If you dream of turning paradise into your island home (or vacation home!), look no further than St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. St. Croix offers a relaxed lifestyle, spectacular scenery, old world charm and new world conveniences.
Coming from the States, you’ll find it very easy to get along on St. Croix. Travel does not require a passport. We use the U.S. dollar and speak English. St. Croix is located in the Caribbean, on Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which means we’re the same as EST during summer months and we’re one hour ahead of EST during winter months. We do drive on the left-hand side of the road, but you’ll get used to that!
St. Croix Weather
St. Croix is a tropical island so the weather is constant year-round due to our tropical tradewinds. Summers are beautiful with temperatures ranging from 78-88 degrees Fahrenheit, and winters are mild with temperatures ranging from 72-82 degrees. Rainy season happens in the summer/early fall months although the showers tend to stop as quickly as they start. Rain is quite often welcomed for our cisterns and our landscapes any time of year. If you plan to include St. Croix in your travel, pack light — we are as casual as we are warm!
U.S. Virgin Islands Geography
The U.S. Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean, just 1,100 miles southeast of Miami and 1,650 miles southeast of New York. St. Croix is the largest of the USVI, with 82 square miles (28 miles long and 7 miles across at its widest point) of immaculate beaches, lush forest, sprawling hills, and breezy valleys. On a clear day, you can see St. Thomas and St. John to the north, and Puerto Rico is a short 90-mile flight to the west of St. Croix. Travel to the island is done by major airlines, seaplane, private jet, or sailboat.
Fun Fact: St. Croix is the ONLY Caribbean island which is completely in the Caribbean Sea and does not have an Atlantic coast.
St. Croix Travel
Once you arrive, you may wonder about your best options for getting around St. Croix. Travel on island is mostly done by car, as most sights and activities are spread out. You have a choice of rental car agencies, and they’re located at the airport. Taxi vans are usually available at the airport and in town, though depending on taxi service to get around can get expensive and it may not always be available when and where you need it. We do have a bus system on St. Croix that travels between Christiansted and Frederiksted.
St. Croix Population
With a population of approximately 50,000, you’ll find a variety of cultures and nationalities represented, from transplants from the US, Europe and other West Indian island nations to native Crucians to snow birds. St. Croix is more than double the size of St. Thomas, with approximately the same population.
St. Croix Real Estate
Home values on St. Croix start under $200,000 and go to several million dollars. Many island properties include rental villas, apartments or cottages that can provide extra income to put toward a mortgage. Home sizes listed on the MLS are typically based on approximate interior square footage, but most of our luxury homes also have ample covered galleries and outdoor living space. Trust us – it’s where you’ll spend quite a bit of your time! Properties range in size from a quarter acre to multiple acres. There are many factors to consider when choosing a location, from tradewinds to fruit trees, road access to utilities. Condo communities are a popular choice for those seeking low-maintenance living. Construction costs per square foot start at about $250 and go up from there depending on your home site, finishings and amenities.
We’ve met many a people who once included St. Croix in their travels and now call the U.S. Virgin Islands home.