Dream es­cape: St. Croix

Sandy white beaches, daz­zling blue wa­ters and lush rain forests are what you’ll find on this heav­enly oa­sis

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Nes­tled in the sparkling Caribbean Sea, 100 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, is beau­ti­ful St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands. Vis­i­tors to this 28-mile-long par­adise will find a mix of Dan­ish, Latin and African cul­tures that make it one of the most unique desti­na­tions in the world. And with its breath­tak­ing land­scapes, his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and small-town charm, St. Croix of­fers the per­fect bal­ance of fun and re­lax­ation all in one place.

Be­gin your day by bask­ing in the sun on Rain­bow Beach, a fa­vorite spot on the is­land for lo­cals and tourists alike. “You can lounge on the sand, hunt for pieces of sea glass and shells, order re­fresh­ing drinks from Rhythms Restau­rant or rent a pad­dle­board from the surf shop right on the sand,” says a re­viewer from Texas. “It was so re­lax­ing and lovely, it’s one of the best beaches I’ve ever vis­ited.”

To catch a glimpse of Caribbean marine life, head to Cane Bay for a mem­o­rable snor­kel­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Says jonathan b on TripAd­vi­sor.com, “We saw tur­tles, schools of fish, an eel, oc­to­pus and sand rays!”

Af­ter tow­el­ing off, step back in time with a visit to the 18th-cen­tury Fort Chris­tiansvaern ($3 per per­son). “The self-guided tour is a great way to learn a bit about the his­tory of St. Croix while view­ing early Colo­nial Era ar­ti­facts,” says ADS80 on TripAd­vi­sor.com. “Make sure you look out over the wa­ter from the top of the fort; the view is re­ally some­thing else!”

End your day by strolling the streets and ma­rina of Chris­tiansted, St. Croix’s largest city. There, you can shop for lo­cally made crafts and sou­venirs, en­joy fa­vorite Cru­cian dishes like conch chow­der and head to the dock to catch the vi­brant sun­set.

Don’t miss:

Thurs­day Art Walk

Ex­plore the cul­ture of St. Croix by vis­it­ing the streets of down­town Chris­tiansted for the evening art walk. Held on a se­lect Thurs­day each month from 5 pm to 8 pm, this free event en­cour­ages you to ex­plore gal­leries and stu­dios to see what the com­mu­nity has to of­fer. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from paint­ings and sculp­tures to jew­elry and fab­ric arts.

Great day trip:

Buck Is­land

Take a trip with Caribbean Sea Ad­ven­tures ($90 per adult) to the un­in­hab­ited Buck Is­land, a na­tional mon­u­ment. Once there, take a guided tour of an un­der­wa­ter trail, re­lax on Tur­tle Beach and hike through the forests to the top of the is­land.

See 1,500 plant species at the St. Ge­orge Villa Botan­i­cal Gar­den

Sip a cock­tail made with lo­cal rum

Snorkel the wa­ters near Isaac Bay Beach to see more than 400 species of vi­brant fish Look for bright birds around Salt Lake Bay eco pre­serve

Spy beau­ti­ful pink plume­ria flow­ers that bloom in the is­land’s lush rain for­est

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