St Croix, US Virgin Islands
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We needed a vacation and could take advantage of off-season rates and no crowds at the least known of the US Virgin Islands, St Croix.
 


Sunset at
Carambola

 

St Thomas, the cruise ship and shopping island is the best known followed by St John, the nature resort island. St Croix is what might be called the working Island. It houses one of the largest oil refineries in the western hemisphere and although it has a Caribbean feel to it, the general feeling is that you are in another state. What attracted us to St Croix, other than the lack of tourists, was the diving opportunities, the islands variety and it's great beaches.
 
We flew in from Boston via San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flight went well, including the smaller twin engine prop plane from San Juan to STX airport. The airport in St Croix reminded us of the one on the big island in Hawaii. Most everything is outside. We don't check bags, so we headed for the car rental counter to pick up our car. If you go to St Croix, you should rent a car, because there is a lot to see on the island and taxi's will be very expensive. Driving is different though, they drive on the left side, like in Britain, but they use American left hand steering cars. You get used to it pretty quickly though. Just make sure you stay alert on the turns, at first you tend to try to switch to the other side on turns.
 


USVI
License plate

Oh yeah, the roads on St Croix are never straight and directions are not posted very clearly, so you probably will get lost once or twice. We headed over to the other side of the island from the airport to get to our hotel, the Carambola. We got there, but not by the most direct route.
 


Carambola Beach Resort

Serendipity kicked in though as we ended up driving past the dive shop that we would be using the next 3 days, so we were able to stop by, meet the folks there, take care of some paperwork and, since Jessica needed snorkel equipment, get our gear a day early so we could snorkel at the hotels own beach.

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Sunset at Carambola

Sunset on the Beach

Palm & Sunset

Sunset @ Carambola
St Croix

Blimp approaching
Fredriksted Pier

Blimp over St Croix

Blimp over St Croix

Fredriksted Pier

Diving @
Fredriksted pier

Diving @
Fredriksted pier

Diving @
Fredriksted pier

Turtle tracks

Diving in St Croix


Coral formation

Grunt

Arrow Crab

Barracuda

Barracuda

Barracuda

Blue Chromis

Beautiful sponge

School of blue tang

School of blue tang

School of blue tang

On the dive boat
 with Anchor Dive

Blue Tang

Banded Coral Shrimp
in Vase Sponge


Heading out to a
dive site


French Grunt

Arrow crab

Stoplight Parrotfish
Initial Phase

French Angelfish

Spiny Lobster

Frank & Jessica

Juvenile Drum

Jessica at 20 feet

Parrotfish

Jessica with
school of blue tang

Purple Sponge

Peacock Flounder

Banded Coral
Shrimp

Banded Coral
Shrimp

Sponge

Sponge &
Fairy Basslet

Sponges, Christmas Tree
Worms & Algae

Cowfish

Blue striped and
French Grunt

Sponges, Christmas Tree
Worms & Algae

 


Carambola Resort

Buck Island

Buck Island

Bromilead

Bats in old building

Carambola Beach

Jessica with
Caribbean skies

In the Divi Casino

Rainbow over
Carambola

View of Buck Island &
our snorkeling beach

Carambola beach

Carambola beach

Gecko

Frank on beach

Jessica feeding pig
can of O'Doul's

Heron

Caterpillar

Island License plate

Rainforest road

Pig drinking beer

Jessica in Hammock

Stilt dancers at
Pirates Buffet
in Carambola