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St. Croix Adventures: Exploration

Posted Dec 31 2012 7:19pm

Greetings and Happy New Year from St. Croix! Each year, while on vacation, I think about doing a New Year’s post that talks all I’ve enjoyed this year and all I want to accomplish next year. But, some how I never get around to doing it so I’m going to keep that trend alive today by sharing with you our adventures in St. Croix that we enjoyed today on our exploration day.

Each time Bo and I visit a new place, regardless of whether we are staying on a resort or not, we rent a car to enjoy the island and take in all the sights. It’s a great way to enjoy a change in scenery, take a break from the beach, spend time together, and have fun driving. Today, in our Jeep Wranglers, 7 of us explored St. Croix from one end to the other.

Before heading out, Bo and I went on a sweaty and way too hilly 3 mile run and enjoyed a breakfast out on the porch with everyone of eggs and rye toast.

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We didn’t really have a planned route today, just knew that we wanted to experience different parts of the island that we’d heard about such as the rain forest, Rainbow beach, and the most Eastern point of the United States.

We left the house, on the Northeast shore, around 11 and were able to accomplish all our goals by 5:30!

First stop, the most Eastern point of the United States, just a few minutes from our house this week. It provided amazing views of the Island in addition to St. John and St. Thomas while also taking in the Millennium Memorial.

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Our next stop on the great adventure was Fredrickstead, where most of the cruise ships dock and a small historic town in St. Croix. While the town was smaller and more run down than I expected, it was still nice for lunch. Along the water was a postcard “tropical” setting complete with huge conch shells and palm trees but just one block over the food was over priced and a bit sketchy. We were so thirilled that we’re staying on the Christianstead of the island as we feel safer and there are far more bars, restaurants, and beaches.

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We had lunch at a small little restaurant on the square that we wouldn’t recommend and walked around the streets taking in the sights. It was also pretty hilarious to watch the guys jump down to find shells for their ladies. There were HUGE conch shells near the pier.

Our next stop was Rainbow Beach, the 3rd rated beach on the island but also a beach that offers jet skis! We spent 2 hours enjoying strong sun, crystal clear waters, white sand, and 30 minutes on 2 person jet skis. We decided that while $60 per half hour was pricey, it wasn’t bad if you split it between two people.

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Last but not least, was the rain forest. It’s amazing how quickly the temperature and climate changed within just a few miles. I was waiting for Baloo from the Jungle Book to drop off and say hi or an anaconda to drop in our open Jeep.

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Such a great St. Croix day for the win! Tonight we’re going to a 10pm seating at The Galleon, a local water front restaurant with live music!

Happy 2013 and may this coming year be your best yet!

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