Passport to St. Croix
St Croix is a very beautiful, interesting and culturally diverse island. 1700 miles south of New York, 1100 miles south east of Miami, near the eastern tip of the Caribbean island chain. On the same latitude as Acapulco and Hawaii, just below the Tropic of Cancer, it is eternal summer caressed by cooling tradewinds. The average temperature is in the mid-80s, and there's just enough rain to keep the ixora, hibiscus and bougainvillea in bloom. The island is 22.7 miles long, and at its widest only 8 miles, but in this stretch there are great varying landscapes. The eastern end is dry, with giant cactus and yucca clusters. The middle is flat fertile land, once the site of massive sugar cane plantations. The western end rises to a height of 1,096 feet on Blue Mountain, culminating in a rain forest of giant mahogany, saman and tibet trees.
The beaches are unique, some quiet coves, some, like Cane Bay, a world renown dive site. Abundant sea life and coral reefs are close to shore. The high salt content of the Caribbean Sea makes you more buoyant so snorkeling here is easy.
Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark and the United States all played a role in its past and brought their influence to the native Arawak and Carib peoples. Visiting just the two main towns of Saint Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history—from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.
You can experience the unique culture of St Croix through its arts, crafts, music and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year.
St. Croix also provides world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino, and golf.
Learn more about our beautiful island by visiting these great websites:
http://www.gotostcroix.com A fantastic fun site featuring their infamous '100 Things to Do On St Croix' List!
http://www.visitusvi.com/stcroix USVI Tourism Board's comprehensive and user friendly resource website.