Tuesday, December 11, 2007

WE DESTINATION – St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands) – The Caribbean’s best kept secret

By Marie Fleming

The largest of the United States Virgin Islands, St. Croix is not only famous for it’s world class scuba diving with some of the world's finest dive spots, but is also a very popular wedding/honeymoon destination. The island offers beautiful landscape, gorgeous beaches, stunning historical architecture, and not to mention the intimate dining and shopping.

St. Croix has flown seven different flags. It has been colonized by Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States.

There are two distinct towns to visit: Christiansted and Frederiksted. In Christiansted, you can browse the many quaint shops filled with jewellery and clothing, or visit the National Historic Site within the one-time Danish West Indies capital. Frederiksted is well known for its tropical Rain Forest and the Whim Greathouse, a plantation restored to its original spender in the early 1700s. The towns of Christiansted and Fredriksted each have their distinctive style and are a must-see.

St. Croix scuba diving is some of the best in the Caribbean... if not the world. It nestles more than 20 dive sites within the largest living reef of any Caribbean island. The most popular being Buck Island Reef, Frederiksted Pier, Salt River and The Wall at Cane Bay.

St. Croix offers a host of activities within a very relaxed island experience, without the crowds normally found at many other Caribbean destinations. Fine hotels, great cuisine, sight-seeing, duty free shopping, beautiful beaches, warm waters, spectacular golf courses, watersports, night life and friendly Caribbean culture complete the menu for the perfect U.S. Virgin Island vacation of a lifetime.

St. Croix Happenings:
December/January - Crucian Christmas Festival
February - St. Croix Orchid Society Annual Show
April - A Taste of St. Croix (Food & Wine Festival)
September - Foreign Film Festival (Whim Plantation Museum)
November - Blue Bay Jazz Fest
December - American Airlines Charity Golf Classic

For info and accommodations visit http://www.visitstcroix.com/. http://www.stcroixtourism.com/ or http://www.st-croix-usvi.com/.

Scuba diving info can also be found at http://www.stcroixscuba.com/.

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