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St. Croix Activity Series: Ride an ATV through the Rain Forest

Photo Credit: Gecko's Island Adventures
Photo Credit: Gecko’s Island Adventures

If you’re feeling adventurous, but riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is more your style than hiking, a trip with Gecko’s Island Adventures is ideal.  You will ride through the rain forest on St. Croix’s west end, up Hamm’s Bluff for a spectacular ocean view, see a historical sugar mill and more.  This is a great way to see a few interesting places on-island that are not readily accessible by car.

Along the way, your knowledgeable island guide will tell you all about St. Croix.  For example, what is locally referred to as rain forest on the west end actually doesn’t qualify to be labeled as such, short by a minuscule amount of annual rainfall.  If it has rained recently, dress to possibly get muddy.

Gecko’s Island Adventures partners with West End Watersports (at Rainbow Beach) to offer jet skiing on the ocean after your ATV tour.  Nearby Rhythms at Rainbow Beach is the perfect place for lunch and libations.

You must be 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license to drive an ATV.  The trail is rough in places, so be sure you’re physically up for the ride.

In recent years, Gecko’s Island Adventures Founders Cindy and Arlin Washburn sold the business.  New additions to the company’s offerings include rental of Sunbug solar-powered vehicles.

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Gecko’s Island Adventures


If you’re looking for an island off the beaten path where there are always new adventures to take, St. Croix may be your place.  When you’re ready to make the leap to island life, contact Chris and Kerri Hanley to help find your ideal home or condo.  As the top broker on St. Croix year after year, Chris is the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  Download their free St. Croix Event Guide to find the perfect time for your visit.  

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