regatta, St. Croix Yacht Club!

gredients at participating restaurants for a special price! Dates to save—October 28, Frederiksted Food Truck Fest, October 29, FEAST Christiansted, and October 30, Reef Responsible Fish Fry. For more info, call (340) 772-0357, (201) 861-2056,, OCTOBER 28, 5:30-7:30 PM Going Batty on Halloween! Barren Spot Bat Tower Learn all about the bats on St. Croix, see them emerge from their well-tower roost, & learn how to help these valuable pollinators & mosquito eaters. Wear sturdy shoes & long pants. Free to St. Croix Environmental Association members & children, $10 for non-members. Costumes encouraged! (340) 773-1989, sea.educator@gmail. com OCTOBER 30 Bartender Olympics Deep End Bar & Grill Bartenders & servers throughout the Territory compete in a benefit for the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center. Judges name the Best Bar in the VI; you enjoy a cocktail & support animals in need at the same time. Facebook. Info: 340-277-2396 OCTOBER 31, 4:30-6:30 PM Galloween Gallows Bay Calling all kids in fabulous costumes! Sponsored by Undercover Books, (340) 719-1567, and The Bisto.

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NOVEMBER 3, 5-8 PM Multi-Artist Exhibit Opening Art@Top Hat Gallery The gallery kicks-off season with a show featuring several “greats”—Victor Rodriquez Preza, Betsy Campen, Preston Doane, Charles “Bud” Hawes & more. (340) 513-3558 NOVEMBER 4, 4:30-6:30 PM After Hours / Art Opening Café Christine Café Christine reopens Nov. 2nd and launches the season with an After Hours Exhibition for artist Kemit-Anon Lewis, Coral Conservation Manager at the Nature Conservancy. Complimentary hors d’œuvres, cash bar. (340) 713-1300 NOVEMBER 5, 2-5 PM Annual Kallaloo-Gumbo Cook Off Christiansted Boardwalk Krewe de Croix invites you to stroll the boardwalk, try tasty samplings, & cast your vote. Or enter the competition—register at Shupe’s, After Party at Angry Nates, 5pm. (828) 447-3986


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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LECTURE SERIES OCTOBER 13 & NOVEBER 10! NOVEMBER 5 Wahoo Tournament Deep Blue Seas Anglers compete to bring in the biggest wahoo! Captains meeting, Nov 3 at Sharkey’s Bait Stand, 6 pm. Sponsored by the Golden Hook Fishing Club. Info: Dennis (340) 690-8285

NOVEMBER 17, 5-8 PM Art Exhibition: “Island Attitudes” Blue Mutt Gallery Stop in on Art Thursday to see a wonderful collection of work by the Artists Guild of St. Croix. Facebook. 404) 437-4759 NOVEMBER 18, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park, Frederiksted Bring a beach chair or blanket & catch the hip sounds of local & international jazz artists. Food & drinks available for sale. Music & conviviality free!

NOVEMBER 5, 10 AM-3 PM Limpricht Park Vintage & Collectibles Fair King Street, Christiansted Saunter through the old shade trees in this lovely little park. You’ll find treasures, friends & fun. Sponsored by Christiansted Community Alliance. (340) 513-2081

NOVEMBER 19, 10 AM-12 NOON Advanced Snorkel Excursion Location TBA St. Croix Environmental Association invites experienced snorkelers to learn more about our marine flora & fauna. Bring your own gear. Free to SEA members & children, $10 for non-members. To register (340) 773-1989,,

NOVEMBER 5 The 32nd Veterans Day 5K University of the Virgin Islands This annual race of multiple distances is the Virgin Islands Cross-Country Championships for all age groups. Hosted by VI Pace Runners. (340) NOVEMBER 6, 20, 9 AM SUP Yoga East End Paddle Club, Chenay Bay Explore basic yoga poses with the paddleboard as your mat! 60min/ $25.  To register, call (340) 643-5824 or (828) 280-4987. NOVEMBER 6 Butler Bay Waterfalls Hike The St. Croix Hiking Association takes you there! (340) 772-2073, NOVEMBER 10, 5:30-6:30 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish West India & Guinea Co. Warehouse The Friends of the St. Croix, USVI, National Parks holds monthly lectures that discuss topics regarding current research at our three Parks. Ft. Christiansvaern parking lot open till 7 pm. Call (340) 773-1460. NOVEMBER 11-13 St. Croix International Regatta St. Croix Yacht Club Sailors & boats from St. Croix, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and the BVIs test their racing skills in the Buck Island Channel. (Classes: Rhodes 19, Spinnaker, Cruiser Racer & Multihull.) Optimist sailors compete inside Teague Bay. View the regatta from the Club, Buck Island, Coakley Beach & many restaurants on the East End. Enjoy fun, food, music & dancing after the races. (340) 773-9531 NOVEMBER 12, 6:30-8:00 PM Night Sounds Mahogany Road Gut What makes those creaky, croaking, chirping sounds in the night? Bring a flashlight & wear long w w w.stcroix

November 25—Annual Christmas Jump Up! Christiansted, sponsored by CRRA (Christiansted Restaurant & Retail Association) Susan Wall

pants & long sleeves. Children over 5 welcome. Free to SEA members & children, $10 for nonmembers. Register: (340) 773-1898, NOVEMBER 13 13th Annual Treasure Hunt Around the Island Drive your car, follow the clues, and be the first to find the treasure! Hosted by Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid Isle, the event raises funds for scholarships. Info: (340) 277-7992 NOVEMBER 16, 1 HOUR BEFORE SUNSET Sunset SUP Yoga East End Paddle Club @ Chenay Bay Enjoy SUP yoga under the setting sun! 60min/ $25. Advanced registration required. Call 340-6435824 or 828-280-4987. NOVEMBER 16, 6:30 PM Artists Guild of St. Croix Monthly Meeting The Palms at Pelican Cove The meeting commences @ 7pm, after a fun 30 minutes of conviviality.  Great time to join!  Bring a friend.  (404) 437-4759  Facebook.  NOVEMBER 17, 5-8 PM Art Thursday Downtown Christiansted More than a dozen galleries and shops show the works of artists and jewelry makers. Stay for dinner in town. This art walk is a favorite of visitors and locals! (340) 718-0372 Facebook.

NOVEMBER 25, 6-10 PM Christmas Jump Up! Downtown Christiansted A favorite, free quarterly event that kicks-off the holiday shopping season! Local bands, street vendors, Mocko Jumbies. Stores open late, bars & restaurants offer specials. Sponsored by Christiansted Restaurant & Retail Association (CRRA). (843) 754-5895. Facebook NOVEMBER 26, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to bring a picnic to enjoy during the movie. (Kindly pack up any discards afterwards!) Bathrooms & parking available. To see what’s playing, visit: Free. NOVEMBER 27, 9AM-2PM Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Workshop Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge Enhance your knowledge of wild plants. Sample the edible ones, learn how to avoid the poisonous ones. Make your own tincture & salve!  $30 (includes materials).  Bring your lunch. To register call: 340-201-7983. NOVEMBER 27 “Crucian Fusion” Slow Down Dinner Ridge to Reef Farm Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism (CHANT) & Ridge to Reef Farm present a special Slow Down Dinner celebrating our island’s culinary traditions. Call: (340) 220-0466, or (340) 719-5455,, Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 7

Duty-Free Shopping


Duty-Free Allowance “The Duty-Free allowance for US citizens is $1600.00— DOUBLE THAT OF OTHER ISLANDS!”

When shopping on St. Croix,

The Earth Element Collection.

Sonya Ltd.


When returning to the US

The Blue Mutt—340-643-7203

Shopping that benefits St. Croix’s animals! Where can you see original art & crafts by more than a dozen island artists, buy a book to read at the beach, get a St. Croix t-shirt to wear at home, & find a collar for your dog decorated with sea turtles? Only at The Blue Mutt!  Filled with color & creativity, The Blue Mutt is a ‘must stop’ gift shop & art gallery specializing in locally-made crafts & art, select books, fun, unique gift items & pet-related products. Also offering regular art & craft classes in their large art studio & participating monthly in Christiansted’s Art Thursday art walks.  A portion of all sales support animal welfare & animal rescue groups on island. Facebook / The Blue Mutt.

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 1 of the bottles is a product made in the VI such as Cruzan Rum. Liquor boxes are free to check aboard your return flight!

A portion of all sales support St. Croix animal welfare and rescue.

Outside this allowance you

Local Art & Crafts, Art Classes ● Books - New & Recycled ● Gifts for Family, Friends & Pets ●

Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm 5 Company Street, Christiansted


US citizens can enjoy a DutyFree Allowance of $1600.00 per person, including children, every 30 days whether buying to pack or mail. This could add up to a $6400.00 joint declaration for a family of four residing in one household and traveling together!

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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. Check the Easy Shopping Guide on Page 16 to find what you’re looking for.

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Duty-FreeShopping continued CHECK MAPS ON PAGES 54-58 FOR STORE LOCATIONS

Ib designs Feel Good Jewelry is a salute to the simplicity of life and to the inspiration of creativity. Come see our new Om, Gratitude, and Anchor collections.Truly artful, truly unique, truly Caribbean! Feel Good Jewelry for Feel Good People. Stop in to say hi to Whealan, Kris, and the rest of the ib family. Find us on Facebook.

Eden South – 340-713-1003

One-of-a-kind wonders at ib designs.

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 to cuddly seahorses & turtles as well as puzzles, books & light-up bath tub toys for all ages. You’ll find attractive home décor items such as clever sink strainers, embroidered guest towels, beautifully designed shell & palm tree serving pieces with napkins to match as well as prints & handicrafts from local artists. Sea glass jewelry, fragrant soaps, colorful beach coverups, tropical beach bags, the best cards on the island, the cutest shop dog & so much more are just inside the door strung with dancing Mocko Jumbies at #55 Company Street!

Nicole Canegata

ib designs – 773-4322 (say “eye-bee”)

An island favorite in historic Christiansted, this gallery is home to the distinctive designs of local artist/metalsmith, Whealan Massicott. Whealan has been crafting for over 20 years and is fortunate to have a fabulous team of artisans join him in creating magical jewelry. Being a musician at heart allows life’s movements, patterns, and rhythms to play out in his raw, organic designs.

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The Shoe Bar – 340-713-1445

Located at 55 Company Street, right next to the old “Kicks” location, is The Shoe Bar— St.Croix’s premier shoe boutique. carrying men’s and women’s shoes. Ladies can select from bcbg, Chinese Laundry,Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Nine West, Bandolino, Naots and more. For the Gents, we have Nunn Bush (a Florsheim brand), Clarks, Kenneth Cole and Naots sandals and dress shoes. We are very proud to be the only authorized dealer for Naots in the Virgin Islands. Stop by and enjoy a glass of wine while you shop! Open Monday – Saturday, 10 am -5 pm. Facebook, The Shoe Bar VI.

Top Shoe Brands

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 Toll-free: 877-766-9284.

Opened as a Shop-Share with The Goldworker at historic #3 Company Street, Eden South is an unexpected oasis of divine and authentic Crucian treats. Come in to see our contemporary line of preserves and syrups from old-time recipes, books by local authors, colorful rainforest and recipe t-shirts and sample our famous Jack’s Bay Pepper Sauce—also available as a personalsized bottle for easy carry-on when travelling. Our product line is made only from in-season, locally sourced fruit and is prepared in small batches for consistent quality. We are dedicated to bringing you the best time-honored traditions of St. Croix, conveniently packaged to help you enjoy and express Crucian culture, wherever you may be.

■ Men’s ■ Women’s A glass of wine while you shop.

BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Nunn Bush, Clarks, & Naots, just to name a few. Two art classes learned how to paint a bird house like artist Isabel Picard! Join in the fun! Blue Mutt

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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)

Handcrafted Preserves & Syrups at Eden South! Susan Wall

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



Add some jingle to your holiday season with Joyia Inspirational Jewelry’s square bangles!



E•den South, [eed-n south] n: The Best of St. Croix

Tastes of History Within Your Reach Traditional Foodways Made Easy ■ Handcrafted Preserves & Syrups ■ Rainforest Inspired T-Shirts ■ Jack’s Bay Pepper Sauce ■ The Occasional Serendipitous Delight

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Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet – 340-719-0672

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.

Handcrafted one-of-a kind Jewelry and Glassworks from Havis & Nina Tatum at Tropical Bracelet!

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One of the largest manufacturers of fine jewelry in the USVI & craft center

Local Artisan Gifts, Souvenirs, Exotic Liquors, Rare Cigars!


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Panache Jewelers – 340-719-6624

Finally, Panache Jewelers has arrived on St. Croix! With over 20 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 Bulova, Seiko, and Michael Kors watches, Pandora, Angelique de Paris bracelets, rings, & earings, Maralago Larimar, Rebecca, & Lauren G. Adams jewelry. Panache also carries a wide assortment of hook bracelets, & 14K gold, silver, & 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 -3 pm during Season.

Panache Jewelers—your Authorized Dealer for Pandora on St. Croix. Create a custom jewelry piece unique to you!

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Hotheads for swimwear, clothes, hats, and accessories!

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The Purple Papaya – 340-713-9412

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$$!

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

Our love affair with VAHAN jewelry continues. Stack as many as five or six, or enjoy the elegance of a single bracelet—sophisticated and stunning! SS/14KT and Diamonds. Baci Duty Free


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,,

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Collector Chenay in pendants, rings, and bracelets at Nelthropp & Low!

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Art / Paintings Bath & Body Books / Cards Cameras Cigar Humidor Clothing - Children Clothing - Men Clothing - Women Coffee /T ea / Condiments Crystal / China Fashion Accessories Handbags Home Furnishings Jewelry Liquor Local Fruits / Preserves / Produce Music CD’s / DVD’s Perfume / Cosmetics Pet Supplies Pharmaceuticals / Health Care Shoes / Sandals / Hats Souvenirs / Gifts Sunscreen Supermarket / Deli / Bakery Swimwear Tee Shirts Toys Watches




Baci Duty Free



Beyond Caribbean


Cache of the Day


Crucian Gold Eden South Franklin’s on the Waterfront




ib designs Joyia Inspirational Jewelry Nelthropp & Low Panache Jewelers Plaza Extra East


Purple Papaya Rare Finds



St. Croix Custom



Tropical Bracelet The Blue Mutt


The Shoe Bar Undercover Books






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STRAND STREET cont... Baci Duty Free – 340-773-5040 On the corner of Queen Cross & Strand, we’re here to serve your island shopping needs. Elegant stones are set in precious metals by designers such as Vahan. Kattan, Lafonn & Colore; there’s a large assortment of handmade island hook bracelets in silver, gold & Black Titanium from The Hook Company; beautiful hand-painted enamel jewelry by Belle Etoile; amazing sterling silver jewelry from “butterfly wings’ to the Gem of the Caribbean—Larimar, or our local chaney. Consider our authentic treasure coins or South Sea Pearls for a oneof-a kind jewelry purchase. Sunglasses include Maui Jim, Oakley, Costa, Gucci, Juicy, Marc Jacobs, Polaroid & Suncloud. We have the best assortment of fine Swiss & fashion watches on St. Croix. Be tempted by our wide selection of liquors, fine bourbons, scotches & rums from around the world plus cigars in our humidor. Stateside packaging service! Open Mon - Sat 10 – 6 pm.

Nelthropp & Low – 340-773-0365

Located in the heart of downtown Christiansted, Nelthropp & Low is tucked under the Danish arches at the entrance to Pan Am Pavilion. Inside you’ll find a variety of unique treasures for everyone’s tastes. Voted Best Diamonds in the VI Daily News Reader’s Poll since 2009 & Best Fine Jewelry in 2010, 2012 & 2013, they are the leader in diamond education and experience on St. Croix. Specialties include custom bridal, jewelry design, handmade island bracelets, Chaney jewelry, men’s titanium & alternative metal jewelry, charm bracelet beads, Australian opals, treasure coins, silver, watches & island-inspired designs. Owner Rob Low has been creating jewelry on St. Document1 1/26/07 10:18 AM Croix since 1978, and staff jeweler/gemologist Nicole Gariepy has been working with fine jewelry on island since 1997.

Just Steps from the Gov’t Parking Lot!

Small Wonder for children’s clothing and toys from around the globe!

Small Wonder – 340-773-5551

A delightful children’s store filled with a large selection of swimsuits, sunhats, sunglasses, St. Croix tee shirts, sundresses & shirts in tropical prints—cool, 100% cotton & linen clothing for boys & girls in sizes from Newborn to Pre-teen. Also find sturdy wooden educational toys, doll houses, rocking horses & train sets by Plan & Brio. Special items include sterling silver feeding spoons, ceramic piggy banks, adorable stuffed animals, dolls & doll furniture, children’s tables & chairs, baby & children’s accessories, plus year-round holiday & event costumes. Page 1 & Baby Shower Registry available. Layaway Our new location is just steps from the Government Parking lot at 1110 Strand Street.

St. Croix Custom – 340-220-2531

With over 15 years experience in the textile and design industry, St Croix Custom offers great prices on designer indoor and outdoor fabrics for your home or boat! Wholesale pricing available. We also offer Space Planning Services, as well as Kitchen and Bath Design, Drapery Design and Window Treatment Installation. Accessories, wallpaper, custom seating, awnings, slipcovers, and pillows are all services we can do for those finishing touches! We will always be conscious of your budget and keep you as the most important focus for any project, large or small. Reasonable rates, great pricing on products, and the experience you need to get the job done right. Give us a call! info@stcroixcustom. com,

Tropical print Sundresses & Shirts Swimsuits and Sunglasses Sunhats St. Croix Tee Shirts Sun Hats, Swimsuits & Dresses Wooden Toys 4 Company St., Christiansted 1110 Strand Street, Christiansted


St. Croix Custom’s Moroccan Market Tote with Leather Fringe.

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GALLOWS BAY Rare Finds – 340-713-9254 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

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.

Undercover Books for fiction, non-fiction, children’s classics & storytelling!


Beyond Caribbean – 340-773-7777

Antiques, Unique Gifts and Collectibles


Beyond Caribbean caters to the entire person with products that’ll make you happy and healthy, in the most holistic way! Our focus is traditional “ole time” Caribbean health products (think Seven Seas, Ferrol, Nutrophos, Tussadryl, Olbas Oil, Lydia Pinkham, Limacol, etc.). We mix it up with favorite Caribbean beverages, spices, and seasonings like Chief curry. Get affordable onisland clothing and accessories by Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, and more. Try our earth-friendly, cruelty-free household cleaning and personal care products, some up to 98% natural, from brands like Natracare and Mrs. Meyers.  We’re your new go-to location for a holistically healthier and happier YOU!  Like us on Facebook!

An Eclectic Store wit h Cool Vibes! Healthy Happy Holistic Living Caribbean Health Products, Spices, Seasonings & Drinks ● Natural / Organic Personal Care ● Household Holistics Corner Brand Name Fashion & Jewelry

Undercover Books & Gifts

Gallows Bay, St. Croix

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Duty-Free Shopping AROUND-THE-ISLAND STORE LOCATIONS, PG 54; Sweet Lime Furnishings – 340-719-6360

At Sweet Lime Furnishings we believe two things—You should be as comfortable outdoors as you are indoors and your home furnishings should make your life easier, not harder. Our outdoor furniture collection—the largest on St. Croix—is elegant unfinished teak, manmade wicker over an aluminum frame or durable plastic lumber with a 20-year warranty. Our sofas and chairs are covered in washable or Sunbrella fabrics. Our woods are teak, mahogany and other durable hardwoods. And island life is also about fun, so you’ll also find exotic, one-of-akind pieces and the work of some of St. Croix’s best-known artists. We’re also happy to special order for you. Find us open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 until 4, on Facebook, and on the web at

The Museum Store – 340-692-2874

The Museum Store at the St. George Village Botanical Garden for gifts, books, and local art! Susan Wall

AROUND THE ISLAND cont... Plaza Extra East – 340-778-6240

Great Price. Right Value. With great low prices, Plaza Extra East features thousands of your favorite grocery store brands as well as foreign specialty foods, bulk packaged items, a full service bakery, deli, and prime meat counter. Plaza offers a large produce section featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, including locally grown items. In addition to a wide selection of wine and spirits, Plaza Extra East is also home to Doctors Choice Pharmacy. Conveniently located in Peter’s Rest, Plaza Extra East is your one stop, shopping destination for all your grocery, home, and personal care needs.

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. Open Mon - Sat, 10 - 4 pm & cruise ship days.

Chenay Bay Winter (detail) by Grantland R. Toman at Sweet Lime Furnishings. Susan Wall

340-778-6240 everyday 6:30am - 11:00pm

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Franklin’s on the Waterfront

Come West and experience St. Croix’s chic destination gift emporium! Delight your senses with St. Croix’s largest scented candle selection. Olfactory nirvana from companies such as Seda France, Trapp, and Franklin’s signature scent “VOLCANO” from Aspen Bay. Franklin’s specializes in sumptuous Holiday and Home Decor. Franklin’s offers The Caribbean’s largest selection of luxury designer Kim Seybert Tabletop Decor. Cool, hip gifts and accessories from companies like Lawrence and Crane and Star Home will inspire you. Franklin’s offers a large organic tea selection, and all the accouterments to complete your tea experience. We offer a phenomenal bath and body product lineup from acclaimed manufacturer Archipelago. Franklin’s offers a phenomenal jewelry and accessory collection at prices that you will love! West is Best!

Clean. On Point. Check out Franklin’s Cool, Contemporary new Leather Jewelry for Men and Ladies.  Franklin’s on the Waterfront...Your go-to shop for the fresh and unusual.  Is this New York?  No...this is Beautiful Downtown Frederiksted!

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DELIGHT YOUR SENSES! #4 Strand Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix

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

Angry Nates Boathouse & Seafood Emporium – 340-692-6283 Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch 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, Happy Hour, 4–6 pm daily.

balter – 340-719-5896 Located at the intersection of Company Street & Queen Cross Street, balter is a fine dining experience unlike any other on St. Croix. Award-winning chef Digby Stridiron utilizes fresh, locally grown ingredients to create contemporary West Indian cuisine with a unique flair. Stop by the bar to learn more about their “Farm to Glass” program, where delicious, seasonal cocktails are created using produce from around the Virgin Islands. Wine lovers are able to choose from more than 150 wines, hand-chosen by Sommelier and owner Patrick Kralik. At balter, you come in as a stranger, eat & drink as a friend, and leave feeling like family. Tuesday-Saturday dinner served 6-10pm, Sunday dinner from 5-9pm. Closed Mondays.

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.

Barefoot Pirate Snow & Rum Ball Shack (153) – 340-244-6599 Arrg!! Calling all Skallywags to Barefoot Pirate Snow & Rum Ball Shack. We offer New Orleans-style snow balls with 25 flavors to choose from; make it into a rum ball by adding a shot of Cruzan Rum made on St. Croix.  Try our icy snow or rum shakes.  We also serve hot dogs, gourmet dogs, spicy sausage on a stick, ice cream, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, chips, beer, wine, rum drinks and our famous FRITO PIE loaded with cheese and our homemade chili with jalapeños and onions! Located off the boardwalk in Kings Alley, we are closed on Tuesdays, but are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30

Café Christine – 340-713-1500 Nestled in a quiet historic courtyard, Café Christine offers fresh salads & French-style cuisine. Open Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2:30, reservations are recommended. Join us for a glass of wine, a lovely lunch & admire the local art work in the cafe. A unique setting, not to be missed; a best kept secret... until now. Company Street in Apothecary Hall. Harbormaster Restaurant – 340-719-5438 A real treat in the middle of Christiansted Harbor at Hotel on the Cay—the Harbormaster serves up breakfast and lunch every day right on the beach! Tuesdays enjoy a fabulous West Indian BBQ Feast & Floorshow, from 7 – 10:30 pm, complete with Steel Pan music, Mocko Jumbie, & Broken Bottle & Limbo Dance! Here’s a chance to experience true St. Croix culture and get photographed with a stilt dancer! Sunday Local Brunch from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and there’s live music from 2 pm so come and spend the afternoon relaxing with friends. Breakfast is served from 7:30 -11 am, lunch from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm, and dinner from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, 7 days a week! Call for Tuesday night reservations or if we can help with catering your next banquet or wedding!

Armstrong‛s & Edy‛s Ice Cream

Snow & Rum Balls, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Beer, Wine & More!

Mix in your own toppings! Rum Cake & Butter Cookies VI Treats shipped anywhere in the US!


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:30 am-7 pm Friday & Saturday, 11:30 am-9 pm • Sunday, 11:30 am-6 pm Kings Alley off the Boardwalk •

am - 7 pm, Friday & Saturdays, 11:30 am - 8:30 pm and Sundays 11:30 am - 6 pm. www.barefootpiratsnowballs. com, Facebook,Twitter, Trip advisor. Mon -Thur, 12 noon - 7 pm • Fri & Sat, 11 am - 8 pm • Sun, 12 noon - 5 pm

Queen Cross Street, Christiansted

Open 7 Days a Week for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner SUNDAY BRUNCH RESTAURANT

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Beachfront Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Tuesday Beach BBQ & Floorshow, 7-10:30 pm (Steel Pan • Mocko Jumbie Broken Bottle & Limbo Dance) Sunday Live Music from 2 pm

For Tuesday Night Reservations, call 340-719-5438

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

Ital In Paradise ­­— 340-473-7373 A great place to eat! Looking for the #1 Ital & Vegetarian restaurant to eat? You have found it! Ital in Paradise offers homemade veggie burgers, roasted cauliflower, & gluten- free, egg-free & dairy-free daily specials that will delight your senses & stimulate your tastebuds. Thirsty on a hot day? Refresh with one of our island favorites such as green foods speciality drink chlorophyll or creamy delicious peanut punch. Never tried a vegetarian meal before? Come on through we are sure to wow you with our coconut curry tofu & coconut rice served with kale & baby bella mushrooms. Hungry? Find your way to Ital in Paradise located upstairs next to Riddims. We are open Monday Saturday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm. Like us on Facebook!

Raw, Organic, Local & Fresh! Dried Fruits, Granola Raw Nuts, Nutrition Powders Fruit & Veggie Smoothies Open 7 days from 7 am


Serenity by the Sea – 340-718-0544 This 2-story indoor and open air restaurant (formerly Red Right Return) is casual dining with an incredible view of Gallows Bay; a relaxed ambiance and free WiFi.

Great Food! Great Fun! Great Times!

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


★Bring this ad in for a free Cruzan Rum drink

Mon. through Sat. 8am – 3pm Pan Am Pavilion, near the Boardwalk.

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Lunch & Dinner


Seafood • Steaks • Ribs Pork Chops •Veggie Dishes Pasta • Chicken • Burgers Signature Drinks • Nightly Specials Pool Table • Live Entertainment

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Delicious Funky Diner Food, Eggs, & Venezuela’s newest export to St. Croix since the refinery—AREPAS




well-stocked Nut Bar with nuts, grains, specialty granolas, dried fruits, powders and nut butters to add to your smoothie or to enjoy at home. Healthy, Fresh, Local, Organic,Yummy! Open 7 days from 7 am.

22-20 Queen Cross Street

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Café Christine’s Croque Madame with local Mixed Greens. Susan Wall

40 Strand Eatery – 340-201-8633 40 Strand Eatery is a cozy, urban, multi-award-winning Christiansted restaurant focusing on simply great food and value by Brant Pell, Todd Manley, and their amazing team of professionals. They have a passion for sustainability and focus on locally sourced, fresh ingredients to bring the best food to the table, supporting the local island community. ‘Something for everyone’ includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan options. Signature cocktails, including the classic Moscow Mule, and a stellar wine list, are served from two bars—40 Strand and its Rum and Wine Bar across the street. Saturday Brunch has quickly become a local mainstay; the main dining room is A/C! Located in the Comanche Hotel. Dinner Monday – Saturday 6 – 9:30pm, Lunch, Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 2pm, Saturday Brunch, 10am – 2pm. See Facebook for specials.


Milk & Honey – 340-773-1212 Nestled on Queen Cross Streeet in the middle of historic Christiansted, Milk & Honey is a cozy, eclectic shop where Health never tasted so good! Every smoothie and drink bears the name of a beautiful and/or fruitful area on St. Croix, honoring the land that so freely shares its abundance. Interesting and unique ingredient combinations keep your pallet entertained while your body can fully enjoy being blessed with nutritious nourishment. Come in or call any day of the week to order your favorite smoothie—just the way you like it! There’s a

Known for their BBQ ribs, come in for tasty seafood, steaks, pork chops, veggie dishes, pasta, chicken, and burgers prepared by Chef Afiya. Featuring nightly specials, signature drinks, pool table, regular live entertainment, and available for special events. Located next to Savant at Bryan’s Marine Emporium, open for lunch and dinner, Sun – Thurs, 11 am – 1 am and Fri & Sat, 11 am - 2 am. Happy Hour, 4 – 7 pm. Late night bar menu, 10 pm – close. Like us on Facebook!

Award-winning restaurant with a passion for sustainability & locally-sourced ingredients. The name tells you where to go and what to do!

Lunch - Catering - Art Gallery 6 Company Street, Christiansted

Phone: 340-713-1500

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Toast – 340-713-8666 Toast Diner is a small, funky, classic, diner-style restaurant focusing on bringing you simply funky, freshly prepared, great food, and value by the 40 Strand Eatery crew and their amazing team of professionals. They feature great coffee and alcoholic coffee beverages, funky diner food (for example: BLT – pork belly, fried green tomato, kale, island spiced mayo!), eggs, breakfast all day, and Venezuela’s next great export since HOVENSA, the gluten-free, Venezuelan-Style Arepas! House made corn meal breads are stuffed with almost anything you can imagine. ‘Something for everyone’ includes Gluten Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan options; the main dining room is A/C! Located in the Pan Am Pavilion near the Boardwalk. Open Monday – Saturday 8am – 3pm. See Facebook for specials. Come get Toasted!

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. 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, Monday-Saturday, 6-10pm. Savor St. Croix – 340-201-6380 Savor St. Croix is a Virgin Islands subscription box, online store, catering company and ice cream shop! At our Sweets & Treats location in Christiansted, on Queen Cross Street, we offer locally-made candies, preserves, baked goods and more. Some of our popular items include butter cookies, gooseberry stew, Tamarind balls, Vienna cake, Coquito, Red Grout, and pound seasoning. You can savor the Virgin Islands from anywhere in

Ital in Paradise’s Tofu Kabob, brown rice, steamed broccoli, lentil balls and fresh salad with Moringa pineapple homemade dressing! Ted Davis

the continental US, US territories and US military bases overseas with Savor St. Croix! Experience Paradise In A Package online or stop into our Christiansted location for homemade ice cream, tasty cakes and other unique confections., Facebook, Instagram

Eat Fresh. Eat Local. Eat Righteous!

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 six 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 & Continental culture. They have free WiFi, a power strip for plug-ins, & the menu offers food that is both Quick and Savory. Open Mon – Sat, 11 am – 10 pm, Sun, noon – 9 pm. Home of the largest World Map on island so you’ll always know where You Are... when You Are Here! Taste of St. Croix, award-winning Shrimp Corndogs and Mahi Fish Tacos! Ask about our Local Discount! Like us on Facebook and check us out on Trip Advisor. Zion Modern Kitchen – 340-773-ZION On King Cross Street, in the historic courtyard of Quin House formerly known as Kendrick’s, Zion Modern Kitchen is a breath of fresh air in Christiansted. Our motto is simple, quality ingredients & back-to-basic traditional preparations. Menu highlights are pastas, ricotta & mozzarella, made in house daily, fresh fish, lobster & main courses that allow you to pick your own sauce & side. Our lively bar is right in the kitchen so you can watch the chefs, interact & even pick up some cooking tips! Our award-winning cocktails highlight local juices, syrups & bitters with fruits, flowers & roots.

340-773-ZION Taste of St. Croix 2016:

★1st Place Appetizer - People’s Choice ★1st Place Beverage - Best Presentation Beautiful Open Air Courtyard and Open Kitchen ● Sustainable Fresh Food ● Hand-crafted Cocktails ● Monthly Wine Club Tues - Sun, 5 -10 pm King Cross Street, Christiansted

Mexican Restaurant & Sports Bar

Authentic Mexican Food Best Margaritas & 9 Draft Beers on Tap!


Monday 11 am - 9 pm Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm Sunday, 10 am - 9 pm

340-713-0222 Gallows Bay Marketplace

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Eat Fresh. Live Smart Fresh Fish  Certified Angus Beef Store Deli  Specialty Cheeses  Salad & Soup Bar Extensive Wine Selection  Fresh Local Produce Your one-stop shop for everything gourmet.

6:00 am - 9:00 pm • Open Every Day 2001 Estate Mt. Welcome, Christiansted, VI 00820


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beer for those who don’t like beer! We also carry boutique spirits and sodas—a full retail liquor store NOW with a Full Bar serving 12 Beers on Draft (like Rogue Dead Guy, Piraat, Devil’s Triangle, Kelly’s Cider, Cueve de Chateau, and Kolsch), AC and TVs, Hotdog & Taco Cart. with indoor or outdoor seating! Located in Gallows Bay, one block from Seaside Market next to Caribbean Printing, our new hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.

Our wine list covers flavor, region & price with a knowledgeable & friendly staff to guide you. Private A/C dinning room for parties up to 50. Open Tues-Sun, 5 - 10 pm. www.zionmodernkitchen twitter: zionstx, facebook: zionmodernkitchen Jaccar (Ice Cream & Desserts) – 340-719-6999 Conveniently located in Christiansted, on the Eastside of St. Croix, we are known as a “hidden treasure,” tucked away in the Gallows Bay Commercial Center (look for the purple awning). Our ice cream, sorbet and desserts are house-made using mostly locally sourced, organic ingredients. We offer a large variety of artisanal ice cream, sorbet, popsicles (each with vegan options), cookies, toffee, ice cream cookie sandwiches, smoothies & shakes (Adult or Virgin), local juices and Coquito! Have your ice cream by the scoop in a fresh waffle bowl or cone or cup and add your choice of toppings. Check us out on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @JaccarNaturalVI, and read about us on Trip Advisor. Maria’s Cantina & Sports Bar – 340-713-0222 This Mexican Restaurant & Sports Bar (little Mexico in Gallows Bay) is owned by Chef Maria Fonrouge—actually from Mexico! They will transport you there with authentic Mexican cuisine— something for everyone—meat lovers to vegan. Busy? No problem! Burritos and Tacos, made-toorder, are served as fast as you can say “Andale!” Special-value Kids Menu. Margaritas, Sangria, Micheladas, 9 Draft Beers, and Maria’s Signature Drinks made fresh daily. There are 14 TVs for our Sport Fans. Eat in AC or out in the courtyard. Kitchen open Monday, 11 am – 9 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm, and Sunday, 10 am (for Brunch) – 9 pm. Winner! First Place Entree, 2015 Taste of St. Croix! Follow us on Facebook for menus and daily specials. Seaside Market & Deli – 340-719-9393 Seaside Market & Deli is St. Croix’s only gourmet market! With a full-service bakery and deli, Seaside offers made-to-order sandwiches, fresh breads, deli

Ale House reinvented—try the new rage—‘sour beers!’ Tart, refreshing, light! Susan Wall

meats, and a variety of sweet treats. Shop Seaside for a huge selection of wines, gourmet cheeses, specialty food items, and the freshest meat and seafood on island. Hungry now? Seaside features a variety of convenient, ready-made foods including a fresh soup and salad bar, and a buffet featuring hot entrees and sides. Seaside also features a large selection of fresh produce, including local selections, and a coffee & juice bar featuring your favorite coffee drinks, fresh squeezed juices and smoothies. Seaside Market & Deli – Eat Fresh. Live Smart. Ale House – 340-277-7617 Ale House can more than satisfy your beverage palate with 270 Craft Beers and 200 Wine Labels from around the world! From the “Sacred Seven” Trappist beers to Lambics. From hard root beer to an organic chocolate stout and gluten-free beers. We even have

Beach Side Café ­— 340-772-1205 or 340-772-1266 Dine beach side or right on the beach over looking the Caribbean Sea! Frozen drinks and cocktails served all day long! Enjoy with lunch featuring sandwiches, salads, creative wraps and burgers and more! Catch a gorgeous sunset everyday with an eclectic dinner of fresh local seafood, steaks, rack of lamb, pork chops, pastas, and vegetarian options plus our delicious desserts! Our Small Plates menu is available at the Iguana Lounge throughout the day and evening. Open Thursday - Monday for Lunch 11:30 - 2:30 pm, Dinner 6 - 9 pm, Sunday Brunch 10 - 3 pm. Live music every Saturday night 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Wine & Beer Tastings seasonally. Great for special occasions!

Fresh Pizza, Subs & More! Juke Box, Darts, Video Games, Sports TV! • 7 DAYS A WEEK

Open 4pm - 2am Kitchen, 5pm - 10pm

Blame it on the Dog! 14 King Street, Frederiksted


L.D.P. West

270 Craft Beers - 200 Wines All New - Full Bar!

12 Beers on Draft! AC / TVs! Hotdog & Taco Cart Indoor and Outdoor Seating!

A Retail Liquor Store


A block from Seaside Market next to Caribbean Printing

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Lost Dog Pub – 340-772-3526 Off the beaten track, and located one block from the Frederiksted Pier, L.D.P. has been a St. Croix institution for over 20 years. See why we have been voted “Best” Sports Bar, Most Entertaining Bar Staff, Karaoke, and Pizza by the readers of the Daily News. Unique decorum, eclectic juke box, darts, foosball and always sports on TV. Yearly events include Jouvert All Night Pajama Party, St. Paddy’s Day week long party with our legendary parade float, Prom Fundraiser, and July 4th Pizza Eating Competition. Third Saturdays its karaoke and Thursdays its crafts. Affordable, fun menu. Our pizzas are custom and made in-house. Open 7 days until 2 am. Cool, casual vibe, awesome pizza and family friendly. Come for the Pizza. Stay for the party! Facebook/L.D.P.West

The Blue Moon — 340-772-2222 Where jazz has a home, is located in historic Victoria House at 7 Strand Street. Award-winning cuisine with a Cajun flair, featuring fresh local fish, great salads, their unique New Orleans Alfredo, and homemade desserts. A discerning wine list is available to complement your meal. Join us Wednesdsay and Friday nights for the island’s best live jazz scene, in an eclectic open-air setting on the Frederiksted waterfront. Be sure to stop in for a cocktail at sunset. Lunch, Tuesday – Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm, dinner, Tuesday – Saturday, 6 – 9pm, Friday, 6-10pm. Facebook. Call for reservations. Bon Bagay Sailing — 340-277-7660 Working with the best local ingredients and chefs, there is always something new on S/V Bon Bagay. Join us aboard our 48-foot sailing vessel for a truly intimate dining experience. We are focused on providing high-quality, locally-sourced food and feature different dishes by different chefs every week. Enjoy an unforgettable evening as we sail the tranquil waters of the West End. Visit our website to find out what’s cooking this week. Reservations are required. Private charters also available.

Lost Dog Pub’s pizza—dough made in house daily, tossed and rolled for your custom order! Susan Wall

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

Brunch Lunch • Dinner Happy Hour Bar Menu

Susan Wall

Think of us for your catered parties, private functions overlooking Buck Island, sweet tooth fix, last-minute lunch box, chicken picnics, ice cream cravings, pizza-n-beer Sunday afternoons, raw ingredients, emergency necessities & the finest cuisine & spirits.

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, pannis, salads, & pizzas. The Market features local produce, wine, beer, & imported cheeses. Our Deli offers ice cream, a bakery, coffee bar, & take out. Summer Hours—Open 7 nights a week for dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm. Brunch / lunch Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. 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

” Restaurant: Hand-cut Steaks & Fresh Local Seafood, Lori’s

Open 365 Days

Famous Fried Chicken, Lasagna, Rack of Lamb, Fresh Lobster Dishes & our Homemade Stone-Baked Pizza! Market: Fresh Local Produce, Wine, Beer, Imported Cheeses. Deli: Hot & Cold Sandwiches, Gourmet Salads, Pizza, Ice Cream, Coffee Bar, Bakery & Take Out!

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The Buccaneer Restaurants – 340-712-2100 The Buccaneer, just minutes east of Christiansted, offers casual beachside dining at The Mermaid for lunch and seasonal dinners. Daily 11:30 – 5:30pm. The Buccaneer is proud to welcome Chef Dave Kendrick to the new Kendrick’s at The Buccaneer, now open Wednesday through Sunday. The fabulous new menu will feature Chef Dave’s signature dishes, including fresh fish piccata, maple leaf breast of duck, and more! A light-fare lounge menu will be available nightly with new favorites including fresh tuna tacos, housemade pan-seared salmon burger, and Kendrick’s classic cheeseburger. Live entertainment seasonally. Cocktails begin at 4pm, lounge menu 5-9:30pm and fine-dining 6-9:30pm. See menus at A member of Historic Hotels of America. Awarded “Best Sunset Bar” by Brides magazine. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. 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 and Brian Wilson on Sunday. Two Fridays a month, 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!” 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 locals and visitors alike, there’s an imaginative dinner menu with nightly specials served from 6 pm, Tuesday - Sunday evenings.  Enticing starters lead up to entrees like pastas, veal and fresh fish.  Pizza and calzones are offered to eat in or take out.  Super Thursday’s Feature--buy one entree and get the second one, of equal or lessor value, FREE.  The entire menu is available for takeout and we have a complete catering menu.  MC/VISA.  Reservations suggested. 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. w w w.stcroix

Karaoke with Dean Hodge. Thursday night is the Caribbean Beach Barbeque, complete with Steel Pans, Quadrille Dancers and Mocko Jumbies! Friday night there’s a DJ party at East End Pizza. From daily lunch seaside at Dockside to the island’s best brick-oven pizza at East End Pizza and everything in between, there’s always a great dining experience at Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort! Reservations Required.

Duggan’s Reef, East End, beachfront restaurant! Ted Davis

Come see us for Weeknight Specials – Monday, Mango BBQ Ribs, Tuesday, Jamaican Me Crazy, Buy 1 Burger and get ½ price on the 2nd one, Thursday, Disco Bingo at 6:30 with cash prizes, Friday, Crab Races, Saturday, Chef ’s Choice with DJ, Sunday, Jazz Brunch. Second Sundays, live music from 3–6 pm. 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 Monday & Friday night experience ‘stone-aged dining’ with a modern twist with our Rok Dinner Menu where any protein you order will come out sizzling on a hot lava rock! Tuesday night is Italian Night with Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies. Get over that hump on Wednesday night at the Crab Races with Tito & Sue followed by

Duggan’s Reef — 340-773-9800 It’s easy to see why this beachfront restaurant, an informal, open-to-the-breeze spot overlooking Buck Island, has been a local favorite for more than 30 years—voted Best Seafood on St. Croix by readers of the Daily News! 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 our choice of freshly prepared desserts. Try Frank Duggan’s Sunday Brunch, 11 am – 2 pm, with Eggs Benedict, weekly specials, & $3. Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Reservations welcomed! Dinner served 7 nights a week. Closed two weeks in September. The Galleon – 340-718-9948 Beautifully situated on the Green Cay Marina waterfront, The Galleon has been an island institution since 1984. We feature a contemporary menu with a variety of steaks, seafood and unique creations to satisfy even the most discerning omnivore. Our signature dish is a 10-oz Angus Tenderloin Filet crowned with succulent local lobster, béarnaise sauce and cabernet demi-glace. The Galleon works with local fishermen to offer the freshest fish on island and vegetarians will be sure to love our Meatless Meatballs! Guests arriving early will be treated to beautiful waterfront sunsets and friendly happy hour prices from our eclectic wine list. The Galleon also features gated security, ample parking and cool A/C! And remember, reservations are always a good idea! Open daily, 4 - 10 pm. Facebook


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

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

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The Pickled Greek – 340-713-1868 Peter Skrivanos & his family welcome you with open arms & old world recipes! Our awardwinning menu was inspired by the home-cooked Greek meals that Peter’s mother & grandmother prepared for him as a child. As with many of these recipes, nothing was written. Instead they were handed down with a pinch of this & a dash of that. His chefs work with Peter to recreate them complete with favorites like dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), souvlaki, authentic Greek gyros & mousake. Enjoy one of our famous Greek pizzas—highly recommended! Don’t forget Peter’s famous Bakalava ice cream! Located 1/4 mile East of Christiansted. Mon – Sat, 11 am - 9 pm. Call for reservations, takeout, private parties. Ask about our monthly dinner with belly dancers! “Its like Greece without the airfare!” Breezes – 340-718-7077 Located poolside at Club St. Croix, overlooking Turquoise Bay & just five minutes west of Christiansted, Breezez is a relaxing place for dinner served 4 to 9 pm. Enjoy fresh Local Lobster, grilled fish, Black Angus steaks &

The Terrace Executive Chef Dave Kendrick Fine Dining and Casual Fare Spectacular Sunsets Live Evening Entertainment

The Mermaid Casual Beachfront Lunches TVs and Beachfront Games Chillin n’ Grillin night Crucian Pig Roast 340-712-2100

‘seven days a week’ with beer & most cocktails 1/2 off! Make sure you don’t leave our beautiful island without biting into some Danish Aebelskiver pancakes or the island’s best Eggs Benedict at our Sunday Brunch, 9:30 am – 2 pm. Call for orders To Go or to place an appreciated reservation.

Divi Carina Bay’s Starlite Grille serving succulent Surf ‘n’ Turf!

Prime Rib, creative specials, cold beer and festive tropical libations. Come for lunch served 11:30 am – 4 pm & chill with savory salads, sumptuous pastas & original sandwiches. Stay for Happy Hour 4 pm – 7 pm

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!

For Divi Carina Bay Resort’s nightly entertainment scan this QR code with your Smartphone or by visiting us Facebook!

Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort Where there’s fun for everyone!

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Eat @ Cane Bay – 340-718-0360 Eat is a casual beachfront restaurant and bar with a spectacular view of the famous Cane Bay Beach on the Northshore! Enjoy a refreshing tropical drink munching on a variety of delicious appetizers, from local conch fritters and fresh tuna to spicy chicken wings. Try our popular Cane Bay or Eat burger or our tasty Tacos.  Daily Happy Hour, 4 - 6 pm; open Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast, 9 am – 12 noon.  Our award-winning chef offers dinner entrees like Grilled Ribeye and Mahi and inhouse Smoked BBQ.  Relax at sunset listening to great music from local bands four times a week.  Whatever time of day, you’ll be glad you decided to Eat @ Cane Bay. Open Monday – Friday, 11 am- 9 pm and Sunday, 9 am – 9 pm. 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.

Open daily 4pm - 10pm

Green Cay Marina

Free dessert with every entree ordered before 6 pm!


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Farm to Table — Local Markets

Flamboyant Lounge! Relax into the evening & enjoy happy hour specials on beer, rum, and wine every day from 4pm-6pm and 20% off Appetizers. Call for reservations.

ARTfarm, LLC – 340-514-4873 Luca Gasperi offers quality organic fruits, vegetables, herbs & more! Check website for off-season hours. La Reine Farmers Market – 340-778-0998 Sat, 6:30 am – 11 am, Wed, 6 am – 6 pm VI Dept of Agriculture features vendors with local vegetables, fruits, plants, & trees. Sajah Farm – 340-773-8065 or 277-6046 Mon – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm, Sat, 7 am – 5 pm Dale and Yvette Browne offer livestock, eggs, & organically grown vegetables. Southgate Corner Farmer’s Market – 340-332-3932 Sat, 8am – 12 noon Produce, fresh & preserved local fruit, fresh baked goods, local honey, local eggs, handmade soaps, herb and ornamental plants, small fruit trees. Tropics Hydroponics Farm – 340-227-5546 Mon - Fri, 8 am - 4 pm, Sat, 8 - 12 noon, Sat, La Reine Market Brian McCulough specializes in Bibb lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, & other vegetables. VI Locally Grown Market – 340-220-0466 Wed, 3:30 pm Lawaetz Family Museum. Buy from a collective of sustainable & organic growers or preorder at Farm locations, pages 54-56. Days & times may change seasonally; call ahead or check websites.

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Resort’s inventive menus and lite bites at Flamboyant Beach Bar & Saman Restaurant.

The Waves at Cane Bay – 340-718-1815 or 340-718-4745 Small & intimate, this seaside restaurant has beautiful views of Cane Bay & Hamm’s Bluff. Arrive early to watch spectacular sunsets; linger to enjoy moonlight sparkling on the water. Choose a lobster from the grotto pool or select a fine cut of meat, locally caught seafood, Virgin Islands pasta, or one of the chef ’s creative & delicious specials. Try our award-winning fish cakes. Bread, pasta, deserts and ice cream are prepared in-house. The Waves has a well-stocked bar and a collection of eclectic cocktails. Your server will assist with wine pairings from our wine list; reserve wines and champagnes. Open for dinner from 6 - 10 pm, Tues. – Sat. & Sun. nights in season. Reservations suggested. The Waves at Cane Bay…fine dining on the rocks.

Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort Restaurants – 340-778-3800 Sunday Champagne Brunch! Bring family & friends to enjoy culinary delights paired with a complimentary glass of champagne or experience our build-your-own Bloody Mary bar while relaxing to the sounds of a live band. Saman Restaurant, 11 am – 3 pm, $35.95. Friday Night Pirate’s Buffet! Kick off the weekend with a celebration by enjoying allyou-can-eat crab legs & local-inspired cuisine. Hit the dance floor to the tunes of the live band or the late night DJ & soak in the Caribbean spirit with performances by Kiki & the Flaming Gypsies & Mocko Jumbie. Saman Restaurant, 6:30pm, $44.95. Happy Hour at


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Restaurant Entertainment FIND YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC HERE! CALYPSO / REGGAE / LATIN Buccaneer Terrace Lounge – Sat, 7 - 10 pm Cheeseburgers – Sat, 6 - 9 pm Deep End Bar & Grill – Tues, 6 – 9 pm


Deep End Bar & Grill – Thurs, 6 pm Divi Casino Showbar – Sat, 11 pm – 3 am East End Pizza – Fri, 6:30 – 9:30 pm El Flamboyant – Fri, 6 pm – close. La Reine Chicken Shack – Fri, 5 - 10 pm, Sat, 1pm – 12 am, Sun, 3 pm – 12 am Serenity by the Sea – Thurs, 6 – 10 pm, Sat, 6-10 pm

GUITAR & SONG Un Amore’s Antipasto Mista!

Kelly Greer

Un Amore, One Love – 340-692-9922 Frank and Katherine Pugliese have added another restaurant to their roster. Formerly of Bacchus and eat@canebay. Un Amore is a combination of Frank’s ancestral roots and their combined passion for all things Italian. Tucked away on the Princess Hill side of 5 Corners, this formerly uninhabited building has been transformed into a lively, warm and welcoming restaurant with a relaxed vibe and fabulous food. The menu is mostly southern Italian with Neapolitan style pizza, fresh pastas, and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses made in house. Also on the menu some of the classics like osso buco, bolognese, tiramisu and cannolis. You’ll find a well-rounded wine list; predominately Italian and some classic cocktails like Negroni’s and Aperol spritzers. Dine in or take out! Open Tuesday-Sunday. Call for reservation.

Ace Roti Shop – 340-719-(ROTI)7684 “Calling All Curry Eaters!” Are you craving curry dishes at an affordable price? Look no further! Ace Roti Shop specializes in traditional Trinidadian Indian curries. Find chicken, beef, goat, shrimp, fish, & conch curry on our daily menu. We offer two types of roti (bread) to soak up our delicious curry—Dhal Puri & Paratha aka buss-up-shut. Saturdays, we serve a traditional Trinidadian hot appetizer called “Doubles,” featured on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, with our homemade Tamarind Chutney. Local drinks include Sorrel, Mauby, Peanut Punch, &Tamarind, & try our delicious Indian desserts! Located at 10 Castle Coakley, we’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm. At the Sunny Isles traffic light go south towards the oil refinery turn at the first right, look for our sign on the yellow fence. See our menu on Facebook.


Upscale Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center

October 13 and November 10 Art Live Music Refreshments Cash Bar 5 – 6:30 pm tues-sun 5pm - 9pm • dine in or take out!

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Angry Nates – Wed, 6 – 9 pm Buccaneer Terrace Lounge – Tues, 6 - 10 pm Deep End Bar & Grill – Mon, 6:30 – 9 pm Eat @ Cane Bay – Mon, 6 – 9 pm The Galleon – Thurs, 6 – 9 pm

JAZZ & BLUES Angry Nates – Wed, 6 – 9 pm Beach Side Cafe – Sat, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Blue Moon – Fri, 8 – 11 pm Buccaneer Terrace Lounge – Wed, Thurs, Sun, 7 - 10 pm Deep End Bar & Grill – Sun, 12 – 3 pm 40 Strand Eatery – Wed, 6 – 9 pm

KARAOKE Caravelle Hotel Courtyard – Mon, 7 – 10 pm Lost Dog Pub – 3rd Sat, 9 pm – 2 am Serenity by the Sea – Tues, 7 pm – Close, Sat, 6 pm – Close

MIXED VENUE Buccaneer Terrace Lounge – Fri, 7 - 10 pm Caravelle Hotel Courtyard – Thurs – Sat, 7 – 10 pm Deep End Bar & Grill – Sun, 11am – 2pm Divi Casino Showbar – Fri, 10 pm – 2 am, Sun, 6 pm – 10 pm East End Pizza – Mon, 6:30 – 9:30 pm Eat @ Cane Bay – Wed & Fri, 6 – 9 pm, Sun, 1 – 4 pm Paradise St. Croix – Thurs, Fri, Sat,  7-10 pm Serenity by the Sea – Fri, 7 – 10 pm Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort – Sat & Sun, 12 – 5 pm, Sun, 11 am – 2:30 pm, 7 days, 6:30 – 9 pm Shoreline at Chenay Bay – Sun, 3 – 6 pm Thali Indian Grill – Fri, 6 – 9:30 pm The Pickled Greek – Wed, 6 – 9 pm 40 Strand Eatery – 1st Sat, 7 – 10 pm


Buccaneer Terrace Lounge – Mon, 7 - 10 pm Divi Carina Bay Resort – Thurs, 8 - 10 pm Harbormaster Restaurant – Tues, 7-10:30 pm, Sun, 2 - 6 pm The Palms at Pelican Cove – Sun, 11 - 2 pm

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Jaccar Ice Cream & Desserts

Rico for many years. Now its Yvonne’s turn to cook and serve these coveted family recipes. The Happy Hour tradition on Thursday and Friday nights is to stop for a drink then take shish-kabobs home from the drive-up booth on the road! Located mid-island between Centerline Road and the Highway on Route #663, They are open Mon – Tues, 11:30 am – 6 pm, Wed – Sat, 11:30 am – 9 pm, Sun – 10:30 am – 8 pm.

11th year! “So...all the while they think I’m smiling for this photo when I’m really thinking about how awesome its gonna be when I bite into these Jaccar Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. #YummyGoodness #SatisfyYourCravings at Jaccar-Where sweet and tasty comes naturally.

At Jaccar, we take pride in our healthy lifestyle brand of house-made desserts using mostly locally sourced, organic ingredients. It is our intention to “sweeten” anyone’s day and so we offer vegan, gluten-free and adult options including fruit sorbet, smoothies and popsicles (fruits sourced from local farmers), Artisan ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, cookies, chocolates, toffee, fresh vanilla and chocolate waffle bowls and cones, toppings, local juices and Coquito! Every month we offer new flavors and treats. Celebrating an occasion? Book us for your wedding, party or other event. We offer services ranging from takeout options to ice cream buffets. Most containers and utensils we serve our products in are Biodegradable. We are located in Gallows Bay Commercial Center with ample parking. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, 2:00 – 6:00pm. Who is #TeamJaccar? Marlon hails from the “land of wood and water” aka Jamaica, has lived on St. Croix for six years now, is a marine scientist, avid reader, stellar soccer player and amazing dad and husband. Lia drifted to St. Croix from sister island St. Thomas five years ago and though she loves St. Thomas she now considers herself an “honorary” Crucian. She is a marine scientist, enjoys a challenge, loves her family to no end, and is supremely organized. Nathalia is Crucian-born and has over 10 years of culinary experience, loves to socialize and is passionate about her family, friends, work and life. Alana has a knack for socializing, enjoys technology in all forms, and is extremely talented. Jayden is the littlest member of our team, enjoys soccer, swimming, school projects, his pets and helping at the shop. See you soon! #TeamJaccar

The Waves at Cane Bay’s local Greens Salad with tomatoes, artichokes, Parmesan crisp and Passion Fruit vinaigrette.

El Flamboyant – 340-779-3285 “People like coming here.” This colorful, family restaurant offers up a Caribbean, Latin, and Seafood menu that has been pleasing patrons for over ten years. If you like fresh fish, lobster, conch, and shrimp, or chicken, steaks, and pork chops, you have to try the way they do it at El Flamboyant! Yvonne Villegas learned to cook from her mother who had a restaurant in Puerto

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — MID-ISLAND or a juicy hamburger—menu selections to please all. Freshly made desserts like Armstrong’s ice cream and brownie cupcakes. Voted “Best Italian Cooking on St. Croix,” Daily News Readers’ Poll, 2014 & 2015. We do Catering and Private Parties; eat-in or take-out. This mid-island location, with free wi-fi, A/C and paved parking, makes a great Center-Island Meeting Place! Next to WAPA and across from Kmart Appliances. Open Monday – Friday, 11am 9 pm, Saturday 2 pm - 10 pm.

Ace Roti Shop’s Paratha Roti aka Buss up Shot with boneless Chicken and Shrimp. Susan Wall

Joe’s Bar & Grille – 340-692-2020 Find the freshest Italian food on St. Croix at Joe’s Bar and Grille like Spaghetti and Meatballs, Mussels Marinara, Fried Calamari, Grilled Salmon, Mahi or Shrimp, and local seafood dishes. Lunch specials and eat-in dinners, served with Fresh-baked garlic bread, change daily. Home of the $15. Eggplant or Chicken Cutlet Parmesan dinner and $25. Lobster dinner plus crispy chicken wings, great smoked ribs

La Reine Chicken Shack – 340-718-5717 Are you ready to savor one of St. Croix’s best-kept 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! Thali Indian Grill – 340-226-3349 Hidden off Route #70, mid-island, is a new and exciting restaurant that serves the world’s most celebrated cui-

Thali Indian Grill’s Channa with Naan.

sine. Thali Indian Grill might be hard to find but, once found, it is an explosion of flavors! Quiet, peaceful & with low volume Bollywood music in the background, it is a perfect place to unwind. The meals are prepared full of spices, just like you would expect in Indian cuisine, but these are flavorful, not hot. Home made hot sauce is available. Expect nothing less that a celebration of flavor and healthy food. Open for Lunch, Tues – Fri, 10:30 am – 2 pm and Dinner, Tues – Sat, 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Located across from Cost-U-Less. Daily specials., Facebook.

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Authentic Indian Restaurant Lunch, Tues - Fri, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm Dinner, Tues - Sat, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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“All Curry Eaters”

Serving the Community for 11 years!


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

Catering for All Occasions!

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Rt. 75 off Centerline Road

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Open 7 Days a Week!

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Attractions & Tours




Downtown Christiansted’s first casino! Pull up a seat and beat the heat in air-conditioned comfort! 21 t be mus

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10 am to Midnight, Mon. - Sat. 12 Noon to Midnight, Sundays Round-trip Golf Cart Valet Transport from our parking lot on Watergut Street.

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Caravelle Hotel Casino —340-773-0687 State-of-the-art Slot Machines & Valet Golf Cart Transport. Open 10 am – 12 am, Mon – Sat, 12 pm to 12 am, Sun. Divi Carina Bay Casino —340-773-7529 Table Games, Video Poker, Slot Machines. Live entertainment. Restaurant. Open 10 am – 3 am daily. Fort Frederik Museum —340-772-2021 Frederiksted. Art Gallery, Exhibits, Store. Open Mon – Fri, 8 am – 4 pm. Government House —340-773-1404 King Street, Christiansted. Historic landmark. Hams Bluff Lighthouse —Historic landmark. North of Frederiksted. First lit in 1915 under the Danish Government. Point Udall Millennium Monument Easternmost point in the US! A sundial marks the azimuth of the first sunrise of 2000. St. Croix’s National Parks —340-773-1460 Buck Island Reef National Monument NPS Authorized Concessioners, See Watersports, Page 40-41.

Christiansted National Historic Site

Includes Scale House, Customs House, Fort Christiansvaern, Steeple Building, & Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse. Fort open 8 am – 4:30 pm daily; closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Salt River Historical Park & Ecological Preserve —340-773-3183 Visitor Center. Northshore. Summer Hours: Mon – Fri, 10 am – 3 pm.

TOURS Aerial —Bohlke International Airways 340-778-9177, Around the Island —Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours, 340-773-6700 Botanical Garden —St. George Village Botanical Garden, Daily (except Christmas), 9 am – 5 pm. Museum Store. 1500 native and exotic species. 340-692-2874 Christiansted — Alexander Hamilton Walking Tour, Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism (CHANT), 340-277-4834, Nina York, Danish & English, 340-718-7017


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Beach, Rainforest, Ruins No Experience Necessary!

Paul & Jill’s 340-772-2880 340-332-0417

The Museum of St. Croix’s Culture & History Explore the sugar factory, slave quarters and great house Current Exhibits An African Venus on St. Croix The Long Row and the Yard Hass, Hassmann & Hass Racing Freedom’s Army, Liberty’s Vanguard Roebuck Family Who Bin Sen Yoh My Granny House Trace Your Ancestry in our Research Library & Archives

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Born on St. Croix, Jill has been giving tours for 39 years! Help us feed over 50 rescued animals.

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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LIMPRICHT PARK VINTAGE & COLLECTIBLES FAIR, NOVEMBER 5! Frederiksted — Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism (CHANT), 340-277-4834. Guided Hikes —Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism (CHANT), 340-277-4834, Mount Victory Camp, 340-201-7983 and Bush Tribe Eco Adventures, 340-277-2503. Horseback —Cruzan Cowgirls, 907-841-1990 and Paul & Jill’s, 340-772-2880

Restored Sugar Cane Plantation — Estate Whim Museum, Research Library & Archives, Sugar Factory and Mill, Slave Quarters, Great House. Exhibits, Store. Open Wed – Sat, 10 am – 3 pm.

Red Carpet Service & Complimentary Champagne Romantic Sunset Tours Available Award Winning Service & Fleet

Rum Distillery — Captain Morgan Visitor Center, 340-713-5654. Open Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm. Gift Shop, and Cruzan Rum Distillery, 340-692-2280, Visitors Pavilion, Store. Open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5 pm


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Island Art


Meet Cover Artist Debbie Sun! Still basking in the excitement of a recent two-month visit to Barcelona, St. Croix artist, Debbie Sun has returned with a wealth of inspiration and new textile designs. Some may already be familiar with her textiles showcased at the newly renovated Hotel Debbie Sun. Caravelle, including the contemporary fabric installation in the lobby, elegant bed runners, and eye-catching artwork at the new Casino. Her distinctive style captures an effervescent spirit and unique vibrancy, a sure reflection of her colorful Caribbean upbringing. A recent accolade aptly describes her style as “refreshing and uplifting”.

world. As an athlete, I understood the value of hard work, being confident and being proud; proud of each accomplishment and proud to be a Virgin Islander.

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We recently sat down with the bubbly artist, Debbie Sun, to learn more about the art process and her background. “The creative process uniquely incorporates original silk paintings and photography, resulting in an interesting complexity of layers and colors. Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, raised in St. Croix, and resided in Barcelona, Spain for several years, the diversity of my background and experiences plays a major part in the art that I create. The most influential of experiences surely comes from waking up every day to the incredible natural beauty of St. Croix. No matter how many times I see the views, there is always something new and special about it, and each time it takes my breath away. Growing up here is a blessing that I will never take for granted. For a small island, we are rich in culture, diversity, inspiration, and the simplicity of joy. The key is to open your eyes to the beauty and appreciate what we have. I am incredibly grateful for a childhood of frolicking in the sea, competing in the swimming pool and being surrounded by friends of all walks of life and all different ages. Island life has a special element that encourages us to work with what we have and provides us with a foundation to dream. As a long time swimmer with the St. Croix Dolphins team, I not only learned how to dream big, I also learned through dedication and discipline how to put dreams into motion. We were challenged to organize our time, we learned how to push ourselves, and how to set goals and go for it! My joy for travel was discovered during our swim trips and I made friends from all over the

Original Silkpaintings.

Textiles for Home Décor.

All these skills translated to other parts of my life, including my interest in art. I was fortunate to have two wonderfully talented art teachers, starting with Leo Carty at St. Dunstan’s School, and Cindy Male at Good Hope School, both of whom are very accomplished artists. After graduating, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, an experience that opened my mind to creative and unconventional ways of thinking. Over the years, I experimented with different media including watercolors, and oil paintings, as well as photography. With a camera lens, I am always looking for the unexpected position to give the image an intriguing perspective. In anticipation of being an entrepreneur some day, I earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of the Virgin Islands. Intellectual curiosity has its rewards and I found over the years, that I could always rely on my eclectic knowledge and experience to secure employment and follow my dreams in the art world. My pursuit of art courageously led me to the city of Barcelona. I had always wanted to visit to see firsthand the remarkable architecture and design that I had studied. I immediately fell in love with everything about the city. I later returned to Barcelona to study art at an International Workshop, Metàfora. The one year venture turned into an experience of almost seven years living and working in Barcelona. During that time, I took part in numerous collective exhibitions, and worked as an architectural tour guide of Gaudí´s buildings. The Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí was one of Spain’s most famous architects whose structures are renowned for their innovation, functionality and artistic exploration. The inspiration of Gaudí and Barcelona has inevitably crept into the expression of my work. I am now back in beloved St. Croix and focused on my business as a Textile Designer with Debbie Sun Design Studio, launched in March, 2015. I am currently working on scheduling my next pop-up shop which will feature the new collection of designs on pillows, scarves, table cloths and other surprises.”

Decorative Pillows.

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“CULTURE SHOCK WITH PUERTO RICAN ROOTS” AT C.M.C.A. OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 15! Art@Top Hat – 340-692-2787 Where Art Happens—All the Time! This gallery presents the best of local art, by contemporary and passed artists, who made St. Croix their home. The 1800s, 2-story Top Hat townhouse is a great frame for the ever-changing exhibits of original fine art, antiques, handmade jewelry, St. Croix pottery, photography, prints, maps, cards and estate sale collectibles. The Top Hat Gallery is not to be missed by homeowners, island builders, and interior designers! We are happy to help find the right artwork for your walls or that special gift for yourself or a friend! Located on Company Street across from the US Post Office, they are open for Art-Walk (3rd Thursdays, Oct through May) and Wednesday through Saturday, 1 - 5pm., Facebook. Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts – 340-772-2622 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 yearround exhibitions, classes, and shows for all ages. The Artists-in-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

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.

Mater, fragment, Victor Rodriquez Preza. Multi-Artist Exhibit Opening, Art @ Top Hat Gallery, November 3, 5 - 8 pm.

and Larimar Jewelry by Therese Donarski. The gallery shows other local and off island artists and new exhibits open during season.  Call for scheduled hours and by appointment.

Henle Studio – 340-718-0372 Exciting things are happening at the Henle Studio! Celebrating 24 years, this historic loft, #55 Company Street in Christiansted, showcases the paintings and prints of the late Maria Henle, the photographs, books, and prints of St.Croix’s premier photographer Fritz Henle, the fine art prints of Tina Henle and the beautiful Sea Glass

Ted Davis Galeria - 310 860 6001 (toll free!) After almost a decade in Christiansted, D&D Studio is now online! Visit us at https://ddstudio. to purchase beautiful and collectable photographs by Ted Davis. These stunning images are unique St. Croix artworks, and are great additions to your home or office decor. You can have a piece of St. Croix delivered right to your door! Call or email for more details.

Maria Henle • Fritz Henle • Tina Henle & other artists #55 Company St., Christiansted • 340-718-0372


FINE ART , ANTIQUES JEWELRY AND COLLECTIBLES 52 Company Street, Christiansted Across from the Post Office

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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.


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).

Affection Marks Denmark-USVI Relations as Centennial Approaches — by Nina York


oon it will be one hundred years since Denmark sold our islands to the United States, but judging from the amount of activity planned and visitation to the islands from Denmark, you would never believe that such a divestiture took place!

of Africans brought here against their will under horrific conditions may have been a source of embarrassment for Denmark.

But history needs to be recognized and seen as a lesson rather than being ignored. Also, the Danish period brought many positive elements, not least the impressive arIs it a sentimental attachment to the past, chitectural heritage that is seen today in or perhaps even regret that our lovely islands the Christiansted National Historic Site’s Fort no longer belong to Denmark, a small counChristiansværn, the Old Customs House, the try of slightly over five million inhabitants Old Scale House, the Steeple Building (has that once possessed a colonial empire many everyone noticed the working clock chiming times its current size? The Dannebrog at Government House. Susan Wall on the hour?) and not least the Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse and Slave Market. It is also Although huge Greenland and the Faeroe Islands are still offifound in other official buildings such as the old Military Barracks on cially linked to Denmark, Denmark once had possessions in Africa, Christiansted’s Hospital Street that in a joint Denmark-USVI project India, owned Iceland, Norway, parts of southern Sweden, and parts are being restored with the goal of making the complex an academy of northern Germany. By comparison, our little islands are minor, but of the building trades; another official gem of a building is the old in terms of their one time value to Denmark’s economy, they played Danish School in Frederiksted. a major role at a time when the income from sugar cane, a major crop of the Danish West Indies, as we were called between 1733 and Let us also realize that unlike other islands of the Caribbean, our 1917, reached dizzying heights until the appearance of sugar beets visitation from Denmark has mushroomed; Denmark now provides came to play a great competitive role. the second largest group of visitors to the islands, after the United Strangely, Denmark’s possession of these islands for such a long period and providing such economic bounty to the mother country has not been written up in Danish history books. It is quite possible that the not so politically correct element of having engaged in slave trade and employing without compensation many thousands

States. Happily, it is generally agreed among Danish visitors that the Virgin Islanders are very friendly, which has come as a surprise to many. And seeing the Dannebrog, as the Danish flag is known, flying next to the Stars and Stripes and Virgin Islands flag at Government House is a very emotional and uplifting experience to every Danish visitor.

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Island Weddings MARRY ME ON ST. CROIX!

How Much Time Do You Need?

One of the trickiest parts of wedding planning is predicting how much photography coverage you need on the day of your event. In theory, it should be very easy, if absolutely everything goes according to plan. In my experience, I have yet to leave a wedding without saying, “It’s not a wedding if there isn’t a fabulous story to tell.” Traditionally, coverage begins at some point during the getting-ready process and ends at some point during the dinner reception. Where do you start? Start with your guests. Guest size should be taken into account first. As a rule of thumb, the more people who attend the more coverage you need. For example, a 65+ guest-wedding  requires at least six hours of coverage if you desire to tell a complete story of the day. However, six hours of coverage for 25 guests may be overkill! Unless there is significant travel time involved, this type of coverage/ guest ratio is unnecessary.  Next, consider the timeline of events. These days there are many trends when it comes to wedding traditions (i.e. first looks, first dances, toasts, cake cutting, etc.). Keep in mind that the number items you include and where you place these items on the timeline may increase or decrease your coverage needs. Many couples choose to perform the reception formalities prior to and or at the beginning of dinner service, just after they have been announced to their guests. The benefit of planing it this way is flow. Your guests get to flow seamlessly from one event to the next without awkward interruptions, lag time, or cameras in their face as they dine. Once the party starts and everyone is letting loose, it may be fun to introduce the bouquet and garter tosses. So how much time do you really need? For a larger destination wedding (55-65 guests), an efficient timeline of 4 to 5 hours will allow the coverage you need from getting ready to getting down on the dance floor as Mr. and Mrs.!

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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 Here you can also download an application for a wedding license. For more info, call 800-372-USVI or 340-772-0357.

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Q Studio, LLC – 340-332-6921

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 Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 39



Jolly Roger – 340-513-2508

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

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.)

Lightheart Sailing Charters — 340-244-0240

Caribbean Sea Adventures – 340-773-2628

Come explore Buck Island with us! Caribbean Sea Adventures offers a variety of boating packages to fit your every need. With options ranging from full, half day or private charter trips to explore Buck Island’s underwater snorkel trail, to sunset sails along the beautiful coastline, there is an option for every occasion. New to our fleet is a 32’ Boston Whaler, offering a more intimate charter experience. All Buck Island trips include snorkel gear

Trimaran Sailing! Catamaran Sailing! Glass Bottom Boat Tours! Caribbean Sea Adventures

and instruction, guidance on the underwater trail, flotation devices, water and rum punch. Scuba diving trips and wedding ceremonies also available. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram.

Buck Island Reef National Monument Tours Buck Island Tours Snorkel & Sail

Come enjoy the light-hearted time of your life on an elegant 40-foot European sloop designed for comfort and performance. Captain Peter Branning, awarded “Outstanding Sailing Instructor” by the American Sailing Association for 2015, invites you aboard for half or full-day sailing excursions. Sit back, relax or take the helm. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming on a custom outing. An idyllic sunset cruise is the perfect end to a day of exploring the island. We also offer charters around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and a sailing program with certifications from the American Sailing Association. Along with Captains Courageous, we offer custom business events, personal growth adventures, and meditation sails. Voted “Best of the VI—St. Croix Charter Boat” for 2014-2015 in the VI Daily News Readers’ Poll.

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

Authorized Concessioner

● Snorkel equipment included ● Dragonfly exclusive to six guests ● Departs from Green Cay Marina “H” Dock

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Hang Glide St. Croix—A Unique Perspective! For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo da Vinci

Nowhere is this truer than above the waters of St Croix—high in the sky! Hang Glide St. Croix is new to Christiansted this year and one of our more exciting businesses— Luxury Travel Guide has recognized Hang Glide St. Croix as “Unique Activity of the Year” for 2016! David Fynn, a licensed boat captain, retired from a corporate career, and Jim Prahl, a Master-rated Hang Glider Tandem Pilot and welder by trade, are the owners and operators. Jim also has a Private Pilot license and a Light Sport Certified Flight Instructor Rating for airplanes, issued by the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, and has safely taken over 10,000 student pilots into the sky. Jim started flying hang gliders in 1985, coming to St. Croix in 1989 as a refinery welder the same year Hurrcane Hugo paid us a visit. He remembers flying above Salt River landing at Gentle Winds, and on the East End near Point Udall as a solo pilot and, on occasion, taking island residents on tandem flights.

Come Fly With Us!.

David met Jim five years ago learning to fly solo in Florida. They became friends and Jim shared his dream of starting a boat-tow operation on St Croix with its consistent easterly winds and the crystal clear waters. In the fall of 2015, they secured a powerboat for towing and all the equipment and shipped it to the island early this year. Mike Linnen, a local resident and former hang glider pilot has joined the team as a very able winch operator. They pick you up at the Boardwalk, proceed to the launch area, get you into your harness hanging beneath the glider on the platform at the back of

the boat. After safety checks, the boat speeds up until the glider is flying, then released from the boat to soar up on the end of the tow line. At the apex of the flight, the pilot releases the glider to fly free and the student will get the chance to try flying on the way back to the water. The pilot lands the glider on a water float where the boat can lower the platform enabling the glider, the pilot and the student to be lifted out of the water for the next flight. Flights are typically 12-1500 feet or higher for about 10-12 minutes, before releasing the glider to fly back down to land on the water. Safety is a high priority. Daily inspections of the glider and the boat, review of the daily weather forecast, wind and wave conditions are mandatory. Life jackets are worn and the instructor wears a backup parachute. The Wills Wing glider is designed stronger than most small planes and is certified and tested by the Hang Gliding Manufacturers Association. Every flight is video recorded with mounted cameras with videos available for purchase.

Hang Glide St. Croix, Christiansted Boardwalk • 440-667-2377

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peting 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.

Take a fast and exciting sail with local sailing legend and calypso recording artist Llewellyn Westerman aboard his 37-foot locally-designed and built, sixpassenger 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

DIVING Adventures in Diving STX – 941-504-3222

Lyric Sails – 340-201-5227

Combining her love for the ocean with a passion for music, food and wine, Captain Emily Weston, a marine biologist and dive instructor, has brought a unique venue to St. Croix—Lyric Sails! On her boat “Jolly Mon,” a 63ft custom-built, former racing catamaran, she and her amazing crew host sunset and moonlight sails with live music by local and visiting musicians, Thurs-Sun, out of beautiful Frederiksted. Also look for special events such as “Wine on the Water”--a 6-course wine and food pairing dinner, Reggae night and Spanish night. Each sail features catered appetizers, rum punch and an on-board bar. Private, customizable day sails and snorkel tours are available daily, and private evening charters are available on request. Book online at

Sail, snorkel, hike Buck Island Reef National Monument with Teroro or Dragonfly!

Teroro II and Dragonfly – 340-718-3161

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 com-

We’re the Official NAUI Dive Shop on St. Croix, USVI! Located on King Street in Frederiksted, across from the ‘Moko Jumbie Wall’ and next to Pier 69, we are the newest dive shop on St. Croix! Whether you want to snare a lobster or view the beauty under the sea, we can provide you with excellent quality gear for diving/snorkeling. We offer dive packages and snorkel tours for both day and night. Our retail shop carries a wide variety of high quality merchandise including; Reef Safe sun protection, rash guards, Tormenter, Hammerhead, Akona, Oceanic, waterproof identification cards for sea life and Dimes and Nickels VI wear. We love for our customers to stop by, see our new merchandise, chat at our table!, Facebook

• Dive the Famous St. Croix Wall at Beautiful Davis Bay • Guided Shore Dives Daily • Full Concierge Diving Service • Discover Scuba Diving No Experience Necessary • Boat Diving, Pier Diving & Night Diving Available

Located at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa (340) 773-DIVE (3483)

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Cane Bay Dive Shop – 340-718-9913

Voted #1 Dive Shop by VI Daily News readers and #1 Activity by TripAdvisor, N2theBlue is a full-service PADI scuba diving center with rental gear, air fills & Nitrox. Located 100 steps from the Frederiksted pier, we dive more sites in the calm waters of the West & have a second location servicing the Salt River Canyon/Wall. Call for reservations. Look on Facebook for recent dive photos!

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 or advanced snorkeling or diving. 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.

Sweet Bottom Dive Center – 340-773-DIVE (3483)

Dive Experience – 340-773-3307

Get to know St. Croix’s underwater wildlife—Turtles, Eels, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and even Humpback Whales with St. Croix’s Original PADI 5-Star IDC Center! Michelle Pugh, a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, opened Dive Experience in 1983 and has the most experienced dive staff on the island. Diver safety, combined with fun and preservation of the marine environment are our primary concerns. Daily boat dives, Lionfish hunting dives—take your fillets home with you (yum!), and “No Moon” String-of-Pearl night dives! We offer diver training from the Discover Scuba program to dive instructor and complete dive and snorkel rental gear plus air and nitrox fills. New, expanded location on the Chritiansted boardwalk at Kings Alley. We love to dive and it shows!

Official NAUI Dive Shop on St. Croix, USVI

Snorkel & Dive Tours * Instruction-Resort to Instructor Dive & snorkel rental gear (masks, snorkels, fins) Air-fill Cards—$60. (10 fills with 11th free) Board shorts, rash guards, beach towels, visors, Havaianas, ”Dimes and Nickels,” USVI Apparel, Tunaskin, Tormenter, Oceanic Gear, Brownies, Hammerhead, Sherwood, Akona, Genesis 941-504-3222 King Street, Frederiksted, across from Moko Jumbie Wall 8am - 5pm Daily •

Dive the Pier, wrecks, reefs, or Wall with N2 the Blue! Day and night; boat or shore!

N2theBlue Scuba Diving – 340-772-3483 

Scuba Dive with N2theBlue — the Pier, Wrecks, Reefs, Night Dives, Salt River Canyon/Wall, Boat & Shore dives. For a personal experience with the safety & service you desire, we specialize in semi-private groups of 6 or less divers.  Want to try scuba diving?  Our 1/2-day introductory course for beginners gets you into the water the same day! 

Located at the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, we offer daily shore diving to the famous ‘Wall’ only 100 yards off our Davis Bay Beach. Dive our beautiful, healthy corals and see tropical fish, turtles, rays and reef sharks or schedule a boat or pier dive. Whether you’re interested in a Discover Scuba Diving experience or are working towards a certification such as Open Water, Advanced Open Water, one of (50+) Specialty Courses, Professional Instructor Ratings or Technical Diving, we can accommodate you. Air, Nitrox or Trimix tank fills available along with top-notch scuba and snorkeling equipment to rent. After your dive, enjoy the full-service restaurant, bar and lounge next to the dive center. Discover why diving with Sweet Bottom Dive Center is a sweet experience!, FaceBook.

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SCUBA DIVING 340-772-3483 St. Croix’s First PADI 5 Star Center Owned by Michelle Pugh,Women Diver’s Hall of Fame

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rienced 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!

Sea-Thru Kayaks VI – 340-244-8696

We offer Bioluminescent Bay Tours in the only clear kayaks on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and only one of two operators using clear kayaks for bioluminescent tours in the world. All tours begin in the evening at the bay at Salt River Historical Park & Ecological Preserve on the Northshore. Experience the bay that the scientific community was unaware even existed until a year ago and now is being called the best of the six yearround bioluminescent bays in the world. Our see-through kayaks are the best way to view this phenomenon! $60 per person

Virgin Kayak Tours – 340-514-0062

Voted ‘Best Kayak Tour’ on St. Croix for the past eight years by the readers of the VI Daily News! Family owned and operated for 18 years, Virgin Kayak Tours offers nighttime Bioluminescent Tours, Salt River Historical Park & Ecological Preserve tours, and Custom Tours—half day, full day, or week long. They use the award-winning Hobie Mirage Pedal Kayaks, so your tour is effortless, even in windy conditions, and focus on St. Croix ecology, Pre-Columbian history, and the cultural landscape. “You’ll definitely see our passion shine through on every St. Croix kayak tour!” Located off Route #80 at Salt River Marina.

JET SKIS / FLYBOARDING West End Water Sports – 340-277-8295

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. w w w.stcroix

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KITE / PADDLE / SURF 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. Look for us at our new location at Chenay Bay Beach Resort.


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Sandwatch: Citizen Science for Coastal Monitoring

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Hang Glide St. Croix – 440-667-2377

Hook and Sun Fishing Charters – 340-227-9650

Experience a ‘unique perspective’ above the waters of St. Croix—high in the sky! Discover St. Croix newest and most exciting new business—Hang Glide St. Croix. Its won Luxury Travel Guide’s “Unique Activity of the Year” award for 2016! Learn and enjoy this sport with a Master-rated Hang Glider Tandem Pilot who also has a Private Pilot license and a Light Sport Certified Flight Instructor Rating for airplanes! Fly at 12-1500 feet for 10-12 minutes launching right from the Christiansted boardwalk! With safety as a high priority, there are daily inspections of the glider and towboat, and a review of the weather, wind, and wave conditions. Their Wills Wing glider is stronger than most small planes and certified by the Hang Gliding Manufacturers Association.


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The East End Marine Park (EEMP) kicked off its Sandwatch beach profile program with the help its high school EcoCampers this past summer. Sandwatch is an international beach monitoring program that enables local community groups to observe, understand, and adaptively manage shorelines in the face of local and global changes in climate. It monitors ecological parameters like beach erosion (sand loss) and accretion (sand gains); water quality; sand sediments; water movement (currents and waves); and social parameters like human use and pollution. The Sandwatch program is a great example of citizen science, where local groups participate in field work to record and report on their coastal environment. By identifying and monitoring threats facing our coastlines, participants also develop an understanding of ecosystem resilience and adaptation strategies for climate change and natural disasters. Sandwatch integrates sustainable development and ecosystem resilience into the learning and monitoring process. It is a user-friendly, hands-on approach to coastal management that empowers citizens to act for environmental awareness and change. EcoCamp students from local high schools created a Sandwatch profile for Chenay Bay beach. Before EcoCamp, the USVI Sandwatch site had been dormant for years. EcoCamp provided baseline data for comparison with future reports on Chenay Bay and other beaches. EEMP plans to collect baseline Sandwatch data for other beaches adjacent to the Park by the end of the year, and to support the adoption of beaches for regular quarterly monitoring by local community groups. EEMP will use Sandwatch as a tool for Crucians to know more and care more for their beaches and coastal areas, while providing scientific data to inform local management decisions.

St. Croix East End Marine Park Like us on Facebook! 340-718-3367

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

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

The Buccaneer Hotel – 712-2144

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

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

The Reef Golf Course – 773-8844

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

Non-Hotel Beaches sunbathe, swim, snooze

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

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

Sandy Point - Located on St. Croix’s West

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

Shoy Beach - A popular local’s beach located

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.

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

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

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.


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

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!

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 by the Virgin Islands’ Division of Coastal Zone Management, under the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). Beaches, watersports, hotels, restaurants and the St. Croix Yacht Club are all accessible from the park. For more information, call the park office at (340) 718-3367.

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.

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Buck Island Reef National Monument and one of St. Croix’s three National Parks.

Ted Davis

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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 week-

days & 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. TAXES. No sales tax but a 12.5% 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 .47 cents for the first ounce, postcards are .35 cents, international rates are $1.20 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. 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

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Nina’s view!

Always Remember To Drive Left! Whether renting a car or crossing the street, it is vital to remember that traffic in the USVI flows from the left side of the road. St. Croix is 28 miles in length and 7 miles at the widest point with two major towns—Christiansted at the center on the north shore and Frederiksted at the west end. The Caribbean Sea which surrounds the island is always there to guide you along the roads that wind around the coast. Car rental agencies have a variety of vehicles available from sporty jeeps to roomy air-conditioned sedans, vans, and SUVs. The average price usually includes unlimited mileage but you fill the tank upon return! Both US and other driver’s licenses are recognized. The driver and front seat passenger are required by law to use seat belts and cell phone talking or texting is not allowed. Parking in Christiansted is limited and 2-hour parking on parts of Company and Queen Cross Streets is enforced. Look for the signs. There is daytime parking in the National Park Service lot near Fort Christiansvaern and a large public lot with fees just west of town on Strand and King Cross Streets. Major roads are asphalt and usually well maintained. The Melvin H. Evans Highway is the only 4-lane, divided highway running from mid-island west to within 1 mile of Frederiksted. The speed limit is 55. In other areas, the 35 mph limit applies; in town, 20 mph unless otherwise posted. Let our Attractions & Tours pages (34 & 35) and our St. Croix Road Map (54 & 55) and town maps (56-58) help you plan your island tour!

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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. Susan Wall

Island Worship 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. 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. The large number of Irish settlers, along with Englishmen and Hispanics, have contributed to the presence of the Catholic church; Holy Cross in Christiansted is the oldest in the Virgin Islands. 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. The Dutch Reformed church (Presbyterian) now has a new mid-island home. These are just a few of the many (over 150) churches on St. Croix, from SeventhDay Adventist to Methodist, Baptist, Church of God, and many more. Church attendance and activities are important to a large part of our population; visitors are always welcome at services, often a high point in their island experience. Many other faiths offer places of worship—a Jewish synagogue, a Hindu temple, and a Moslem mosque, to name a few. An easy-to-follow guide is actually the yellow pages of our local phone book beginning on Page 54. w w w.stcroix

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. 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 6 timer fra Danmark; mellem oktober og april minus 5 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 hverdage. 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. Kontaktnumre i Nødstilfælde. Politi, Brandvæsen, Ambulance ........Fastnet 911 Mobil,..........................................340-772-9111 Dyknings Alarm ............................919-684-2948 Katastrofe Tjeneste (VITEMA)..................................340-773-2244 Eftersøgning og Redning...............787-729-6775 St. Croix Hospital ..........................340-778-6311

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 49 cents og postkort 35 cents. International posttakst er $1.20 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. Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 49

Island Accommodations

Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 340-772 1684 Buccaneer


Caravelle Hotel & Casino 340-773-0687 Caribbean Breeze Apartments 340-227-9853 & Vacation Homes Carrington’s Inn 340-713-0508 Chenay Bay Beach Resort


Club St. Croix


Colony Cove


Company House Hotel


Cottages By The Sea


Cruzan Classic


Cruzan Sands Villa


Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort 340-773-9700 Frederiksted Hotel


Holger Danske


Hotel on the Cay


Hotel St. Croix


King Christian Hotel


King’s Alley Hotel


Mt. Victory Camp Eco Lodge 340-201-7983 Northside Valley


Palms at Pelican Cove


Rattan Inn


Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort 340-778-3800 Sand Castle on the Beach


Serenity at Cane Bay


Sugar Beach St. Croix


Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina 340-718-4455 Vacation St. Croix


Waves at Cane Bay


Air Conditioned Beach Casino Children facilities / daycare Fitness Center Full Kitchen and Patio / Deck Golf Hiking Trails Internet Non-Smoking Pets Allowed Pool Restaurant Spa Tennis Watersports Wetbar / Microwave Whirlpool

Easy Hotel Guide


Hotels, Guest Houses, Rental Villas, Eco Lodging

















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 every one! 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. Or choose a personal vacation rental or boutique hotel. Caribbean Breeze Apartments & Vacation Rentals is a gated, historic property on Prince Street in Frederiksted, within walking distance to beaches, the pier, shopping and dining. All new studios or 1 and 2 bedrooms with charming, 1/2-acre garden, BBQ/kitchen and pool.

“How Sweet it is”

340-718-5345 • Northshore, 10 minutes from Christiansted 2016



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Caribbean Breeze

Apartments & Vacation Homes

Prince Street, Frederiksted • 340-227-9853

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Island Accommodations Hotels, Guest Houses, Rental Villas, Eco Lodging

Club Comanche, Hotel St. Croix is a small, quaint, landmark hotel within the Christiansted National Historic District. Overflowing with West Indian charm, stay in the Main House with birds eye views of Government House and the Harbor or on the waterfront in the Bridgehouse. Large pool and home to 40 Strand Eatery and the Rum & Wine Bar. Cruzan Sands Villa on the Beach is a luxury beachfront villa in Estate Salt River. Family friendly, it sleeps 8 comfortably. Relax and enjoy the wonderful sandy beach and the view from the spacious covered wrap-around porch!

Rattan Inn, a tranquil bed & breakfast is nestled into five acres of rolling hills and the ruins of a sugar cane plantation, c. 1750-1850. This enchanted lush property features five secluded residences, by the night or by the month, and a large, welcoming pool. Serenity at Cane Bay, mid-island on the Northshore, is a beautiful, furnished, airconditioned private villa. Great for families, it is located in a very quiet area overlooking Cane Bay Beach! Three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and private pool.

At Hotel on the Cay, step into an atmosphere of casual elegance! Located on a private cay in Christiansted Harbor, the 53-room resort is ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers and features a restaurant, terraces overlooking the town, a quaint, pristine beach, pool, and water sports. Shops, sights, eateries, and entertainment are just minutes away.

Sugar Beach St. Croix offers spacious, oceanfront condos, studios to 4-bdrm, with A/C, kitchens, over-sized baths, free WiFi, and private verandas! Enjoy a fresh-water pool, sundeck, clubhouse, two lighted tennis courts, and use of kayaks and zayaks. Located a ½ mile from Christiansted, its a great base for exploring the rest of the island!

Join us for sunsets!

New! - RIGHT on the Beach! 3-4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath - Northside!

The Waves at Cane Bay, a spectacular natural setting for an intimate, seaside inn, offers spacious rooms with large, private balconies overlooking the sea! Choose from Standard Suites with mini-kitchen to Superior Rooms with full kitchen. Fine dining in their secluded, open-air restaurant and Cane Bay’s best diving sites!

Serenity @ Cane Bay

3 Bedrooms • Private Pool Beautiful Sunsets 603-475-2633

Come for dinner and stay for the night Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 9 pm

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“Step into an atmosphere of casual elegance” Hotel on tHe Cay (855) 654-0301 reservations Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 51

OLYMPIC—ACE Transportation Rent A Car

Over 40 years in St. Croix Experience Olympic’s Friendliness!

• CARS: Wranglers, 4WD, Soft Top, w/AC, Taurus, Focus, Suzuki SX4s, Toyota Yaris, Minivans, SUV’s • Unlimited Mileage - Low Rates • Most Credit Cards Honored • FREE pickup & return to most locations. We meet all flights at anytime.

340-718-3000 • 1103 Richmond Conveniently located 1 minute away from the seaplane at the entrance to Christiansted. Call us direct: 888-USVI-CAR (888-878-4227) or fax: (340) 718-9000 No other discounts apply


with this coupon presented at the time of rental on direct reservations only. Valid April 15 - December 1.

when you present this ad!!! *PRESENT AD AT START of rental; Direct reservations at or 340.778.9636 or 340.713.9289 only; no other discounts or promotions, etc apply; Valid for rentals 3 days or longer however black out periods apply. All other rental conditions apply.

Cars, Jeeps, SUVs, Vans Friendly Service, Low Rates!

■ These taxi rates to and from the Airport and

Towns were obtained from the Taxi Commission and have been approved by the VI Legislature. Look for only licensed taxis which carry a dome light and the letters TP on their license plate. Rates must be posted. Since taxis aren’t metered, confirm the rate before getting in the taxi!

Taxi Charges & Special Provisions ■ The charges to areas not listed in this schedule shall be arrived at by using the nearest place with a rate crossed to the next place ahead with a rate closest to the passenger’s destination. ■ A taxi driver, while on duty, shall not refuse any passenger unless the passenger is intoxicated and disorderly or in the possession of a pet (other than a seeing eye or service dog) that is not properly secured in a kennel. No charge for service dogs. Large kennel charge, $30., small kennel, $20. ■ Round-trip fares are double the one-way fare plus waiting charges of $1. per minute. First 5 free. charged for 4 passengers.

■ Luggage—A flat rate of $2. Per bag is added for each passenger. The rate for items larger than 30” x 29” will not exceed $4. Car Rental Car Rental Car Rental Car Rental Car Rental

Consistently Voted Best Car Rental

■ Hourly Rates—Sedan/Mini Van (1-4 passengers), $40., Van (up to 14), $55., Safari (up to 25), $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passenger(s). ■ Signtseeing Tours—1-4 passengers, $100.00, 5+ passengers, $20. each for 3-hour tour. ■ Questions or Complaints—Call the VI Taxicab Division at 340-773-2226, 8 am – 5 pm, M – F.

NATIVE SON Taxi & Tours

Website Reservations

Clean, Courteous, Dependable and Informative Service

RESERVATIONS Call 340.713.9289 • Toll Free 888.264.8894 • Airport 340.778.9636 • Christiansted by Seaplane 340.713.9289 • Cruise Ship Passengers call for reservations 340.713.9289


■ Radio/Phone call—the fare plus 1/3 of the basic fare. ■ Exclusive Taxi Request— pays the rate

LOWEST Rates Cars, Jeeps, SUVs, Vans! Seasonal Specials!

Ask about our Seasonal 5% Discount*


Cell: 340-626-2767 Home: 340-718-7026 Renter must be 25 or older (ages 23-24 an underage driver fee applies), have valid driver's license & major credit card. An independent Budget Systems Licensee.

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Offering seaplane flights between St Croix & Tortola St Croix & Virgin Gorda St Croix & Anegada



Native Son Taxi & Tours.... 349-718-7026, 626-2767 Rudy’s Taxi & Tours:.... 340-773-6803, 514-4600 Antilles Taxi Service… 340-773-5020, 690-9585 Crucian Taxi................. 340-773-6388, 422-1856 Epidel Taxi & Tours.......................340-643-0205 St. Croix Taxi Association, Airport:...340-778-1088 Christiansted Taxi Stands are on King Street near Government House & in Frederiksted near Ft. Frederik.


1 or 2 3+ Persons Persons

The Buccaneer.......................... $20....($10) Carambola................................ $20....($10) Christiansted............................ $16......($9) Cotton Valley........................... $24....($11) Divi Carina Bay....................... $24....($12) Frederiksted............................. $12......($6) Green Cay................................. $22....($11) Shoy’s......................................... $20....($10) The Palms at Pelican Cove...... $16......($9) Tamrind Reef Resort...............$21…($11)


The Buccaneer............................ $9......($5) Cane Bay................................... $24....($11) Carambola................................ $30....($12) Divi Carina Bay........................ $18......($9) Frederiksted.............................. $24....($11) Gallows Bay................................ $6......($3) The Palms at Pelican Cove...... $16......($9) Tamrind Reef Resort.................$12…($6)

Call 340-642-3000 for schedule and fares

Richard O’Such - Manager/Caribbean Operations In the U.S. call 800-468-8639 FAA approved Carrier FVAA-052E St Croix this week 2014.indd 1

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Carambola................................ $27....($11) Christiansted............................ $24....($11) Divi Carina Bay........................ $36....($18)

EPIDEL Taxi Service & Tours

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St. Croix Road Map

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1. Ace Roti Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-3 2. Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 3. Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 4. Breezes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 5. Cheeseburger’s In Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 6. Cultured Pelican Restorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 7. Deep End Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-2 8. Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 9. Duggan’s Reef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 10. East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . N-2 11. Eat@Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-2 12. El Flamboyant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 13. Flamboyant Bar & Grill at Renaissance Carambola. . D-1 14. Joe’s Bar & Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 15. La Reine Chicken Shack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-2 16. Saman at Renaissance Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 17. Starlite Grille at Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . N-2 18. Thali Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 19. The Galleon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-2 20. The Palms at Pelican Cove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 21. The Pickled Greek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J-2 22. The Terrace at The Bucaneer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 23. The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 24. Un Amore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2

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Bellissimo Beauty & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 Beyond Caribbean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-1 Hideaway Spa at the Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 Plaza Extra East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 Sweet Lime Furnishings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3 Tamarind Reef Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3 The Museum Store at Botanical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . D-4


1. Buccaneer Golf / Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 2. Bush Tribe Eco Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-0 3. Cane Bay Dive Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1, N-2 4. Freedom City Sutf Board Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3 5. Kitesurf / Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 6. Lightheart Sailing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 7. Llewellyn’s Charter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 8. N2theBlue Scuba Diving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-1 9. Randall “Doc” James Racetrack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 10. Renaissance Carambola Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-2 11. Sweet Bottom Dive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1 12. Teroro II & Dragonfly Day Sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 13. The Reef Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 14. Virgin Kayak Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-0 15. West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3








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Eagle Ray — Mooring is in 28 feet of water, sand chutes going off on to a sloping coral garden, going East you will come along a wall. Great place for Sting Rays as well.


Blue Chute or the barge — Mooring in 44 feet of water, a long sand chute will take you to a sunken sand Barge that is 40feet wide and 120 feet long. Home of the big green Moray Eels!

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Rental Cars

1. Avis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 2. Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 3. Centerline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3, F-4 4. Olympic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2

Real Estate

1. Calabash Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 2. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4, J-1

Farms 1. ARTfarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J-4 2. La Reine Farmers’ Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-3 3. Ridge to Reef (VISFI). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-2 4. Sejah Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-3 5. Southgate Corner Farmer’s Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 6. Tropics Hydroponics Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-2

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Airlines 1. Bohlke International Airways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-4 2. Shoreline Aviation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-4

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No Take Zone – Protects near shore environments including mangroves, sea grass beds, lagoonal patch reefs, and linear reefs. OPERATING A PERSONAL WATERCRAFT IS PROHIBITED. ALL FISHING AND EXTRACTION IS PROHIBITED. Recreational Zone – Allows snorkeling, diving, boating, and recreational shoreline fishing. Catch-and-release guide fishing, and cast-net bait fishing are allowed with a Marine Park Permit. ALL OTHER TRADITIONAL FISHING IS PROHIBITED (including but not limited to: fish traps; spear fishing; collection of lobster, conch whelk). Wildlife Preserve Zone – Protects nesting female sea turtles using beaches in East End, Issac, Jack and Boiler Bays to lay eggs.

Other Interests 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Captain Morgan Distillery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-4 Caribbean Community Theater (CCT). . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 Cruzan Rum Factory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-4 Estate Whim Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-4 Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center. . . . . . . H-2 Island Center for the Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . H-2 Hams Bluff Lighthouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-1 Library for the Blind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-1 Point Udall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P-1 Salt River National Historic Park & Ecological Preserve. . . G-0 St. Croix Yacht Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 St. George Village Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-4 Sunny Isle Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-3 University of the Virgin Islands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F-3


Buck Island. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-0 Cane Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 Colombus Landing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-1 Cramer Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O-1 Dorsch Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4 Rainbow Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3 Reef Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 Sandy Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5 Shoy Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 St. Croix East End Marine Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 Vincent F. Mason, Sr. Coral Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4

FOR YOUR SAFETY “St. Croix, the Island With a Heart” AED Locations Go to for all current locations; updated constantly. Of interest to our visitors: Cruise Ship Pier, Carambola Golf Course, St. George Village Botanical Gardens & Whim Museum; Cost U Less & Plaza East, hotels, condos, police stations. Download Crowdsav App to your smartphone & press the “Locate AED” button for location & directions to the nearest one. Know where one is closest to where you live, work, pray, play, and shop before you need it!

PETER’S REST CONVENIENCE CENTER Located 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. Operating Hours — Monday – Friday, 6 am – 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 6 am – 5 pm, Holidays, 6 am – 2 pm. Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 55

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Big Beard’s Adventure Tours, Pg 40 Cane Bay Dive, Pg 44 Caribbean Sea Adventures, Pg 40 Dive Experience, Pg 43 Hang Glide St. Croix, Pg 46 Hook & Sun Fishing Charters, Pg 46 Jolly Roger, Pg 41 Schooner Roseway (Dec – Apr)

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Real Estate & Rentals 1. 2.

Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty, Inside Back Cover REMAX, Team St. Martin, Pg 62 Lisa Christensen-Harris, Broker, Pg 62

Local Art

1. Henle Studio, Pg 37 2. Maufe Gallery, Pg 37 3. Art @ Top Hat, Pg 37

Banks & Post Offices 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Let’s start a leisurely walking tour of CHRISTIANSTED at the site of the Old Scale House 1 on the harborfront, known as the Wharf. One section of the 1856 structure displays the scale used in former days to weigh barrel of rum and sugar. The other section holds a bookstore and gift shop as well as an information center about all things St. Croix. This is one of a complex of five buildings comprising the Christiansted National Historic Site, established in 1952, administered by the National Park Service.



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CHRISTIANSTED FOR YOUR SAFETY AED Locations in Christiansted i n case you need them American Legion Hall • Company House Customs House • Government House Marshall & Sterling • NPS headquarters

Treat Yourself

1. Frongillo Health & Beauty, Pg 60 2. Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio, Pg 60 3. Ruba’s Nail Oasis, Pg 60

Other Interests 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Anglican Church Catholic Church Christian “Shan” Hendricks Farmer’s Market Florence Williams Public Library Lutheran Church Moravian Church National Park Service (NPS Headquarters) Rest Rooms

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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.

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. Oc tober / November June / July 2016 2014 • Page 57

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Tour an early Danish 63 homestead, the Lawaetz Family Museum 1 at Estate Little La Grange on Mahogany Road. Plantation ruins offer visitors a tranquil backdrop for peace and contemplation at the Mt. Washington Labyrinth 2, 2 miles North of Frederiksted. Open every day, year-round. The entrance gate is to the left when you reach the property and parking lot. The Whim Museum 3, on Centerline Road, is a fully-restored sugar cane plantation for self and guided tours and the St. George Village Botanical Garden 4, also on Centerline, showcases 1500 native & exotic species. Award-winning Ridge to Reef Farm 5, on Creque Dam Road, is a USDA Certified Organic Farm with produce, tours, and workshops. The Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is .5 mile beyond the west end of the Melvin H. Evans highway. See Events Calendar and Attractions & Tours for more info.


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Governor General Peter von Scholten proclaimed the emancipation of the enslaved population in the Danish West Indies on July 3, 1848, from adjacent Buddhoe Park 2. The park contains a bronze bust of the renowned slave rebellion leader. The Oscar E. Henry Customs House 3 was built in the 1800s. The building is undergoing renovations. The Freedom Fountain 4, facing the pier, was installed for the Emancipation 150th Anniversary Celebration. 63 After severe damage during a labor insurrection in 1878, the town was rebuilt in Victorian style. Victoria House 5, on Strand Street, and Apothecary Hall 6, on King Cross Street between King and Queen Streets, preserve the Frederksted architecture of that time. The Visitor’s Bureau 7, is located upstairs on Strand Street above the Frederiksted Mall and next door to the historic light blue building housing the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts 8. Frederiksted is home to a number of historic churches, including St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 9, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 10, Friedensberg Moravian Church 11, and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church 12. The newly restored Old Danish School 13, on Hospital Street and Market Street, is a handsome building. At Strand and Queen Cross Streets is the Athalie McFarlane Petersen Public Library 14, built in 1803. The Market Place 15, is still in use today, as it was in 1751 at the founding of Frederiksted.

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Caribbean Breeze Apartments, Pg 50 Cottages By the Sea Frederiksted Hotel Mt. Victory Camp, Pg 34 Sand Castle on the Beach

Real Estate Rentals

6. N2theBlue Scuba Diving, Pg 43 7. Paul & Jill’s Trail Ride Tours, Pg 34 8. West End Water Sports, Pg 45

Treat Yourself

1. The Fred Spa, Pg 61

Other Interests

1. Albert Edwards Fish Market 2. American Legion Hall Restaurants 3. Emile Henderson, Sr. Fire Station 1. Beach Side Café, Pg 25 4. Ft. Frederik Beach Bathhouse 2. Blue Moon, Pg 25 5. Frederiksted Community Boating & Sailing Assoc. 3. Bon Bagay Sailing, Pg 25 6. Frederiksted Health Care 4. Lost Dog Pub, Pg 25 7. Hams Bluff Lighthouse (north of Frederiksted) 5. Paradise St. Croix, Pg 25 8. Legislature of the Virgin Islands Shopping 1. Caribbean Museum Center 9. Our Town Frederiksted for the Arts, Pg 37 10. Paul E. Joseph Stadium 2. Franklin’s on the Waterfront, Pg 21 11. Police Bike Patrol Unit Sports 12. Post Office 1. Adventures In Diving, Pg 43 13. Public Library 2. Cane Bay Dive Shop, Pg 44 3. Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism, Pg 35 14. Pubic Restrooms 15. Rotary Club of St. Croix West 4. Cruzan Cowgirls, Pg 35 70 5. Lyric Sails, Pg 42 16. St. Croix Country Club 1. Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Inside Back Cover

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The Virgin Islands Historic Preservation Commission (VIHPC) and impacts negatively on the overall streetscape that makes our historic towns so unique! A former VIHPC member said it best, those loud colors are not historic and they are GARISH!

By Gerville Larsen, A.I.A., Principal and Owner of Taller Larjas, LLC, Architecture and Design and member of the St. Croix Historic Preservation Commission. The VIHPC is a VI Government regulatory commission composed of two committees that regulate the districts of St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John. Each committee is comprised of five members. These two committees exist within the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 established a network of historic preservation offices in every state to spearhead state preservation initiatives and help carry out the nation’s historic preservation program. The position of VI State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) is held within DPNR and delegated to its Commissioner, Dawn L. Henry, Esq. The program is administered by the Deputy SHPO, Sean L. Krigger.

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In order to make the VIHPC mandates more effective, there have been initiatives and incentives put in place to assist historic property owners.

Presently, the USVI has three Architectural Historic Control Districts which are:

Government Incentives:

1) Charlotte Amalie & Savan - Founded 1666, VI Architectural Historic Control District (AHCD) created 1998, Federal Designation established July 19, 1976. 2) Christiansted – Founded 1734, VI Architectural Historic Control District (AHCD) created 1998, Federal Designation established July 20, 1976. 3) Frederiksted – Founded 1752, VIAHCD created 1991, Federal Designation established August 9,1976. The VIHPC is charged with preserving and conserving our distinct architectural cultural resources and uses the following Preservation Laws to achieve this mandate: V.I. Code Title 29 , Chapter 3, Sub. 281, 285-287; V.I. Antiquities Law of 1998 & National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. By definition, a historic building and/or place is one that is 50 years or older. To assist individuals who need to restore, rehabilitate, renovate or repair these buildings, the VIHPC has Preservation Guidelines consisting of 16 forms with the following headings: 1. Signage, 2. Paint Colors & Materials, 3. Plaster-Covered Walls, 4. Brick Walls, 5. Stone Walls, 6. Wood Buildings, 7. Windows & Doors, 8. Porches & Balconies, 9. Roof Repair, 10. Architectural Metals, 11. Lighting & Mechanicals, 12. Landscaping, 13. Staircases & Steps, 14. New Additions, 15. New Buildings, and 16. Interior Changes. In conjunction with these preservation guidelines, the VIHPC uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. There are four distinct treatments used for historic properties: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration & reconstruction. Each classification has requirements as to what is allowed to be done to them to ensure the quality of the repairs. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, through its This Place Matters campaign captures the core of VIHPC efforts by helping people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. Important and relevant information concerning why we should protect, preserve and conserve our architectural cultural resources can be found on their website at w w w.stcroix

“People say it’s too expensive to fix up an old building correctly!” Reality Check: Remember these buildings have survived, sometimes without any maintenance, for over a hundred plus years. They have lasted so long because of the quality of the craftsmanship and materials used to build them. Why do you believe plastic siding will be an appropriate substitute that will survive our harsh Caribbean sun and high salt air environment? Why wouldn’t you use viable and long lasting materials to repair these buildings so they can continue to exist for several hundred years more!

Historic Frederiksted.

■ Enterprise Zone ■ Revenue Enhancement Act ■ Christiansted & Frederiksted Rehabilitation Act ■ Federal Tax Credit Program ■ National Heritage Area Designation Non Profit Programs ■ Scrape & Paint Program Government & Non Profit Partnerships — Collaboration ■ Clean Up & Board Up Program – USVIEDA & St. Croix Foundation with Law Enforcement Planning Commission Legislation & Advocacy

Historic Charlotte Amalie. Statistical information contained here outlines the cost of new construction compared to demolishing and reconstructing these historic properties, which shows why recycling buildings is truly a green effort and promotes sustainability. The VIHPC deals with making the community aware of the value of our cultural resources and, at times, may be viewed by some to be in conflict with allowing property owners to restore these structures as they see fit. Some examples of these rubs are as follows: “People don’t want to be told what to do with their historic property!” Reality Check: You are a steward of the property for a relatively short period of time. This historic building will outlive you … guaranteed!!! “People want to paint their building whatever color they want, so don’t tell me otherwise!” Reality Check: These buildings have been analyzed and extensive research has been done to know what colors are below the surface in the layers of paint going back several hundred years. Your desire to select fluorescent colors to paint your building alters the amazing architectural details

■ Add Adjudicatory Language in the existing VI HP Law Please remember, this is not just a job for the VI Historic Preservation Commission, it’s a job for every member of our community. Our Culture Matters to each and everyone one of us! In order to get this “buy in”, we need more community activism such as: self-policing especially amongst historic property owners and inhabitants; citizens need to contact VI Senators so they can make existing preservation laws more effective and finally, citizens need to become true preservation advocates. For more information about our VI historic towns and the VIHPC application process required to do repair work in these historic districts, please contact the following individuals: Phil Codrington, DPNR, Environmental Specialist, St. Croix District: (340) 719-7089 Eboni Powell, DPNR, Evironmental Specialist, St. Thomas/St. John District: (340) 774-0630 Sean L. Krigger, DPNR Acting Director/Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Historic Preservation Architect, St. Thomas/St. John District: (340) 774-0630 Oc tober / November 2016 • Page 59

Treat Yourself R el ax, Indulge, R ecover

Bellissiomo’s Beauty & Spa — 340-713-0223 This two-story deluxe spa opened in Princess Plaza, on Northside Road, in May offering an amazing line-up of beauty and spa treatments for her and him! Make appointments or stop by for personalized haircuts and coloring (includes extensions and texturizing), manicures and pedicures (includes express service, acrylic and French), waxing (face, arms, legs), facials (cleansing or relaxing), and massages (relaxing or therapeutic). CUCCIO Natural nail colors, oils, and creams used exclusively in the spa; MATRIX BIOLAGE (and total results), and GK Hair Taming System haircare products available for purchase. Open Mondays for appointments only, Tuesday through Saturday, open 9 am – 6 pm for appointments or walk-ins. Like us on Facebook! Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Ctr – 340-778-6311 JFL provides these in-patient care services for you and your family—General & Specialty Surgeries, Intensive & Progressive Care Services, Medical & Surgical Services, and Women & Children Health Services (Labor & Delivery, Nursery including Neonatal ICU, Post- Partum, OB/GYN surgerJFL the following in-patient care services for you and your family: iesprovides & Pediatrics). Out-patient services include Ź General and Specialty Surgeries (Operating(VI Department) Cardiovascular Services Cardiac Center), Ź Intensive & Progressive Care Services (critical care & continuous monitoring of patients) Ź Medical & SurgicalImaging, Services (overnight and surgical recovery) Diagnostic including the Women’s


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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 where we serve more (digestive than just Café, 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 (5 Diamond Hemodialysis Unit  Nephrology for patients with end stage renal dialysis) www.j

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Health Imaging Suite, Emergency Services, including the Fast Track (urgent care walk-in facility), Gastroenterology, Laboratory & Blood Bank, Rehabilitation Services, and Nephrology (5 Diamond Hemodialysis Unit for patients with end stage renal dialysis). JFL’s mission is to “drive improvement in the health care of those we serve, while exemplifying compassion and respect.” For more info, Fred Spa — 340-777-FRED (3733) Experience the hip vibe and superb location of St. Croix’s newest beachfront, boutique resort & spa. Our hotel is still getting a makeover but you can get YOUR makeover as well, because we are adding new services every week. The following services are available in June — *Massage *Facial *Waxing & Wraps.  In July The Fred Spa will offer—*Manicures *Pedicures & *Hair Services. Let our master aesthetician, Felix Koziarski, diagnose your skin care needs and advise you on the best treatments for your skin type.  The Fred Spa is proud to offer the very best Dermalogica products.  For a detailed list of services and to schedule your next appointment, visit or give us a call. 2015 VI Daily News Readers Poll

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Frongillo Hair Care Salon — 340-719-7575 After 14 years in Gallows Bay, Frongillo Health & Beauty has moved into a completely renovated, historic building at 40 King Street, Christiansted with new, expanded services. In addition to full-service hair care, including cuts and coloring, they now offer a fully-equipped Nail Salon featuring long-lasting, gel polish manicures and pedicures using top-level products like O.P.I., Essie, and pacifica. They pride themselves on exceptional hygiene standards and personalized service. Schedule your appointments online at Upcoming expansion includes a healthy café with tea and light snacks. Massage To Go — 850-291-5506 Enjoy the benefits of a relaxing, soothing, therapeutic massage “wherever you are”... home, office, hotel, rental condo/villa, beach/poolside or in studio. Whether one person, a couple, family, or group - Sandra Sanford, LMT will come to your desired location and expertly tailor your massage to suit your individual needs. Let MASSAGE TO GO be one of the best memories you have of your island vacation, or if your an island resident, enjoy the ease and convenience of having massage be a regular part of your wellness program.  Rates: 1 hour $100 or 1 1/2 hour $140 (discounts for two or more). Gift Certificates Available too! Ready to feel relaxed and refreshed? Visit for more info or call to make an appointment today! Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery – 340-220-1206 Thinking of Inking? Meet your tattoo Artist/ Owner, “Mama Jenni!” A tattooist for 9 years, she combines her innate creativity with the skills of her previous career—a Registered Nurse. With a light touch, Jenni will put you at ease, always using sterile, disposable materials and high quality ink. Because tattoos require special care to promote healthy healing, its best to have this done towards the end of your stay. New tattoos look best when skin is free of sunburn, scabs, or other damage.

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R el ax, Indulge, R ecover Unless you plan on several visits, choose a tattoo design that can be done in a single session, usually from 1 to 3 hours. Free touch-up policy! 54 King Street, Christiansted. Ruba’s Nail Oasis — 340-719-1748 Your tropical island experience isn’t complete without some much needed pampering. This local gem provides a pedicure and manicure menu that focuses on revitalizing your skin and relieving stress. We are proud to offer treatments using all-natural products, free of harsh chemicals. Let us help make your vacation unforgettable. Enjoy our Moroccan oasis pedicure for healing dry skin with Jasmine and lemongrass scent. We offer hot stone lavender pedicures for tired and achy feet.  End your relaxation with our amazing rejuvenate foot reflexology pedicure for tired tissues and cells . Don’t forget our healthy hands manicure for brightening, detoxifying, and exfoliating your skin with the Dead Sea Salt.  For more info or to book an appointment, call or email us today! Tamarind Reef Resort Spa – 340-718-3782 Rejuvenate your senses at our oceanfront oasis— no vacation is complete on St. Croix without an appointment at Tamarind Reef Spa! An oceanfront sanctuary with treatments to revitalize the mind, body and spirit. Features include an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy a massage while listening to the sounds of the sea and an indoor treatment room where we use essential oils from doTerra exclusively, and a beauty salon, specializing in hair color, styling, wedding styles, make-up, and nail services, where we use professional products from Matrix, Redken and Moroccan Oil. Over 23 years of experience. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am - 6pm. Night massages available Friday – Tuesday, by appointment only, 5 - 10pm. Spa packages, Aquassage by request. The Buccaneer Hideaway Spa & Salon – 340-712-2149 We offer relaxing, rejuvenating and therapeutic spa treatments, services, and packages that reduce stress and promote wellness. Our seawater and marine products address the needs of every skin type. Choose from the latest must-have MOOD changing GEL manicures to fun, unique silk hair shimmers plus waxing, traditional Manicure/Pedicure, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy 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. Retail lines include Jane Iredale (make-up), Phytomer (skin care), Surface (hair) & OPI (nails)! Located at the Buccaneer Hotel. Winter Hours, Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 10am-6 pm, Sun, 12-6 pm. Summer Hours, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, Sat, 10am5pm, Sun 12-4pm.

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our data is accurate and up-to-date. We’re Coldwell St.Croix Realty 340-778-7000 “high techBanker and high touch” and–we’re here for WithGallows broker Amy Land-deWilde at the helm, you. Bay and Buccaneer Hotel. the professionals at Coldwelland Banker St Croix Realty are eager to help you buy, sell or lease real estate. We offer a host of lovely homes, Lisa Christensen-Harris – 340-778-7000 x104 outstanding building sites, and both historic Lisa Christensen is a third generation and commercial properties. Coldwell Banker “Cruzan” backlists to when St. Croix was St. Croix dating Realty also an array of rental under the Danish Flag. Lisa’s family has properties, ideal for your next dream vacation served the Virgin the governor long-term lease.Islands From in a bungalow on the ment, business and public sectors. a Sales beach to a villa with a view, we haveAsthe perAssociate and for Real Estate Specialist with fect property you Because we keep up with Coldwell St. Croix Realty trends, I have the the latestBanker technology and market our privilege of working with some of the most data is accurate and up-to-date. We’re “high experienced and knowledgeable realtors on tech and high touch” and we’re here for you. the island.Bay I look to Hotel. showing off “my Gallows and forward Buccaneer island” to other local islanders andor ‘statesiders’ new to St. Croix. One of the things I like to share with off island clients is touring St. Croix from east to west introducing you to the local way of life on St. Croix. “I’ll work with you from a $10 piece of land to million dollar house!” Cell, 340.227.7899. Email,

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 Let us show you whatfor weyou love Because about St. Croix real estate! perfect property we keep up Stephanie Schoyer with the latest technology and market trends, This Week ad 09-14_Layout 1 8/21/14 2:04 PM Page 1

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REMAX St. Croix – 340-773-1048 Lisaand Christensen-Harris 340-773-1048 Joe Julie of Team San –Martin are the most Lisa Christensen is a third generation “Crucian” respected and knowledgeable REALTOR® Teamdating back to when St. Croix was under the Danish on St. Croix. We are a long established, service-oriFlag. Lisa’s family has served the Virgin Islands in the ented business, selling St. Croix since 1984 and St government, business and public sectors. As a Sales Croix’s first buyers agents. Clients know that Team Associate and Real Estate Specialist with REMAX San Martin is truly connected with the successful I have the privilege of working with some of the outcome of each real estate transaction, has a genumost experienced and knowledgeable realtors on the ine concern for your best interests, and is always island. I look forward to showing off “my island” to prepared to go the extra mile. When we find your other local islanders or ‘statesiders’ new to St. Croix. dream property, we will walk you through the Offer One of the things I like to share with off island clients to Purchase terms so that you’ll have all the facts to is touring St. Croix from east to west introducing you make a good decision and use our negotiating skills to the local way of life on St. Croix. “I’ll work with that have helped hundreds of buyers acquire their you from a $10 piece of land to million dollar house!” dream properties. We live by our motto: Teamwork Cell, 340-227-7899., makes dreams work! REMAX St. Croix – 340-773-1048 Joe and Julie of Team San Martin are the most respected and knowledgeable REALTOR® Team on St. Croix. We are a long established, service-oriented business, selling St. Croix since 1984 and St Croix’s first buyers agents. Clients know that Team San Martin is truly connected with the successful outcome of each estatebuying, transaction, has a genuContact usreal about selling ine concern for your best interests, and is always or renting themile. USVI and prepared to go theinextra When weBVI. find your dream property, we will walk you through the Offer We know these islands. Let us help you to Purchase terms so that you’ll have all the facts to your Caribbean make arealize good decision and use ourdream! negotiating skills that have helped hundreds of buyers acquire their 11 North Street, Christiansted dream properties. We live by our motto: Teamwork • 340.719.1409 makes dreams work!

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New Home Owners—Bridging the Gap! By Amy Land-de-Wilde

Once you buy your St. Croix property, you start the slow dance of becoming a “Crucian” and no longer a visitor. Life is definitely different on our island paradise— slower and sweeter, taking time for life’s niceties. St. Croix is very welcoming and we want you to quickly bridge the gap between tourist and local right away! Here’s a list of the Top 10 ways you know you are becoming a Crucian!

You find yourself saying “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon” and “Good Evening” to everyone you meet. You start to find driving on the right strange. You start using a blanket when the winter temperatures drop to the 70s. You know most of the people around you. You find yourself celebrating the smallest things--we love our many holidays! You start waking up earlier and earlier because our mornings are so beautiful. You find yourself drawn to a healthier, outdoor lifestyle. Local farms produce healthy and organic produce and meat and fish comes right out of our sea! You no longer “need” everything immediately and develop patience for the slower pace of life. You put away your closed-toed shoes and trade them in for flip-flops. You start to realize that your friends are millennials to nonagenarians. Island life lets you interact with folks and really get to know them across a wide spectrum—one of the most enriching aspects of living on St. Croix.

St. Croix accommodates a wider range of tastes and affordability than most islands. You can buy a condo on the beach for $70,000 or $1 million. Home prices range wider than that. If you are not ready to commit to a developed property but want to build your own castle (or bungalow) in paradise later, we can show you a variety of sites at good values. Many tell us, at Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty, that they consider this an ideal time to buy, and they are right. The intersection of many positive elements for buyers—low interest rates, motivated sellers, a wide range of choices—exists right now. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty has something for every taste. Many of our buyers want to live on the sparkling Caribbean Sea, others prefer homes in the lush rain forest. You can reside on one of our challenging golf courses or 900 feet above sea level with outstanding panoramas. Some choose to invest in rental properties. Because we have a team devoted to property management, we can help with reservations, maintenance, income strategies and a cleaning service. Perhaps you are delighted to return again and again as a visitor. We also welcome that! Please enjoy a tour of the lovely rental villas on our sister website, We would love to brag about our island in person and share with you the many wonderful reasons we’ve each decided to make St. Croix our home. Please call us or drop in while you are on island.

Enjoy the resort lifestyle at home in the beachfront community of Green Cay.

Broker Amy Land-de Wilde owns Coldwell Banker St. Croix Real Realty. She fell in love with the island on first sight and has lived here now for over 35 years.

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Our clear skies are perfect for star gazing!



Constellation names are in upper case. Star and planet names in lower case. The sun, moon, planets and stars all rise in the east and set in the west.

In the northern hemisphere Fall begins on September 22nd

July Moon Phases:

Aug. Moon Phases:

Sept. Moon Phases:

Oct. Moon Phases:

First Quarter...... 11 July Full Moon.......... 19 July Last Quarter...... 26 July New Moon...........4 July

First Quarter.....10 Aug. Full Moon.........18 Aug. Last Quarter.....24 Aug. New Moon......... 2 Aug.

First Quarter.......9 Sept. Full Moon........ 16 Sept. Last Quarter.... 23 Sept. New Moon.........1 Sept.

First Quarter.........9 Oct. Full Moon.......... 15 Oct. Last Quarter...... 22 Oct. New Moon........ 30 Oct.

July Sunset: Aug. Sunset: Sept. Sunset: Oct. Sunset:

6:59 pm 6:47 pm 6:22 pm 5:57 pm

July Sunrise: Aug. Sunrise: Sept. Sunrise: Oct. Sunrise:

5:52 am 6:02 am 6:08 am 6:14 am

Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 15th of each month.


s the sky grows dark on the night of August 27th the planets Venus and Jupiter will appear to be very close in the sky, only 0.06 degrees apart (astronomers called this a conjunction). As the sky becomes even darker, look toward the south for the planets Mars and Saturn very bright star-like objects, but not as bright as Jupiter or Venus. Nearby is a bright red star Antares, in Scorpius, the Scorpion. Since Antares is bright red, it is called the rival of Mars, the red planet. Antares is the heart of Scorpius, the Scorpion. Most people can at least see the Scorpion’s long curved tail. East of the scorpion are the stars of the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer. You say you cannot see an Archer (which by the way is half man and half horse? Don’t worry most star groups look nothing at all like the items they are named after. Look between Sagittarius and Scorpius and you should be able to see a hazy band of light. This is the Milky Way, our city of stars in the universe. Galileo was the first person to point a telescope at the Milky Way (by the way, he did not invent the telescope). When he looked through his telescope he discovered that the band of light was really an uncountable number of stars. Today we know



By: Tom Lesser, formerly Senior Lecturer at the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium and frequent island visitor.











that the band you see is light from millions and millions of stars so far away that you cannot see them as individual stars, just as a hazy band of light. When you look at the Milky Way in the direction of Sagittarius, you are looking toward the center of our galaxy. In the northern part of the sky the Milky Way seems to pass through a large triangle of bright stars. Each of these stars marks a different constellation: Altair in Aquila, the Eagle; Vega, in Lyra, the Harp; and Deneb, in Cygnus, the Swan. The Swan is the only one that looks as you might expect. Deneb is the tail of the Swan and fainter stars make up the Swan’s body, long neck and head and its wings which spread across the Milky Way. The Swan appears to be flying south toward the Scorpion. The dark clear skies of the Virgin Islands make the islands a great place to see these “shooting stars”. About fifty miles above the Earth, walnut size pieces of dust and ice are passing through the air so quickly that they burn up and you see a flash of light, a shooting star. The flash happens so quickly that if you say to a friend “look over there”, by the time they look the flash will be gone. On any clear dark night you might see a few meteors per hour. When the earth passes through a cloud of these dust par-

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ticles left behind by a comet we have a meteor shower. The night of August 11th to 12th is the maximum of the Perseids Meteor Shower producing up to 60 meteors per hour. The Orionid Meteor Shower produces up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak, which this year will be the night of October 21st to 22nd. The light from the Last Quarter Moon will overpower the fainter meteors, but the brighter ones should put on a good show. You may recall that it is usually stated that the Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun. That is just an average distance. If the Earth’s orbit around the Sun were a circle, Earth would always be the same distance from the Sun. But, its orbit is an ellipse. Thus, the distance from the Earth to the Sun changes from day to day throughout the year. On July 4th the Earth will be at its farthest point from the Sun, some 94,800,000 miles. The axis from the north to south poles, around which the Earth spins is not directly upright (at 90°). As the Earth goes around the Sun, sometimes the North (or South) pole is titled toward the Sun, sometimes away from it. This is what gives us the seasons. The first day of fall (Autumnal Equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of spring (Vernal Equinox) in the southern hemisphere is September 22nd.

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