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Like many other U.S. Virgin Islands, St Croix has a long history of European settlers and native peoples who shaped and influenced the island’s culture – including the Spanish, English, Dutch, Danish, Americans and Maltese Knights. But unlike some of its neighbours, St. Croix has a unique flair for arts and crafts, traditional music styles and year-round festivals and celebrations.
With a sincere, down-to-earth approach to life and understated elegance, the people of St. Croix love to make merry. Traditional sights and sounds are plentiful in St. Croix – Mocko Jumbies (stilt dancers) that help ward off evil spirits; reggae and calypso music, steel pan bands and salsa dancing are all things you may see on any given afternoon! The European pioneers to the island introduced the “quadrille” type of dance and “quelbe” or “scratch” music. Musical instruments such as flutes and trumpets are played to the percussive sounds of hollowed out gourds being “scratched” in time.
The annual St. Croix Carnival happens over the Christmas holiday and into the New Year, and you’ll find festivities taking place in both of the major towns on the island – Christiansted and Frederiksted. With parades, pageants for King and Queen of the band, the Carnival Queen, prince and princess, calypso shows, food fairs and fireworks, St. Croix’s Carnival is an event that’s too incredible to miss. There’s also Jump Up – akin to a mini-carnival – that takes place on one evening, four times a year, in November, February, April and July that gives everyone an opportunity to practice their dance moves for the main event in December. Look for steel bands, live music, dancing, local arts and crafts and plenty of delicious island food.
Cultural events are offered every week in St. Croix too, such as Sunset Jazz, a live jazz concert on the Frederiksted Waterfront Stage on the third Friday of the month, and Art Thursdays, a series of gallery walks on the streets of Christiansted on the first Thursday of the month featuring handmade pottery and sculptures, locally made glass and clothing.
Of course no tropical vacation would be complete without the sun, the ocean and the fun of enjoying both land and water pursuits. Exciting activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, golf, horseback-riding or simply sunbathing are excellent ways to pass the day. Top it off with fine dining in one of the many gourmet restaurants, al fresco on the beach, or an evening at the Divi Carina Bay Casino.
If sightseeing is in the cards, the two main towns on St. Croix are similar yet have distinctive flavours. Christiansted is noted for its abundant 18th and 19th century architecture, while Frederiksted is lush and resembles a tropical forest. However, if visiting a local town seems a bit too hectic for your taste, venture over to Buck Island, a popular world-class snorkeling destination, where the coral reef is one of only three underwater national monuments in the U.S.
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