Experience St. Croix

By: Veronica Davis

St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is a not too far away travel destination that makes you feel as if you are worlds away. The beautiful, aquamarine waters call from the ocean to be explored while the breeze dances through the palm trees above you. An ideal getaway for singles, couples, and families alike, St. Croix offers a little bit of everything that you would expect from an island vacation.

Almost every St. Croix travel guide will highlight the amazing opportunities that abound for scuba diving enthusiasts. Everyone can enjoy the otherworldly experience of swimming beneath the ocean's surface, from beginners who have never been scuba diving to the well experienced diver. You will find there is an abundance of places that are known for surreal diving, and plenty of trip packages that include scuba diving time. Probably the most famous diving area here is the "wall", a spectacular diving location that drops thousands of feet and is topped by the largest Caribbean coral reef. If diving isn't something you envision yourself doing, there are wonderful snorkeling possibilities as well.

St. Croix is a historically rich location. Christopher Columbus himself visited the area now known as Salt River, although his men retreated quickly due to the ambush of incoming arrows from the local Carib Indian people. A fantastic start to your St. Croix vacation is the charming Christiansted National Historic Site. Here you can use provided brochures for self guided touring of the premises. Main features of the site include Fort Christianvaern, the Scale House and the Steeple Building. You'll discover fascinating information about St. Croix, and it is an excellent introduction to the oasis you will be enjoying during your stay.

Accommodations widely vary in St. Croix, as you can find everything from budget rooms, to extravagant resort hotels, to bed and breakfasts. If you're traveling with your family, one of the most popular and well suited places to stay is the Buccaneer Resort. They offer a daily kid's camp where 4-12 year olds can enjoy games, pool time, treasure hunts and more supervised by a friendly staff. Children also enjoy snacks, and a pre-ordered lunch that is charged to your account. Going with your special someone, heading off for a honeymoon, or celebrating an anniversary? You simply can't ignore the Villa Madeleine with its serene privacy that includes your own private patio and pool. This privately owned paradise ensures your stay is perfect with everything you could want including but not limited to personal washer and dryer, cookware and spices, beach towels, and DVD players. The downside is you don't get daily maid service or anything, but you have complete accommodations that resemble living in your own house on the beach.

If you want to enjoy the experience of an exotic island getaway without all the hustle and bustle of busy crowds and tourist crammed excursions, then St. Croix may just well be what you are looking for. You can absorb an abundance of information with a St. Croix travel guide. You'll be able to enjoy your choice of adventurous and relaxing activities in a friendly area with rich culture and accommodating locals.

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