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MAY 2014

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ST. CROIX THIS WEEK

Guiding Visitors & Locals for 43 Years


Hand-Wrought Jewelry

50th Anniversary Year

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

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Apr / May 2014

Eat, Drink & Be Merry..................................................... 3 Conquer the Beast............................................................ 3 Celebrate the Reef............................................................ 3 Duty Free Allowance........................................................ 8 Island Worship............................................................... 18 Farm Fresh / Where To Find It...................................... 20 Wine: Best Pick! Obsideana & The Palindrome......... 31 No Matter Where You Go, You Are Here...................... 31 Meet Cover Artist Lyn Voytershark............................... 34 VI Bridal Guide—Over Doing It!.................................. 36 Our Danish Connection—VELKOMMEN!................. 37 Danish Bricks—The Foundation of Our Towns.......... 37 Sail With the “Master” Aboard Charis+........................ 39 1st Annual Ladies Memorial Day Race......................... 43 Christiansted National Historic Site............................. 50 ARTS in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Part 12....................... 59 Savvy Buying.................................................................. 63

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Visitors & Loca ing

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Cover Artist

Snow on the Mountain.

Susan Wall

LEISURE

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

Lyn Voytershark.

ON THE COVERS

DESTINATION ST. CROIX

APRIL 2014 “Beach Chair” Digital Art

Helpful Info & Phone Numbers.............................46 Easy Hotel Guide.....................................................48 Accommodations....................................................49 Transportation........................................................50

MAPS

Cane Bay Breakers.

Susan Wall

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

LIVING

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

MAY 2014 “Caribbean Victorian Porch” Digital Art

ST. CROIX THIS WEEK www.stcroixthisweek.com Morris Caribbean Publications • St. Croix This Week • St. Thomas / St. John This Week • St. Thomas This Week Cruise Edition

IN THE USA

Publisher...................................................Frances Newbold Art Director.......................................................Kevin Amsler Managing Editor................................................. Susan Wall Distribution................................................. Debbie Bradley Billy Goat. www.stcroix thisweek .com

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

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

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

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

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Conquering the Beast!

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Chefs were selected based on commitment to philanthropy, region, and eagerness to work with local students in the culinary program at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Last year, the Facebook corporate culinary team selected two students to participate in a culinary internship in California and Chef Todd Gray, hand-picked by First Lady Michelle Obama to help promote the program, introduced the Chefs Move To School on St. Croix. Both Chef Gray, a James Beard Winner, Author, and Restaurateur, from Washington, DC, and Tony Castellucci and Dean Spinks, of the Facebook culinary team are returning to the St. Croix Food & Wine event this year.

Swim. 1.24 miles. The early morning swim starts on the beach at Hotel on the Cay, in Christiansted Harbor, and follows a triangular course in sometimes choppy water. The course, marked by small orange and white buoys ends at the wharf area with a ramp exit.

Other Guest Chefs joining them are Leah Cohen, Rising Star Chef, Top Chef contestant, and owner Pig & Khao, New York, Sam Choy, James Beard Winner, Author, TV Personality, and Restaurateur, Hawaii, and William DeSimone, owner Buffalo Diner and Founder Josef L. DeSimone Memorial Fund.

Run. 13.1 miles. The bikers now morph into runners and head out on a two-loop course. Runners take East End Road to The Buccaneer Hotel where the course takes a 2-mile course through the hotel grounds. This same loop is repeated before returning to Christiansted where they turn up Company Street, turn right at Prince Street, and down King Street to the FINISH!

he St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, named one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel, showcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. Decadent and dynamic events, hosted by celebrated chefs and renowned wine makers, are scheduled for April 6-12.

The multi-day event benefits the St. Croix Foundation (www.stxfoundation.org), a nonprofit community foundation that directs resources toward high impact initiatives in the areas of public education reform, public safety, and island beautification. See Events Calendar, Pages 4-7, for schedule of activities. For more information, visit www.stcroixfoodandwine.com www.tasteofstcroix.com www.facebook.com/ stcroixfoodandwineexperience www.stcroix thisweek .com

unday, May 4, the 26th Annual St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon comes alive! This premier destination event combines the beauty of St. Croix with the challenge of an unforgettable course. Hundreds of athletes from all over the world vie for a slot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Bike. 56 miles. From the wharf transition area, bikers head off on what is a hot, hilly and frequently windy circumnavigation of St. Croix. An 8-mile loop to the East comes first before heading West to the legendary climb called “The Beast.” Bikers descend to the Melvin Evans Highway heading East to Cramer’s Park before picking up the East End Road back to Christiansted.

Hundreds of volunteers spring into action along the course at Aid Stations or manning the Medical or Massage tents at the finish. Hundreds more cheering spectators anxiously await the first glimpse of this year’s winners as they complete a brutal but beautiful course. For more information, visit www.stcroixtriathlon.com

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Celebrate the Reef!

n its 7th year, Reef Jam, sponsored by St. Croix Environmental Association, has created a fun, educational family day at the beach to ‘encourage marine conservation and stewardship through community education and outreach.’ Reef Jam has become the largest and most anticipated beach celebration on St. Croix.  Every year over 1,000 people flock to the water’s edge to raise money supporting this mission. Janelle Schindler, and her husband Kurt, founded Reef Jam in 2008 during International Year of the Reef. “This event is to celebrate the incredible resource that surrounds us and gives us life,” they say. On Sunday, May 25, 1-10 pm, come to Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted with the whole family to celebrate. There will be demonstrations, snorkel clinics (with gear & lifeguard), performances, live music, races, kayaking, stand up paddle, tons of raffles and free reefrelated activities for the whole family all for a mere $5. The Reef Rap is exceptional entertainment. This is the 4th year that Reef Jam offered this contest for high school students to perform original songs written about the reef and how to protect it. You can also register for the Lionfish Derby, sponsored by the St. Croix East End Marine Park. “Lionfish are a serious threat to the reefs and our livelihood,” says Melanie Feltmate, Project Coordinator. For $15, lionfish hunters who catch the largest, smallest, and most lionfish can win prizes. Reef Jam is a grass-roots organization dedicated to improving the health of St. Croix coral reefs through community education and conservation programs that promote positive behavioral changes toward the marine environment. For more information visit www.reefjam.com April / May 2014 • Page 3


Events - St. Croix A PR I L / M AY 2 0 1 4

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ONGOING SUNDAYS, 9:30-11 AM Organic Farm Tours Ridge to Reef Farm Join naturalist Veronica Gordon for a tour of the farm. $20 pp. For reservations, call 340-220-0466, email info@visfi.org, or visit www.ridge2reef.org/tours.html MONDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Fort Christian Brew Pub The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For information, call 713-9820 MONDAY, 6 PM Caribbean Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Enjoy a buffet of island favorites, with Mocko Jumbies, fire dancers & live music! $30 pp; $15 pp for children ages 12 & under. For information, call 718-8920 TUESDAYS, 7 PM Beach Bar-B-Que & Floor Show Harbormaster Beach Club Take a short ferry ride to Hotel on the Cay for a delicious BBQ, Steel Pan Music,  Mocko Jumbie, Broken Bottle & Limbo Dancing! For reservations, call (340) 773-2035

TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 2-3:30 PM ‘Life at the Farm’ Farm Tours Ridge to Reef Farm Walk around the farm, see the gardens, taste crops & hear what it’s like to live on a farm. $25 pp. Reservations appreciated. For info, call (340) 220-0466 or email info@visfi.org TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9 AM-11 PM Nursery Open St. George Village Botanical Garden Shop here for beautiful tropical plants! For info, call (340) 692-2874 TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS, 9:30 AM Farm & Fruit Foraging Tours Ridge to Reef Farm These 2-hour guided tours focus on the fresh organic bounty that grows here. Cost: $35 pp. Group rates. Organic produce for sale. For reservations, call (340) 220-0466 or email info@visfi.org WEDNESDAYS, 4-6 PM VI Locally Grown Market Polly’s at the Pier Buy from a collective of sustainable & organic growers or pre-order at www.vi.locallygrown. net (on-line market open Sunday through Tuesday for orders). WEDNESDAYS, 5 PM Crab Races Divi Carina Bay Resort The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For info, call (340) 773-9700 WEDNESDAYS, 7-9 PM Trivia Night The Palms at Pelican Cove Test your knowledge of trivia at this fun evening entertainment. Call (340) 718-8920 FIRST THURSDAYS, 6-9 PM. Wine Walk Hotel St. Croix Enjoy eight food & wine stations starting at the Palm Garden, traversing the Comanche Bridge to The Pavilion, then the Poolside Pergola and finally the Stag Deck overlooking the Harbor. $20.pp. For more info, call 340-773-0210 THURSDAYS, 6 PM BUFFET, 8 PM ENTERTAINMENT West Indian Style BBQ & Floor Show Divi Carina Resort & Casino Come hear a steel pan band & see Mocko Jumbies; traditional West Indian buffet. For reservations, call (340) 773-9700 x 732

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St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, April 6-12. www.stcroixfoodandwine.com

FRIDAYS, 5:30 PM Crab Races Deep End Bar & Restaurant The hermit crabs crawl; you cheer them on! For info, call (340) 773-4455 TWICE-MONTHLY Lunch in the Garden St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy a 3-course luncheon prepared by culinary students from St. Croix Career & Technical Education Center. There’s an ever-changing menu. Cost: $20.pp Garden members, $25 non-members. For info, call (340) 692-2874

APRIL 2014 THROUGH APRIL 19 Transfer Day Exhibit Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Exhibit commemorates Denmark’s sale of the Virgin Islands to the U.S. in 1917. For info, (340) 772 -2622 or visit www.cmcarts.org APRIL 4-5, 8 PM On Stage – Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Caribbean Community Theatre Written by best-selling author Mitch Albom, a hilarious examination of two Alabama brothers, who have never even shot a duck, convince themselves that they have shot an angel. Call (340) 778-1983 or (340) 718-4229. www.cct.vi APRIL 6, 10:30 AM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Cuisine on the Green Carambola Golf Clubs Your two-person Team will taste & sip your way through an 18-Hole Scramble culminating with a dessert buffet & awards ceremony. Non-golfers are invited to sample the tastings via a golf-cart tour. Tickets: $200.pp; $75.pp for no-play taster tickets. Call (340) 773-9898 www.stcroix thisweek .com


Events - St. Croix

W E L C O M E T O C E L E B R AT E D C H E F S & R E N O W N E D W I N E M A K E R S ! APRIL 6, 5:30-6:30 PM Jazz Vespers St. Croix Reformed Church This family-friendly event features local musical talent. Donation: $5. For info, call (340) 778-0520 APRIL 8, 6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Gourmet Vintner Dinner Tutto Bene Restaurant Celebrity chef, Sam Choy, pairs with a renowned wine personality & the results always astound! This dinner with its gourmet themed auction kicks off the week of indulgence & generosity. Tickets: $250.pp. Call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 8, 6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – City Krawl Christiansted An intimate group of 25 people enjoy specialty beverages & food samplings from participating restaurants & bars as they stroll through the streets of this historic town. Tickets: $100.pp. To register, call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 9-13 22nd Annual Tennis Classic Buccaneer Hotel Tennis Club Come out & play for a good cause. Several categories of single elimination play. Over 100 players from the Caribbean & U.S. mainland compete. Cost: $40. pp for one event; $45 pp for two events. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix. To register, call (340) 773-3036 or (340) 773-9272 APRIL 9, 4:30-6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Food Fight on the Beach eat@canebay Join us for a wild & wacky chef competition; its part game show & part iron chef. Tickets: $75. pp. For info, call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 9, 7 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Wine Dinner The Galleon Enjoy an elegant night out featuring a stellar menu perfectly paired with fine wines. Tickets: $150.pp. For reservations, call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 10, 4:29-7 PM 2nd Thursday Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Works of local artists & chefs are featured along with live Jazz in the courtyard. Suggested donation: $8. For info, (340) 772 -2622 or visit www.cmcarts.org APRIL 10, 5:30-6:30 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish Guinea West India Company www.stcroix thisweek .com

APRIL 11, 6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Sunset BBQ Frederiksted Pier Chefs team with local St. Croix Career & Technical Educational Complex’s award winning students to show off their grilling talents. With multiple bars, amazing food & room to roam & dance with the sounds of live entertainment, this event is not to miss. Tickets: $50.pp; Children 6-12 $25.pp. For info, call (340) 773-9898

Sharing Our World--Everyone Matters, a benefit for the VI Humane Learning Center, April 17. Emy Thomas

Dr. Joshua Torres, Cultural Resource Manager, will discuss indigenous history of the Virgin Islands during this National Park Service hosted monthly lecture series. For info, call (340) 773-1460 APRIL 10, 6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – A Taste of St. Croix Divi Carina Bay Resort Local restaurants, chefs, farms & caterers provide a sampling of their best dishes. International winemakers, rum distilleries & breweries also offer samples of their creations. Tickets: $95.pp The Moet & Chandon after Party follows in the Divi Starlight Lounge. For info, call (340) 773-9898

APRIL 11 & 12, 7:30 PM Candlelight Concert Series Estate Whim Museum Listen to Danish Chamber Players, flutist Mogens Frijs & Pianist Henrik Metz. $40.pp for members; $45.pp for general public. Call (340) 772-0598 or visit stcroixlandmarks.org APRIL 12, 9 AM-NOON Second Saturday St. George Village Botanical Garden An interactive program for children & parents to learn about the wonders of the plant world. Ages 6 & up; children must be with an adult.  $5 per child & adult Garden member; $8 per adult non-member. Call (340) 692-2874

APRIL 11, 5:30 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Cork & Fork Dinners Private Homes Hosted in stunning private homes & historic sites, each Cork & Fork dinner is hosted by a celebrity chef & renowned winemaker. Tickets: $1,000.pp. For reservations, call (340) 773-9898

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JAZZ AT CHRISTIANSTED BANDSTAND APRIL 25 & MAY 30, 5:30-7:30 PM. FREE! APRIL 12, 9 AM-3 PM Coil Basket Workshop Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge Spend a day relaxing in the rainforest hills and learn to make this ancient style of basket. $25.pp. Bring your own lunch. To register, call (340) 201-7983 or email mountvictorycamp@gmail.com

APRIL 19, 10 AM-NOON FREE Snorkel Clinic Fort Frederik Learn to snorkel or advance your skills. Schoolaged children to adults welcome. SEA (St. Croix Environmental Association) will provide instruction, gear, environmental education & light refreshments. Sponsored by Reef Jam. To register, call (340) 773-1989

APRIL 12, 10:30 AM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Kids Cooking Pearl B. Larson School Celebrity & local chefs offer simple & fun cooking classes for children ages 6-12 years. Tickets $25.pp; adults free. Call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 12, 3 PM On Stage – The Calico Cat Company Performs Caribbean Community Theatre This kid-friendly production is performed by students in the CCT’s after-school children’s theater program. For info, call (340) 778-1983 or (340) 778-4229 APRIL 12, 6 PM St. Croix Food & Wine Experience – Wine in the Warehouse Leeward Islands Warehouse Enjoy tastings with winemakers, cocktail samplings, small bites & live music. Tickets: $100. pp. For reservations, call (340) 773-9898 APRIL 13, 14, 19 & 27, 8:30 AM Frederiksted Historic Walking Tour Meet at ‘Freedom Statue’ across from Frederiksted Pier for a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour of historic Frederiksted hosted by CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism). $20.pp. For reservations, call (340) 719-5455 APRIL 14, 6:45 PM Passover Service B’nai Or Synagogue All are invited to this service hosted by the St. Croix Jewish Community. $30.pp. For reservations and prepay, call Leslie Repp, 340-513-1011 or email lesrepp@gmail.com by April 11. APRIL 17, 5-8 PM Art Show: Sharing Our World-Everyone Matters Henle Studio Art exhibit benefits the VI Humane Learning Center in support of our animals. Over 20 local participating adult & student artists. Funded in part by the VI Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts. For info, call (340) 690-5403

APRIL 20, 6:30 AM 11th Annual Easter Sunrise Service Point Udall Non-denominational service. For info, emai john@hopehouse.vi

Forty-One Years of Design--A Dyers Journey with Yemaya Jones Textiles, April 25. Susan Wall

APRIL 17, 5-8 PM Art Thursdays Christiansted Visit more than a dozen galleries & shops that show the works of local artists. Stay after for dinner in town. This Art Walk is a favorite of visitors & locals! For info, call (340) 719-1201 APRIL 18, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park, Frederiksted Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages for sale. Admission is free. APRIL 19 15th Annual Golden Hook Fishing Club Dolphin Tournament Catch the biggest & most & win prizes. For information, email ghfc@fishstx.com APRIL 19 The National Library Week Run to Your Library Christiansted VI Pace Runners hosts this 3.1-mile race that starts at the Florence Williams Public Library & continues in Christiansted with four laps & finishes at the library. For info, call (340) 643-2557 or (340) 777-0258 APRIL 19, 9 AM-3 PM Field & Stone Workshop Mount Victory Camp Eco-Lodge Come out to the rainforest & make fire by friction & create your own stone tools the way humans did thousands of years ago! $25.pp. Bring your own lunch. To register, call (340) 201-7983 or email mountvictorycamp@gmail.com

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APRIL 22, 7 PM Art Demo & Monthly Meeting Palms at Pelican Cove Watch a demo of poured acrylic collage by artist, Phyllis Charles. Public is invited. Hosted by the Artists Guild of St. Croix. For info, call (340) 719-2733 APRIL 25, 5:30-7:30 PM Forty-One Years of Design – A Dyers Journey Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Yemaya Jones’ textiles blur the boundaries of art & fashion. Current work will be for sale. For info, (340) 772 -2622 or visit www.cmcarts.org APRIL 26, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to pack a picnic to enjoy during the movie, but pack up all trash afterwards. Bathrooms available. To see what’s playing, visit: facebook.com/ stcroixmoviesatthefort APRIL 27 Springfield/Hard Labor Gut Hike The St. Croix Hiking Association hosts this hike. For info & time, call (340) 772-2073 or visit www.stcroixhiking.org

MAY 2014 MAY 1, 6 PM The Paradise 5K Buccaneer Hotel Enjoy this 5K race at the Buccaneer Hotel. For info, call (340) 643-2557 or (340) 777-0258 MAY 2, 6 PM The Children Run Christiansted VI Pace Runners hosts this 520 meter race for children age 13 & under that starts at Times Square (Sunday Market Square). For info, call (340) 643-2557 or (340) 777-0258 www.stcroix thisweek .com


Events - St. Croix

WELCOME IRONMAN TRIATHLETES & MEDLEY RACERS! MAY 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 8 PM MAY 11, 4 PM On Stage – Crowns Caribbean Community Theatre This gospel musical is a moving & celebratory play that uses hats as a theatrical springboard for an exploration of black history & identity. For info, call (340) 778-1983 or (340) 718-4229. www.cct.vi

MAY 23, 6 AM-MAY 25, 2 PM Lionfish Derby Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted See how many invasive lionfish you can catch in 2 ½-days. Weigh-in at Reef Jam. Hosted by Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park. For info, call (340) 718-3367 or visit www.friendsofstxeemp.org

MAY 2, 6-10 PM Crucian Triathlon Jump Up! Christiansted A race, tramp, live local music on street corners, Mocko Jumbies to entertain, discount shopping & dining Passport, vendors, stores open late, bar & restaurant specials. A great family event! No parking on some streets after 5:00 pm. Welcome athletes!

MAY 24, 10 AM-NOON Grow & Learn St. George Village Botanical Garden Enjoy the Garden’s series of educational workshops for adults led by local experts & enthusiasts. $5 members; $15 for non-members. For reservations, call (340) 692-2874

MAY 3, 11:30 AM MAY 21, 10 AM Story Hour at the Garden St. George Village Botanical Garden A volunteer reader shares a botanical story on the Garden grounds. Bring a towel or blanket & snack. $8 for adults, $1 for children 12 & under; Garden members free. For info, call (340) 692-2874 MAY 4, 6:30 AM St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Island-Wide Spectators line the Christiansted Boardwalk at sunrise to see the start of the race when triathletes take to the harbor for their 1.24-mile swim. Next a 56-mile bike race up the hill dubbed ‘The Beast’ & back finishing with a 13.1-mile run. An Awards Banquet & Beach BBQ takes place at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. This elite endurance event is a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and the Ironman 70.3 Championships in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.. Call (340) 773-4470 MAY 4, 7:45 AM St. Croix Sprint Triathlon Island-Wide This is a milder version of the Triathlon, which features a 750-meter swim, 8-mile bike & 4-mile run. For info, call (340) 773-4470

Christiansted Crucian Triathlon Jump Up, Friday May 2. Susan Wall

MAY 8, 4:29-7 PM 2nd Thursday Happy Hour Caribbean Museum Center Works of local artists & chefs are featured along with live music by the John H. Woodson Ensemble in the courtyard. Suggested donation: $8. For info, (340) 772 -2622 or visit www.cmcarts.org MAY 8, 5:30-6:30 PM National Park Lecture Series Danish Guinea West India Company The National Park Service holds monthly lectures that discuss topics regarding current research at the islands’ three National Parks. Call (340) 773-1460 MAY 15, 5-8 PM Art Thursdays Christiansted Visit more than a dozen galleries & shops that show the works of local artists. Stay after for dinner in town. This Art Walk is a favorite of visitors & locals! For info, call (340) 719-1201 MAY 16, 6-8 PM Sunset Jazz Clock Tower, Buddhoe Park, Frederiksted Bring a beach chair or blanket & listen to local & international jazz artists. Food & beverages for sale. Admission free.

MAY 4, 5:30-6:30 PM Jazz Vespers St. Croix Reformed Church This family-friendly event features local musical talent. Donation: $5. For info, call (340) 778-0520

MAY 17, 4 PM Relay For Life – St. Croix St. Croix Educational Complex Join in this local event that’s part of a national campaign raising funds for cancer research. For info, call (340) 778-2882

MAY 8-12 SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Retreat Northside Valley Eco Lodge This five-day event features the 1st Annual Coconut Cup Paddle Festival & SUP Race on May 9, plus yoga sessions, beachfront live music & an evening festival with street vendors. Call (340) 772-0558

MAY 18, 8:30 AM Frederiksted Historic Walking Tour Meet at ‘Freedom Statue’ across from Frederiksted Pier for a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour of historic Frederiksted hosted by CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism). $20.pp. For reservations, call (340) 719-5455

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MAY 24 Walking Tour of Richmond Jail The St. Croix Hiking Association hosts this walking tour. For info & time, call (340) 772-2073 or visit www.stcroixhiking.org MAY 25 1st Annual Ladies Memorial Day Race St. Croix Yacht Club For info, call (340) 773-9531 MAY 25, 1-10 PM 7th Annual Reef Jam Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted This always-anticipated beach festival raises money & awareness for marine conservation & is a project of the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA). For information, call (340) 773-1989 MAY 26 The Memorial Day Run Christiansted VI Pace Runners hosts this 2-mile run that starts at Beeston Hill (registration at Beeston Hill Fitness Center) & finishes in Christiansted. For info, call (340) 643-2557 or (340) 777-0258 MAY 27, 7 PM Art Workshop & Monthly Meeting Palms at Pelican Cove Join artist Laurie Ingersoll for a hands-on workshop on the uplifting art form of Zentangle. Public is invited. Hosted by the Artists Guild of St. Croix. For info, call (340) 719-2733 MAY 31, 7 PM Movie Night Ft. Christiansvaern The National Park Service invites you to pack a picnic to enjoy during the movie, but pack up all trash afterwards. Bathrooms available. To see what’s playing, visit: facebook.com/stcroixmoviesatthefort April / May 2014 • Page 7


Duty-Free Shopping

FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE CHRISTIANSTED MAP, PAGE 56.

COMPANY STREET

Duty-Free Allowance

Cache of the Day – 340-773-3648

Make important purchases here —

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 cover-ups, 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!

Sonya, Ltd hand-crafted Peacock bracelet.

Designworks / Island Living Store – 340-713-8102

Sonya’s – 340-778-8605

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

Allowance is Double That of Other Islands!

Sonya, Ltd.

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

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

Your Source for

Caribbean Style & Classic Furnishings

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

Unique and Classic Styles for Island Living

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

51 ABC Company Street

340.773.0404

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When Shopping on St. Croix, US citizens can enjoy a Duty-Free Allowance of $1600.00 per person, including children, every 30 days whether buying to pack or mail. This could add up to a $6400.00 joint declaration for a family of four residing in one household and traveling together! When returning to the US you will be required to fill out a separate customs form for these items. You may be asked to show your receipts so it is important to keep a good record of what you buy. This Duty-Free Allowance is double the $800.00 limit from other islands, so make your important purchases on St. Croix. You may also take 5 cartons of cigarettes and 6 bottles of liquor back as long as 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! Outside this allowance you can mail gifts to friends and relatives (not including tobacco and alcohol)—one package a day to the same address up to $100.00 in value with no declaration. Check the Easy Shopping Guide on Page 10 to find what you’re looking for.

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Caribbean inspired feel good jewelry.

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Island Tribe of St.Croix

57 Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix

340.719.0936 340.719.0936 www.stcroix thisweek .com

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. 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. www.islandboydesigns.com

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

This unique women’s store specializes in batik clothing for women of all sizes, Small to 4X. Island Tribe of St. Croix features a casual line of “patchwork” styles and an “island elegant” signature line. Beaded jewelry, sarongs, scarves, hats in all the vibrant, rich colors of the Caribbean compliment any style. New arrivals weekly. Special orders welcome. Gift certificates available. Great prices and a fun place to shop. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm. April / May 2014 • Page 9


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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.

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MAY 2 CHRISTIANSTED CRUCIAN TRIATHLON JUMPUP—STORES OPEN LATE!

QUEEN CROSS STREET JOYIA-Inspirational Jewelry – 713-4JOY (4569)

Artist and jeweler, Joyia Jones, invites you to her working studio to experience handcrafted jewelry utilizing gold, gold-filled, silver, copper, and precious stones. Come see our “intention jewelry” line and have names, dates, or inspirational words hand- engraved on your pendants, bracelets, and rings…perfect to commemorate any occasion! Stop by and transform your inspirations into wearable art. Be inspired. Be creative. Be intentional. Mon-Sat 10-5pm. Queen Cross Street www.Joyia.us

Juicy gems rings at Joyia-Inspirational Jewelry!

Angelique de Paris Bracelets. www.stcroix thisweek .com

Beautiful batiks in every color and every size. Island Tribe

Panache Jewelers

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QUEEN CROSS cont...

KING STREET

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

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

Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet – 340-719-0672

Panache Jewelers – 340-719-6624

The sun induces light through the leaf allowing for nourishment and strong roots. Introducing the Crucian Leaf Collection in Sterling with Gold at Tropical Bracelet.

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

Be inspired. Be creative. Be intentional. INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY

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340.719.0672

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

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PAN AM PAVILION

STRAND STREET

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

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. Croix since 1978, and staff jeweler/gemologist Nicole Gariepy has been working with fine jewelry on island since 1997. www.nelthropp-low.com

The Purple Papaya – 340-713-9412

Nelthropp & Low – 340-773-0365

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

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STRAND STREET cont... The Royal Poinciana – 340-773-9892

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

Crucian Gold- 340-773-5241

Crucian Gold Chaney jewelry.

Crucian Gold

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

ROGUE by Rihanna. “Made for all women, for every STX 1/16 - PDF temp 6/19/03 mood, because we all want to project our true selves.� Violette Boutique

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

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FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE CHRISTIANSTED MAP, PAGE 56. Violette Boutique – 340-773-2148

Located in the heart of Christiansted, our staff has offered exceptional service on St. Croix since 1962. We carry European imports at Duty-Free prices. Our lines include fragrances by Vera Wang, Chanel, Givenchy, Lalique, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Sean John, and Tom Ford. Our cosmetic lines include Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Clarins, and Fashion Fair. We also carry a beautiful selection of designer fashion jewelry by Lalique, watches by Gucci, Technomarine, and Swiss Army, bags by Dooney & Bourke, Kipling, Brighton, and Land, sunglasses, pens, and accessories by Cartier, and Montblanc, and Swiss Army knives. Call 800-544-5912, vboutique@aol.com www.viviolette.com

Nelthropp & Low ribbon earrings in gold, silver or copper. Nicole Gariepy

Baci Duty Free’s Colore By the Yard—Sterling with Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Onyx or Multi-stone. All beautiful, vibrant, amazing. Baci Duty Free

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Baci Duty Free – 340-773-5040

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

Live It! Jewelry – 340-227-6380

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

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. The Thymes Collection at Royal Poinciana—dedicated to enhancing the quality of your daily life through the transformative power of frangrance!

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.

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

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AROUND THE ISLAND

ISLAND WORSHIP

ARTfarm, LLC • 340-514-4873

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

Rare Finds Antiques & Collectibles!

Susan Wall

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

Undercover celebrates Christiansted with two new locally-authored books! Ashley Bouzianis

Franklin’s on the Waterfront

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

Undercover Books & Gifts Antiques, Unique Gifts and Collectibles Gallows Bay, St. Croix

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

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The historic Anglican (Episcopalian) churches built in Gothic style include St. John’s in Christiansted, and in Frederiksted the beautifully restored St. Paul’s church, which had been damaged by a fire in 1996. These and other Anglican churches bear witmess to the large English population which settled here (and also brought us our custom of left lane driving. The large number of Irish settlers, along with Englishmen and Hispanics, have contributed to the presece of the Catholic church; Holy Cross in Christiansted is the oldest in the Virgin Islands; also significant and historic are St. Ann’s (with an interesting shrine) mid-island, St. Joseph’s on Centerline, and St. Patrick’s in Frederiksted. 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 an new mid-island home. But these are just a few of the many (at last count over 150) churches on St. Croix, from Seventh-Day Adventist to Methodist, Baptist, Church of God, any many more. You will find that church attendance and activities are important to a large part of our population, and visitors are always welcome at services,often a high point in their experience of our island. Many other faiths offer places of worship: a Jewish synagoge, 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 63. www.stcroix thisweek .com


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FIND STORE LOCATIONS ON THE ISLAND MAP PAGE 54 & FREDERIKSTED MAP PAGE 58. The Museum Store – 340-692-2874

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

For every product purchased, Hand in Hand saves 50 square feet of rainforest & donates a bar of soap & one month of clean water to a child in the developing world.  For every bar of soap sold, a bar of soap will be donated to the Haiti Relief Fund. Exclusively available at Franklin’s on the Waterfront. Luca’s dad, Kiko Gasperi, picks between 200-500 pounds a week of organically grown tomatoes at ARTfarm, January – May. Christina Gasperi

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

Farm Fresh Where To Find It!

Angry Nates Boathouse & Seafood Emporium – 340-692-6283 Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on our boardwalk patio or in our breezy open-air restaurant overlooking the beautiful Christiansted Harbor. Sit back and watch the local fishing boats deliver their daily catch of Wahoo, Tuna, or Mahi-Mahi (a fish so nice we named it twice). We specialize in the fresh seafood that is brought to our dock every day. Voted Best New Restaurant in St. Croix, 2008 (VI Daily News), we feature a creative dinner menu incorporating an eclectic blend of world cuisines, a unique and affordable wine list, and drink specials from the most complete bar on the island. Open 7 days a week. MC, Visa. Avocado Pitt – 340-773-9843 This bistro cafe, located adjacent to Christiansted Fort on the Boardwalk overlooking the harbor, is a must for your stay in St Croix. Visitors return year after year.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, ice cream, smoothies, beer or even a rum. Try our signature breakfast, granola with fresh 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. Ft. Christian Brew Pub – 340-713-9820 Enjoy casual boardwalk dining or upstairs with a spectacular view of the harbor at the VIs’ only micro-brewery/pub.  In addition to burgers, wings, soup & salads, our unique menu features crab, duck, steamed mussels, shrimp & fresh local fish.  Dine from 11 am - 10 pm daily. 5 hand-crafted ales are brewed on the premises & served frosty cold on tap.  Mon night specials include free draft ale with a steak or seafood entree; Two for Tues features 2 for 1 drinks from 5 – 9 pm; Wed is $15 for a Bucket of Beers; Thirsty Thurs are quenched with $10 Pitchers

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

Harbormaster Restaurant’s Fresh Chopped and Seasoned Chicken Salad with Coleslaw, 3-Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, and Potato Salad. Susan Wall

of Ale. ½-price appetizers are featured during Happy Hours Mon thru Fri from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.  On Sat enjoy $5 Bloody Marys all day with $2 Beer & $4 Well Drinks from 9 pm to 11 pm. Voted the “Bar with the Best Live Entertainment in the VI” by Daily News readers for 2011! MC, VISA. www.fortchristianbrewpub.com Galangal – 340-773-0076 As one approaches the 1729 House, the tan one across from Fort Christiansvaern Park, the Galangal sign, made from wine corks by a patron, is hardly visible from the street. Opening the aubergine door is almost magical as one steps inside an elegant white-table dining room filled with original paintings, and Indo-Colonial architectural elements. Sitting down at the cool, dry granite bar, one just knows their Martini is going to be ice cold and the red wine will be at 65 degrees. Galangal specializes in authentic modern Thai cuisine, combining traditional ingredients with international flavors and techniques. Freshness is the key to Galangal’s bold flavors and consistent quality. Spices from Vietnam and Singapore, curry pastes from Bangkok and unusu-

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For Tuesday Night Reservations, call 340-719-5438

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

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Christian “Shan” Hendricks Farmer’s Market Saturdays, 8 am – 3 pm, Christiansted Support our local growers at this revitalized VI Dept. of Agriculture market! La Reine Farmers Market – 340-778-0998 Sat, 6:30 am – 11 am Vendors offer herbs, carrots, yams, collard greens, lettuce, beets, mango, avocado, guava, pumpkin, arugula, plants, trees, & much more at this VI Dept of Agriculture market! Ridge to Reef Farm – 340-220-0466 Wed, 3:30 pm We’re a USDA certified organic farm. Preorder produce at www.vilocallygrown.net and pick up or shop Wednesdays at Polly’s at the Pier, Frederiksted. Sajah Farm – 340-773-8065 or 277-6046 Mon – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm, Sat, 7 am – 5 pm Since 1998, Dale and Yvette Browne offer livestock, eggs, organically grown tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and beets, & more. www.sejahfarm.com Sun Croix Foods, LLC – 340-422-1398 Farmers Gary & Laurie Pokorny grow 4 dozen produce varieties like lettuce, spinach, arugula, basil, carrots, okra, cucumbers, sweet peppers & tomatoes. Visit or order online! www.suncroix.com Tropics Hydroponics Farm – 340-227-5546 Mon – Fri, 8 am – 3 pm, Sat, La Reine Market Brian McCulough specializes in high-quality Bibb lettuce & beefsteak & cluster vine-ripened tomatoes fed with purified, nutrientrich well water. First left off Rt. #80 heading to Salt River. VI Farmers Coop – 340-773-3276, 201-2224 Sat, 7 am – 3 pm Vendors pool their produce for a more consistent supply of locally-grown food. Across from the VI Health & Fitness Center at Beeston Hill. Find all farms on the Maps pages 54-56. Days and times are subject to change seasonally; call ahead to confirm or check websites. www.stcroix thisweek .com


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Ft. Christian Brew Pub offers 5 hand-crafted ales, brewed on the premises, served frosty cold on tap.

al Asian vegetables grown in our own gardens give Galangal’s dishes their unique and authentic flavors. Even the soup is made à la minute. St. Croix’s #1 dining destination- (tripadvisor.com). Dinner 5:30 - 9:30. Closed Sunday and Monday. 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’s there’s live music from 2 pm so come for breakfast or lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing with friends. Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 11:00 am and lunch from 11:30 – 4:30 pm. Just a short ferry ride from Kings Wharf. Call for Tuesday night reservations or if we can help with catering your next banquet or wedding!

Hotel St. Croix/Club Comanche – 340-773-0210 On the boardwalk of the historic Christiansted Harbor, the charmingly Caribbean Hotel St. Croix is near galleries, duty-free shops, custom jewelers, fine restaurants, waterfront bars, excursion boats, dive shops and the seaplane ramp. Guests enjoy a view of the sailboat-dotted Christiansted harbor and St. Croix’s first and still-largest swimming pool.  On-property establishments include a store and cafe, the extraordinary custom designs of Live It! Jewelry, and the waterfront Mill Bar—famous for their frozen drinks and voted one of the top 25 bars in the Caribbean.  After a day of island fun, guests can enjoy cocktails at The Rum & Wine Bar or the Palm Garden, a romantically lush tropical hideaway. Restored and renovated, Hotel St. Croix’s charming rooms reflect the historic character of The West Indies. www.hotel-st-croix.com 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 & stimu-

Ital In Paradise Lentil Balls, Brown Rice, Coconut Curry Chickpea Tofu, Steam Kale with Beet Strips, Fresh Salad with Moringa Passion Fruit Dressing. Ted Davis

late 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

CLUB COMANCHE Built in 1756

featuring

The Café & Deli

7am-3pm Monday-Saturday 9am-2pm Sunday Brunch

the rum & wine Bar 11am-9pm Happy Hour 4-6pm

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FIND CHRISTIANSTED & GALLOWS BAY RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ON PG. 56. 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!

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Savant – 340-713-8666 This little place is hard to describe. It has the ultimate food with a really cool vibe. Inside is cozy and sophisticated as well. The Courtyard is an open-air piece of art they do tell. The food is the most creative they say (voted “Most Creative Cuisine,” Daily News 2009 Readers’ Poll). From our kitchen comes fresh fish, grilled baby calamari, and our famous stuffed filet. The specials are over the top — you just won’t know what to order in this little spot. As hard as you try, you might never find as interesting a place as this to dine — from the food, to the wine, to the magic of this place and even to your waiter’s happy little face. People travel from one place to the next but always return and say Savant is the best. We could list all of our awards and all our grand fetes, but the best thing to do is just ask anybody on the streets! Dinner, Monday-Saturday, 6-10pm.

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Tavern 1844 – 340-773-1844 If you’re craving an incredible burger and a draft beer to wash it down with, come to Tavern 1844.  How about a dozen fresh-shucked oysters, or our signature lobster mac ‘n cheese or awardwinning handmade Ravioli?  Tavern 1844 has the largest beer menu in the VI and a burger menu just as compelling.  Every dish is made to order, so be prepared to have your taste buds re-vitalized!  Try out never-been-frozen mussels steamed in the broth of the day along with some hand-cut, duck-fat fries or just Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon.  In a great atmosphere just two blocks up from the boardwalk, Tavern 1844 is the best place on island for burgers and seafood and the only place on island for a draft Guinness!  Facebook us!

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Ale House – 340-277-1656 Ale House is proud to offer St Croix the largest selection of craft beers in the USVI. With over 170 different beers, from around the world, on the shelves and growing, we can more than satisfy your beer taste. From the “Sacred Seven”  Trappist beers to Lambics. From hard root beer to an organic chocolate stout, and gluten free beers. There are even beers for those who don’t like beer. Ale House also carries boutique wines, spirits and sodas. Ale House, all things beer and MORE— Your Complete Beverage Store! Located in Gallows Bay behind Caribbean Printing and Marketing, we’re open Monday – Friday, 3 – 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 – 6 pm.

You Are Here Bar & Grille – 340-713-0246 You Are Here Bar & Grille is tucked away in Kings Alley, just off the Boardwalk. Owner, Andrew Havanchak, moved to St. Croix three years ago and fell in love with St. Croix and decided to build on it!  The atmosphere at You Are Here is Unique, Fun, and Upbeat merging Local and Continental culture. We have free WiFi, a power strip at the bar for plug-ins, and the menu offers food that is both Quick and Savory. Open 11 am – 11 pm every day, it is home of the largest World Map on island so you’ll always know where You Are... when You Are Here! First Place Entrée Winner at A Taste of St. Croix 2013 for Shrimp Corndogs.Add us on Facebook and check us out on Trip Advisor!

Jaccar Sorbet & Gelato – 340-719-6999 Try one of these new Organic & Natural Sorbet flavors-- Carambola Passionfruit, Guava Soursop, Lime, Mango, Mango Papaya, Pineapple Ginger, Lemongrass Mint, Soursop! These, and Fruit Pops, are made in house with fruit pulp, lime juice, & organic Blue Agave Nectar in 4oz & 8 oz biodegradable containers. Also Fruit Smoothies! New Artisan Gelato flavors— Chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla, Strawberry, Aztec Chocolate, Peppermint Candy, Passionfruit, Local Lime, Cookies & Cream, & Ginger Vanilla! Also Gelato Sandwiches, Push Ups, Milkshakes. Homemade Butter Cookies, and Butter Toffee (almonds, coconut, peanuts, Ambrosia Chocolate), sold in ¼ -lb containers. Located in Gallows Bay around the corner from Undercover Books, Jaccar has won 2012 & 2013 Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Open Mon, 12 – 6 pm, Tues – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm. jaccarsorbets.com

Savant’s Fresh Mahi Ceviche.

Great Food! Great Fun! Great Times!

Mon-Fri 3-6 pm

Saturday 9-6 pm

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

Burgers & Beer

Burgers  Seafood  Draft Beer Christiansted  773-1844

340-713-0246

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The Bistroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turkey Cobb Interrupted with Cranberry-Herb Vinaigrette. Susan Wall

Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bait Stand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-719-9935 Friends, families, and business associates all come to Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for consistently good food, reasonable prices, and a great time! We have a comfortable, air-conditioned atmosphere with pool tables, and free WI-FI. At Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got your game on!â&#x20AC;? With 14 TVs, including some high definition, you can watch your favorite sports teams anytime. We are St. Croixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier sports bar! As an entertainment venue, we have weekly and monthly promotions like Bingo Wednesdays, Karaoke Thursdays, Theme Night the last Saturday of the month, and a Dance Party two Saturdays a month with live DJs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trinity Krew.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a cover charge, and always drink specials. Check our website to stay current with our menu, daily specials, and events. www.sharkeysstcroix.com The Bistro â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-772-2435 The friendly staff at The Bistro offers a convenient and unique dining experience with great service, great food, great coffees and great drinks. We offer outdoor seating or indoor air conditioned dining; fast carry-out service is also available. The Bistro opens early and serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday.  The baristas and chefs specialize in fresh coffees, espresso, daily breads, bagels, pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches.  The menu and environment are kid friendly with a dedicated focus on health conscious options.  The Bistro, located in Gallows Bay in Christiansted, is next to the local bookstore and specialty shops favored by many islanders.  Find easy directions and check out the full food and drink menus online at www.theBistroVI.com.

Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 340-713-0222 This Mexican Restaurant & Sport Bar (little Mexico in Gallows Bay) is owned by chef Maria Fonrougeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;actually from Mexico! They will transport you there with Authentic Mexican Cuisineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something for everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; meat lovers to vegan. Busy? No problem! Go-go Burritos and Tacos, made-to-order, are served as fast you can say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andale!â&#x20AC;? Special-value Kids Menu. Margaritas, Sangria, Micheladas, and Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signature Drinks made fresh daily. There are 14 TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for our Sport Fans.  Eat in AC or out in the new courtyard. Kitchen open Monday 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm, Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday, 11 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 pm. Winner! Tied for First Place EntrĂŠe, A Taste of St. Croix 2013, with Pescado a la Veracruzana! mariascantinastx.com AN UPTOWN COFFEE SHOP IN DOWNTOWN FREDERIKSTED

Sharkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deluxe Beef Nachos served with Cheesy Beans, Salsa and Sour Cream. Susan Wall

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

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

Blue Moon’s Pork Tenderloin Medallions served over Rosemary-infused White Beans, Andouille Sausage and Spinach topped with housemade Riesling Jelly. Susan Wall

Beach Side Café 340-772-1205 or 340-772-1266 Dine alfresco overlooking the Caribbean Sea! At lunch, sip your favorite libation & enjoy your choice of burgers, sandwiches, salads & creative wraps.  At dinner, eclectic seaside dining with fresh seafood, quality meats—steaks, rack of lamb, pork chops, plus pastas & more! Bar menu at Iguana Lounge, in between lunch & dinner, try frozen & specialty cocktails all day long!  Open Thursday - Monday for Lunch, 11:30 2:30 pm, & Dinner, 6-9 pm & Sunday Brunch from 10 - 3 pm.  Live music every Saturday night from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Wine Club 2nd Friday of the month.  Great location to capture the green flash and book your next special occasion!

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

2 Strand Street, Frederiksted • 340-713-0612

The Blue Moon • 340-772-2222 where jazz has a home, is located in historic Victoria House at 7 Strand Street. Awardwinning cuisine with a Cajun flair, featuring fresh local fish, great salads, their unique New Orleans Alfredo, and homemade desserts. An extensive selection of fine wines is available to complement your meal. Join us Wednesday and Friday nights and at Sunday Brunch for the island’s best live jazz scene, in an eclectic open-air setting on the Frederiksted waterfront. Be sure to stop in for a cocktail at sunset. Open 6 days a week – lunch Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 2 p.m., dinner Tuesday – Saturday 6 pm – until. Call for reservations.

Beach Side Café’s Lobster Thermidor stuffed with Mushrooms, Onions, Celery, and Carrots topped with a Hollandaise Sauce and served with Brown Rice. Susan Wall

WINE CLUB 1st Tuesdays The Galleon 718-9948 2nd Fridays Beachside Cafe 772-1205 or 772-1266 Wine & Apps Paired • 6:00 pm, $35.

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Blue Water Terrace’s Lobster-stuffed Clams. Susan Wall

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

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

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

Open 365 Days

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

RESTAURANT: Brunch • Lunch • Dinner

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

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

Dine Undercover, Poolside, or on the Beach!

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

718-7071

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — EAST END Cheeseburgers in Paradise – 340-718-1118 For the best in local and off-island entertainment, check out this schedule. We have Llewellyn singing songs of the Caribbean on Saturday nights, guitar virtuoso Steve Katz on Sunday.   Mercy Child plays on Fridays except once a month when we feature one of Chicken Charlie’s amazing bands from the states.  Come out and dance to your favorite sixties rock-n-roll and feast on fresh local lobster, great steaks and other specials. “There’s nothing like a hamburger at Cheeseburger’s (overheard recently), the East End Headquarters for food, fun, and frolic!”

The Greek (aka Papi) suggests his Cold Sampler Platter. Food From Many Greek Kitchens, Tessa Kiros

The Buccaneer Restaurants – 340-712-2100 The Buccaneer, just minutes east of Christiansted on Route 82, offers casual open-air dining beachside at The Mermaid for lunch and seasonal dinners. Soups, salads, burgers, fish, sandwiches, along with tropical drinks and vintage cocktails. Daily 11:305:30pm. Enjoy cocktails with a view, fine wines and dining al fresco or in a/c in the historic Great House at the award-winning Terrace Restaurant. Daily specials include fresh fish seafood, steaks, pasta, and heavenly desserts. Live entertainment seasonally. Casual chic dress code. Reservations please. Cocktails from 4-11 pm, light menu from 5-9:30 pm and dinner 6-9:30 pm. See menus at www.thebuccaneer.com/dine.htm. Children’s menus available. A member of Historic Hotels of America. Awarded “Best Sunset Bar” by Brides magazine; 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

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

The

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

East End Road

food • drink • fun!

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

Daily 11am-10pm • 340-718-1118

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Duggan’s Roasted Beet and Lobster Salad with Maytag Blue Cheese, Arugula and Beet Vinaigrette. Susan Wall

½ price on the 2nd one, Thursday, Bingo at 6:30 with cash prizes, Friday, Crab Races, Saturday, Chef ’s Choice with DJ, Sunday, Brunch with Steve Katz (live band second Sunday of the month). Open from 7 am to 9 pm daily, we specialize in private parties, weddings, receptions, and meetings oceanside! Divi Carina Bay Resort – 340-773-9700 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 Karaoke with Dean Hodge. Thursday night is the Caribbean Beach Barbeque, complete with Steel Pans, Quadrille Dancers and Mocko Jumbies! Friday night there’s

BEER CLUB Beachside Cafe 4th Fridays Imported Beers & Apps Paired 6:15 p.m., $40. Presented by Ales & Others 772-1205 or 772-1266 www.stcroix thisweek .com


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

a DJ party at East End Pizza. From daily lunch seaside at Dockside to the island’s best brickoven 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. www.divicarina.com Duggan’s Reef • 340-773-9800 It’s easy to see why this beachfront restaurant has been a local favorite for more than 30 years— voted Best Seafood on St. Croix by readers of the Daily News! An informal, open-to-the-breeze spot overlooking Buck Island, Duggan’s is open for dinner Thursday – Monday from 6 – 9 pm. Start off with drinks or your choice from the wine list with local conch chowder. We specialize in local lobster and fresh fish. Also enjoy pasta, filet mignon, and your choice of freshly prepared desserts. Try Frank Duggan’s Sunday Brunch 11 am – 2:00 pm with Eggs Benedict, weekly specials, and $3. Mimosas…, and $3 Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Reservations welcomed. MC, VISA. The Galleon – 340-718-9948 A classic Island favorite overlooking the yachts at Green Cay Marina. Happy Hour 4-6pm and dinner 6-10pm seven days a week, Sunday Brunch 10-2pm. Try Executive Chef Kenneth Biggs’ imaginative appetizers like Homemade Pasta, Housemade Duck Liver Pate, Escargot Provencale, or Caesar salad prepared tableside, and a gourmet entrée – fresh local lobster when available, osso bucco, Chateaubriand for two, or “The Galleon” filet mignon topped with lobster medallions – then let our knowledgeable staff suggest a wine from our extensive, award-winning Wine Spectator Award cellar to compliment your meal. Vegetarian specials, luscious desserts. Piano bar and live music nightly by St. Croix’s best! New Bar Menu! Secure parking, air-conditioned, reservations recommended. www.galleonrestaurant.com

The Pickled Greek – 340-713-1868 Peter Skrivanos and his family welcome you with open arms and old world recipes! Our awardwinning menu was inspired by the home-cooked Greek meals that Peter’s mother and grandmother prepared for him as a child. As with many Greek family recipes nothing was written – instead they were handed down with a pinch of this and a dash of that. His chefs work with Peter to recreate childhood recipes complete with favorites like dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), souvlaki, authentic Greek gyros, and mousake. Enjoy one of our famous Greek pizza – highly recommended! And don’t forget Peter’s famous Bakalava ice cream! Located ¼ mile East of Christiansted. Mon – Sat, 11 am - 9 pm. Call for reservations, takeout, private parties. “Its like Greece without the airfare!” New look, new feel, same great food.

The Galleon’s namesake entrée The Galleon, Angus Beef Tenderloin crowned with Local Lobster Medallion, finished with a Cabernet Demi-Glace and Sauce Bearnaise. Michael McGrath

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!

~Winner~

~Winner~

Serving best appetizer wine spectator Dinner nightly and entree magazine’s sunday brunch, “a taste of st. croix” “award of excellence” 10 am - 2 pm 2012 2009-2012 340-718-9948 THE GALLEON ON THE WATERFRONT AT GREEN CAY MARINA

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

340-773-9949

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

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

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

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.

Breezez Baked Local Lobster with Drawn Butter and Lemon. Susan Wall

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.

Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort Restaurants – 340-778-3800 Welcome to our open-air restaurants at Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa with inspiring cuisine, an extensive wine cabinet, and attentive Caribbean service. Our Saman Restaurant offers breakfast on the terrace or inside with the mahogany-framed doors wide open to enjoy the morning sea air and views. Poolside by the beach is our Flamboyant Beach Bar. Kick back and enjoy a Cruzan frozen beverage or a cold beer with your lunch from the grill. Experience the famous Pirates Buffet & Mocko Jumbies Show. Dance under the starry sky and taste local St. Croix cuisine. Saman open 7 days a week, 7 am – 10:30 am. Flamboyant Bar open 7 days a week, 11:30 am – 11 pm. Pirate Buffet every Friday from 6:30 -9:30 pm. Reservations please. www.carambolabeach.com 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 & a collection of eclectic cocktails. Your server will assist with wine pairings from our wine list; reserve wines and champagnes are also available. The Waves is 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.

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

Intimate Seaside Dining Spectacular Natural Setting Beautiful Sunsets

renaissance®

ST. CROIX CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT & SPA

carambolabeach.com

340-778-3800

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

Kitchen closes at 9 pm • 340-778-9650

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Dining on St. Croix A Taste of St. Croix — MID-ISLAND

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 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 every day. See the ad for hours or give us a call 340-779-3285. Joe’s Bar & Grille – 340-692-2020 Located at the Sunny Isle Annex, enjoy great Italian food, in air-conditioned comfort, mid-island! With his New York experience behind him, Crucian Gary Joseph returns to St. Croix as Executive Chef cooking Italian, Seafood, and Local Island favorites. Look for Eggplant & Chicken Cutlet Parmesan, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Mussels Marinara, Fried Calamari, Grilled Salmon, Mahi or Shrimp plus Saltfish & Provisions, and Conch in Butter Sauce. Try our best Chicken & Wings or Macaroni & Cheese! New—refreshing Armstrong’s ice cream! Extensive App and Entrée menu, Daily Lunch Specials & changing Weekly Specials each month. Catering for all occasions, available for Private Parties, eat in or take out. Open Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm. A great Center-Island Meeting Place!

10th year!

Restaurant - Bar

Caribbean • Latin • Seafood Open Mon & Tues, 11:30 - 6pm Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 11:30 - 9pm Sun, 10:30 - 8pm

Mid-Island, Rt. 663

340-779-3285

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

Joe’s

El Flamboyant’s Green Plantain Cups filled with Beefsteak Tos Relleno. Susan Wall

Bar & Grille

Open for Lunch & Dinner

ITALIAN FOOD LOCAL DISHES SEAFOOD SOUTHERN FOOD SOUPS Great Center-Island Meeting Place! Monday - Saturday, 11am - 9 pm Sunny Isle Annex Armstrong’s Ice Cream

Air-conditioned 340-692-2020

Serving the Community for 11 years!

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

Newly Renovated with Full Bar

Try our “Cruzan Confusion!”

Open 7 Days a Week! Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Rt. 75 off Centerline Road

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EASY GUIDES TO RESTAURANT DINING & ENTERTAINMENT!

Easy Dining Guide Restaurant Ale House Angry Nates Boathouse & Seafood Emporium Avocado Pitt Beach Side Café Blue Moon Blue Water Terrace Breezez Cheeseburgers Comanche Café & Deli Comanche Rum & Wine Bar Cruzan Barrel Cultured Pelican Ristorante Deep End Bar & Grill Dockside at Divi Carina Bay Duggan’s Reef East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay El Flamboyant Flamboyant Beach Bar at Carambola Fort Christian Brew Pub Freedom City Bar & Grill Galangal The Galleon Harbormaster Restaurant Ital In Paradise Jaccar Sorbet Joe’s Bar & Grille La Reine Chicken Shack Maria’s Cantina Pirate’s Tavern Saman Restaurant at Carambola Savant Sharkey’s Bait Stand Starlite Grille at Divi Carina Bay Tavern 1844 The Bistro The Mermaid at the Buccaneer The Palms at Pelican Cove The Pickled Greek The Terrace at the Buccaneer The Waves at Cane Bay You Are Here *See ads for more info and location

LOCATION KEY: Phone (340) 277-7617 692-6283 773-9843 772-1205 772-2222 692-2583 717-7077 718-1118 626-9558 773-0210 713-0612 773-3333 718-7071 773-9700 773-9800 773-9700 779-3285 778-3800 713-9820 713-5159 773-0076 718-9948 719-5438 473-7373 719-6999 692-2020 778-5717 713-0222 778-9650 778-3800 713-8666 719-9935 773-9700 773-1844 772-2435 712-2100 718-8920 713-1868 712-2100 718-1815 227-6498

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

GUITAR & SONG Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Tues 6-10pm Cheeseburger’s — Sun 6-9pm Fort Christian Brew Pub — Fri 7-10pm The Galleon — Sat 6-10pm

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

KEYBOARD & SONG Hotel St. Croix Rum & Wine Bar — Fri 5-7pm The Galleon — Fri 6-10pm

MIXED VENUE

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MIXED VENUE cont...

Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Fri 7-10pm Cheeseburger’s — Fri 6-9pm Comanche Rum & Wine Bar — Sat 7-10pm Divi Casino Showbar — Fri 10pm-2am, Sat 10pm-3am, Sun 6pm-10pm The Palms at Pelican Cove — Fri – Sat 6-9pm

STEEL PAN

Buccaneer Terrace Lounge — Mon 7-10pm Duggan’s Reef — Fri 7 – 10pm (starting in Jan) Harbormaster Restaurant – Tues 7-10:30pm, Sun 2-6pm Palms at Pelican Cove — Sun 11-2pm www.stcroix thisweek .com


Dining on St. Croix

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

WINE: BEST PICK! Obsideana and The Palindrome

No Matter Where You Go, You Are Here!

By Anne Salafia

Winemakers Kent and Shauna Rosenblum love St. Croix. The father-daughter team owns Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, CA and attends the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience. You can find eight of their 27 wines on island. Sarah Ridgway, General Manager of Dionysus Wine Distributors, favors Obsideana and The Palindrome, both red. Obsideana is a 50/50 blend of Petite Syrah and Zinfandel grapes. “These grapes are a perfect match; they produce a bold and beautiful wine,” said Ridgway who pairs Obsideana with filets and robust dishes like osso buco. “Its fruit characteristics give it great drinkability alone, too,” she said. Rock Wall Wine Company calls its Tannat varietal wine The Palindrome. What else? “Palindrome” means a word or phrase that can be spelled backward! “Tannat is the most heart healthy grape in the world,” said Ridgway. “It has three times more heart benefits than other red wines.” Originally used as a blending grape in the Madiran AOC in France, the Tannat grape has made its way to pockets of California. Rock Wall blends grapes from two vineyards in different climates to make its wine. Look for hints of cappuccino, dark chocolate and blackberry. And drink to your health! Ridgway recommends tasting opportunities such as those at the St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, “The Gourmet Vintner Dinner, the Galleon Wine Dinner, and the Cork & Fork Dinners, all run by winemakers, offer wonderful intimate settings in which to learn about particular wines.” You might even run into Kent and Shauna Rosenblum. www.stcroix thisweek .com

You Are Here’s North Coast Pizza—12-cut Zesty Red or Garlic Parmesan, Fire-grilled Half-Pound Burger and Award-winning Shrimp Corndawgs served with Tangy Lime Mayo and Island Slaw. Susan Wall

Located just off the newly-renovated Christiansted boardwalk in the park-like Kings Alley is You Are Here—a relaxed and comfortable in-town spot with a great bar, ‘Tiki Torch’ Patio, and island music and songs you all know and love. Owner, Andrew Havanchak, has been on St Croix for over 3 years from snowy Cleveland, Ohio. “I love my Ohio roots but also now like the laid-back attitude of St. Croix— the “No Hurry” island life,” he says! The GM of Aces Grille back in Ohio, he missed their pizza, craving it actually, and convinced Aces to let him bring the recipe to St. Croix. “I have been in the Restaurant/Bar business for 20 years and it has become my passion! I am not a Chef but I do know my way around the kitchen and have had to “survive the flames” on many occasions. Our menu comes from my good friend and Cleveland business consultant, Gino Antonelli who was the Corporate Chef for American Greetings and Case Western Reserve for eight years each.” Why the name You Are Here? “Why not! The name just came to me. I felt it generates fun and laughter...2 things almost everyone alive loves to do...laugh and have fun!”   “We have become known on STX as having not only the Best Pizza in the Ca-

ribbean, but one of the Best Pizzas you’ll ever have anywhere! And our Shrimp Corndawgs, that won Best Entrée in the 2013“Taste of St. Croix, are a huge favorite”! Our Burgers rival all comers and our Grilled Mahi Tacos are amazing.” You Are Here has a lot of items on the menu that Andrew likes to call Comfort Food like Pizza, Calzones, Burgers, Wings, Skins, and Cheesy Bread. They also have huge Salads, Giant Stuft Potatoes, BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, and an array of Sandwiches and Wraps. They are now offering Pasta specials and introducing  BBQ Ribs and soon come Prime Rib dinners!   “I make an Amazing Mojito and a TopShelf Margarita that will knock your Sombrero off but my bartender, Jane, makes the most delicious Smoothies and Daiquiris and local favorites like Bushwackers, Pain Killers, Lime-in-the-Coconut and Cruzan Confusions.   “I am truly blessed with an amazing crew of employees who can share in the same values and beliefs to make the restaurant atmosphere of You Are Here enjoyable and fun for everyone.” You Are Here Bar & Grille 340-773-0246 www.youareherestx.com April / May 2014 • Page 31


Attractions & Tours

TRACE YOUR ANCESTRY AT THE WHIM MUSEUM RESEARCH LIBRARY & ARCHIVE!

ATTRACTIONS

Randall “Doc” James Racetrack • 340-713-7228 Get in the game! Catch live horse racing every month. Check the TRAXCO ad in the Events Calendar for dates and post times.

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

Salt River National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve – 340-773-1460 Tours of both sides of the park. Great view of Salt River Bay from the Visitor’s Center. Bookstore. Open by appointment. www.nps.gov/sari

Christiansted National Historic Site — This 7-acre park has a number of historic structures including Fort Christiansvaern, the Steeple Building Museum, the Scale House, and the Old Danish Customs House (Visitors’ Center). Tours available. See Tours.

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

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

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

Fort Frederik Museum & Art Gallery — Fort Tours and Gallery Showings, (340) 772-2021. Government House — Located on King Street in Christiansted, this historic landmark was constructed in 1742 and long served as the palace of the Danish Monarchy. Tours available.

Enjoy a mix of history and natural beauty at the St. George Village Botanical Garden. Susan Wall

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

Estate

WHIM MUSEUM St. Croix Landmarks Society

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

Roseway is here for charters and sunset sails through April 27. Susan Wall

Trace Your Ancestry In our Research Library & Archive Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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— St. Croix

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

TOURS

Kayak – Bush Tribe Eco Tours, Sea-Thru Kayaks, Virgin Kayak Tours See Watersports for details. Mixed Venue – C.H.A.N.T. (Crucian, Heritage, & Nature Tourism) 340-719-5455 Mt. Victory Camp - 340-201-7983 Photo Tours, Blackwood Imaging Wheelchair & Scooter – C.H.A.N.T.

Equestrian Stables 340-772-2880 or 340-772-2627 Guided Christiansted Tours, Nina York, Danish & English - 340-718-7017 Self-guided, both towns, see Pages 57 & 58. Horseback – Paul & Jill’s Island – Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours 340-773-6700

Photo Tours Min 4pp Max 8pp

2HR WALKING tOURS & FULL DAY HIKES

Sweeny’s

St. Croix Safari Tours

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

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

Email: sjtous@gmail.com

Call: 773-6700 for Reservations!

fOR AVAIABILITY, CONTACT BLACKWOODIMAGING@GMAIL.COM WWW.BLACKWOODIMAGING.COM

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

(340) 719-5455 • www.chantvi.org

Paul & Jill’s Stable

Sightseeing on Horseback 340-772-2880

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

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Island Art

DON’T MISS FINAL ART THURSDAYS ‘ART WALKS’ APRIL 17 & MAY 25!

Meet Cover Artist Lyn Voytershark “My first canvas was a purple sunset with calypso musicians and dancers in silhouette. It was done in oils, I was seven, and it hung for a while over the ironing board. The prime wall space in my house was reserved for my mother’s portraits and Lyn Voytershark. paintings of islanders.  Betsy Voytershark was an active artist on St. Croix from the late ‘50s until she passed away at 61 in 1991. As Mother’s Day approaches I am reminded of her creative influence on me and of how fleeting time and life really is. My mom had many distractions from her art but she still put her energy and artistry into daily life. Here at Work & Rest there was a house to build, three kids to raise, schools to start up, animals to rescue, and centipedes to wrangle. No phone, no TV, no microwave, sometimes no power at all. In the ‘60s, organic brown rice came snail mail to the Post Office and the Sears catalog really was the wish book. Betsy raised Siamese cats, mastered Yoga, taught kids art at Country Day and Tamarind Schools. She painted scenery for Community Theater. Betsy Voytershark. My mom wasn’t too keen on cooking, sewing, or housework, and although I get clever with food and fabric, dishes and cobwebs are worthless rituals. It is astonishing to me that my mother somehow carved Young Woman in White out time to paint and Kerchief. sketch people. She did portraits of Governor Evans and Judge Young among many others. Her artwork has travelled with Cruzan expats to far-lung places. Often I am pulled aside by friends or strangers who treasure a painting or a memory.  Now that I have resumed an artistic path, I can dedicate my own images to her.

That old sunset painting of mine is long gone, likely it was a frugal recycling of the stretchers, or maybe a termite snack, or a Hugo casualty. I don’t paint in oils now, but favor acrylics because I am way too impatient and will muddy work if it can’t dry fast enough. Brilliant saturated tropical colors are a hallmark. My favorite medium is playing with pixels on a computer.  My primary toolbox is an iPad with various Apps. Using my photographic images, I creatively manipulate color, texture, and composition until I have that eureka moment. Random snippets and glimpses of daily life inspire me more than large encompassing views. Beachcombing at Cane Bay.

My early art education on St. Croix started inauspiciously in Kindergarten where I got ruler slaps for drawing on the inside of the coloring box lid. There was pottery with Conrad Knowles, sketching with Susie Brown, and watercolor lessons with Charles “Bud” Hawes who advised practice “every single day”. Mrs. Pihlcrantz at St. Dunstan’s entered me in a contest that netted, to my surprise, a trip to St. Thomas. My classmates were inspiring and accomplished VI artists such as Paul Youngblood, Lisa Etre and the late Maria Henle. Growing up here on St Croix was truly magical.

Currently my work is in the Humane Learning Center Benefit show for animals at the Henle Gallery, The Quelbe & Quadrille exhibit in the Steeple Building, and is ongoing at Sweet Lime Furnishings in Constitution Hill.”

Websites: Twenty20.com/SharkCrossing Lyn-Voytershark.Pixels.com facebook.com/SharkXing Email:  SharkCrossing@gmail.com

Scholarships from VI Council on the Arts helped me study Sculpture, Photography, and Fine Arts. After spending a year in Florence, Italy for Etching and Lithography, I sold my first piece to the Frederiksted artist Jean Merwin who sadly has also passed on.

Spider Flower in Mangosteen.

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Island Art

FIND LOCAL ART AT CARIBBEAN MUSEUM CENTER & DOZENS OF GALLERIES IN BOTH TOWNS! Art@Top Hat – 513-35558 Art @ Top Hat is a wonderful gallery on Company Street in Christiansted, across from the U.S. Post Office. It is host to the best of our local talent as well as internationally well-known artists. This beautifully restored townhouse dates from the mid-1800s and is a fabulous setting for ever-changing exhibits of modern and traditional paintings, watercolors, handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, giclées, prints, posters and art cards. Antiques and special items from estate sales round out the unique offerings. A “must” to visit - easy to find that special gift for yourself, your home or for a friend. Available for small events. Open for Art Thursdays November through May or call for an appointment. Visit us at www.artattophat.com Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts – 772-2622 A showcase for local talent and international arts, the Museum Center is housed in an 18th century Danish townhouse on Frederiksted’s magnificent waterfront. CMCArts offers year-round exhibitions, classes, and shows for all ages. The Artistsin-Residence Program offers special classes, demonstrations and “open studio” time. Make a trip to Frederiksted to visit this unique and captivating destination which may be available to rent for your next special occasion! For more information, visit www.cmcarts.org

D&D Studio – 340-719-1201 D&D Studio Gallery is a ‘must see” stop in Christiansted! Owners Ted Davis and Sam Dike invite you to come in and take a look at stunning, eye-catching photographic artworks, in a sophisticated gallery setting. D&D Studio also carries unique St. Croix cards and posters at very affordable prices. Visit our new location in the courtyard at 5 Company Street. Open Tuesday-Friday 10-5pm. Call or visit us on the web at www.ddstudio.us. D&D Studio, “Where Photography is Art!” Henle Studio – 340-718-0372 Celebrating 20 years, this historic loft in Christiansted showcases the paintings and prints of the late Maria Henle, the photographs, books and films of St. Croix’s premier photographer Fritz Henle, and the fine art photographs of Tina Henle. Other featured artists are Toni Lance, Larry Lipsky, Steve Rockstein,

Sydney Solis, Nicolette Jelen, Cynthia Hatfield, Sacha Tebo, Janet Morgan and Lyn Voytershark. New exhibitions and events during Season. Call for appointment.   MariaHenleStudio.com Maufe Gallery – 340-332-4556 There is always something interesting at Maufé Gallery, featuring an array of artists and artwork. Gallery owner/artist Thérèse Trudeau welcomes you to Maufé Gallery, where she exhibits her own work and that of other local and international artists on St. Croix, USVI. Located at Crucian Gold, on Strand Street in C’sted., Maufe Gallery shares space with jewelry designer Nathan Bishop. There is often a new exhibition every month, and other activities such as live music and performance art pieces taking place. Check the local newspaper, or call for more information about current events at the Gallery.

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

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Island Weddings MARRY ME ON ST. CROIX!

Over Doing It!

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

A kiss on your special day says it all.

Tina Henle Photography – 340-718-0372

Q Studio, LLC – 340-332-6921

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

Tina Henle

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

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

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Not so long ago weddings appeared to be very ‘straight forward.’ As an honored guest, you got dressed in your best to watch a couple exchange vows. By showing up (on time) you were rewarded with free champagne, a good meal, an opportunity to show off your dance moves, and a piece of cake, maybe even a fancy box or toile sack of Jordan almonds to boot. Today, many brides are interested in providing their guests with the ultimate wedding experience. With so many entertainment options to choose from, it can be overwhelming! From live entertainers, dancers, photo booths, food stations, candy and dessert stations, signature cocktails, lounge areas, flash mobs—the list goes on and on.  Let’s not even begin to discuss the brides who OD on Pinterest and lose control with 20 DIY projects for their wedding. By popular culture’s standards, “the wedding event” has turned into an adult version of MTV’s popular reality show, Sweet 16. More often than not, the brides who strive to be “unique” in an attempt to “WOW” their guests may actually do the opposite.  I empathize with a couple’s urge to stimulate their guests. Equally, I am all for improvements and innovation on the “original” idea and, truth be told, I love Pinterest.  However, when a wedding begins to feel more like a circus, an intervention is necessary. Before going crazy with the 10 food stations and a Caricature artist for your reception, make sure the basics are strong. The location, the food, the theme and/or color scheme, the music, the cake—should all be on point. As you begin to build on your wedding vision, remember it is one day, one night. Be selective. Keep it simple. Instead of 5 wow factors, try 2.  Pick entertainment everyone can enjoy and participate within the small span of time the reception is held.  By avoiding overstimulation, your guests will have the opportunity to enjoy celebrating You, the greatest experience you can offer! For more info, planning tips, and resources visit  www.vibridalguide.com Quiana L. Adams, Managing Editor www.stcroix thisweek .com


Our Danish Connection

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

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

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

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

Danish Bricks — The Foundation of Our Towns — by Nina York

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s you wander through the streets of our little towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, you become aware of many distinctive building features, the most obvious being how many structures are built of yellow bricks. While in many cases the bricks are covered with plaster and paint, their presence is obvious and conveys a feeling of substance and durability. And indeed that holds true: Most of these buildings have endured several hundred years, weatherYellow House Stairs. ing hurricanes, an earthquake and tsunami, as well as the daily use of the premises in a tropical climate not known to be gentle to any man-made structure. A few bricks even carry the name of the brickworks, still visible after all these years The history of the yellow bricks is a reflection of the history of the island itself. Their rather narrow size bespeaks their origin: brickworks in the southern part of Jutland, near the city of Flensburg, now a part of Northern Germany but for many years Danish territory. A major part of the shipping and trade with the West Indies originated there, and since many vessels heading to the islands to pick up casks of sugar and rum had a much lighter load on the way out, bricks were ideally suited as ballast and helped the construction effort in the colony. This piecemeal supply, however, given the lengthy journey from Europe to the islands, caused some delays. It took almost 15 years to build Fort Chris-

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tiansvaern, which required a great many bricks, but that construction was also impeded by a hurricane. Thanks to the fine efforts by able bricklayer slaves, not only official buildings such as our forts, Government House, and many churches still stand proudly. Why always yellow brick? In Denmark you see both red and yellow versions. The difference has to do with the composition of the brick, having to do with the amount of lime added to the sand John Connor and clay that make up the major part of its contents. Here very few historic buildings are of red brick. One impressive exception is the Pentheny Building on King Street in Christiansted, right across the street from the little Limpricht Park. This distinctive building with an elegant parapet and cast iron balcony was in fact designed by an English architect and built in 1813 when our islands for a few years were under English occupation as punishment for Denmark having sided with Napoleon. Perhaps the red brick was chosen specifically to counterweigh the Danish preference for the yellow version. A testimony to the endurance of fired bricks is the frequent sight of stairs in older buildings where the mortar joining the bricks has eroded due to its age and wear but the bricks remain intact. A charming accent is often seen of ferns and other plant life growing in such a hostile environment. April April // May May 2014 2014 •• Page Page 37 37


Watersports & Activities EXPLORE BUCK ISLAND REEF NATIONAL MONUMENT WITH THE PROS!

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

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

Caribbean Sea Adventures – 340-773-2628

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

Buck Island Tours

Full and Half Day Trimaran Tours with Caribbean Sea Adventures!

Buck Island Charters

Sailing Charters

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Services provided within Buck Island Reef National Monument are authorized by a National Park Service concession contract.

Full day or HalF day Full day Beach BBQ

all you can eat & drink! Sunset Sails • Weddings Private charters Historical Tours

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(340) 773- 4482

Email: info@BigBeards.com Located on Queen Cross Street by the Christiansted Boardwalk

sail • snorkel • hike

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

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

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Full-Day, Half-Day, Sunset

 Extended Charters

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 American Sailing Association Instruction Green Cay Marina, Dock C

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LLEWELLYN’S CHARTER—SWIM, SNORKEL, EXPLORE & HEAR TALES OF THE ISLANDS.

Sail With the “Master” Aboard Charis+

Sail with local sailing legend and calypso recording artist Llewellyn Westerman aboard his 6-passenger, 37’ locally-designed-and-built performance trimaran Charis+. Llewellyn is a sailor with over 50 years of experience sailing to Buck Island. His understanding of the wind, weather and currents and awareness of aquatic life, flora, and fauna of Buck Island is sure to enrich your sailing experience. You’ll enter the St. Croix Yacht Club and meet him at a small dock taking a seat in a dinghy boat with a hand-rowed trip out to Charis+. As you stow your things and get settled in the spacious cockpit, Llewellyn, and his first mate, will prepare to set sail for Buck Island and, within minutes, you’ll be silently underway. It’s a great day to enjoy a brown bag lunch or something from your favorite deli. Llewellyn provides fresh water and snorkeling equipment. It is in Nevis that Llewellyn first spent time on boats as a child, sailing and fishing with his brother Inglore and their father, Aurthur.

Llewellyn Westerman.

Aurthur was a boat captain and fisherman in Nevis and Llewellyn’s grandfather, Richard Westerman, was also a boat captain and sailed cargo vessels between St. Kitts and Nevis. Llewellyn came to St. Croix in 1960 and lived and worked at Grapetree Bay Hotel for 20 years performing music at night and taking guests to Buck Island by day. He sailed three boats

before buying a 36’ trimaran named Charis, in 1979, and starting Llewellyn’s Charter. Charis+ was designed by George Silver and built by George, Llewellyn, Inglore and friends after Charis was destroyed during Hurricane Lenny in 1999. Construction began in 2000 and she was launched in 2002. Listen to online reviews: “Llewellyn was so personable, like we were family or old friends. So much fun and so informative! A definite must do!” “It would not be a complete St. Croix experience without Llewellyn Westerman and a trip to Buck Island on Charis+! Had the best time ever—guided snorkel tour of the reef, saw/swam with lemon sharks, turtles, amazing array of fish...fabulous...and then beaching it for lunch, swimming, exploring and listening to the “master” tell tales of the islands!

Llewellyn’s Charter • 340-773-9027 Departing Teague Bay, 9am – 1 pm 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument on Departing Teague Bay 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Teroro II and Dragonfly – 340-718-3161

Jolly Roger – 340-513-2508

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

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.

Lightheart Sailing Charters—340-626-8104

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

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Llewellyn’s Charter – 340-773-9027

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

SCUBA DIVING 340-772-3483

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

Cane Bay Dive Shop – 340-773-9913

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

Dive Experience – 340-773-3307

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

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

location servicing the Wall and the Canyon. N2 the Blue specializes in small scuba groups (limit 6 divers per boat) for that personal experience. Want to try scuba diving?  ½-day, introductory courses for beginners gets you in the water the same day, or try guided snorkeling, photography, and PADI dive instruction up to Dive Master level. Voted #1 Dive Shop in 2013 by the readers of the Daily News and #1 Activity by TripAdvisor, N2 the Blue is a fullservice PADI scuba diving center with rental gear, air fills, and Nitrox. Located 100 steps from the Frederiksted cruise ship pier. www.facebook.com/N2theBlue

experienced guides with a broad knowledge of island history and ecology. Ask about Private Events at our beautiful Salt River Palm Tree Grove. At Bush Tribe Eco Adventures we want to encourage people of all ages to get out and adventure more! www.bushtribe.com

Sea-Thru Kayaks VI – 340-244-8696

Sweet Bottom Dive – 340-778-3800

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

KAYAK TOURS Bush Tribe Island Wide Eco Adventures – 340-277-2503 We are your One Stop for ecological and historical excursions! Come snorkel, hike, and kayak with us (day or night) and experience bioluminescent kayaking! Bush Tribe focuses on taking travelers of all ages off the beaten island path to learn about local vegetation, wildlife, and history. Adventurers get to see some of the most intriguing landscapes, breathtaking views, and coral reefs that St. Croix has to offer. Join us as we combine adventure, education, and culture into a relaxed and entertaining format led by

Guided Shore Dives to Davis Bay Wall ► Great Scuba Diving & Snorkeling ► Gear Rentals and Servicing ► Discover Scuba ~ No experience necessary ►

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See a Vase Sponge and other underwater wonders with Dive Experience! Sam Halvorson

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

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St. Croix’s First PADI 5 Star Center Owned by Michelle Pugh,Women Diver’s Hall of Fame

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

1st Annual Ladies Memorial Day Race

Regatta fun at the St. Croix Yacht Club.

The St. Croix Yacht Club, located on the East End of St. Croix on Teague Bay, is sponsoring the First Annual Ladies (No Yelling) Memorial Day Race on Sunday, May 25th, 2014. On St. Croix it is quite rare to see a woman skipper, so this is a great opportunity for the women to take charge and wo“man” the helm, giving orders to her crew!! A woman, 18 or over, must be the skipper and must be at the helm for the entire race series. The crew can consist of men and/or women of any age. Everyone is invited with a sailboat at least 19 feet l.o.a., including CSA-rated boats, multi-hulls and one design Rhodes 19. We encourage both Yacht Club members and non-members to come out and race. Great prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each class. We anticipate spinnaker, cruising (jib and main), multi-hull and Rhodes 19 classes. Join us! Registration is Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at the St. Croix Yacht Club from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Skipper’s meeting will be Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 am with first warning signal at 10:15 am. The Notice of Race and Registration form will be available on the website at www.stcroixyc.com under Sailing/Racing Calendar. Don’t have a boat but want to race, let us know that you would like to be part of a crew. For more information call the Yacht Club Manager at 340-773-9531 or email the manager at stcroixyc@gmail.com or Bernadette Szajna at bernadettes11@gmail.com. www.stcroix thisweek .com

SeaLife takes underwater photography to a new depth with the ReefMaster Underwater Camera. See this 9-megapixel digital dive camera that’s waterproof down to 200 feet at Baci Duty Free.

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

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

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Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals Cool down with Hawaiin Lessons shaved ice at our beach shack SUP Safaris & store Board Sales Awesome food and specialty rum drinks Beach Chairs at our Beach Grill! & Umbrellas Surf, Skim Skateboarding Yoga & Fitness Activities Full Moon SUP Party Located on Liminʼ Beach just North of the Fʼsted Pier Board Shop • 340 227-0682 | Beach Grill • 340 713-5159 f r e e d o m c i t y s u p s t x . c o m April / May 2014 • Page 43


Watersports & Activities

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

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Jet Ski alone or on a guided tour with West End Water Sports at Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted!

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JET SKIS 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.

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R E C R E AT I O N GOLF

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

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

The Buccaneer Hotel – 712-2144

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

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

The Reef Golf Course – 773-8844

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

Non-Hotel Beaches sunbathe, swim, snooze

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

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

Cane Bay - On St. Croix’s Northshore,

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

Columbus Landing - The site of the 1493

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

Cramer Park - Just before Pt. Udall, on

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

Dorsch Beach - South of Frederiksted is this deep, white-sand beach with hotels, beach bars, and restaurants nearby; great swimming and snorkeling.

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shoy Beach - A popular local’s beach located

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

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

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

Vincent F. Mason, Sr. Coral Resort - South of Frederiksted, you’ll find this white, sandy beach and the refurbished Frederiksted pool. New park, paved parking, tables, grills, facilities.

Chenay Bay Beach Resort – 773-2918

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

The Buccaneer Hotel – 773-3036

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

The Reef Tennis – 773-8844

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

Public Courts

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

Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted. Home to the 7th Annual Reef Jam, May 25.

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Destination St. Croix BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS

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

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

Remember to Drive Left in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

TAXES. No sales tax but a 10% government tax is applied to hotel rooms. COMMUNICATIONS. St. Croix has several radio stations and three television stations; Cable TV carries the national news stations. Two newspapers are published daily; also an online daily. New York and Miami papers arrive each morning. TELEPHONE SERVICE. The local area code is 340 but you need not dial it for local numbers. Phone cards are sold at many shops throughout the island. We have local Sprint and ATT stores plus Radio Shack for any forgotten cell phone accessories. POSTAL RATES. As part of the US postal system, 1st class mail is .49 cents for the first ounce, postcards are .33 cents, international rates are $1.10 for cards and letters. See maps for post office locations. MARINE LIFE. All native plants, animals, fish (unless harvested for food), coral and shells are protected under the Indigenous Species Act. You will not be permitted to leave the territory with any plants or marine life in your possession. HOLIDAYS. We celebrate US Federal holidays and local ones as well. The government closes for all holidays, banks close for most. Shops stay open except on major holidays.

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 Page 46 • April / May 2014

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

AIRLINES American Airlines......................800-474-4884 American Eagle..........................800-433-7300 Bohlke International Airways....340-778-9177 Cape Air......................................800-352-0714 Coastal Air Transport.................340-773-6862 Jet Blue........................................800-538-2583 LIAT............................................340-778-9930 Seaborne Airlines & Seaplane ...340-773-6442 Sea Flight....................................340-714-3000 Shoreline Aviation......................340-642-3000 U.S. Airways................................800-622-1015 Vieques Air Link ........................340-778-9858

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

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

HISTORIC St. Croix Landmarks Society.....340-772-0598 Fort Frederik Museum ..............340-772-2021 www.stcroix thisweek .com


Rejsemål St. Croix PRAKTISKE OPLYSNINGER OM US VIRGIN ISLANDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valuta og Banker. First Bank (alle filialer) har åbent mandag-torsdag kl. 8:3016, fredag til kl. 17, lørdag kl. 9-13 (kun Sunny Isle og Frederiksted). Banco Popular Sunny Isle, man-fre kl. 8:30-16, lør kl. 9-13; Banco Popular Orange Grove, man-fre kl. 8-16. Scotia Bank Sunny Isle, man-ons kl. 8:30-15:30, tors-fre kl. 8:30-17:30. Se by-og økort om bankernes og kontantautomaternes beliggenhed. Skatter. Ingen moms her; der lægges dog 10% skat på hotelværelser. Media. St. Croix har flere radiostationer og tre fjernsynsstationer; kabelfjernsyn viser alle de amerikanske kanaler. To aviser udgives daglig; også en netavis. Blade fra New York og Miami kommer daglig. Telefon. Den lokale.områdekode er 340, men bruges ikke ved lokalopringning. Telefonkort sælges mange steder. Mange danske mobiltelefoner fungerer ikke her; man kan købe billige telefoner med kort og andet tilbehør hos Sprint, AT&T og Radio Shack. Posttakster: Vi er en del af USAs postsystem, hvor taksterne for et brev er 46 cents og postkort 33 cents. International posttakst er $1.10 for brev og postkort. Se by- og økortene for at finde postkontorerne. Plante-og dyreliv på land og i hav. Alle lokale planter, dyr og fisk (undtagen fanget som føde), er beskyttede, inklusive koraller, skaller og andet levende fra havet. Man må ikke hjembringe nogen af disse levende organismer. Helligdage. Her fejrer man amerikanske helligdage foruden en hel del lokale. Regerings-kontorer er lukkede da, ligeledes som regel banker, mens butikker kun lukker de vigtigste helligdage. April / May 2014 • Page 47


Island Accommodations

Arawak Bay: the Inn at Salt River

Chenay Bay Beach Resort Classic St. Croix

340-332-2504

Club St. Croix

340-718-9150

Colony Cove

340-718-1965

Company House Hotel

340-773-1377

Cottages By The Sea

340-772-0495

Cruzan Sands Villa

972-747-7575

Discovery Grove

340-642-8322

Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort

340-773-9700

Frederiksted Hotel

340-772-0500

Hibiscus Beach Resort

340-718-4042

Holger Danske

340-773-3600

Hotel Caravelle

340-773-0687

Hotel on the Cay

340-773-2035

Hotel St. Croix

340-773-0210

King Christian Hotel

340-773-6330

King’s Alley Hotel

340-773-0103

Mt. Victory Camp Eco Lodge

340-201-7983

Northside Valley

340-772-0558

Palms at Pelican Cove

340-718-8920

Rattan Inn

340-718-5098

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

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

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Renaissance St Croix Carambola Beach Resort 340-778-3800 Sand Castle On The Beach

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Sugar Beach

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

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Waves at Cane Bay

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

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hether you’re planning your wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway, or family vacation, St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, has accommodations to suit everyone! Choose The Buccaneer, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa or Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Resort & Casino and get tennis, watersports, shopping, spas, beaches, and restaurants. The Buccaneer and Renaissance Carambola also offer golf. Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina features 39 beachfront rooms, 2 restaurants, pool, tennis, fitness, meeting/event space, business lounge, spa, snorkels, kayaks & paddle boards, volleyball plus their Blue Flag accredited Green Cay Marina with sailing, cruising & fishing charters. Cruzan Sands Villa on the Beach is a new luxury beachfront villa in Estate Salt River. Family friendly, it sleeps 8 comfortably. Enjoy the wonderful sandy beach and the views from the spacious, covered wrap-around porch! Mt. Victory Camp Eco Lodge is a unique rainforest getaway; comfortable lodging in a natural site. Take advantage of workshops, tours, walks, hikes and other activities. Relax here in nature’s splendor!

Twelve charming rooms in a spectacular natural setting--The Waves at Cane Bay.

Join us for sunsets!

A tranquil bed & breakfast, Rattan Inn & Tea Garden is nestled into five acres of rolling hills and the ruins of a sugar cane plantation, c. 1750-1850. This enchanted, lush property features five secluded residences, by the night or by the month, and a large, welcoming pool.

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A spectacular natural setting for an intimate seaside inn--The Waves at Cane Bay offers spacious rooms with large, private balconies overlooking the sea! Choose from Standard Suites with mini-kitchen or Superior Rooms with full kitchen. Fine dining in their secluded, open-air restaurant and Cane Bay’s best diving sites! Now that you’re checked in, kick back and enjoy life Cruzan style! Check out our quaint shopping districts, tour the world-famous Cruzan Rum factory, dive our wrecks, reefs, and wall, sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument and snorkel the underwater trail, kayak Salt River Bay National Park & Ecological Preserve, horse ride along the beach, explore St. George Village Botanical Garden, visit the Forts in both towns and the restored sugar cane plantation at Whim Museum, and top it all off with a visit to the Millennium Monument at Point Udall!

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Transportation

RENTAL CARS, TAXI & TOUR INFORMATION

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

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

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

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■ Round trip fares: double the oneway fare plus waiting charges. ■ Waiting charges: $1 per minute. First five free. ■ Radio/phone call: The fare plus one third of the basic fare. Free Pick-up & Delivery to some locations

Car Rental

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TAXI CHARGES AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS

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St. Croix Airport

340-778-9636

• Christiansted opposite Seaplane 340-713-9289

• Cruise Passengers: Frederiksted (oppposite Pier at Cruzan Barrel) 340-778-4663

Toll Free 888-264-8894 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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■ Anyone requesting a taxi exclusively for themselves shall pay the rate charged for four passengers. ■ Luggage: A flat rate of $2 per bag shall be added for each passenger. The rate for items larger than 30inches by 20 inches shall not exceed $4 per item. ■ Hourly Rates (1 - 4 passengers) Sedan/Mini Van $40; Van $55; Safari $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passenger(s). www.stcroix thisweek .com


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Antilles Taxi Service… 340-773-5020, 690-9585 Crucian Taxi................. 340-773-6388, 422-1856 Richardson’s Taxi:......... 340-778-8392, 690-8871 Rudy’s Taxi & Tours:.... 340-773-6803, 514-4600 St. Croix Taxi Association, Airport:...340-778-1088 Sweeny Tours Taxi Service...340-514-7734, 514-1594 Taxi stands in Christiansted are on King Street near Government House and at Market Square; in Frederiksted by Fort Frederik. You can stop by and make arrangements to be picked up later in the day. Contact the Taxi Division with compliments, complaints, problems or questions. The number is (340) 773-2226, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

FROM THE AIRPORT TO:

The Buccaneer.......................... $20....($10) Cane Bay Plantation................ $22....($11) Carambola................................ $20....($10) Chenay Bay............................... $21....($11) Continued on page 52.

SKYLINE

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

Call 340-642-3000 for schedule and fares

Richard O’Such - Manager/Caribbean Operations

St Croix Cell 340-642-3000 In the U.S. call 800-468-8639 St Croix this week.indd 1

Shoreline Aviation, Inc. FAA approved Carrier FVAA-052E 1/29/14 8:11 PM

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in the Kingshill Commercial Park, St. Croix

Open 7 days a week Most Major Credit Cards Accepted

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Transportation RENTAL CARS, TAXI INFO

Continued from page 51.

FROM THE AIRPORT TO:

1 or 2 3+ Persons Persons

Christiansted............................ $16......($9) Cotton Valley........................... $24....($11) Divi Carina Bay....................... $24....($12) Frederiksted............................. $12......($6) Green Cay................................. $22....($11) Hovensa..................................... $12......($6) St. Croix Yacht Club................. $24....($12) St. George Botanical Garden.. $12......($6) Shoy’s......................................... $20....($10) Sprat Hall.................................. $17......($9) Sunny Isle.................................. $12......($6) The Palms at Pelican Cove...... $16......($9) Whim Plantation Museum...... $12......($6)

FROM CHRISTIANSTED TO: Customs House with Christiansted Fort.

Judith King

olympic—ace Rent a car

over 40 years in St. croix experience olympic’s Friendliness! www.olympicstcroix.com

• 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.

rent@olympicstcroix.com call us direct: 888-USVi-caR (888-878-4227) or fax: (340) 718-9000 No other discounts apply

10% discouNt

with this coupon presented at the time of rental on direct reservations only. Blackouts may apply. Page 52 • April / May 2014

The Buccaneer............................ $9......($5) Cane Bay................................... $24....($11) Carambola................................ $30....($12) Cormorant................................ $10......($5) Divi Carina Bay........................ $18......($9) Frederiksted.............................. $24....($11) Gallows Bay................................ $6......($3) Salt River................................... $22....($11) Sunny Isle/Island Center......... $12......($6)

FROM FREDERIKSTED TO: Carambola................................ $27....($11) Christiansted............................ $24....($11) Divi Carina Bay........................ $36....($18) Sprat Hall.................................. $10......($5) Whim/Good Hope..................... $9......($5)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: VITRAN Buses serve the island with numerous routes, starting service at 5:30 am on weekdays, ending at 9:00 pm, starting later on weekends. If you are not in a hurry, you can tour the island for only $1, going between our two towns and to shopping centers (transfer at La Reine in midisland). Call 778-0898 or 773-1664. Alternate affordable ways of getting around are group taxi vans (marked Taxi) that ply many routes. Economy-minded visitors can pick up a ride from Christiansted to Frederiksted or reverse for $2.50, if they are willing to share with local riders. Departures are from the Market Square in Christiansted and Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted, but the vans can also be flagged down along the route. www.stcroix thisweek .com


Online Advertiser’s Directory Explore our advertisers websites!

ART & ARTISTS Caribbean Community Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cct.vi Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. . . . . . . . . . . www.cmcarts.org D&D Studio Fine Art Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ddstudio.us Elisa McKay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sistahart.com Henle Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mariahenlestudio.com Top Hat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.artattophat.com Maufe Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.maufegallery.com ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS Blackwood Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackwoodimaging.com Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . chantvi.org Divi Carina Bay Casino. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.carinabay.com Paul & Jill’s Stables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.paulandjills.com Ridge to Reef Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.visfi.org St. Croix Environmental Association. . . . www.stxenvironmental.org St. Croix Ironman 70.3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixtriathlon.com St. Croix Landmarks Society. . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixlandmarks.com St. Croix Yacht Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixyc.com St. George Village Botanical Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sgvbg.org Good Hope Country Day School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ghcds.org DINING Angry Nates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.angrynates.com Beach Side Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Blue Water Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bluewaterterrace.com Cultured Pelican Ristorante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.culturedpelican.com Ft. Christian Brew Pub. . . . . . . . . www.fortchristianstedbrewpub.com Freedom City Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . . www.freedomcitybar.blogspot.com Jaccar Sorbet & Gelato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jaccarsorbets.com Sharkey’s Bait Stand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www. sharkeysstcroix.com The Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebistrovi.com The Buccaneer Restaurants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com The Galleon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.galleonrestaurant.com The Palms at Pelican Cove. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.palmspelicancove.com The Pickled Greek. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pickledgreek.com The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebaystcroix.com You Are Here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.youareherestx.com HELPFUL GENERAL INFORMATION Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stxchamber.org Christiansted Harbor Web Cam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gotostcroix.com Hotel & Tourism Association. . . . . . www.stcroixhotelandtourism.com National Weather Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nws.noaa.gov Rotary Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rotary.org St. Croix Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixfoundation.org St. Croix This Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixthisweek.com HOTELS & VACATION RENTALS The Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com Hotel St. Croix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.hotel-st-croix.com Cruzan Sands Villa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cruzansands.com Divi Carina Bay Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.carinabay.com La Terraza de San Juan. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.laterrazahotelsanjuan.com Mount Victory Camp Eco Lodge. . . . . . . . . . www.mtvictorycamp.com Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort . . . . www.renaissancestrcroix.com Sand Castle on the Beach . . . . . . . . www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Tamarind Reef Resort & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . www.tamarindreefhotel.com The Waves at Cane Bay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebaystcroix.com www.stcroix thisweek .com

PHOTOGRAPHY / WEDDINGS Blackwood Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.blackwoodimaging.com Q Studio, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.qstudiovi.com Tina Henle Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tinahenle.com VI Bridal Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.vibridalguide.com REAL ESTATE Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty. . . . . . . . www.coldwellbankervi.com Calabash Realtors…. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.calabashrealtors.com RECREATION Reef Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.reefcondosusvi.com SHOPPING ARTFarm, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.artfarmllc.com Baci Duty Free. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bacidutyfree.com Crucian Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.cruciangold.com Designworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandlivingstore.com ib designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandboydesigns.com Joyia Inspirational Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.joyia.us Landmarks Society Research Library . . . . www.stcroixlandmarks.org Live it! Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.liveitjewelry.com Nelthropp & Low. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.nelthropp-low.com Quin House Galleries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.quinhousegalleries.com Rustico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.caribbean-rustico.com Sejah Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sejahfarm.com Sonya’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sonyaltd.com Tropical Bracelet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.islandbracelets.com Undercover Books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.undercoverbooksvi.com Violette Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.violette.com TRANSPORTATION Budget Rent A Car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.budgetstcroix.com Centerline Car Rental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.ccrvi.com Olympic Car Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.stcroixcarrentals.com Skyline Car Rental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . skyline@vipowernet.net TREAT YOURSELF Buccaneer /Hideaway Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.thebuccaneer.com Gov. Juan Luis Hospital & Medical Ctr.. . www.caribbeanfamilyhealth.org Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery. . . . . . www.tatoostcroix.com Renuatum Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.renuatumnaturals.org Spa at Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . renaissancestcroix.com Tamarind Reef Resort Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tamarindreefhotel.com Tropical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.tropicaltherapyvi.com WATERSPORTS Big Beard's Adventure Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bigbeards.com Bush Tribe Eco Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bushtribe.com Cane Bay Dive Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.canebayscuba.com Caribbean Sea Adventures. . . . . www.caribbeanseaadventures.com Dive Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.divexp.com Freedom City Surf. . . . . . . . . . . . www.standuppaddleconnection.com Jolly Roger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.jollyrogervi.com Kitesurf/Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.kitestcroix.com Lightheart Sailing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.lightheartsailing.com N2 the Blue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.N2theBlue.com Roseway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.schoonerroseway.org Sea-Thru Kayak Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . www.seathrukayaksvi.com Sweet Bottom Dive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sweetbottomdive.com Teroro & Dragon Fly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gotostcroix.com/heinz Virgin Kayak Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.virginkayaktours.com West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.wewatersports.com April / May 2014 • Page 53


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

Shopping and Services 1. Hideaway Spa at the Buccaneer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1

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0 1/2 1 kilometre 2. Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio & Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 3. Rustico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2 4. Tamarind Reef Resort Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 5. The Museum Store at Botanical Gardens. . . . . . . . . . D-4 6. The Spa at Renaissance Carambola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D-1

Sports 1. Buccaneer Golf / Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 2. Bush Tribe Eco Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G-0 3. Cane Bay Dive Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1, N-2 4. Kitesurf / Paddlesurf St. Croix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-1 5. Lightheart Sailing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K-1 6. Llewellyn’s Charter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N-1 7. N-2 the Blue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3 8. Paul and Jill’s Equestrian Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-1 15. West End Water Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3

Rental Cars

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Twin Palms — Part of the Cane Bay Wall; sloping shelf starting in 30 feet. Lots of sand chutes, coral heads, snappers, lobster, Green and Hawksbill turtles and Black Durgeons can be found. 14. Davis Bay Wall — Located at the Carambola Beach Resort, this is the closest wall to shore. Sand chutes take you to the wall. Great place for turtles, sharks and even a resident seahorse in the shallows! Dive center on property to assist with this site.

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Real Estate 1. Calabash Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H-1 2. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J-1

Farms 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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

Banks / Post Offices 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

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

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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.

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

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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 AED Locations Outside of Towns in case you need them Airport Departure Lounges Bassin Triangle Police Station Buccaneer Hotel Canagata Ballpark Cane Bay Dive Carambola Hotel Coakley Bay Condos Country Day School

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

PETER’S REST CONVENIENCE CENTER is NOW OPEN on Rt. 62 between Rt. 68 and Rt. 70 taking Residential Household Waste, Green Waste, Bulk Waste, Scrap Metal & White Goods plus Household Hazardous Waste. You can also recycle your aluminum and steels cans here to support the Boys & Girls Club. Operated by Virgin Islands Waste Management, it is open Monday - Friday, 6 am 8 pm, Saturdays, 6 am - 4 pm, and Sundays, 6 am - 2 pm. April / May 2014 • Page 55


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Rare Finds Royal Poinciana Sonya, Ltd Tropical Bracelet Factory Undercover Books Violette Boutique

Watersports 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Big Beard’s Adventure Tours Cane Bay Dive Caribbean Sea Adventures Dive Experience Jolly Roger Roseway (Dec – Apr)

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

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P - Parking Real Estate & Rentals

1. Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty

Local Art 1. 2. 3. 4.

D&D Studio Henle Studio Maufe Gallery Top Hat

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

Bank of St. Croix ATM First Bank ATM Post Office, Company Street Post Office, Gallows Bay

Spas

1. Renuatum Spa 2. Tropical Therapy

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Farmers Market

1. Christian “Shan” Hendricks Farmer’s Market

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Open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm, weekends 9 am to 5 pm. 2 hour parking available on site. The Steeple Building 4 across Hospital Street, formerly the Lutheran Church and dates from 1753. It houses a display documenting aspects of the religious history of St. Croix. Ask for opening hours at the Fort. Across Company Street lies the onetime Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse 5 , built in 1749. In its courtyard, slave auctions were formerly held. Government House 6 on King Street was in part the former home of a Danish merchant. That section dates from 1749; another section, the previous town house of a wealthy Danish plantation owner, was joined to it in 1826, together becoming the seat of the Danish West Indies government. The grand staircase and portico were added in 1830, as was the impressive ballroom/reception hall on the second floor by Governor General Peter von Scholten, who had his office and official residence here. The former are open to the public (entrance at mid-building on King Street). The Virgin Islands Tourism office (open weekdays only) is downstairs fronting the Lutheran Church. The Lutheran Church 7 across Queen Cross Street on King Street, was originally the Dutch Reformed Church, built in the 1740’s and transferred to the Lutherans in 1831, who brought the furnishings here from the Steeple Building. Later, the steeple was added. Walking up Queen Cross Street to Company Street takes you to Apothecary Hall 8 on the left corner, which holds both the tiny Apothecary Museum on Queen Cross Street, open anytime, and in the courtyard the Archaeological Museum, open only Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. Nearby on Company Street is the Old Market 9 , laid out in the original town plan from 1735, and still being used. The well dates from 1863. On this square you will also find the downtown Post Office. April / May 2014 • Page 57


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CATCH A FREE JAZZ CONCERT AT THE FREDERIKSTED BANDSTAND APRIL 18 & MAY 16 Getting West St. Croix’ West End offers beautiful sandy, calm beaches, great snorkeling and wreck or pier diving, spectacular sunsets, and the lush subtropical forest. You can reach Frederiksted with its quaint, historic town architecture in several ways. The four-lane Melvin Evans Highway is your speediest route, if you are coming from the east. Most drivers take Queen Mary Highway (Centerline Road), which also takes you to the St. George Village Botanical Garden, the Cruzan Rum Factory, and Whim Plantation Museum, all just off the Queen Mary Highway.

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

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Hotels and Inns

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

Real Estate / Rentals 4Calabash Realtors

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ARTS in the U. S. Virgin Islands Part 12 in a series Excerpts from “Arts in the U. S. Virgin Islands” by Ruth S. Moore and David M. Hough of the Caribbean Research Institute of the College of the Virgin Islands, 1967, for the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts.

ARTS IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS: PRESENT AND FUTURE In all the islands of the West Indies, music and dance are the most widely enjoyed arts. The Virgin Islands are no exception. Scratch bands, steel bands and jazz groups play a West Indian music drawing from old folk songs, new calypsos, American jazz and musical comedies. Spanish speaking Islanders play folk music still popular in the rural areas of Puerto Rico. The dancers offer some folk dance material, versions of the newer limbo dance and dance patterns influenced by African forms, not from the past but from the new interest which the awakened continent of Africa commands.

a grant to build a reference library of West Indian dramatic literature for the use of all three islands.

The College of the Virgin Islands has presented several West Indian plays and one of Moliere’s classic farces in West Indian adaptation. The St. Croix Community Theatre has asked the Council for a grant to build a reference library of West Indian dramatic literature for the use of all three islands.

Formal concerts of classical choral and instrumental music also enjoy wide popularity. Council-aided projects are now in action to form more choral groups and to help strengthen instrumental and choral music through visiting guest conductors, master classes held by professional musicians and general courses in music theory and practice. Virgin Islands composers, choreographers, creators of visual arts and crafts are asking for better facilities and technical services. The creative writer is looking for outlets to publish his work. The Council’s long-range program attempts to open opportunities in each of these areas. Bringing those concerned with environmental design together to protect the Islands’ heritage of natural and man-made beauty is part of the Council’s comprehensive plan. So, too, is exploring the Caribbean region for mutual exchange and strengthening of cultural activities. Arts festivals will be an outgrowth which will serve many needs. They are the context in which the familiar and the unfamiliar art forms can reach the widest audience. In every part of the word where arts festivals have taken place, they have widened the horizons of residents and visitors alike.

For the most part, these arts are at once regional and in constant change reflecting their interaction with today’s world. For example, between 1954 and 1960 the steel band invasion from Trinidad hit the Islands resulting in the formation of more than fifteen steel bands during this period. Most of those migrated to greener pastures – the U. S. Mainland and Puerto Rico – where competition is less keen and compensation is more rewarding. New bands have taken their place. Recent recordings and competitions of steel bands have shown a trend toward including non-West Indian music in their repertory. The competition on St. Thomas to select the 1967 Carnival Champion among ten competing groups required both a calypso piece and a classical or semi-classical selection. www.stcroix thisweek .com

There are other indigenous arts which need to be given the attention they deserve. A number of proposals submitted to the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and included in its recommended program, stress the folk arts – tales, songs, dances, crafts – which hold the themes of a specific heritage of place and history. West Indian literature appears especially in the theatre. The St. John Arts Council presented a West Indian play, Junction Village, as one of the events in that island’s Fourth of July festivities. The College of the Virgin Islands has presented several West Indian plays and one of Moliere’s classic farces in West Indian adaptation. The St. Croix Community Theatre has asked the Council for

The ideas flowing into the Council in recommendations and in action from artists, teachers, craftsmen, performing organizations, schools, libraries, museums, architects, conservationists and others show a vigorous society stimulated by the interaction of the many subcultures within its own boundaries and the influences of the outside world. The next section contains a brief description of some of the arts resources of the Virgin Islands. Future publications will provide an opportunity for more detailed accounts of arts events and the organizations involved in them. The organizations included here have provided information about themselves and their cooperation is appreciated. NEXT ISSUE: VIRGIN ISLANDS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS LAST ISSUE: CREATING STYLE / FINDING FORM / GETTING THE MESSAGE April / May 2014 • Page 59


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

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

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

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

4007 Estate Diamond Ruby Christansted, St. Croix U.S.V.I. 00821

(340) 778-6311 • www.jflusvi.org

Feel confident with Jane Iredale Make-Up at the Buccaneer Hideaway Spa & Salon.

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

The Buccaneer Hideaway Spa & Salon – 340-712-2149 We offer a variety of relaxing, rejuvenating and therapeutic spa treatments, services, and packages reducing stress and promoting wellness using seawater and marine products that address the needs of every skin type. Choose from dozens of Waxing, Manicure, and Pedicure Services along with Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, Deluxe Therapeutic, and Reflexology Massage. Specialized Scrubs and Wraps can be followed by an application of Protective Anti-aging Cream with sunscreen. Choose from Three Spa Packages or “create your own” Day of Indulgence. Proud to feature Jane Iredale (make-up), Phytomer (skin care), Surface (hair), OPI (nails) & Carols Daughter products. Come shop today! Located at the Buccaneer Hotel. Open Mon through Fri, 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm and Sun 12-6 pm. www.thebuccaneer.com/spa Renuatum Spa/Yoga Studio - 340-718-2440 Visit us for ‘island fresh’ spa regimens like our Aloe and Noni After-Sun Treatment or one of our Farm Fresh Facials. Other offerings include Ayurveda, Reiki/Energy healing, Bamboo massage, a sensational AromaTouch massage, locally, hand-made skincare products, and exclusive Eminence Organics products! Manduka yoga gear, bamboo clothing, hand-made jewelry, crystals and Doterra essential oils are other reasons to come visit and indulge! Our new location on Queen Cross Street (former Namaste Café) features a beautiful indoor yoga studio with daily classes. Renuatum Spa is the perfect place to Relax, Revive, and Renew your wellness. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (yoga class schedule may be within but not limited to these hours). Renuatum hosts ongoing health and wellness workshops and welcomes the community as an educational center. For more info visit www.renuatumspa.com

Paradise Waits Tattoo Studio

The Spa at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort – 340-778-3800 Do you need to be pampered? Is it time for a break from reality?  The Spa at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort is open six days a week (Monday- Saturday) to relax and re-balance you at the newly remodeled Resort. Let us spoil you with a Hot Stone massage, relaxing pedicure or one of our luxurious Marriott signature facials. We also offer couples beach massages, reflexology, body scrubs and numerous other therapeutic services to rejuvenate your body and mind. Renew your appearance or simply restore your locks after a day in the sun in our upscale hair salon, offering deep

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Custom Body Art.


Treat Yourself R el ax, Indulge, R ecover

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

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

New Hair Salon

Tamarind Spa

M assages • Nail Care • Hair Care

340-718-3782

15% Discount on nails & massages

TamarindReefResort.com

Tamarind Reef Resort • Spa • Marina

Hideaway & Salon

Spa

Proud to feature...

Jane Iredale (make-up) Phytomer (skin care) Surface (hair) & OPI (nails) Carols Daughter products

Massage ~ Aromatherapy ~ Reflexology Signature Body Wraps & Treatments Facials ~ Hair Removal Manicures ~ Pedicures ~ Hair Styling

Gift Certificates Available The Buccaneer, Estate Shoys, St. Croix, VI www.The Buccaneer.com • Spa@TheBuccaneer.com

(340) 712-2149 www.stcroix thisweek .com

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Real Estate R ent, O wn, Invest

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

REAL ESTATE        Off Fu  B       Py 

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

St. Croix has a great year-round climate and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and turquoise water. Kevin Foltz

CALABASH

MOVING HERE

Calabash Real Estate – 340-718-5285 Experience the Difference!  Service – Market Knowledge – Expertise. Our dedicated team of 20 licensed Realtors, led by Broker Honnie Edwards, offers professional brokerage services to buyers and sellers – residential, commercial, land – from cottages to estates, ¼ acres to 100+ acres, businesses to warehouses.  We offer property management services, commercial leasing, vacation and long-term rentals. Our website, www.CalabashRealtors. com, has an extensive list of properties for sale and rent, as well as valuable resources and general information. Accept our invitation to Experience the Difference and know that you will be working with a company that loves St. Croix and puts their clients and customers first.

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

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340.718.5285 www.CalabashRealtors.com

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Savvy Buying by Amy Land-de Wilde

We love what we do! Our business brings us people like you--people who have discovered our island, fallen in love with its beauty and our lifestyle, and want to make it a part of their lives. During vacations scented by the sea, salt, sand and sunscreen, you stop by Coldwell Banker St. Croix Real Estate and ask how we became so lucky to call St. Croix home. We’re only too happy to chat. All real estate searches begin with a detailed discussion of hopes, dreams, lifestyle, the future, and budget--how you’re going to pay for it. If you’re one of the fortunate ones who can pay cash for your dream, you‘ll probably see more flexibility with Sellers. (Sellers are delighted to dispense with the more uncertain outcome of a financing contingency.) And speaking of financing, if that’s the way you’ll go, you must get your financing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Your local bank up north won’t lend on an island property. You might, however, take out equity on a property you own stateside and pay cash down here. We sometimes see that.

Beachfront Condo Community starting at under $100,000.

Many of us have our furry friends who want to enjoy the sunshine, too. Although some condos allow pets, most have restrictions on the spectrum from a “no-pets” policy to limiting size, number and type. Condos offer the most bang for the buck in terms of amenities for the price. For less than $100,000, you can purchase a condo on the sand with a pool and beautiful view! You would have to spend over $500,000 to enjoy those same amenities in a single-family home. Any discussion of condominiums also includes a discussion of condo fees. Ours are higher than you might be used to, but include a lot. If you are weighing the costs of home ownership versus condo ownership, the fees are a wash, especially if you’re going to mortgage your home. A large part of our fees include insurance on the property, which costs more here than in the States. They also include services like landscaping, pool maintenance, a property manager, exterminating, and sometimes cable and internet.

Popular Villa Madeleine Vacation Rental.

But our property taxes are low! The mill rate for residential property is 0.00377 x the purchase price, which is only $377 per $100,000 of sales price. To get a sense of our costs here, you basically flip your tax and insurance costs from your own city. Do you want to use your property as a vacation rental when you’re not on island? If so, we’ll help you find the best property within your budget for that. You will likely not cover your costs, and the rental market is cyclical. To be an investor in a vacation property, you need to be relaxed with potential vacancies. Most who buy an island home on St. Croix also plan to enjoy the property themselves. That’s another benefit, in addition to the potential for increased equity and cash flow. Once you purchase an island property, you have all the more reason to come, visit and decompress! Off-island buyers are often concerned about how to rent and care for their property when they’re not here. We can handle that! We have skilled property management and rental experts available to provide an a la carte menu of services to fit your needs. And those arrangements can change over time if you decide to come and join us more permanently. No real estate article would be complete without a discussion of the current market. We have not experienced such a buyer-friendly market in years. (We generally lag a bit behind the U.S. market.) Right now, we are at that marvelous intersection of great inventory at value www.stcroix thisweek .com

Seaside elegance ready for vacation rental of full-time living.

pricing, low interest rates and motivated sellers! We’re seeing an upward trend in the number of homes and condos sold over the last two years, so experience shows us that increased prices will follow. If you’re on the fence, now is a good time to make your dream of joining us in paradise come true. Won’t you call on us at Coldwell Banker St. Croix Real Estate and let us guide you along? We are here for you! 340-778-7000 • 340-718-7000 Coldwellbankervi.com Coldwellbankervi.com/vacationrentals April / May 2014 • Page 63


St. Croix Skywatch

★★★ ★

★★

April / May 2014 NORTH

▲ The skies over the Virgin Islands will be full of astronomical events for people to look for this March and April.

stars. Look to the west after sunset and the bright Jupiter will be easy to spot. Nearby Jupiter are the draco stars which mark the heads of the Gemini twins, castor PerSeuS From time-to-time, as the big and Pollux. If you look in Moon goes around the Earth diPPer auriga capella the eastern sky the red it passes through the Earth’s planet Mars can be found arcturus gemiNi shadow – and we see a near the bright star Spica, castor tauruS lunar eclipse. On the night caNcer Pollux in Virgo, the goddess of of April 14th-15th, actually aldebaran the Harvest. Around 9:00 leo on the 15th, there will be bellatrix p.m. Saturn rises in the a total lunar eclipse. The rugulus betelgeuse orioN east. Wait a few hours for virgo Procyon Moon will enter the darkest rigel Spica Saturn to rise higher in the caNiS part of the Earth’s shadow miNor Sirius Saiph sky and you should easily at 1:58 a.m.; totality begins at hydra caNiS find the planet. Around 3:15 3:06; the middle of the eclipse major a.m. Venus will rise in the is at 3:45; totality ends at 4:25; milky Way east and it will dominate the and the Moon leaves the darkest CO eastern sky until overpowered e part of the shadow at 5:33. Near the NS as C by the Sun. T r ELL e middle of the eclipse the Moon may ow ATIO L : s ar N S: U P P turn a deep red color. While spring may begin this month, ER CASE • St it is the stars of winter that dominate the On the night of April 22nd-23rd dust partiSOUTH western sky in the early evening sky. cles, left behind by a comet, burning up some Perhaps easiest to find are the seven bright 50 miles above the Earth stars that form Orion, the will cause the Lyrid meteor Hunter: two stars mark VIEW THE MAP SO THAT THE shower. Light from the last his shoulders, two more NORTH INDICATOR IS FACING NORTH quarter Moon will overhis knees and three his Constellation names are in upper case. Star and planet names in lower case. power the fainter meteors. The sun, moon, planets and stars all rise in the east and set in the west. belt. With the excepEven so, away from bright tion of the Big Dipper, By: Tom Lesser, formerly Senior Lecturer at the lights you may see a dozen American Museum-Hayden Planetarium and frequent island visitor. Orion is probably the or so meteors or shooting best known of all the In the northern hemisphere Spring begins on March20th stars per hour. While that star groups. Unlike the is not an overwhelming April Moon Phases: May Moon Phases: Dipper, the constellation number, it does mean that First Quarter ���������������� 7 April First Quarter �����������������6 May of Orion is visible from you are more likely to see Full Moon �������������������15 April every part of the globe. Full Moon �������������������14 May a shooting star, especially If it is a clear, dark night Last Quarter ���������������22 April Last Quarter ���������������21 May if you look between midwithout a bright Moon, New Moon �����������������29 April New Moon �����������������28 May night and dawn. you might be able to April Sunrise: 6:08 am May Sunrise: 5:46 am see the fainter stars that On March 20th the Sun April Sunset: 6:37 pm May Sunset: 6:46 pm make up the Hunter’s will be seen directly over Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 15th of each month. shield, held in his left the equator, the Vernal hand and his right arm Equinox, or the start of holding a club high over his head. Spring in the northern hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. To the south of Orion look for a very bright star, Sirius, Polaris North Star little diPPer caSSioPeia

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WEST

Four planets will be visible in the night sky from early evening to early morning. All planets look like bright

the tip of the nose of one of Orion’s hunting dogs. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky.

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