Friday, February 24, 2017

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JAN. 18, 2015
 
All three of the U.S. Virgin Islands have a very different vibe. St. Thomas has the nightlife, the cruise ships and the big-name resorts. St. John has the outdoorsy activities, the hiking and the snorkeling. St. Croix is where you'll find remnants of the Danish influence - historic towns, pastel buildings and lots and lots of expats.

We stayed at three different hotels during our USVI visit (two on St. Thomas) and our stay on St. Croix, at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola, was my favorite. It's a trek to get there - up a mountain, along winding roads, but so worth the trip. Renaissance Carambola is secluded and quiet. The beach amenities aren't as luxurious as what you'll find at Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, naturally, but it's a pretty and clean beach with plenty of space and chairs.

The drinks are fairly priced, the food is really good (the dinner menu was actually downright impressive, I thought!) and the resort is beautifully designed with dark wood finishing, billowing white curtains and spacious rooms. It's a very lush, tropical setting. The staff was friendly, helpful and chatty. I loved it!

If you have some time to kill on St. Croix, definitely visit the Cruzan Rum Distillery. Tours aren't particularly earth-shattering, but the distillery is a local point of pride and it's a cool 45-minute-or-so geek-out session. For $8, you get the tour plus four tastings and two full drinks in the bar afterward! In one visit, we snagged up cheap souvenirs (duty free booze!), tasted really good rum, got introduced to the wonder that is Velvet Cinn and learned where bananas really come from. (Random, I know.)

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Photo Tour: On the "Rum" in St. Croix - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

PHOTOS BY: Me and Stjepan Alaupovic

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