Probably my favorite place in the world is St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kristen and I first visited St. Croix on our honeymoon and knew right away St. Croix would be apart of our lives and lifestyle. That was in 2002 and we’ve gone back about every other year since. I even competed in the 2005 Half Ironman in St. Croix. We’ve now taken our kids several times as well. St. Croix certainly has poverty and crime but they also have a strong ex-pat community and native folks steeped in tradition, from art to Moko Jumbie filled festivals.
The year I turned 40 we went to St. Croix and I went SCUBA diving for the first time ever. I took the “resort” dive course. Its about a 45 minute class with some pool time. It was a one on one class around 8am. By 9:30 we were heading out on the boat. I will never forget that experience. I’ve been hooked ever since. We went back to St. Croix two years later and I went again. This time I was armed with a GoPro Camera. You can check out the footage here.
Another one of our favorite things to do or have on St. Croix is a Jeep Wrangler. In St. Croix the steering wheel is on the left side of the car but, you also drive on the left side of the road. so often you have to perform a mental check-in before you pull out. We love to drive along the water or into town with the top down while listening to some local music. We’ve found a great music store in town called Riddims on Queen Cross street and visit each time to add to our collection.
For me St. Croix has a vibe which aligns to my roots of Cape Cod and its salt water, hot sun and the easy-going-on-vacation-attitude. Plus flip-flops, board shorts and rum punches. Add in some roadside chicken stands with home-made Johnny Cakes and I have my Heaven on earth. Of course we owe it all to Aunt Janet and Sylvan. Thanks guys, we love you!