St. Croix USVI


A video I put together from some footage recorded while we were away on our honeymoon in St. Croix. I'm glad I decided to do this because now we will have it forever! Sometimes it's worth it to go the extra mile.

Now that the wedding and various other life events have passed, I thought this was the perfect time to write about my experience in St. Croix. My husband and I honeymooned on this underrated Caribbean island, following our wedding in November. We stayed for 10 days at two different locations on the island. 

Both myself and my husband share the same sentiments towards staying on our own as opposed to a resort with tourist culture similar to that of back home. Keeping this in mind, our first accommodation was a secluded house on the edge of a cliff, with a panoramic view of the ocean. Because we were on our own on the tip of a small private peninsula, we had uninterrupted views of the beautiful blue waters and both the sunrise and the sunset. The house was about 20 minutes away from society and took an almost alarmingly steep drive up the back of the cliff to pull in to the drive-way. While we valued our privacy, by the end of our stay there we found ourselves wanting to experience the culture and community of the island. On about the fourth day we then moved on to a small honeymoon cottage on the other side of the island. This cottage shared property with the renters and their beautiful house. Chad and Emily were extremely kind hosts, and provided us with plenty of knowledge in regards to things to do, and places to go on the island. They even had personalized, homemade cookies waiting for us on our arrival! The house had board games, snorkel gear, a beautiful bathroom, and a spacious, fully functional kitchen. It was also no more than 30 yards from the beach. We absolutely recommend staying in Chad and Emily's honeymoon cottage if you ever find yourself in St. Croix.

One of our favorite beaches was Rainbow Beach, located on the southern tip of the island. We found privacy, white powdery sand and crystal clear water with food, drink and activity in close proximity. What more can you ask for?

We also took a trip out to Buck Island with Big Beard's tours to snorkel. Buck Island was sooooo gorgeous. The water was again beautiful! Another day we took a water taxi out to Hotel on the Cay and enjoyed their small island resort.

Food was a big part of our trip as well. We visited the Avocado Pitt several times for breakfast in the morning, and rum smoothies in the afternoon. I don't even drink, but these smoothies were so delicious. Our favorite dining experience was Savant, a restaurant on the edge of Christianstead. THIS PLACE WAS INCREDIBLE. We ate on an open air patio, with ornate sculpted walls. We chatted with the owner only to find out his wife designed, and hand sculpted all of it.  The atmosphere was amazing, and the food even more so! I had my first experience with lobster, and it was THE way to first experience lobster - my mouth is watering just writing about. If you visit St Croix, you have to go to this place - it's a must. All the seafood is caught fresh, and I could confidently ordered with a blindfold.

Here are some more pics that we took with just our iphones and gopro. We needed a vacation from our carrying around our "real cameras" ;)   

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Alex Ekkelenkamp