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Annaberg Ruins

Annaberg Sugar Plantation and Mill (St. John)

Daily—It is thanks to sugar that Europeans settled in St John. In the early 18th century the Danes arrived and started the first plantations, which in their heyday numbered 25 across the tiny island. The Annaberg Sugar Mill and its plantation offer a slice of well-preserved colonial history, as well as an insight into one of the world's most vital crops. The mill and plantation was founded in 1718 and up until 1848 was worked by West Indian slaves (who were emancipated in that year). In addition to the hard grind of producing the sugar, rum and molasses were also made. The cane was crushed with a wind-driven (or horse, if there was no wind) mill, its juices then boiled—producing gallons of sugar per hour. Daily tours are now available at the plantation, and visitors can admire the rebuilt ruins and the fantastic views that the site affords.


Arts Alive at Tillet Gardens

Festivals and Performances
Tillett Gardens, St Thomas—Enjoy the Arts Alive Arts Crafts and Music Festivals in May and November with over 30 local artists who display and sell their works of fine art, jewelry, crafts and pottery. There is always something happening in Tillett Gardens: resident artists at work, lessons in the music studio, Summer workshops and camps, art shows in the galleries, festivals, concerts and recitals.
www.tillettgardens.com


St Croix Environmental Association

From Bird Watches to Turtle Hatchings
Check out their site for unique opportunities to support local wildlife conservation efforts. A birding club is a joint project of the St. Croix Environmental Association and the V.I. Division of Fish and Wildlife. Call 340-773-1989 for more information.
www.stxenvironmental.org


Blackbeard's Castle

Daily—Blackbeard's Castle is steeped in elusive piratical history with Edward Teach, the fearsome Blackbeard pirate, as its namesake. The Danish watchtower was built in 1679 and originally called Skytsborg Tower, before Blackbeard's arrival in the Caribbean in the early 1700s. The castle is one of the five National Historic Landmarks of the US Virgin Islands. After its infamous beginnings, it was a private residence for many years before becoming an exclusive hotel, The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle. Visitors are able to climb the tower and wander freely around the castle's exterior, mingling with the statues of history's famous pirates. Free
Please note: The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle is currently closed to overnight guests.
www.blackbeardscastle.com/st-thomas-history.htm


Buck Island

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Daily—Sunrise to sunset
The only underwater United States National Monument, Buck Island Reef is a coral reef ecosystem with native flora and fauna inhabiting the 176-acre island that it surrounds. Endangered species such as the hawksbill turtle and the brown pelican survive here, whilst the elkhorn coral barrier that borders two thirds of the island has unusual coral formations, sea fans and gorgonians. Snorkellers and scuba divers are in seventh heaven exploring Buck Island's underwater curiosities. No entry fee although there is a fee payable to the official park concessionaires who provide transport to the island. Please note: There is no overnight camping permitted on the island.
www.nps.gov/buis/index.htm


Coral Reef Swim

The 14th Annual St Croix Coral Reef Five Mile Swim will be held Sunday Oct 18, 2009. One of world's most beautiful open water swims, the Coral Reef Swim begins at St Croix's treasured Buck Island National Monument, and meanders through warm turquoise waters, over coral reefs, sandy-bottomed starfish beds and a myriad of sea life. Sightings of endangered leatherback and green turtles, as well as dolphins and other fascinating sea creatures, are common. Enjoyed by swimmers of all levels and ages from around the world, the race culminates at the legendary Buccaneer resort, with cheering fans, steel band music and a lively awards ceremony. Call 253-241-4827 for more information.


Coral World Ocean Park

Nov-March 9am-4pm; varied summer schedule
It would not be an exaggeration to deem Coral World Ocean Park a Caribbean marine paradise. Children and adults alike can view ocean life at close quarters in the deep reef tank, the stingray pool and the turtle pool, amongst many other attractions. Swimming with sea lions is a highly popular choice for visitors, as is the feeding of the noisy lorikeet parrots. The curious James Bond-like white dome sitting 100ft offshore is the undersea observatory in the middle of a living coral reef. Once your curiosity about the animals has been satiated, relax on the adjacent Coki Beach, an enticing stretch of white sand and transparent water. US$18; children 3-12 yrs US$9
www.coralworldvi.com


Cruzan Rum Distillery

Weekdays only; Tours: Mon-Fri 9am-11:30am; 1pm-4:15pm
The Cruzan Rum Distillery is appropriately located amongst the remains of the old Estate Diamond sugar plantation, with the greathouse and sugar mills still intact. A tour around the distillery reveals how old windmills were used for power before electricity became available on the island and ends up with the chance to buy copious amounts of duty-free Cruzan rum and the speciality Cruzan rum cakes. US$4; children 6-18 yrs US$1
http://cruzanrum.com


Fishing

Virgin Islands Game Fishing

GOLDEN HOOK WAHOO TOURNAMENT
Keen anglers flock to the coast of St. Croix to seek the biggest and heaviest wahoo at the Wahoo Tournament, the Golden Hook Series Finale.

GOLDEN HOOK CHALLENGE
March (annual)

The Golden Hook Challenge is one of the four annual fishing tournaments organised by the Golden Hook Fishing Club and takes place off the coast of St Croix. Keen anglers hope to win with the biggest and best marlin.

GOLDEN HOOK DOLPHIN FISHING TOURNAMENT
April (annual)

The Dolphin Fishing Tournament is one of the four Golden Hook Fishing Club annual tournaments, and it doesn't involve dolphins. The catch of the day is mahi-mahi, known as dolphin-fish. The weigh-in is held between 3pm-5pm on the boardwalk in Christiansted.

GOLDEN HOOK GUY/GAL REEL CHALLENGE
September (annual)

The Guy/Gal Reel Challenge at the Golden Hook Fishing Club is a fishing war of the sexes. So far the women have reason to gloat about their casting prowess, with a two-point advantage from last year's tournament. Can the men save fishing face this year?

KIDS' HANDLINE TOURNAMENT
July (annual); 9am-12pm

Children between three and 11 years old can have fun fishing over the sea wall in front of Christiansted fort in the Kids' Handline Tournament. It is just one of many events organised by the Golden Hook Fishing Club. Free.

Golden Hook Fishing Club 340.778.5738
www.fishstx.com


Fort Christian

Weekdays only; Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
The robust Danish brick fortress of Fort Christian (Charlotte Amalie) is one of the US Virgin Island's five National Historic Landmarks and the oldest building on the island of St Thomas, dating back to 1671. It once served as a police station, court and local jail before becoming a museum that houses exhibits on the island's history and culture, complete with period furnishings. US$3; under 16s free


Gardens By Moonlight (October)

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A very special tour of the St. George Village Botanical Garden by the light of the full moon led by Horticultural Director David Hamada. The event includes live music, wine, hors d'oeuvres and star gazing. $25 for members/$40 for non members. Reservations essential; please call 340.692.2874.


Jump Up!

QUICK GLANCE 2011 DATES (Free)02/11/11 Valentine's; 04/29/11 Triathlon; 07/8/11 Summer/Hamilton—Christiansted revellers "jump up" to the beat of the steel pan bands and other live street music at the Holiday Jump Up! celebrations. The evening street party starts at 6 pm and has food stalls and arts and crafts stalls until around 10pm. The Jump Up! celebrations in Christiansted take place four times a year in February, April, July and November.

TRIATHALON 4/29/11:The Triathlon Jump Up! is a chance for some healthy partying before the gruelling St Croix Ironman Triathlon. The party kicks off at 6pm and a plethora of street stalls offer food and drink and arts and crafts until around 10pm. The city's stores stay open till late and the capital's revellers "Jump Up" to the beat of the marching bands and other live street music.

Festivities wouldn't be complete without the customary party presence of the Mocko Jumbies—mythical African characters that float by on stilts, dressed in billowing colorful silks. 800.372.8784


Krewe de Barkus Dog Parade

February (annual)
Fashionista dogs shimmy down the Christiansted boardwalk in their best fancy-dress costume for the eccentric Krewe de Barkus Dog Parade each year. The parade is part of the annual Mardi Croix festivities and the best-dressed dog snags a prize. Parade begins at 3pm, Free.
www.gotostcroix.com


Lifestyle Festival

July (annual)
The Lifestyle Festival celebrates Health Awareness Day in St Thomas and St Croix. Lively beach parties and concerts run alongside the all-important health-related talks and the special health symposium. Free.
http://lifestylefestival.com


Mardi Croix Parade

February (annual); 12pm
St Croix's colourful and noisy Mardi Croix Parade travels from La Vallee along to Cane Bay. See the marching bands, Mocko Jumbies (mythical African characters on stilts, in bright flowing silk) and traditional Caribbean treats to grab along the way. Free.


Paradise Point Tramway

Only open on days when cruise ships arrive; generally 9am-5pm
The perfect way to fully appreciate the beauty of St Thomas is to rise above it. From the 700-foot vantage point that the Paradise Point Tramway provides, visitors enjoy marvellous views of Charlotte Amalie directly below, the island as a whole and even further afield. Once at the top, it is possible to spend the day wandering down the nature trail, strolling around the shops and catching one of the thrice daily parrot performances. Lovebirds hang around for the finale, the breathtaking sunset. US$18; children 6-12 yrs US$9; under 5 free
www.paradisepointtramway.com


Sailboat with colorful spinaker

Regattas

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL VALENTINE OPTIMIST REGATTA
February (annual); 10am

St Croix Yacht Club: St Croix's Annual International Valentine Optimist Regatta is for under 16s only, many of whom might be skilled enough to flirt with their sweethearts while attempting to win the race...The St Croix International Regatta runs concurrently with the Annual International Valentine Optimist Regatta. www.stcroixregatta.com

INTERNATIONAL ROLEX REGATTA
Mar 2010 (annual)

St Thomas Yacht Club—Every spring, St Thomas is the proud host of one of the world's greatest yacht races —the International Rolex Regatta. The rich and famous converge on St Thomas Yacht Club in their state-of-the-art vessels for a breathtaking spectacle.
www.rolexcupregatta.com

SCOTIABANK CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST REGATTA, ST. THOMAS
June (annual)

St Thomas Yacht Club: Dubbed the "Biggest Little Regatta", the Scotiabank Caribbean International Optimist Regatta beckons young sailors of 8-15 years old from nearby islands to battle it out in Cowpet Bay, in St Thomas. The three-day regatta ends with a hearty barbecue brunch on the beach. A pizza party, a DJ night and a Caribbean night featuring a firewalker and limbo dancers keep the little whippersnapper skippers thoroughly entertained. Entry fee US$150 (US$225 after 15 May)
www.styc.net

ST. CROIX INTERNATIONAL REGATTA
February (annual); Starts 10am

St Croix Yacht Club: The St Croix International Regatta starts the three-race CORT (Caribbean Ocean Racing Triangle) series, followed by races in Culebra, Puerto Rico and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The St Croix International Regatta takes place at the same time as the Annual International Valentine Optimist Regatta.
www.stcroixregatta.com


Ruins Ramble

Ever wondered about St. Croix famous ruins? Join the St. Croix Landmarks Society for an educational jaunt, and learn a bit of history on the way. the Ramble is $15 per person and $12 for SCLS members and students. During the months of November through May, learn about St. Croix's history and culture on guided walks through the hidden ruins of old plantations from the 17th and 18th centuries! An historian's interpretation brings it all alive again! Ruins Rambles are educational hikes, and offer fun for all ages. Refreshments follow each session. Dates and locations are announced in advance, but are subject to change. Tours start at 3:30pm. For more information please contact the St. Croix Landmarks Society at 340-772-0598.
www.stcroixlandmarks.com


St Croix Blue Bay Jazz Fest

November (annual)
Tito Puente Jr, Pete Escovedo and Rashied Ali are just some of the top musicians performing on Frederiksted Beach at this year's annual St Croix Blue Bay Jazz Fest. Grab a cold drink and enjoy the beachside tunes for free.
www.frederiksted.org


St Croix Crucian Christmas Festival

Dec 5, 2009 to Jan 2, 2010 (annual)
The St Croix Crucian Christmas Festival really makes the most of the festive period throughout December. Don't miss the Old Time Night Parade in Christiansted and the post-Christmas donkey races. There is a pageant to choose not only the festival queen, but also the festival prince, princess and duchess. Christmas is a time for getting soft around the edges. Tuck into local dishes such as roast pork and crab and rice, washed down nicely with ginger beer and guavaberry rum.
www.stxfestival.com


St. John Blues Festival

Mar 2010 (annual)
The St John Blues Festival takes place every spring at venues throughout the town, including Island Blues and Shipwreck Landing in Coral Bay and Mongoose Junction Courtyard and Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay. Performances are announced on the festival website, along with time and venue details, as soon as they are agreed.
http://stevesimonpresents.com


St. John Carnaval 2010

June to July (annual)
Carnival celebrations positively rock the small island of St John at Cruz Bay, with fireworks, bike races and calypso shows throughout June. The traditional parade weaves through Cruz Bay, the hotspot for most of the events that finally wrap up on 4 July. On 4 July the islanders dress head-to-toe in brightly coloured costumes and dance through the streets of Cruz Bay in the wake of local bands. Carnival royalty and "mocko jumbies"—a traditional figure on stilts, dressed in vividly coloured silk, whose origins are traced back to West Africa—pose for photos. The celebrations also encompass Emancipation Day on 3 July, which recalls the freeing of the slaves by the Danes, and Organic Act Day (always the third Monday in June).St. John Carnaval 2010


St. Thomas Carnival

April to May 2010 (annual)
Free! Throughout the island of St Thomas, dancing, festivities and music-making create mayhem during carnival. The focus of events is the port of Charlotte Amelie and the Lionel Roberts Stadium shows off the big displays, competitions and parades. There are calypso competitions, a children's parade, coronations of a carnival queen, king, prince and princesses and more. The final week of celebrations is the most exciting, climaxing with two major parades on the last two days.


Taste of St Croix Food Festival

Apr 2010 (annual); 6pm-9pm
Every year the Taste of St Croix Food Festival causes a culinary frenzy at the Divi Carina Bay Resort in Christiansted. Over 50 local chefs whip up Caribbean and international dishes using local produce. Wine is also a major player. Celebrity chefs from Miami, California and New York judge the gastronomic results. US$65
www.tasteofstcroix.com


VI Locally Grown On-line Market-Sales/Order

Sales at the New VI Locally Grown on-line market open Sunday and pick up is Wednesday in St. Croix (coming soon to our sister islands)! This brand new buying/selling system can be found through our home page, www.visfi.org. Buy vegetables, fruits, herbs, artisan breads, natural-made craft products from various farmers and craft-makers every Sunday through Tuesday on-line and pick them up on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30pm.
www.visfi.org


VICARE's Annual Halloween Party

8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Don't miss one of the best parties of the year! Put on your Halloween Costume and head to The Palms at Pelican Cove for a night of fun, while supporting a great cause. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door. No one under 18 admitted. Great costume contest, raffle and prizes. Contact Carmen George of Mark Genovesio at VICARE for more details, 692-9111.


VISFI—Primitive Survival Skills

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn how to make a fire, get water, make shelter, and enjoy yourself in the process –with natural materials using indigenous methods. ($45-70 sliding scale). To register http://www.visfi.org.


West End Snorkel Tours

Discover the calm, crystal waters of Frederiksted with St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA). Let SCUBA’s experienced instructors guide you through the best snorkeling spots on the west end. Tours are $40 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under and include snorkel gear. Snorkel tours are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Call 340-773-5994 for reservations and for more information.


Old windmill and grinding machine

Whim Plantation Museum

Daily; not Sunday—Nov-Apr: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; May-Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm
Whim Plantation Museum offers the chance of in-depth exploration of an authentic Caribbean colonial sugar plantation, outlining the cultivation and production of sugar and revealing the everyday life of the owners and workers. The impressive restoration of the splendid greathouse and windmill as well as the three kinds of cane processing mills (wind-, steam- and animal-powered) make this a vivid trip back into St Croix's sugary history. US$8; children 6-12 yrs US$4; under 5 free
www.stcroixlandmarks.com


Winter Reggae in Paradise Festival

January (annual); From 4pm
The idyllic Cramer Park is the location of the Winter Reggae in Paradise Festival, with paradise being the operative word. The festival provides a stage debut for many of the island's best reggae musicians and is therefore hugely successful. US$20-US$25; under 5 free.

 


WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT

~St Croix~


Sundays

BBQ DINNER—Meat lovers join us every Sunday for our fabulous selection of BBQ. We have BBQ Ribs, Brisket, New York Strip or Rib Eye served every Sunday. Coconuts on the Beach is located right on the beach in Frederiksted; across from the Ballpark and next to N2 The Blue Dive Shop. For more information, call 719-6060 or visit us on the web at www.coconutsonthebeach-stx.com

ST. CROIX BLUES SOCIETY—For those of you who missed St. Croix Blues Society debute, you missed the best jam session ever! Never fear, cause they will be at Coconuts every Sunday and asking all inspiring & local musicians to join them on stage from 4-8pm and blend all your musical talents at one great venue. Texas BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Rib Eye & NY Strips Served For Lunch & Dinner. Come hungry, Bring your instruments and join in the jam and don't forget your camera for unforgettable sunsets at COCONUTS!

LIVE STEEL PANS MUSIC—Enjoy the great sounds of Bill Bass and his steel pans every Sunday at two prominent locations on St. Croix. Catch Bill for brunch at Rum Runners, located on the boardwalk in Christiansted beginning around 10:00am and then again at 8:30 pm at the Terrace Restaurant located hilltop at the Buccaneer Hotel. Arrive a little early to enjoy the view, sunset, drinks and a little dinner. Reservations highly recommended for both locations. Rum Runners 340-773-6585; Buccaneer 340-773-2100.


mondays

CRAB RACES!—Every Monday night around 5 o'clock the crabs come out down stairs at Fort Christian Brew Pub. This is a terrific event to bring the entire family to. Pick the winning crabs and win prizes ranging from t-shirts, bottles of rum, food & bar tabs and toys for the kiddos. Arrive early for the best pick of these fiesty crusteacns! The Fort Christians Brew Pub is located on the boardwalk with a beautiful view of the Christiansted Harbor. They brew their own micro brew and is the only place on St. Croix you can get draft beer. Call 340-713-9820 for more information.

MARTINI MONDAYS—Sand Castle on the Beach—Every Monday night is 2 for 1 Martini’s at The Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle on the Beach in Frederiksted. Relax and watch the beautiful sunset on the west end of St. Croix. Call 340-772-1205 or 340-772-1266 for reservations and more information.

STEAK AND ALE—Join the Fort Christiansted Brew Pub for Steak and Ale every Monday night. Enjoy a fantastic steak dinner and your choice of homemade brews. Call 713-9820 for more information or to make a reservation.


Tuesdays

The Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle on the beach will presents: Ai Chi classes every week day at 9:30 am. The Ai-Chi is held in their peaceful and secluded courtyard freshwater pool. Ai-Chi, a water-based total body strengthening and relaxation progression, bridges East and West philosophies, and integrates mental, physical, and spiritual energy.


Tuesdays & Thursdays

YOGA ON THE HIBISCUS BEACH—What better way to relax than to practice yoga on the beach every Tuesday & Thursday at Hibiscus Beach from 8:00am-9:30am. Class is perfect for all ages and a terrific way to start your day. $8 per class. Call Emmy to reserve your spot 340.332.3714 Hibiscus Beach Resort is located on the North Shore in La Grande Princess. Please call 340-718-4042 for directions.


Wednesdays

WOMEN & WINE—Zebos Wine Bar & Restaurant hosts an impressive Ladies Night every Wednesday evening. Special prices on wine by the glass and appetizers. Get a group of your favorite girls together and make reservations in advance for an evening of female fun!Zebos is located in down town Christiansted on Strand Street, across from Crucian Gold. Parking right across the street!

CRAB RACES—Every Wednesday night around 5 o'clock the crabs come out at Cheeseburger in Paradise. This is a terrific event to bring the entire family to. Pick the winning crabs and win prizes. Arrive early for the best pick of these fiesty crustaceans! Located on St. Croix’s East End-Cheeseburger in Paradise feels like you are at a friend’s backyard bar-b-que. The open-air restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week starting at 11am and Sunday Brunch from 11am to 2pm with live music Thursday through Sunday nights. Call 340-773-1119 for more information.


Thursdays

WEST INDIAN STYLE BBQ & FLOOR SHOW—Every Thursday evening, the Divi Carina Resort and Casino hosts an authentic West Indie Style BBQ & Floor Show with a steel pan band, a broken bottle dancer and of course Mocko Jumbies. Buffet opens at 6pm and entertainment begins at 8pm. $25 per person/ $8.95 for children under 12. Call 340-773-9700 x 727 for more information.


Fridays

YOGA ON BEACH WITH GAYLE—Join Gayle, CYT, on Princess Beach (condo row), from 7:30 – 8:15 am for an invigorating / relaxing yoga session on the beach. Just show up or call (340) 718-1965 x4203 for directions. Beginner-Experienced welcome. $5.00 per class. Please bring a towel.

PIRATES BUFFET—Located at the beautiful Carambola Beach Resort on the North Shore, the Friday Night Pirates Buffet is something you won’t want to miss! Local dishes, delicious seafood, all can be found at the Pirates Buffet, served from 7pm – 9pm, followed by live Caribbean Entertainment. For more information call Carambola Beach Resort at 340-778-3800.

LIVE MUSIC AT SALUDI—Join us every Friday night with local musician Steve Katz playing live guitar while enjoying delicious food with a Spanish and Mediterranean influence from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm! Salud is located just a few minutes west of Christiansted in Princess Plaza. Dine indoors in comfortable air-condition. Reservations HIGHLY recommended 340-718-7900.


Saturdays

LIVE JAZZ—At Iguana: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM—Enjoy live music from the gazebo and delightful dinner specials at Sand Castle on the Beach in Frederiksted from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Try our newly opened "Iguana Lounge" for hot and cold tapas. Open 6 days a week. Closed on Tuesdays. Sunsets, trade winds, freshly prepared foods, excellent music, positive vibrations. Please call ahead for the table of your choice! 772-1205 or 772-1266.

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