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Island Hopping around St. Croix

 One of the best perks about living on St. Croix is the ease of island hopping.  You can hit most of the major Caribbean tourism destinations in a half hour flight or less.  Better yet, hop aboard a boat and sail to several of them.  Here are a few ways to see our beautiful neighboring islands:

By Air


Seaborne Airlines runs a seaplane between Christiansted on St. Croix and Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, with 35 flights daily.  St. Thomas is a great island for shopping (try Yacht Haven Grande) and activities (don’t miss zip-lining with Tree Limin Extreme).

A quick 10 minute ferry boat takes you from St. Thomas to St. John, where you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, like Trunk Bay.

Standard flights

Out of Henry E. Rohlson airport (STX) on St. Croix, many smaller airlines such a Liat run flights to other islands.  Nearby St. Maarten is an international destination, half French and half Dutch.  It is known for nightlife and amazing cuisine (Bamboo Bernie’s is a must-try for sushi).

By Sea

Charter boat

Private charters of sail or power boats are a great way to see exactly what you want at your own pace.  The St. Croix based catamaran Kindred Spirit is a great option to see the nearby British Virgin Islands like Tortola and Jost Van Dyke (don’t miss Soggy Dollar Bar).

Cruise ship

Just because you live at a tourism destination doesn’t mean you can’t play tourist now and then!  Hop on-board a cruise ship out of San Juan or Miami and see several St. Croix neighbors at once.   Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney cruise lines are all good options for Eastern Caribbean routes.  Popular ports include St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia (be sure to see the pitons) and Barbados.  Especially during hurricane season, you can often get a great deal.

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