We were looking forward to Our Day In St Croix, as this would be our first time visiting this island.
The shipped arrived in Frederiksted, St Croix, which is located on the west end of the island. It is the smaller of the two towns on St Croix. We were supposed to disembark at 8am, but it ended up being closer to 8:30 before we were able to leave the ship. We headed to the Budget Rental Car office, where we had reserved a car to explore St Croix for the day.
It was a quick walk down the pier through the gate to the street.
It was Sunday and not much was open except the street vendors, which were just setting up their tables.
We saw the sign for Budget rental car office on our left, as we were walking down the street. We followed the sign to their office. When we arrived, there were already two people ahead of us and two more people came after we got there.
It took about 40 minutes before we got our car and were on our way. After signing the paper work in the office, someone walked us to the car where there were more forms to sign. I checked for damage on the car and marked it off on the form and J went through his check list he developed when renting a car.
TIP: When renting a car, always take pictures of the car on all sides in case there is any issues when you return the car.
Finally we were on our way. Our first stop was Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. When we arrived, we found the park did not open until 10:00 a.m. Instead of waiting around we headed to Christiansted, which is the largest town on St Croix.
On our way to Christiansted, we stopped at a Kmart to pick up a few things. When we were checking out the power went out. We had to wait for the generators to kick in to make our purchase. When we arrived in Christiansted, we found that the power was out island wide. We parked in the visitor center lot and walked around, but again not much was open because it was a Sunday and there was no power.
From the fort you can see a hotel on its own island called Hotel on the Cay. There was a ferry that would take you over to enjoy their beach. (See picture below)
We walked along the boardwalk which runs along the water in Christiansted.
The live web cam for St Croix is located along the boardwalk. From here you have another view of Hotel on the Cay in the distance.
As we followed the boardwalk, we saw where you can take the sea plane that travels between St Thomas and St Croix.
As we were walking around Christiansted we could see how different the island of St Croix is from St Thomas. It’s a much quieter town, there are not the hordes of jewelry shops and stores around.
We got back in our car and headed to the east end of the island. Not much was on this side of the island, but the views were stunning.
We stopped to take pictures and were contemplating whether to walk down to the beach, when we met someone that was coming back up the path. He had rented a house for 10 days on the island and he gave us some suggestions of things for us to do on the island. He recommended seeing Point Udall, which is the easternmost point of the United States, Cruzan Rum Distrillery and Rainbow beach. We got back in the car and drove to Point Udall, which was right down the road.
After taking our pictures to show we made it to the easternmost point of the United States, we headed to Cruzan Rum Distillery. The sign reminds you to stay to the left.
When we reached Cruzan Rum, we stopped at the gate and spoke to the security guard. He directed us where to go for the tour.
The tour costs $8 per person which includes a tour of the rum distillery, and our choice of two drinks per person. This is the best deal on the island.
TIP: Cruzan Rum only accepts credit or debit cards, no cash.
The rum process starts with sugar cane molasses from the Caribbean.
Then it goes into fermentation.
Rum stored in barrels.
After completing the tour it was back for the free drinks and checking out the store.
We hated to leave but we wanted to get to Sandy Point and enjoy some beach time. This beach was one of the prettiest beaches we saw on St Croix. We could see our cruise ship off in the distance.
Before heading back to the ship we wanted to make one more stop to see Rainbow beach. This beach is located on the other side of the cruise ship.
The picture below is looking down the beach the other way. I don’t think I would have been happy to take a tour on a catamaran and be able to see the cruise ship when you could walk here or take a taxi.
It was getting late and we needed to get gas before returning the car. The car costs $50.25 to rent for the day and we used $10 in gas. For $60.25 we were able to drive around the island at our leisure and enjoy the day. This is much cheaper than doing a tour. St Croix is a pretty island with picturesque beaches to explore. Definitely get out and explore the island and don’t forget to stop off at Cruzan Rum for the drinks.
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