These are some images of my last trip to the US Virgin Island of St. Croix, the largest of the three belonging to the US. It is the midpoint developmentally, between St. Thomas, the 2nd largest and most developped and St. John, the smallest and almost completely undevelopped. I've fallen in love with St. Croix and have visited it twice within a year. My first visit was back in October of 2006, while my second, which these pics are from was back in March-April 2007. I had the luxury of staying with my brother who is working out there temporarily at the oil refinery on the island. I hope to go again and continue to visit this lovely gem, because it is the closest thing to paradise that I can afford to visit and enjoy for as long as I did.
Davis Bay. This is the scene on the way to Carambola, a contemporary resort that is the cream of the crop on the island. It goes head to head with The Buccaneer, a more classic take on the resort lifestyle. I prefer the Buccaneer, personally, but I guess the scenery is the focus here.
My favorite spot in the entire world is right where I am sitting in this picture. It is on the boardwalk in Christiansted. Christiansted is a gorgeous place to spend the day shopping and dining. It is also the main place where most boat rides start, and most of the life on St. Croix takes place. In the distance behind me is the Hotel on the Cay. You obviously have to take a boat to get to the hotel, and the beach is small, yet gorgeous. I went snorkeling there, and found it to be the best snorkeling experience, though there's not much for the true snorkeler looking for more exotic stuff than just schools of fish, or the occassional starfish. I just enjoyed swimming and being close to my favorite place, Christiansted.
This picture was taken at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade is a very big deal for the island, as it attracts a slew of tourists, particularly young spring breakers. It was fun, but a little too juvenile for my taste. The donkey was cute, so a picture was imperative.
This is again in Christiansted. I am on the phone with my sister, whom I joined during my first trip to the island. The second time it was just me and my mother.
This is my mother following a lovely Sunday breakfast at the Buccaneer. The scenery is beautiful, and the water is even more gorgeous upclose.
This is one of my favorite pictures of all time. It was taken at Divi Carina Bay, the only resort on the island, I believe with a casino. Obviously I'm snorkeling. The water wasn't too inviting, as it had a lot of drifting sea weeds and stuff and very little to see. However, with the convenience of a pier into the water, it was great to take pictures like this one.
There are a lot more pics... hundreds and hundreds from this trip. These are just the ones that are still on my harddrive, the rest are on a backup CD. I plan to put up all the photos, because my brother and I are working on a digital scrapbook of sorts, so there will be more pics in the future.