So you’re planning a trip to St Croix, USVI and are wondering what to put in your itinerary? Well look no further! I have compiled a list of MUST DO’S while on your stay, from a locals perspective (in no particular order, everything on this island is pretty awesome).
1. BEER DRINKING PIGS AT THE DOMINO CLUB AKA NORMAS
If you have little time to squeeze things in, I’d rank this high on the list of MUST DO while on the island. The Domino Club is in the middle of the rainforest off Mahogany Rd. on the west end of the island. When you saddle up to the bar, I highly recommend starting this journey off with a shot of mamajuana and a banana bushwhacker (probably the best on island). Ask the bartender for a beer or two to feed to the pigs, trust me you are going to want to experience this! The whole experience costs you around $5 per person I believe (might not be accurate, don’t quote me on this, but it is relatively cheap). Then you head to the barn across from the bar, and there they are, the infamous beer drinking pigs of St Croix, these babies are HUGE! You place the can of O’douls (don’t worry it’s not alcoholic) in their mouths unopened and they literally crush them and slurp it down then spit out the can, they seriously love the stuff! (And yes, the pigs are treated very well.)
2. BUCK ISLAND NATIONAL REEF
This islands beach is ranked top 10 most beautiful beach in the world, according to NATGEO and believe me, it is absolutely gorgeous! There is a hiking trail and a place to grill out and relax under the sun. The easiest way to get here is by going the excursion route and booking through (personal suggestion, I’m biased I work for them) Caribbean Sea Adventure. Check them out here. The buck island barrier reef is also insanely breathtaking, the excursion takes you through a guided underwater snorkel trail where you will see all different types of beautiful sea life. I have personally spotted sharks, turtles, a million different kinds of fish, and my favorite, dolphins!
PS: if you book with Caribbean Sea do me a solid and tell them I sent you.
3. FREDRICKSTED PIER JUMP
This is kind of like a right of passage. When we first moved here, everyone asked us “oh, have you don’t the pier jump yet?” and we were so confused as to why this was a thing, until we did it; and it’s extremely fun! It’s on the west end by the town of Fredricksted, and its literally just a huge long cruise ship pier. We very rarely get cruise ships so we have found better use of it. You will see locals fishing and jumping off day and night, it’s an exhilarating feeling jumping into crystal blue water, and its the perfect place to see all kinds of ocean wildlife. The snorkeling and diving here is excellent as well, each column of the pier is like its own little coral world, and it truly is an amazing thing to see. One of my favorite snorkel spots for sure!
4. THE RAINFOREST
This isn’t so much an excursion but if you find yourself on the west end of the island, I highly recommend taking a little detour and driving around the rainforest. It is like another world in there, vines are hanging down in every direction and the trees are so pretty, it really is a neat thing to see.
5. MONKS BATH
Also west, past rainbow beach, is a cool little detour you can take off the beaten path. The question remains if it is man-made or natural, but it’s this perfect rectangular shaped human sized tide pool you can get in and float around. When the tide is high the waves surge over the top of it and it is like a little wave pool. It’s named “Monks bath” because the water is always a few degrees warmer than the ocean, like a bath tub. Just park your car on the side of the road, doors unlocked, and make sure to take all valuables with you, then make your way down these really sketchy stairs and its half a mile down the beach.
6. RAINBOW BEACH
This beach is one of the busier ones. There you will find jet skis, fly boarding, beach volleyball, and other beach activities. On Sundays we do Sunday fun day there, and it’s a lot of fun! Stop by the restaurant while you are there and get a lime in da coconut, I promise you wont regret it!
7. POINT UDALL
Now we make our way east, the very eastern part of St Croix actually. If you want a 360 view, here is the place to go. It is complete serenity as you over look the sea from almost all angles, and goat hill directly behind (which is the second highest point on the island). There is also a giant sundial compass, and on new years there is a tradition to watch the sun rise here because we are the first to see the sun in the US on the new year.
8. GOAT HILL HIKE
This hike is a bit treacherous but the view from the top makes it all worth it! The easiest way to access the trail head is to drive east, almost until you get to point Udall, but stop directly after the big satellite across the street from Cramer’s Park. Bring a lot of water, and a picnic at the top would be absolute perfection!! Once you make it to the top, you can literally see the entire island of St Croix in that one spot! Told you, totally worth the insane hike! (This photo was taken facing Point Udall)
9. TIDE POOLS
I would recommend doing this on a Sunday and following the hike with a brunch at the Carambola resort! To reach the trail head, drive way way north and pull into the Carambola Marriott resort, park in the lot than walk toward the tennis courts. There you will come to a foot bridge where the trail begins. This hike is about 2.5 miles one way, kinda treacherous, (I’m super clumsy and fell on the rocks a couple of times and am now literally scarred for life, but worth it!) *PRO TIP: Make sure and bring a ton of water, seriously! You know you have neared the end when you here the sound of a rain stick. Its amazing, the pebble beach sounds exactly like one of those rain sticks when the waves crash up on it! Walk to the left and start to climb the rocks, but BE CAREFUL, unfortunately people have lost their lives here due to the crazy undertow and rocky steep surfaces. You come to the first giant tide pool where you can jump from the top and float around. We took the adventure up a notch and climbed around to the chain of other tide pools (proceed with caution, tons of urchins).
10. CRUZAN RUM FACTORY
If you love rum, congrats you have come to the right place! If you are local you can go for free, non locals is $7. This will get you endless samples of rum, two cocktails, and a rum distillery tour! You walk around the premise and your guide will take you through each step of the rum making process, it is super interesting and I highly recommend it. They even let you stick your head inside these massive fermentation tanks if that’s what you’re into. For more information click here.
11. SNORKEL CANE BAY
On the north shore of the island, some of the best snorkeling (other than Buck Island) on St Croix! “The Wall” is about a mile off shore, one of the top snorkel/dive spots here, you can also see a coral farm, and endless fish and sea life! I snorkel for hours when I go here! Make a day of it and go to EAT at cane bay while you are there! Here is the link to the Cane bay dive shop for more information.
This is the jist of things you can do on St Croix, but I would also recommend just getting in your car and getting lost! There are countless beaches, awesome dive bars, great people and adventure pretty much everywhere you look! Other things I could recommend are the bioluminescent bay kayak tour, Lyric sail sunset dinner cruise, ATV tours, and so much more. I hope you have fun and enjoy yourselves in whatever you do on this island and that my recommendations are helpful! Please feel free to share this to your friends and family who are coming to the island!