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St. Croix

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Henry E. Rohlsen
(STX)
81F
27C
39 .3 in
199
Buck Island / Fort Christiansvaern / Cane Bay

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<div align="center">St. Croix General Information-St. Croix Villa Rentals<br /></div><br />ST. CROIX AT A GLANCE<br />The Colonial architecture and charm of Frederiksted…white sand beaches and a variety of water sports…plantation houses and sugar mills that dot the countryside…a relaxed and unhurried lifestyle…an American Paradise in the Caribbean. <br />Old world ambiance…relaxing slower pace combined with abundant flour, fauna and uncrowded palm fringed white sand beaches. <br />The largest of the three U.S. Virgins, St. Croix offers a wide variety of activities to include diving, sailing, snorkeling at famous Buck Island National Monument, parasailing, windsurfing, gambling at the Divi Carina Bay Hotel, historical museums, duty-free shopping, exceptional dining and three golf courses. <br /> <br />Rolling hills and tropical vegetation, frequently dotted with historic plantation houses and the picturesque ruins and restorations of sugar mills. The vivid history of the island may be enjoyed by hiking, on horseback, walking tours or simply exploring independently. <br />The beaches of St. Croix are beautiful sugar white sand and best of all, they are often uncrowded. The two principle towns of Christianstead and Frederickstead offer wonderful opportunities for duty-free shopping and interesting and charming architecture. <br />The villas on St. Croix are best recommended for more independent travelers who do not require a household staff, although some maid service is generally included. <br /> <br />An unhurried lifestyle that is perfectly conducive to a relaxed vacation. St. Croix offers both the familiar and the exotic. A sense of pastoral beauty, colonial history, spectacular beaches and a soothing relaxed pace all combine to make St. Croix a highly desirable island. This is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands, 82 square miles in area. <br /><br />Activities: <br />Golf, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, tennis, horseback riding. <br /> <br />St. Croix Airlines: <br />American Airlines <br />American Eagle <br />Caribbean Star Airlines <br />Delta Airlines <br />LIAT <br />US Air <br /> <br />St. Croix Approximate flight times: <br />NY to St. Croix: <br />Miami to St. Croix: <br />St. Croix Airport Transfers: <br />The Alexander Hamilton Airport is located midway between Christiansted and Frederiksted in the southern part of the island. <br />Clients of Villas Caribe will be met upon arrival by one of our local representatives either at the airport or a nearby location depending upon the villa chosen. Our local representative will then escort clients directly to the villa, let them in, give them the keys and generally get them acclimated. <br /> <br />St. Croix ATMS: <br />The island offers ATMs at bank branches, transportation centers, shopping centers and other convenient spots throughout the island. <br /> <br />St. Croix Area Code: 340 <br /> <br />St. Croix Baby-Equipment Rentals: <br />Car seats, cribs, high chairs, playpens, strollers, cots and bed rails are all available for rental for additional fees, which generally vary per item. Rates subject to service charge/delivery charge &amp; an 8% government tax. <br /> <br />St. Croix Banks: <br />Banks on St. Croix are open 9 AM-3 PM Mon.-Thursday and from 9-4:30 PM on Fridays. Most of them have ATMS. <br /> <br />St. Croix Beaches: <br />St. Croix offers some stunning white sand beaches. <br />Buck Island National Reef Monument: <br />Part of the National Park system, the island is protected and the snorkeling includes underwater trails, which are just fabulous. The island is reached by boat only with departures from Christiansted or from the Green Cay Marina on the north shore. <br /> <br />Cane Bay: <br />A northshore beach that offers great scuba diving and snorkeling. The Cane Bay Wall is less than 200 yards out. The beach, also, offers beachside restaurants and bars as well as watersports facilities. One of the islands most popular beaches. <br /> <br />Chenay Bay: <br />On the East End Road, water sports are offered and there are bars and restaurants as well at the Chenay Bay Beach Resort. <br /> <br />Isaac Bay: <br />An East End beach that is generally impossible to reach without a four-wheel drive vehicle. Secluded sands for sunbathing calm waters for good swimming and a barrier reef for snorkeling. <br /> <br />Sandy Point: <br />Located on the island’s west end/south of Frederiksted is a long and pretty but isolated beach. The area has no facilities and the area is a designated wildlife refuge, which is protected as a nesting environment for marine turtles. <br /> <br />Sprat Hall and West End Beach Club: <br />Both offer long stretches as well as facilities and water sports rentals. <br /> <br />Tamarind Reef Beach: <br />Located east of Christiansted. <br /> <br />St. Croix Boating: <br />Glass bottom boat tours are popular as well as theme cruises where passengers are able to swim, dance and party on the deck of a huge ship. <br /> <br />St. Croix Budgeting/Costs To Rent A Villa on St. Croix: <br />In addition to the weekly rental rate for a villa on St. Croix, the additional costs involved include but are not limited to the following: <br />Air Transportation <br />Car Rental <br />Groceries &amp; beverages <br />Tip for the maid, if included. <br /> <br />St. Croix Cancellations: <br />Cancellation penalties are incurred and will vary depending upon the specific villa chosen. Upon confirmation with our company, a written cancellation policy will be issued along with the written invoice for the booking. Generally, cancellations incur a minimum of a 20% penalty on the gross weekly rental rate of the villa and a $100 administrative fee if cancelled up until 45 days prior to arrival. No refunds within 45 days of arrival. <br /> <br />St. Croix Capital: <br />Charlotte Amalie, which is located on nearby St. Thomas. <br /> <br />St. Croix Car Rentals: <br />We highly recommend that clients rent a vehicle for their stay on St Croix. <br />Clients will find a variety of agencies on the island to include some of the following: <br />Budget: 340.778.9636. <br />Hertz: 340.778.0450. <br />Thrifty: 800.367.2277 <br />St. Croix Check-in/Check-out times: <br />Check-in time is generally after 3:00 PM and checkout time is 12:00 noon. <br /> <br />St. Croix Chef Service: <br />We have several excellent chefs who are available to our clients for just one special dinner or for all of their meal preparations during their villa stay. Sample menus are available and we generally will put the chef directly in touch with our clients so that they can discuss their dates, times, menus, dietary restrictions and grocery shopping with him or her. Each chef requires an advance deposit for both the grocery shopping and their cooking services. A chef’s pricing is based on the number of guests, type of meals requested etc. Please keep in mind that the U.S. Virgin Islands is a U.S. Territory, so the usual U.S. minimum wage applies and chefs will likely cost more than on most other West Indian Islands. Once you’ve arranged your chef, please let Villas Caribe know so that we can be sure to provide them with access to your villa prior to your arrival so that they can pre-stock groceries etc. <br /> <br />Ambrosia Personal Chef Service: <br />Ms. Terry Chretien <br />Phone: 340.773.6174 or e-mail terryc@viacess.net. <br />Terry is, also, a licensed massage therapist who will be glad to come to your villa to provide a totally relaxing massage. <br /> <br />Parsley, Sage, Rosemary &amp; Thyme: <br />Ms. Jeanette Wright <br />Phone: 340.713.0187 or e-mail jeanettewright@hotmail.com. <br />St. Croix Climate: <br />Warm &amp; sunny with temperatures between 75 F and 90 F year round. During the winter, the nights are slightly cooler and so it might be a good idea to bring a cotton sweater. <br /> <br />St. Croix Communications: <br />The villas all are equipped with telephones and guests will be advised of the particular phone number of the property prior to departure. <br /> <br />St. Croix Customs &amp; Duty-Free Allowances: <br /><br />U.S. Citizens duty-free allowances: <br />Departing citizens whose stay is in excess of 48 hours may return taking back items, free of duty, articles totaling up to US $1,200 (based on the retail value of the items in the country of purchase). A family of four, then, would be able to bring home $4,800 in duty-free items. Additionally, you may bring home up to 4 liters of liquor per adult or 6 liters if the 5th bottle is either Cruzan Rum, Chococo or Southern Comfort, all of which are made in the U.S.V.I and are duty-free. <br /> <br />Loose precious gems (diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphire) are completely duty-free no matter what the cost (as long as the stone is loose and not in a setting). Additionally, there is a duty-free allowance of 5 cartons of cigarettes and 100 cigars. All items that are produced on the island (fashions, perfume, straw hats and jewelry) are customs except as well as original art and unset gems. <br /> <br />St. Croix Currency: <br />The US Dollar. <br />Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted as well. <br /> <br />St. Croix Deep-Sea Fishing: <br />Vast arrays of big game fish live in the oceans surrounding St. Croix. <br />Several different companies on the island offer guided St. Croix fishing excursions with a focus on big game fish like marlin, kingfish, wahoo, swordfish and yellowfin tuna. <br /> <br />St. Croix Departure Tax: <br />None <br /> <br />St. Croix Deposits: <br />A 50% deposit is required to confirm a reservation. <br />Reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival during the winter season and 45 days prior to arrival during the summer/low season must be paid in full. <br /> <br />St. Croix Diving: <br />The island has several great dive sites and at Buck Island National Reef, visitors are likely to spot lots of barracuda and parrot fish. <br />Diving is permitted directly off Cane Bay, which has a spectacular drove off. Both North Star and Salt River on the North shore are accessed only via boat but offer the ability to float downwards through a canyon filled with colorful fish and coral. <br /> <br />St. Croix Driving: <br />Driving is on the left, British style. A U.S. driver’s license is valid for 90 days on the Virgin Islands and minimum-driving age is 18 years old. Please note that many car rental agencies will not rent to anyone under the age of 25 years. <br /> <br />St. Croix Dress: <br />Due to the islands conservative heritage, there is a dress code of conservative clothing. Light cotton dresses and light jackets and ties for formal wear and typical tropical wear during the day. <br /> <br />St. Croix Documents for arrival onto St. Croix: <br />U.S. citizens entering ST. Croix should be in possession of a certified birth certificate with raised seal and a photo I.D. or a passport. <br /> <br />St. Croix Electricity: <br />110 volts/50 cycles-same as in the U.S. <br />No adapters necessary for visitors from North America but European visitors will require one. <br /> <br />St. Croix Estates &amp; Plantations: <br />St. Croix was colonized by the Danish and built the Danish West Indies into a thriving sugar cane and trading islands. Slaves were imported to work the large number of sugar plantations. <br /> <br />British in the 1600s and is home to many lavish estates and mansions that brim with history. In the past, these homes were often owned by the operators of sugar plantations. Today these beautiful estates and plantations provide interesting history lessons and are frequently situated in the most picturesque locations on the island. <br /> <br />Estate Mt. Washington: <br />Extensive ruins of an old sugar plantation surrounded by fruit orchards. <br /> <br />Estate Whim Plantation: <br />A restored handsome Great House, sugar mill and other sugar plantation structures located near Frederiksted. <br /> <br />Fort Christiansvaern: <br />One of five Danish forts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ft. Christiansvaern is built on the site of an old French fort called Ft. St. Jean. It was used by the military until 1878 and has since served as both a courthouse and police station. Visitors will find canons, soldier’s cells and a military museum. <br /> <br />Fort Frederik: <br />Dating back to 1760, the site of the emancipation of the slaves in 1848. <br /> <br />Government House: <br />A historic building in Christianstead offering a beautiful example of Danish colonial architecture. <br />St. Croix Ferry: <br />From November until early May, ferries run between St. Thomas &amp; St. Croix. <br />Contact: www.virginislandsfastferry.com <br /> <br />St. Croix General Information-Government &amp; Standard Of Living: <br />St. Croix (and all of the U.S. Virgin Islands) was purchased from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million and remains an unincorporated territory of the United States. Although Virgin Islands do not have a vote in the U.S. national elections, they vote for their own governor, lieutenant governor and the members of the legislature. Additionally, they elect their representatives in Washington who lobby on their behalf. <br /> <br />St. Croix Hiking: <br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on St. Croix.<br />The St. Croix Environmental Association: <br />Phone: 340.773.1989 <br />Offers guided walking tours of the island. <br /> <br />Caribbean Adventure Tours: <br />Phone: 340.773.4599  <br />St. Croix History: <br />The history of the Virgin Islands started with Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493. He sighted St. Croix first which he named Santa Cruz and claimed it for Spain. He then proceeded to sail further North where he found the other islands and christened them “Las Islas Virgenes” or the Virgin Islands. Sir Francis Drake, an English navigator and infamous plunderer of Spanish galleons, sailed through the sea passageway separating the British and American Virgin Islands and which is today known as the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The famed Englishman reportedly watched the Spanish Armada sail by as his ships in the sanctuary of Magens Bay.<br /> <br />In the 1660’s, various European powers (Holland, France, England, Spain, Denmark &amp; the Knights of Malta) all wanted to possess the Virgin Islands but in 1671 it was Denmark that clearly ruled St. Thomas. Denmark established the first permanent settlement there and by 1718 they expanded to St. John. A fort was constructed in Coral Bay on ST. John, one of the safest harbors in the Caribbean. In 1733, Denmark purchased St. Croix from France and united the three Virgin Islands of today. Throughout the 18th century, the islands prospered with sugar plantations and St. Croix became a major emporium until 1848 when Denmark abolished slavery. The United States bought the islands in 1917, as part of a military defense strategy for $25 million but it was not until 1927 that the residents were granted U.S. citizenship. <br /> <br />St. Croix Horseback Riding: <br />Several companies on the island offer guided tours that lead visitors through spectacular scenery. <br />Paul &amp; Jill’s Equestrian Stables (phone 340.772.2880) offer trips through the rain forest, along the coast and even moonlit rides. <br /> <br />St. Croix Language: <br />The official language is English spoken with slight Caribbean lilt. <br /> <br />St. Croix Local Hazards: <br />Black Sea Urchins <br />Manchineel Trees-beware of the little green apples that fall from this tree, as they are poisonous to eat and toxic to touch. Do not even seek shelter under one of these trees during a rain, as you will get blisters. <br /> <br />St. Croix Location: <br />St. Croix, just 40 miles from St. Thomas, is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands, 82 square miles in area. There are two distinct towns to visit: Christiansted and Frederiksted. <br /> <br />St. Croix Nightlife: <br />Nightlife is extensive and varied providing a variety of entertainment options for every taste from historic dinner shows to romantic cruises to fine dining as well as nightclubs and gambling at the Divi Carina Bay Casino. <br /> <br />St. Croix Pre-stocking: <br />While the villas on St. Croix generally do not include staffs (cooks), for visitors that will be arriving late in the day or evening, we recommend that they have the villa pre-stocked with some arrival beverages and snacks. This service is available for additional charges. <br /> <br />St. Croix Population: <br />63,155 <br /> <br />St. Croix Restaurants<br />St. Croix boasts a wide selection of restaurants, all of, which are easily accessible to St. Croix villa rental clients. While enjoying your St. Croix rental villa vacation, we highly suggest you sample some island cuisine at any of the St. Croix restaurants listed below. If you have further questions regarding St. Croix restaurants, please contact Villas Caribe and a Caribbean villa rental specialist will be happy to assist you or click here to visit our entire selection of St. Croix villa rentals.<br /> <br />Indies <br />Caribbean cuisine prepared by a world-class chef has consistently kept this elegant spot among the best St. Croix restaurants. In Christiansted. Note: no lunch on weekends. Tel: 340-692-9440 <br /> <br />Top Hat<br />Surprisingly, this family-owned favorite is the only St. Croix restaurant serving Danish food, including eel, frikadeller meatballs, and roast duck. In Christiansted. Note: does not serve lunch. Tel: 340-773-2346 <br /> <br />Bacchus<br />The wine selection at St. Croix restaurants doesn’t get any better than this contemporary steakhouse. Try the rum-soaked sourdough pudding for dessert. In Christiansted. Note: does not serve lunch. Tel: 340-692-9922 <br /> <br />The Mahogany Room<br />Both the International menu and views shine here, one of many fine St. Croix restaurants located within hotels and resorts. In Estate Davis Bay, North Shore. Reservations are a must. Tel: 340-778-3800 <br /> <br />Sunset Grill<br />Locals and visitors alike have long made this authentic Caribbean eatery a favorite among St. Croix restaurants. In Frederiksted. Tel: 340-772-5855 <br />St. Croix Security Deposits: <br />The majority of the villas do require a security deposit to be paid along with payment for the actual villa. Damage deposits are full refundable to clients within 30-45 days of their departure, provided there is no breakage, damage, missing items as well as no additional cleaning of the villas left abnormally dirty as well as no long-distance calls charged to the villa telephone and not other charges incurred before, during or after the stay still outstanding. <br /> <br />St. Croix Shopping: <br />St. Croix offers a variety of shopping experiences from art galleries to those searching for exceptional jewelry. The duty-free merchandise is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include watches, cameras, perfume, fine jewelry, liquor, china and leather goods with no sales or luxury taxes. <br /> <br />There is no sales tax in the USVI and shoppers can take advantage of the $1200 duty free allowance per person. Rum is obviously, another great buy on the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been producing the exceptional Cruzan Rum since the 17th century. <br /> <br />St. Croix Sights &amp; Wonders: <br /> <br />Buck Island National Monument: <br />Ranked as one of the most unique spots in the entire Caribbean, it is a wooded and uninhabited island of approximately 880 acres-176 of it land and the other 704 of clear waters and coral reefs. A nature preserve it is administered by the U.S. National Park Service and offers an underwater snorkeling trail and some of the best snorkeling in the entire Caribbean. The island has walking trails, nice white sand beach and picnic areas with grills. The island is reached only by boat with departures fro Christiansted or from the Green Cay Marina on the northshore. <br /> <br />Cruzan Rum Factory: <br />Tours are available of the distillery including a Cruzan rum drink. <br /> <br />St. Croix Aquarium: <br />A non-profit marine education center that has aquariums and touching ponds with shells and starfish. <br /> <br />St. George Botanical Gardens: <br />A 16-acre park built on the ruins of an old sugar plantation that operated from 1733 until 1917. The ruins include an old rum factory, a blacksmith shop, cactus garden and a gift shop. <br /> <br />Estate Whim Plantation Museum: <br />A restored sugarcane plantation and old greathouse complete with period furniture and various plantation structures. <br /> <br />St. Croix Sports: <br />Cycling Golf, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Diving, Parasailing, Sailing, Tennis, Kayaking and Windsurfing are all available on the island. <br /> <br />St. Croix Staff: <br />The villas on St. Croix generally only include limited maid service. Each property has the frequency of service listed in its detailed written description on our website at www.villascaribe.com. Please note, however, that additional maid service as well as cook/chef service may be arranged for additional fees. <br />Tipping of the staff: <br />It is appropriate to tip the villa’s housekeeper (if included) approximately $2-$4 per guests/per day for excellent service. If you have food and drinks left over in your villa when you depart, you can also leave these for the maids. <br />St. Croix Snorkeling &amp; Diving: <br />St. Croix offers exceptional close in snorkeling directly off it’s spectacular white sand beaches. <br /> <br /> <br />St. Croix Tennis: <br />The majority of the large hotels and resorts on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest. <br /> <br />The Buccaneer offers eight courts (two lighted for night play) plus a pro and full tennis pro shop-phone: 340.773.2100.). <br />Club St. Croix offers three-lighted courts-phone 340.773-4800. <br />Carambola has four courts/two lighted phone 340.778.3800. <br />St. Croix Time Zone: <br />St. Croix falls in the Atlantic Time zone, which is one hour ahead of US Eastern time. The island does not observe daylight savings time. <br /> <br />St. Croix Topography: <br />The island is 23 miles long and includes a lush rainforest. The rainforest is located in the west and the eastern sector of the island has a completely different look-an almost desert like appearance complete with cactus. <br /> <br />St. Croix Tourist Board Contact Information: <br />USA/New York Office: 212.582.4520 <br />USA/Los Angeles Office: 213.739.0138 <br />St. Croix Water: <br />The water on the island is pure and safe to drink from the tap.

Restaurants

<div align="center">St. Croix Restaurants<br /></div><p><br />St. Croix boasts a wide selection of restaurants, all of, which are easily accessible to St. Croix villa rental clients. While enjoying your St. Croix rental villa vacation, we highly suggest you sample some island cuisine at any of the St. Croix restaurants listed below. <br /><br />Indies <br />Caribbean cuisine prepared by a world-class chef has consistently kept this elegant spot among the best St. Croix restaurants. In Christiansted. Note: no lunch on weekends. Tel: 340-692-9440 <br /><br />Top Hat<br />Surprisingly, this family-owned favorite is the only St. Croix restaurant serving Danish food, including eel, frikadeller meatballs, and roast duck. In Christiansted. Note: does not serve lunch. Tel: 340-773-2346 <br /><br />Bacchus<br />The wine selection at St. Croix restaurants doesn’t get any better than this contemporary steakhouse. Try the rum-soaked sourdough pudding for dessert. In Christiansted. Note: does not serve lunch. Tel: 340-692-9922 <br /><br />The Mahogany Room<br />Both the International menu and views shine here, one of many fine St. Croix restaurants located within hotels and resorts. In Estate Davis Bay, North Shore. Reservations are a must. Tel: 340-778-3800 <br /><br />Sunset Grill<br />Locals and visitors alike have long made this authentic Caribbean eatery a favorite among St. Croix restaurants. In Frederiksted. Tel: 340-772-5855 <br /><br />St. Croix Chef Service: <br />We have several excellent chefs who are available to our clients for just one special dinner or for all of their meal preparations during their villa stay. Sample menus are available and we generally will put the chef directly in touch with our clients so that they can discuss their dates, times, menus, dietary restrictions and grocery shopping with him or her. Each chef requires an advance deposit for both the grocery shopping and their cooking services. A chef’s pricing is based on the number of guests, type of meals requested etc. Please keep in mind that the U.S. Virgin Islands is a U.S. Territory, so the usual U.S. minimum wage applies and chefs will likely cost more than on most other West Indian Islands. Once you’ve arranged your chef, please let Villas Caribe know so that we can be sure to provide them with access to your villa prior to your arrival so that they can pre-stock groceries etc. <br /><br />Ambrosia Personal Chef Service: <br />Ms. Terry Chretien <br />Phone: 340.773.6174 or e-mail terryc@viacess.net. <br />Terry is, also, a licensed massage therapist who will be glad to come to your villa to provide a totally relaxing massage. <br /><br />Parsley, Sage, Rosemary &amp; Thyme: <br />Ms. Jeanette Wright <br />Phone: 340.713.0187 or e-mail jeanettewright@hotmail.com.</p>

History

<div align="center">St. Croix Island History<br /></div><br />The history of St. Croix Island and the Virgin Islands started with Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493. His sighting started modern St. Croix Island history, as it named Santa Cruz and claimed for Spain. After marking the beginning of St. Croix Island history, Columbus then proceeded to sail further North where he found the other islands and christened them “Las Islas Virgenes” or the Virgin Islands. Much of the famed pirate escapades took place off of St. Croix Island. Sir Francis Drake, an English navigator and infamous plunderer of Spanish galleons, sailed through the sea passageway separating the British and American Virgin Islands and which is today known as the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The famed Englishman reportedly watched the Spanish Armada sail by as his ships in the sanctuary of Magens Bay, North of St. Croix Island. <br /><br /><br />In the 1660’s, various European powers (Holland, France, England, Spain, Denmark &amp; the Knights of Malta) all wanted to possess the Virgin Islands but in 1671 it was Denmark that clearly ruled St. Thomas. Denmark established the first permanent settlement there and by 1718 they expanded to St. John. A fort was constructed in Coral Bay on St. John, one of the safest harbors in the Caribbean. In 1733, Denmark purchased St. Croix Island from France and united the three Virgin Islands of today. Throughout the 18th century, the islands prospered with sugar plantations and St. Croix Island became a major emporium until 1848 when Denmark abolished slavery. The United States bought the islands in 1917, as part of a military defense strategy for $25 million but it was not until 1927 that the residents of St. Croix Island were granted U.S. citizenship.

Golf

<div align="center">St. Croix Golf Courses</div><br />For enthusiasts everywhere, St. Croix golf courses are renowned for their quality and challenge. There are three St. Croix golf courses to choose from, all of superior quality when it comes to Caribbean standards. Much of the island’s reputation for tourism is based on the beauty of St. Croix’s golf clubs. The most famous of the three St. Croix golf courses is Carambola, a Robert Trent designed 18-hole championship design that almost seems a lush ecosystem of its own. Greens fees for this particular St. Croix golf course run between $60 to $100 depending on the season.<br /><br />For more casual play, there are two other St. Croix golf courses to choose from, the Buccaneer and the Reef Golf Course. The Buccaneer is located close to Christiansted and provides another good opportunity to play 18 holes of St. Croix golf. The Reef Golf Course at Teague Bay offers 9-hole play. Rates at this St. Croix golf course run $25/round including golf cart rental.<br />

Airport

<div align="center">St. Croix Airport<br /></div><br />There are two USVI airports, one in St Thomas and the St. Croix airport (Henry E. Rohlsen Airport). The St. Croix airport is capable of handling international and island hopping flights. Many major US hubs will have access to St. Croix airport through San Juan, Puerto Rico. For guests wanting to change planes domestically, flights are also offered daily directly from Miami aboard American Eagle. Many flying into the St. Croix airport are guests of the island, as much of the other international traffic flies into St. Thomas (closer to other Virgin Islands). <br /><br />The Island is a bit farther from the other Virgin Islands cluster making the St. Croix airport a logical place for many inter-Caribbean flights to land. Multiple carriers offer a range of flight options arriving at St. Croix airport many times daily. <br /><br />St. Croix Airport (Henry Rohlsen Airport)<br />340.778.0589<br />www.viport.com/aviation.html <br /><br />St. Croix Airport Airlines: <br /><br />American Airlines <br />American Eagle <br />Caribbean Star Airlines <br />Delta Airlines <br />LIAT <br />US Air <br /><br />St. Croix Airport approximate flight times: <br />NY to St. Croix airport: <br />Miami to St. Croix airport: <br /><br />St. Croix Airport Transfers: <br />The St. Croix Airport is located midway between Christiansted and Frederiksted in the southern part of the island. Clients of Villas Caribe will be met upon arrival by one of our local representatives either at the airport or a nearby location depending upon the villa chosen. Our local representative will then escort clients directly to the villa, let them in, give them the keys and generally get them acclimated. <br /><br />St. Croix Departure Tax: <br />None<br /><br />St. Croix Documents for arrival onto St. Croix: <br />U.S. citizens entering ST. Croix should be in possession of a certified birth certificate with raised seal and a photo I.D. or a passport.

Communications

<div align="center">St. Croix Villa Rentals: Communications<br /></div><br />Guests of St. Croix villa rentals will find that the telecommunications system works in the same manner as they would expect in the US. All St. Croix villa rentals are equipped with a telephone that operates with a three-digit area code system. Calling to or from any St. Croix villa rental is as simple as being at home. <br /><br />For St. Croix villa rental guests interested in keeping abreast with world happenings, there are multiple weekly printed publications and an online St. Croix newspaper to keep informed. St. Crois This Week is a St. Croix newspaper that is oriented towards the tourist industry and guests of villa rentals. St. Croix villa renal guests will also find a selection of US bases papers at groceries and other shopping areas on the Island. <br /> <br />St. Croix Area Code: 340<br /> <br />St. Croix Communications: <br />The villas all are equipped with telephones and guests will be advised of the particular phone number of the property prior to departure.<br /> <br />St. Croix Electricity: <br />110 volts/50 cycles-same as in the U.S. <br />No adapters necessary for visitors from North America but European visitors will require one.<br />

Nightlife

<div align="center">St. Croix Nightlife<br /></div><br />The nightlife of St. Croix is extensive and varied providing a variety of entertainment options for every taste. St. Croix nightlife ranges from historic dinner shows to romantic cruises to fine dining as well as nightclubs and gambling at the Divi Carina Bay Casino. Though most guests of St. Croix find that they spend lazy warm nights on their villa deck, others do tempt the flare of the St. Croix nightlife.<br /><br />St. Croix Dress: <br />Due to the islands conservative heritage, there is a dress code of conservative clothing. Light cotton dresses and light jackets and ties for formal wear and typical tropical wear during the day.<br />

Car rental

<div align="center">St. Croix Car Rentals<br /></div><br />The freedom and mobility offered by St. Croix car rentals makes them an obvious addition to any vacation. The island is not well covered by public transportation so a St. Croix car rental is a must for villa guests staying off the beaten path. There is a local Island bus service, but accessing villas is really only done by St. Croix rental cars. To access the beaches, shopping and other activities of the Island, a St. Croix car rental makes all the difference.<br /><br />Henry E. Rohlsen Airport houses the majority of St. Croix car rental agencies. Many of the major American companies are represented here or in Christiansted (where other St. Croix car rentals may be obtained). To secure a St. Croix car rental, a valid driver’s license and credit card are necessary for those over 25. Exceptions are made for younger drivers wishing to access a St. Croix car rental, though premiums are applied. <br /><br />St. Croix Car Rentals: <br />We highly recommend that clients rent a vehicle for their stay on St Croix. <br /> <br />Budget: 340.778.9636. <br />Hertz: 340.778.0450. <br />Thrifty: 800.367.2277 <br /><br />St. Croix Driving: <br />Driving is on the left, British style. A U.S. driver’s license is valid for 90 days on the Virgin Islands and minimum-driving age is 18 years old. Please note that many car rental agencies will not rent to anyone under the age of 25 years.<br /> <br />St. Croix Ferry: <br />From November until early May, ferries run between St. Thomas &amp; St. Croix. <br />Contact: www.virginislandsfastferry.com<br />

Weddings

<div align="center">St. Croix Weddings<br /></div><br />Virgin Islands ceremonies and St. Croix weddings in particular are a magical experience. Starting a new life together in paradise is one of the best ways to put your foot forward, and a St. Croix wedding will accomplish just that. From large plantation estates to small surfside receptions, weddings on St. Croix have the gamut of locals and scenarios to decide between. The island has been host to scores of ceremonies and as such, St. Croix wedding planners are used to their clientele’s requests and situations. Large or small, St. Croix weddings are sure to please. <br /><br />The most convenient aspect of St. Croix weddings is that the same applications and procedure that apply in the US apply on-island. St. Croix weddings require that the marrying couple have all necessary documentation including divorce certificates if previously married. Licenses for St. Croix weddings cost $50 and must be received in person before the ceremonies may take place.<br /><br />St. Croix Marriage &amp; St. John Weddings: <br />Getting married on St. Croix is relatively easy. Couples should apply for St. Croix wedding applications through the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands, Box 70, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., 00804 or call 340.774.6680. There is an eight-day waiting period required upon receipt of the notarized application in the islands. The waiting period, however, may be waived at the discretion of the judge if the couple’s documents are in order. <br /><br />We are, also, happy to provide our clients with the names and phone numbers of personal wedding consultants and planners.<br />

Shopping

<div align="center">St. Croix Shopping<br /></div><br />Shopping in St. Croix offers a variety of experiences from art galleries to searching for exceptional jewelry. The duty-free merchandise of St. Croix shopping is offered at prices 20%-40% less than in the U.S. or Canada. Popular items include watches, cameras, perfume, fine jewelry, liquor, china and leather goods with no sales or luxury taxes making St. Croix shopping a fine destination activity. Villa guests will enjoy a day wandering the malls or alleys of Christiansted in search of other St. Croix shopping deals!<br /><br />There is no sales tax in the USVI and St. Croix shoppers can take advantage of the $1200 duty free allowance per person. Rum is obviously, another great buy on the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been producing the exceptional Cruzan Rum since the 17th century for a great St. Croix shopping opportunity<br /> <br />St. Croix ATMS: <br />The island offers ATMs at bank branches, transportation centers, shopping centers and other convenient spots throughout the island. <br /> <br />St. Croix Baby-Equipment Rentals: <br />Car seats, cribs, high chairs, playpens, strollers, cots and bed rails are all available for rental for additional fees, which generally vary per item. Rates subject to service charge/delivery charge &amp; an 8% government tax. <br /> <br />St. Croix Banks: <br />Banks on St. Croix are open 9 AM-3 PM Mon.-Thursday and from 9-4:30 PM on Fridays. Most of them have ATMS.<br /><br />St. Croix Budgeting/Costs To Rent A Villa on St. Croix: <br />In addition to the weekly rental rate for a villa on St. Croix, the additional costs involved include but are not limited to the following: <br /><br />Air Transportation <br />Car Rental <br />Groceries &amp; beverages <br />Tip for the maid, if included. <br /><br />St. Croix Customs &amp; Duty-Free Allowances: <br /><br />U.S. Citizens duty-free allowances: <br />Departing citizens whose stay is in excess of 48 hours may return taking back items, free of duty, articles totaling up to US $1,200 (based on the retail value of the items in the country of purchase). A family of four, then, would be able to bring home $4,800 in duty-free items. Additionally, you may bring home up to 4 liters of liquor per adult or 6 liters if the 5th bottle is either Cruzan Rum, Chococo or Southern Comfort, all of which are made in the U.S.V.I and are duty-free. <br /><br />Loose precious gems (diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphire) are completely duty-free no matter what the cost (as long as the stone is loose and not in a setting). Additionally, there is a duty-free allowance of 5 cartons of cigarettes and 100 cigars. All items that are produced on the island (fashions, perfume, straw hats and jewelry) are customs except as well as original art and unset gems. <br /> <br />St. Croix Currency: <br />The US Dollar. Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted as well.<br /> <br />St. Croix Pre-stocking: <br />While the villas on St. Croix generally do not include staffs (cooks), for visitors that will be arriving late in the day or evening, we recommend that they have the villa pre-stocked with some arrival beverages and snacks. This service is available for additional charges.<br />

Sights

<div align="center">St. Croix Beaches &amp; St. Croix Activities<br /></div><br />St. Croix Beaches: <br />The beaches of St. Croix offer some stunning white sand strips perfectly laid out for relaxation and quiet. In the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix beaches are probably the least hectic. With the cruises on St. Thomas and the popularity of St. John, St. Croix beaches provide an atmosphere unlike any other. Some of the best St. Croix beaches are located off the north shore, where many villa properties are also found. <br /><br />Buck Island National Reef Monument: <br />Part of the National Park system, the island is protected and the snorkeling includes underwater trails, which are just fabulous. The island is reached by boat only with departures from Christiansted or from the Green Cay Marina on the north shore. <br /><br />Cane Bay: <br />A northshore St. Croix beach that offers great scuba diving and snorkeling. The Cane Bay Wall is less than 200 yards out. The beach, also, offers beachside restaurants and bars as well as watersports facilities. One of the islands most popular beaches. <br /><br />Chenay Bay: <br />On the East End Road, water sports are offered and there are bars and restaurants as well at the Chenay Bay Beach Resort. <br /><br />Isaac Bay: <br />An East End St. Croix beach that is generally impossible to reach without a four-wheel drive vehicle. Secluded sands for sunbathing calm waters for good swimming and a barrier reef for snorkeling. <br /><br />Sandy Point: <br />Located on the island’s west end/south of Frederiksted is a long and pretty but isolated St, Croix beach. The area has no facilities and the area is a designated wildlife refuge, which is protected as a nesting environment for marine turtles. <br /><br />Sprat Hall and West End Beach Club: <br />Both offer long stretches as well as facilities and water sports rentals. <br /><br />Tamarind Reef Beach: <br />Located east of Christiansted. <br /><br />St. Croix Estates &amp; Plantations: <br />St. Croix was colonized by the Danish and built the Danish West Indies into a thriving sugar cane and trading islands. Slaves were imported to work the large number of sugar plantations. <br /><br />British in the 1600s and is home to many lavish estates and mansions that brim with history. In the past, these homes were often owned by the operators of sugar plantations. Today these beautiful estates and plantations provide interesting history lessons and are frequently situated in the most picturesque locations on the island. <br /><br />Estate Mt. Washington: <br />Extensive ruins of an old sugar plantation surrounded by fruit orchards. <br /><br />Estate Whim Plantation: <br />A restored handsome Great House, sugar mill and other sugar plantation structures located near Frederiksted. <br /><br />Fort Christiansvaern: <br />One of five Danish forts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ft. Christiansvaern is built on the site of an old French fort called Ft. St. Jean. It was used by the military until 1878 and has since served as both a courthouse and police station. Visitors will find canons, soldier’s cells and a military museum. <br /><br />Fort Frederik: <br />Dating back to 1760, the site of the emancipation of the slaves in 1848. <br /><br />Government House: <br />A historic building in Christianstead offering a beautiful example of Danish colonial architecture. <br /><br />St. Croix Hiking: <br />A variety of hiking opportunities exist on St. Croix.<br /><br />The St. Croix Environmental Association: <br />Phone: 340.773.1989 <br />Offers guided walking tours of the island. <br /><br />Caribbean Adventure Tours: <br />Phone: 340.773.4599  <br /><br />St. Croix Horseback Riding: <br />Several companies on the island offer guided tours that lead visitors through spectacular scenery. <br />Paul &amp; Jill’s Equestrian Stables (phone 340.772.2880) offer trips through the rain forest, along the coast and even moonlit rides. <br /><br />St. Croix Sights &amp; Wonders: <br /><br />Buck Island National Monument: <br />Ranked as one of the most unique spots in the entire Caribbean, it is a wooded and uninhabited island of approximately 880 acres-176 of it land and the other 704 of clear waters and coral reefs. A nature preserve it is administered by the U.S. National Park Service and offers an underwater snorkeling trail and some of the best snorkeling in the entire Caribbean. The island has walking trails, nice white sand beach and picnic areas with grills. The island is reached only by boat with departures fro Christiansted or from the Green Cay Marina on the northshore. <br /><br />Cruzan Rum Factory: <br />Tours are available of the distillery including a Cruzan rum drink. <br /><br />St. Croix Aquarium: <br />A non-profit marine education center that has aquariums and touching ponds with shells and starfish. <br /><br />St. George Botanical Gardens: <br />A 16-acre park built on the ruins of an old sugar plantation that operated from 1733 until 1917. The ruins include an old rum factory, a blacksmith shop, cactus garden and a gift shop. <br /><br />Estate Whim Plantation Museum: <br />A restored sugarcane plantation and old greathouse complete with period furniture and various plantation structures.<br /><br />St. Croix Tennis: <br />The majority of the large hotels and resorts on the island have tennis courts that may be booked even if you are not a guest.<br /> <br />The Buccaneer offers eight courts (two lighted for night play) plus a pro and full tennis pro shop-phone: 340.773.2100.). <br />Club St. Croix offers three-lighted courts-phone 340.773-4800. <br />Carambola has four courts/two lighted phone 340.778.3800.
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