Introducing St Croix

St Croix is the USVI’s big boy – it’s more than twice the size of St Thomas – and it sports an exceptional topography spanning mountains, a spooky rainforest and a fertile coastal plain that, once upon a time, earned it the nickname ‘Garden of the Antilles’ for its sugarcane-growing prowess. Today the island is known for its scuba diving, rum making, marine sanctuary and, dare we say it, beer-drinking pigs.

St Croix is also distinguished by the fact that tourism is not its main income source. That honor goes to the Hovensa Oil refinery on the south shore, one of the world’s largest processors. With so many locals working in ‘regular’ jobs, the vibe on St Croix is more suburban than bash-you-over-the-head idyllic, which actually makes for a refreshing, less-congested change of pace.

St Croix drifts by its lonesome 40 miles south of the other Virgins. It has two main towns: Christiansted, the largest, sits on the northeast shore. Frederiksted, its much sleepier counterpart, resides on the west end, where a large Puerto Rican community has grown over the last few generations.