US Virgin Islands – St. Croix America’s Caribbean Paradise Part III

US Virgin Islands – St. Croix

St. Croix can either be reached by directly flying to the island from the mainland on Delta Air Lines, or if you began your trip in St. Thomas, as we did (see previous posts on St. Thomas and St. John), then you can get there by sea plane. Seaborne Airlines is one of the main air carriers serving several of the Caribbean islands. We were picked up at their terminal in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and then flown over to Christiansted, St. Croix. Flying in a sea plane is definitely an experience that is unlike any other! Just imagine how cool it is to be able to take off and land on water! It was a short 25-minute flight over to St. Croix and with only 15 people on board it made for a nice, relaxing journey.

Our stay on St. Croix was short but sweet. Each island is distinct in its own way, and St. Croix is all about culture. It is the largest of the three islands as well, even though it is not as developed as St. Thomas and offers a flatter terrain. There are two main towns interesting for their history and culture—Christiansted and Fredericksted. Both are worth checking out!

One unique aspect of St. Croix is the 19,000-acre Buck Island Reef National Monument. Buck Island consists of 176 acres, with a nature trail and white coral sand beaches. Turtle Beach on the west side of Buck Island has been voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic. There are several sailing tours to Buck Island where you can either spend a full day or half day.

Turtle  Beach, Buck Island
Photo taken by Dave Moon

I had the opportunity to visit several of the hotels while on St. Croix. Here are a couple that are worth checking out: Renaissance Carambola Beach is a gorgeous property offering a diver’s paradise, where you can swim out to two perfect dive walls right from the beach! And Sand Castle on the Beach is an intimate property with only 21 rooms, nestled on a beautiful stretch of beach near Sandy Point peninsula, just outside of Fredericksted.

This brings us to the end of our U.S. Virgin Islands journey! I enjoyed visiting all three islands and wish I had the time and space to tell you more. However, you’ll just have to take the journey yourself and create a long-lasting memory of your own :-)

– Deanna from Delta Vacations

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