St. Croix, USVI Dates of our trip were from Oct. 21-28, 2013. We stayed at Cottages By The Sea
in Fredricksted, right on the ocean, literally 20 steps from our cottage doors to the beach!...great quiet place, and we recommend it to anyone who wishes a quiet nice homey atmosphere for a dive vacation. And great snorkeling with lots of fish, right at our doorsteps!
We dove all week with N2TheBlue
dive operators out of Fredricksted, less than a 10 minute drive from the Cottages. We contracted for 5 days of 2 tank AM dives. They were terrific. We carried nothing all week, our tanks and BC’s and all equipment were rinsed and dried for us for each mornings dives. The captain and divemaster had everything ready on the boat each day when we arrived. The boat is also right by the shop, a two minute walk to the Fredricksted Pier. Beside local reefs, we also enjoyed wreck diving and a great pier dive.
As far as eating, we ate at local restaurants for the most part when we went out. We had daily breakfast at our Cottages, which had full kitchens. On two evenings we used their beach side grills to cook and enjoy the sunsets. Aside from our meals at the cottages, we ate in Fredricksted at Pier 69
a few times, lunch, appetizers, and dinner on three separate occasions. We also had three trips for drinks, take out pizza, and eat in dinners at The Lost Dog in
Fredricksted. One special meal for us was at the Waves Restaurant
in Kingshill, St. Croix. It is a romantic Cliffside location overlooking Cane Bay on the North Shore. Well worth the drive, the sunsets and location were terrific. On our last night in St. Croix, we decided to try the Rythms Beach Bar
...a great decision, a nice menu, with locals and tourist enjoying the live music, the beach scenes with swimmers, anchored boats and wave runners, and a tour catamaranand, best of all a great sunset for our last night in St. Croix.
Shore Activities included shopping and sightseeing in Fredricksted and Christensted. Also, during our stay two cruise ships came into port and the town of Fredricksted came alive on these days, with craftsmen setting up their canopies to sell there wares to the cruisers. We all thoroughly enjoyed our diving, and left St. Croix vowing to return. A great trip!