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Things I Don’t Let Friends Leave St. Croix Without Trying

Buck Island (Photo Credit: Big Beard's Adventure Tours)
Buck Island (Photo Credit: Big Beard’s Adventure Tours)

Living at a tourist destination like St. Croix comes with great perks when you host company.  People arrive in vacation mode, ready to have a good time.  You also have so much unique island territory to show guests, much more than if you lived in a typical stateside suburbia.  No need to hit Dave and Buster’s or Applebee’s . . . get ready to show them new things they’ll never forget!

Here is my personal list of Things I Don’t Let Friends Leave St. Croix Without . . .


  • Stand-up paddle-boarding on calm seas with incredible visibility
  • Night kayaking the bio bay
  • Riding ATVs through the rain forest with Gecko’s Island Adventures
  • Scuba diving the wall at Cane Bay


  • My beach trifecta (Buck Island / Sandy Point / Mermaid at The Buccaneer)
  • The easternmost point of the U.S. (Point Udall at sunrise)
  • A dual shore view (hike Goat Hill)
  • A local event (like Jump-Up)


  • Fresh local mahi or tuna at at Dashi (sushi)
  • Traditional local goodies at Canegata ballpark or a food truck
  • Gigantic sandwiches at Turtle’s Deli
  • Farm to table gourmet at balter or a slow-down dinner at Ridge to Reef Farm


  • Rums made on-island (Cruzan and Captain Morgan)
  • A Lime in the Coconut from Rhythms at Rainbow Beach
  • A shot of Mama Wanna at Norma’s (Mount Pellier Domino Club)
  • An interesting new wine at Galangal or Un Amore
  • A regional beer (Carib / Presidente) on the boardwalk in Christiansted

Ready to live at your vacation destination?  Start by downloading Farchette and Hanley Real Estate’s St. Croix Event Guide, to find the ideal time for a longer visit to see if this island is right for you.  Next contact Chris and Kerri Hanley to tap their expertise on homes, condos and land on St. Croix or St Thomas.  As the top broker year after year, Chris is the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  

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