Spend four days of fun in the St. Croix sun with Vacations by Marriott! Explore the island by foot and experience sandy beaches, warm, clear waters, tropical valleys and incredible wildlife. Taste local cuisine, learn about the culture and make lasting memories along the way. Take travel to a whole new level and browse our Caribbean vacation packages. We hope to see you there!
Day One: It’s early afternoon when you touch down at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on the island of St. Croix. Once off the plane, you’re pleased to recall that no passport is required for U.S. citizens here in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you’re quickly on your way to the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, located just a few miles from the airport. The resort’s setting is absolutely gorgeous – beachfront, with red roofs providing bright contrast to the lush, green foothills just above. You check in, park the luggage in your room and head straight down to the beach, where warm, clear ocean waters gently wash away hours of travel. With a snorkel mask and pair of fins, you explore the underwater world just offshore for a little while, and eventually take a seat at the open-air beach bar and grill, where cool drinks and casual dining help complete a fun first afternoon in this most tranquil of Caribbean settings.
Day Two: This morning you’re excited to play 18 holes at the Carambola Golf & Country Club, designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones Sr. and considered the finest course in the Virgin Islands. The layout winds through a lush, tropical valley on the northwest side of the island, and provides a thoroughly enjoyable challenge in a truly spectacular location. After a late lunch, you head over to Paul & Jill’s Equestrian Stables in the Frederiksted area, where you’re paired up with ponies and set out on a casual, afternoon ride that meanders through shady trails under majestic Rain trees and past historic ruins. You come across a wide variety of wildlife – the Strangler Fig tree, Kapok, interesting termite nests, “Tarzan” vines, papaya, tamarind and mango trees. You stop to sample fruit from an orchard, and later complete the ride along a beautiful white sand beach, admiring the swaying palm trees and the vibrant blues of the Caribbean Sea.
Day Three: Buck Island Reef National Monument is an uninhabited island located just a mile-and-a-half off the northeast coast of St. Croix, and is highly-recommended by both visitors and residents. The place is about as secluded as the Caribbean gets these days, and the anticipation builds as you board a large catamaran for a day trip from the harbor in Christiansted. After just a few minutes crossing the channel, you look down into the incredibly clear waters that are teeming with busy tropical fish. In no time, you’re in the water and snorkeling among the sea life that darts around the colorful coral reef just below. A little later, you towel off and work on your tan along Turtle Beach, a long stretch of sugary, sun-kissed sand that’s the perfect place to take a deep breath and just relax. There may be nicer beaches somewhere in the world, but in this place, on this day, you think that things simply can’t get much better.
Day Four: It’s your final full day in St. Croix, and you’re pleased that you packed (relatively) light – there’s a decent amount of room left in your suitcases for a few purchases! So you head into Christiansted and stroll through town, admiring the quaint, privately-owned boutiques that are full of brightly-colored clothing and beach wear, plus accessories like hats, bags and scarves. You pick up a number of souvenirs, handmade gifts, and other locally-made products, then check out bookstores and galleries that feature works from local authors and artists. Eventually you’ve worked up an appetite, so you make a stop for lunch at Rowdy Joe’s, where you find what’s quite possibly the best fish taco in all of the Caribbean. You fill up on tacos, wash them down with cool beverages, and work your way back to the resort for a little more mid-afternoon fun under the sun. You’ll leave the island tomorrow, happy to have experienced its magic, and eager to return one day.