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Why St. Croix is the Perfect Post-COVID Vacation?

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If you’re looking for turquoise blue water, warm weather and great culture these days, your options may be limited right now but the US Virgin Islands will soon be open for business and will make the perfect spot for your post-COVID vacation for any US citizen, no passport needed.

Why St. Croix?

The US Virgin Islands are an often overlooked destination that you may not know much about.  St. Croix, USVI is home to some of the best beaches in the United States and  the most beautiful water in the world.      

On top of that, there is a unique mix of world influences including the Puerto Rican, West Indian, European and African cultures. 

The USVI will soon open their doors to travelers and  visitors once again. You can feel safe knowing that businesses and residents on St. Croix and sister islands are taking the recommended precautions. As an outsider to the island , any visitor should ensure the safety of the locals and tourists. Do this by being aware of all COVID-19 safety requirements such as masks and social distancing before arriving in the islands and be prepared with your own supplies. You may also need to give proof of a negative COVID test or quarantine upon arrival. 

If you have not yet booked flights to St. Croix you are in luck. Right now is one of the best times to get a low fare to the Caribbean. with many airlines offering travel deals  to encourage travel after a pandemic. If you choose to make the trip, be sure to prepare with sanitizer, mask and wipes.

After Arrival in St. Croix on Your Post-Covid Vacation.

You’ll need  to have a rental car to get around. Avis, Budget and Hertz are all available as well local gems such as Centerline Car Rental.  Due to high demand in St. Croix, advanced reservations are recommended.  Another recommendation? Try bringing a small bottle of antimicrobial cleaner and a towel or paper towels so you can wipe things down before getting in just to be safe. 

This US Virgin Island is the perfect spot for a for a low key, socially distanced and affordable vacation. Free spirited xennial travelers and influencers, aka those in their mid-30’s to mid 40’s are going to fall in love with St. Croix (well, really, all ages).  An ideal Caribbean escape, St. Croix offers casual luxury and adventure without the hustle and bustle  of sister island St. Thomas or spring break destinations like the Dominican Republic. 

Where to Stay in St. Croix During Post-COVID Travel.  

As a xennial traveler, you most likely don’t want to sleep in a hostel, or in the cheap vacation rental in a sketchy part of town, you value comfort over cost at this point in your life.  

St Croix provides several hotels and resorts. Spread throughout the island, you will find everything from a 5 star resort with a par 70 golf course to an open air concept resort with beautifully appointed private villas, downtown casino hotels and boutique LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations in St. Croix.

The big island also boasts a wide variety of vacation rental options including everything from 1 bedroom condos to 10,000 square foot luxury sea view retreats.  Remember to buy yourself some travel insurance and don’t forget to ask about pandemic coverage. 

Once you book your flights. rental cars and places to stay, it is time to dig into planning the fun.

What to Do, Post-COVID Vacation Ideas.

Treat yourself to a freshly made local juice and a yoga class at the Courtyard Juices and Fitness Center, located in downtown Christiansted. Check out their “live”class schedule to ensure your class is being held on site as some classes are still virtual.  The open air studio is covered but not enclosed allowing for fresh airflow to keep you safe during your post-COVID vacation.  Bring your mat and your mask.

While you’re in St. Croix, you will want to be sure to make time to soak up the sun at one of the many beaches.  While no beach in the US Virgin Islands is considered private, many beaches will feel private as you will have them to yourself. Drive along the east end, south shore, north shore or west end roads that run along the sea shore to find a perfect spot. You’ll find some beaches right along the road, especially along the north shore and west end and others with driveways or walkways to bring you down to the shore such as Smugglers Cove on the far east end of the island.  

Are you looking for additional activities to keep you busy but also safe and socially distanced while you are visiting the island of St. Croix? 

Monk’s Bath

Hand carved in the 1600’s by the Knights of Malta, Monk’s bath is an amazing salt water pool carved into the sea. You’ll want to have shoes, not just flip flops, if you have water shoes, even better.  

 

Mount Eagle.

Mount Eagle is the highest point on the island and boasts the best views you will find. The hike is short, maybe about a mile but it is 90% uphill on the way up and will take 30-45 minutes.  The walk down is much faster at about 20 minutes.  There isn’t much wildlife on the island aside from birds, the occasional birds and unpleasant crawly things but if you’re lucky you may spot a wild horse or mountain goat as we did on our first hike up the mountain.  Head out early to avoid the midday sun which can be brutal. 

 

 

 

Horseback Riding With Cruzan Cowgirls Post-COVID.

If you are up for organized activities, you will want to give horseback riding a try.  Cruzan Cowgirls will bring you on a guided ride through the rain forest and along the beach, all while staying at least 6 feet apart in the open fresh air. It’s a great way to experience the true beauty of the island.  Cruzan Cowgirls is not only the go to place for horseback riding on the island of St. Croix but also serve as a resource to the community, providing education to owners and care to rescued animals as the only non-profit horse rescue on the island. 

Where to Eat in St. Croix.

Restaurants may  be closed for dining in when you visit St. Croix but St. Croix takeout or delivery will still be an option.  One benefit of being somewhere that stays warm year round is a plethora of open air restaurant concepts.  Whether you are looking to eat in (when allowed) or order take away that you pickup, open air restaurants are your friend when it comes to social distancing and safety during COVID and beyond.  

Top 3 Open Air Restaurants in St. Croix

 

3. Rum Runners

 

Located on the Christiansted Boardwalk, Rum Runners is a St. Croix favorite for locals and tourists alike. Known for their steaks, local seafood and the best views of the harbor in Christiansted, you won’t regret adding them into your restaurant rotation during your post-COVID trip to the Caribbean.

 

2. Louie and Nacho’s

Recently featured on Netflix’s Restaurants on the Edge, Louie and Nacho’s is a favorite among locals, serving up creative spins on tacos and nachos. Named for the owners dogs, Louie and Nacho’s are also a favorite thanks to their support of local rescue efforts of St. Croix Animal Welfare Center and Ruff Start Rescue among others. Their view is not too shabby either.

 

1. Castaways 

If you are looking for a home away from home type atmosphere, Castaways may be your place. The fare is traditional American bar food with some homemade touches.  They are known for their wings, pizzas, burgers, reasonably priced drinks and friendly staff.  They do offer a few gluten free options (wings, nachos and tots) as well as a vegan veggie burger and tofu sandwich (with no cheese) with a side of fries or tots.

If you want to sample the local Crucian cuisine, try ordering takeout or delivery using the Island Direct app or website.  Two great options, both typically available at Island Direct are the Cast Iron Pot  or Singh’s Fast Food  a try (get a pate, you’ll thank me). Feel like cooking? Island Direct also offers grocery delivery from Plaza West and Food Town grocery stores.

Why St. Croix is the Perfect Post-COVID Vacation Spot for Xennials.

The natural beauty of the island and its people will provide just the experience you are seeking in a post-COVID vacation, whether you’re a xennial, millennial or gen x’er. If you value open air, beautiful views, turquoise waters, healing vibes and delicious food, take a look at St. Croix for your perfect post-COVID vacation. 

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