All of St. Croix's beaches are public and the locals use them heavily on Sundays.
If you arrive on a Sunday make plans to spend the day shopping in Christiansted. The locals hang out on the beach on Sunday with their mega-speakers and blaring bass. After an hour of hearing the resounding BOOM-BOOM you'll be less than relaxed and poised to commit a crime. It is not the way to start your vacation.
ATM's are limited on the Fredricksted side of St. Croix and the only ATM between Fredricksted and Christiansted is at the airport which closes early in the evening. It's 25-30 minute drive to Christiansted where most of the ATM's are.
We had a problem at the bank ATM's in Fredricksted not accepting our ATM cards and some of the cafe and/or bars did not accept credit cards.
I swear I don't know where they come from, but when the sun goes down, the dogs (very very skinny) come out. There were also a lot of homeless people walking arond and they all seemed to be drinking from brown paper bags.. Just be safe if you are new to the area.
For the most part some people aren't bothered by them. If you are visiting the island be sure to bring bug spray & calamine lotion!
When they bite, they itch pretty bad if you are sensitive to them and you won't get just a couple bites, expect alot of bites.
The park service on St. Croix tries hard to keep the park at Columbus Landing clean and has posted this sign. - which says
WARNING - PLEASE READ
This five-acre parcel on which this site sits, is managed by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and is part of the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, to be co-managed by the National Park Service and the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Due to the sensitive nature of the significant archeological and historic cultural resource, recreational activities will be limited to day-use only, and no vehicular access is allowed. Digging, littering or construction of temporary structures is prohibited, according to the Antiquities and Cultural Properties Act of 1998 (Title 29, Chapter 17, of the V.I. Code) Any violations of this act is punishable by a fine of up to $500 to $10,000 per Day.
But it's a losing battle. Also it is not one of the safest beaches on the island
Locals know what rental cars look like and have the tools to break into them. Many of the rental cars on the island have markings on the top of the driver's door where a slim jim was stuck in. While on the island our car got broken into twice - once at the busy Cane Bay and another time at a hotel. If you go to St. Croix, just take a look at the top of some of the cars....
If you buy a guide book before going, it names all these beaches that have certain things at them. The only problem is, alot of the beaches are not marked. Even knowing the general area doesn't necessarily help. You'll find yourslef thinking, "Am I at Rainbow beach, Sprat Hall beach, Butler Bay, some other place listed on the other side of the island????"
We were exploring and looking for snorkeling at certain places and always seemed confused where we were - except for the major beaches.
Although this is a US territory, the traffic patterns are the same as in Britain..... just stay to the left, and look right before crossing!!
4126 La Grande Princesse, (formerly Cormorant Beach Club and Hotel), Christiansted, 00820, Caribbean
Good for: Families
Group of 15 staying 10 days. Our rooms were as far apart as you could get them on this large, hilly...more
442 Strand St., Frederiksted, St. Croix, 00840, Caribbean
Good for: Couples