St. Croix is the only one of the U.S. Virgin Islands with two cities. The smaller of STX’s two cities is Frederiksted on St. Croix’s west end.
While there are plenty of activities such as hiking, jet skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and sightseeing available, sometimes you just want to chill – especially when you’re on vacation. Here are three ideas for how you can spend your time.
Beach Out at Sandy Point
Hands-down the best beach on St. Croix, Sandy Point is also a National Wildlife Refuge that protects three species of endangered sea turtles. The beach is pristine, the water is clear and locals know it as the location of the last scene in the movie The Shawshank Redemption. With its turquoise blue water and powdery white sand, you’ll feel far away from whatever you left behind. Because the sea turtles also love Sandy Point, it is closed during the spring and summer months for turtle nesting season. When it is open to visitors in the fall and winter, it’s open on Saturdays and Sundays only (double check on cruise ship days) – which is likely part of what keeps this beach pristine. There’s no shade, so bring your own or have a cover-up handy.
Watch the Sun Set
Watching the sun set from St. Croix’s west end is a ritual for some, a highlight for others. On certain days you may be lucky enough to see the mysterious green flash, which appears for a second or two as the sun drops into the Caribbean Sea. The best sunset watching time is about 30 minutes prior to official sunset and 30 minutes after, as the sky lights up with shades of pink and orange.
The west end’s calm waters make an evening sail an ideal way to escape the heat. Let yourself be chartered along the coast, looking up at hillside homes and the twinkling lights of Frederiksted while you enjoy a small bite or an adult beverage. Lyric Sails offers sunset sails most months of the year, and other operators may be available in season.
Do you have any other favorite non-active activities? Post in the comments below.