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Larry Olmsted, for USA Today, gave ST Croix some great press, calling it “one of the easiest entries into the Caribbean. The island group has all the things people love about the region — warm, sunny weather, clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches — along with the things they love about home: the English language, U.S. laws and political stability.”

Broker Amy Land-de Wilde explained why the USVI is so attractive. “The No. 1 reason is the security, “It pops to the top of the list every time. You feel like you are away from home, but with all the things you are used to. There is also the ease of getting here.”

In addition, the Virgin Islands’ land and sea enjoy federal protection: each of the 3 islands offers a national park. On St Croix, it is Buck Island Reef National Monument, the only underwater national park in the country, with some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean, an area renowned for its clear calm water.

The USA article was focused on 2nd home buyers, but certainly buyers for a primary home will find the same beauty and reasonable (for the Caribbean) prices. Land-de Wilde said, “Waterfront property is less expensive than in other Caribbean destinations, especially now, as larger inventory makes real estate is more negotiable.” On St. Croix, the least-expensive island, typical condo prices begin around $150,000, she contnued, and $500,000 for single-family houses. Unlike much of the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands have few large planned developments, though several are in the works.

This property is listed at $550,000, has 3 bedrooms/3 baths, 2400 SF, and is on a waterfront lot. St. Croix is the largest island, which makes it the most affordable. There’s “lots of open space, with lush rain forest at one end and desert at the other,” says Broker Amy Land-de Wilde.

Thank you, USA Today, for the kind words! Contact our Coldwell Banker agents for information on buying opportunities on St. Croix.