Horse Back Riding – Paul & Jill’s Equestrian Stables
Located at Sprat Hall Plantation, a 10-minute drive from Cottages, Paul & Jill’s Equestrian Stables are the premier stables of St Croix. Known for the quality of both their horses and riding trails, the 1.5-hour ride includes a beach, the rainforest nature tour, historic slave village ruins, country pastures and hilltop views.
Private rides available, neophytes and experts welcome.
) Phone: (340) 772-2880. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Car Rental – Sun Bug LLC
A new solar/electric hybrid LSV (low speed vehicle) has recently come to Frederiksted, St. Croix. SunBugs
are available for self-guided touring of Frederiksted, the beaches, and the rainforest. The solar powered SunBugs
have a smaller carbon footprint than a bicycle.
Top speed 22 mph, range up to 50 miles per day, it’s the easy, fun and eco-friendly way to explore the west coast of St. Croix. (www.sunbugelectriccars.com
) Phone: (340) 719-7555.
Tours – Gecko’s Island Adventures
Experience the adventure of the hills, beaches, and rain forest of the west end of St Croix by experiencing this 1.5 hour, 13-mile ATV (all Terrain Vehicle) tour. Family friendly, kids welcome!! Try it and you will love it!!
) Phone: (340) 713-8820
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Lessons and Rentals – Teres Veho
Experience a mind, body, and spirit shift while reconnecting with nature as you walk on water. Located just a 5 minute drive from Cottages by the Sea and next to Freedom City Grill, you can get SUP lessons (private or group), rent SUP paddle boards and arrange guided SUP safari eco-tours at different locations around the island. Also, call to find when SUP certifications and races are scheduled.
) (340) 227-0682
Bicycle Rental & Tours – Freedom City Cycles
Native St. Croix cyclists opened this business for fun and to feed their “passion for cycling and exploring by bike”. Located in Frederiksted near the pier, serious bicyclists can rent quality bikes and accessories and easily arrange West End Tours and Mountain Bike Tours.
) Phone: (340) 277-2433
Jet Ski and Beach Rentals – West End Water Sports
Located at Rainbow Beach just a few miles from Cottages, you can find Jet Ski, Kayak, Snorkel Gear, Beach Chair, Umbrella, and Sun Ray Float rentals. Brian and Scott have moved to St. Croix and strive to provide a well run, customer service driven business. Packages are also available.
) Phone: (340) 277-8295
Island Landscape Four-Wheeling Expeditions – Tan Tan Tours
You can arrange individual or group expeditions through St. Croix’s beautiful landscape in four-wheeling Jeeps for 3 passengers. The tour features the lush rainforest, breath-taking sceneries, Cane Bay, the Tide Pools, the Domino Club, unique island hideaway spots and more. Truly extraordinary and unique.
) Phone: (340) 773-7041
National Wildlife Refuge – Sandy Point
Located just south of Cottages by the Sea is the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge preserve habitat for threatened and endangered species, with a particular emphasis on the Leatherback Sea Turtle. The two miles of continuous sandy beach provides an ideal habitat for turtle nesting. The refuge is closed to the public from April to August yearly and only open on the weekends the rest of the year.
(www.fws.gov/caribbean/refuges/sandypoint) Phone: (340) 773-4554
Kayaking Ecotourism Adventures
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Situated just 2 miles off St. Croix’s north shore is the Buck Island Reef National Monument. Protected through the National Park Service (NPS), most of this park is located underwater around Buck Island and protects a complete coral reef ecosystem and endangered species. Turtle Beach, on Buck Island, was also voted one of the top ten prettiest beaches in the world. This attraction is highly recommended for an unforgettable day of sailing, snorkeling and adventure. There is no entry fee for the park but visitors can only access Buck Island through one of the six National Park Service contracted concessionaires listed as follows:
1) Big Beard’s Adventure Tours
2) Caribbean Sea Adventures
Green Cay Marina,
4) Jolly Roger Charters
5) Llewellyn’s Charters
St. Croix Yacht Club
6) Teroro II, Inc.
Hiking on St. Croix
For those hiking enthusiasts, we recommend visiting the non-profit website of the St. Croix Hiking Association (www.StCroixHiking.org
). Here you can find information on the 4 recommended self-guided hikes (1) Ham’s Bluff Light House, (2) Carambola Beach Resort to Wills Bay, (3) Goat Hill, and (4) Jack & Isaacs’s Bay. There are also group hikes scheduled and maps you can buy online. For a guided group or private hiking adventure, we recommend contacting Henry “Willow” Harris (email@example.com
, or 340.690.1267) first.
Captain Morgan Rum Distillery
Captain Morgan Rum production has recently relocated to St. Croix with the building of a brand new rum distillery. The Captain Morgan Visitor Center is a spectacular tourist attraction that immerses every visitor in a legendary experience that captures the Captain’s personality and brings his story, the story of rum and the US Virgin Islands together. The 40-minute experience includes history and artifacts of the rum industry, a movie theater, tasting bar, multi sensory systems, a retail store and guided tours of the distillery on a tram.
Mt. Pellier Hut Domino Club & Beer Drinking Pigs
Located in the heart of the rain forest, the Mt. Pellier Domino Club is one of the most unique places in all the Caribbean. Stop here for a unique bar, a truly Caribbean restaurant with daily specials, night events once a month and be sure to feed the pigs a beer, which will truly put a smile on your face.
Fruit Stand, Smoothies and Petting Zoo
Located just next to the Domino Club (above) in the heart of the rain forest is a place for tourists to stop and buy some fruit, get a fresh smoothie made for them and even pet some small animals in the petting zoo.
Estate Mt. Washington
Located just north of Cottages, about a 10-minute drive, are the remains the sugar plantation Estate Mt. Washington that flourished from 1780 to 1820. The on-site private residence is closed to the public, but you can go on a self-guided tour of the 13 acres at any time of the day you wish (there is no admission charge). Here you will not only find gorgeous flowers and trees but also the unearthed remains of a labyrinth where animals processed the sugar cane. This is also a very quiet and peaceful place, perfect for a stroll or a mini-hike and worth the time it takes to find the plantation, which is off the main road a bit.
Point Udall – Easternmost point of the US
If you are exploring the island by car then you must take a drive to see the beautiful Point Udall, the easternmost point of the United States including territories and insular areas. It is rather remote and located on a cliff with a giant sundial, known as the Millennium Monument, having been built there in the year 2000. We sometimes have guests go to Point Udall to watch the sunrise since this is the first glimpse of the sun on the US for a new day and can symbolize a new beginning for those watching the sunrise (meaningful for recovering addicts, newly weds, vows, New Years Day, etc.). Coincidentally, the westernmost point of the US is also called Point Udall and is located in Guam meaning “America’s day would begin and end at a Point Udall”