S: St. Croix 2013
FC: Our Honeymoon | USVI - St. Croix January 21-25 2013
1: Arriving at the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix | January 21
2: We were welcomed with rum punch! | Quoting the Buccaneer Website: Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, St. Croix's Buccaneer is the Caribbean's and Virgin Islands' longest running resort. Both historic and modern, the resort blends old world charm with warm hospitality and the amenities expected by today's traveler.
4: Our "oceanveiw" room, not "oceanfront" | January 21
5: Relaxing on our patio | January 21
7: Off the plane and staight to the beach | January 21
8: Mermaid Beach at sunset | January 21
9: Our first sunset at the Buccaneer | January 21
10: Stopping at the Grotto Beach | January 22 | The Buccaneer Resort had three beaches - Mermaid, Grotto and Whistle Beach. Mermaid Beach is palm-shaded and protected, and serves as The Buccaneer's main beach, featuring The Mermaid Restaurant. Grotto Beach is located along some reef, and features the Grotto pool and grill. Whistle beach is the most secluded of the three beaches. We went for an early morning walk to Whistle beach, mainly to avoid the golf balls on the golf course. At check-in they had advised to to only use the jogging trail early or late in the day for that reason. It was such a quiet and peaceful morning - an excellent way for us to really start the honeymoon.
11: Walking to Whistle Beach | January 22
12: Whistle Beach was so quiet and had awesome pelicans!
13: We watched them diving for quite a while.
14: Relaxing on Mermaid Beach | January 22
15: Heading into Christianstead | January 22 | Christiansted is one of the main cities on St. Croix and was a former capital of the Danish West Indies. The city has preserved the 18th-century Danish-style buildings. Because the town was constructed by African slaves, there are many African influences in Christiansted's design as well, making it one of the few "African-Danish" towns in the world.
16: Christiansted National Historic Site, on the island of St Croix in the Virgin Islands, was established in 1952. The seven acre site is centered on the Christiansted waterfront/wharf area. | On the grounds are five historic structures: Fort Christiansvaern (1738), the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse (1749), the Steeple Building (1753), Danish Custom House (1844), and the Scale House (1856).
17: Photos from Fort Christiansvaern
18: More from Christiansted | January 22
19: Return to The Buccaneeer | We got the obligatory cat envoy telling us to com home. He showed up at Fort Christian Brew Pub (The Virgin Islands’ Only Restaurant, Pub & Microbrewery!) while we were having a really good lunch
20: Sunset Cruise on The Roseway | January 22 | Roseway was designed as a fishing yacht to compete against the Canadians by John James and built in 1925 in his family's shipyard in Essex, Massachusetts. In 1941, Roseway was purchased by the Boston Pilots Association, whom she served until 1973. Roseway winters in St. Croix, providing providing education programs and day and sunset sails for the public. She also spends time in Boston, and Savannah.
22: Greg helped hoist the sails
24: Sunset on the Roseway | January 22
25: Tour beginning with St. George Village Botanical Gardens | January 23
27: I am holding a sausage from a sausage tree, just like the ones in Tanzania! | There was a library in the gardens, too bad it was closed. | We also got to see a baby baobab tree - with leaves.
28: Tour continued with Whim Plantation Museum | January 23
29: The Whim Museum illustrates life on a typical sugar plantation. The restored 18th century great house and sugar plantation is a museum that features antiques, photos, plantation tools, historical artifacts, sugar processing equipment and historical records from the Danish colonial period.
30: Tour continued with the Cruzan Rum Distillery | January 23
31: The best part was definitely the samples (2 drinks and samples of any flavors we wanted). | We toured the rum factory, where they explained how the popular local rum, Cruzan, is made. They also explained the difference between white rum and gold rum, and how varying proofs are achieved,.
32: Return to the Resort and Beach | January 23
34: Greg's attempt at catching sunrise, which didn't work because of hills | January 24
35: The day we didn't leave the Resort | January 24
36: Relaxing by the sea | January 24
37: The Rum drinks of St. Croix - All made with Cruzan Rum.