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Choose from three Inspirato accommodations on the pristine U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Along the western side of the bay, in an exclusive gated community, Panorama is known for its abundant outdoor space as a first-row home overlooking rocky coastline. Swimmable beaches are just a short drive away.
To the east, the five-bedroom Copa Caneel and Poinciana are contemporary beachfront villas boasting private pools and ocean views for days. They’re just a short walk from the secluded white sands of Shoys Beach.
Twenty-eight by 8 miles across, the inviting shores of St. Croix comprise the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Much of the land is protected as national historic parks, including Buck Island Reef National Monument and Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The colonial architecture throughout Christiansted and Frederiksted demonstrates the former influences of Spanish, French and Danish rule and you'll be warmly greeted by the local Crucians, known the world over for their warmth and hospitality. St. Croix is also famous for its abundance of sea life and vast scuba diving opportunities as the waters around the island are warm year-round.
On Saturday mornings behind La Reine Chicken Shack, a farmers market is set up. You'll find tomatoes, peppers, bread, fruit, hot sauce, mauby tea, fresh jellies and even fishermen selling their catch of the day out of ice coolers.
The beaches of St. Croix lack crowds and are an ideal location for both kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding. Depending on wind conditions, Kite St. Croix offers quality lessons with certified instructors.
40 Strand is a local and tourist favorite with generous seafood and vegetarian options. Everything is made to order on-site and the food is fresh and sourced locally. Be sure to make a reservation, as seating is limited.
In the spring, the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge offers night excursions to watch female leatherback turtles dig their nests and lay eggs. Seasonally, you might see hatchlings spring out of the sand and crawl to the ocean.
Tan Tan Tours allows you to see the island from the comfort of a four-wheel drive Jeep. You'll be driven through lush rainforest to see historical ruins, tide pools, Cruzan hideaways and Cane Bay.
The Schooner Roseway fishing yacht was built in 1925 and is located at Christiansted Harbor Port Authority Dock. This is one of the island's most historical nautical attractions. Day sails and private charters are available.
After renting a vehicle, you will drive on the left side of the road in St. Croix. Don't let this intimidate you as most traffic on the island travels at a slow to moderate pace and most of the roads are only two lanes. Follow the car in front of you for turns.
Once the sun sets, the mosquitos come out to play. Wearing a strong repellent such as OFF! Deep Woods is your best bet, as is staying indoors during dawn and dusk. Most restaurants and bars on the island keep repellent on hand should you need it.
It's important to say, "Good morning," "good afternoon," and "good night," to everyone you encounter. While it might seem overwhelming at first, these proper greetings are expected and make an excellent impression, improving your vacation while on the island.
St. Croix is known for breeding award-winning racehorses. Additionally, owning a horse is a Crucian tradition and with so many horses on the island, it's not uncommon to see them wandering free alongside the road or crossing the highway alone.
If you plan to take conch shells home with you, talk to your Destination Concierge about local laws and guidelines as they will have to be under a certain size. Better yet, take pictures and leave it all behind to help sustain the local sea wildlife.
"The best part is the small community that is so warm and welcoming,"says Honeyrock Ingram, Inspirato Destination Concierge. "My job… is to make the vacation for our guests something that's timeless."
With an annual average temperature of about 84 degrees and little variation between seasons, St. Croix is a perfect year-round destination. Mild trade winds keep most of the humidity at bay and sunny skies lure beachgoers into the island's gentle waves. Most rainfall happens from September through November, but the showers tend to move along quickly.