2016 Gayle’s Haven- Guest Manual Owners: Sean and JoAnn Dolan JoAnn: 303-810-9924 (call/text) 06/04/2016
2016 Gayle   s Haven- Guest Manual  Owners  Sean and JoAnn Dolan JoAnn  303-810-9924  call text  06 04 2016
Contents Our History .................................................................................................................................................. 2 Our Facebook Page ..................................................................................................................................... 3 St Croix calendar of events ......................................................................................................................... 3 Groceries!.................................................................................................................................................... 3 Important Details you’ll want to know ....................................................................................................... 3 Using the front door lock ............................................................................................................................ 4 Using the TV ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Using the A/C .............................................................................................................................................. 5 Using the Washer/Dryer ............................................................................................................................. 6 Helpful tips on mosquitoes and ants .......................................................................................................... 6 Be Considerate Outdoors............................................................................................................................ 7 Locations of Things ..................................................................................................................................... 7 Checkout reminders .................................................................................................................................... 8 Restaurant Recommendations ................................................................................................................... 9 Food/Alcohol/Ice ...................................................................................................................................... 11 St Croix Facts ............................................................................................................................................. 12 St. Croix History ..................................................................................................................................... 12 About St. Croix....................................................................................................................................... 14 About Frederiksted................................................................................................................................ 14 About Christiansted............................................................................................................................... 15 Our History Gayle’s Haven, Est. 2011 Sean and JoAnn bought unit A100 in January, 2011 as a retirement home for JoAnn’s mother, Gayle, who passed away in 2015. Gayle shared her retirement days in Colorado and St. Croix, with her 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Gayle was originally from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), and moved to St. Croix from T&T with her parents and 4 siblings when she was a young teenager. Her three daughters were born and raised on St. Croix… Laura is raising her two children on St. Croix and JoAnn and Lynn now live in Colorado with their children, and visit St. Croix as often as possible. Gayle loved her retreat at Harbour Beach Village, and we hope you do, too. Have fun, do a lot of relaxing, and enjoy our family haven for a little while. Cheers, The Dolans 2
Contents Our History ........................................................................................................
Our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GaylesHaven/ Know what’s going on before and during your trip! Like/Follow us to receive our posts. We post great info on our page a few times a week- like local events, photos and videos of St. Croix, and ideas for entertainment; and we personally recommend any of the businesses/restaurants we have "Liked" (our Likes are located on the left side of our page). Our info is mostly geared towards things to do in Frederiksted, but it’s not limited to Frederiksted. St Croix calendar of events From yoga on the beach, to cruise ship dates and Moko Jumbie shows, find out what’s going on around the island during your stay: http://www.gotostcroix.com/calendar-events/ Groceries! You may find food in the fridge and pantry, and it’s not an oversight. You are welcome to use/not use food items left in the kitchen, you decide Several past guests have asked if they could leave a few shareable items in the fridge instead of wasting, and we’re giving the idea a try. I welcome your feedback at joann.dolan@yahoo.com. When you leave: Please throw away any food you wouldn’t want to find when you arrive (like opened foods, leftovers and boxes of restaurant food). You may leave shareable items like condiments, sugar, butter, individually wrapped cheese, eggs, etc for the next guest. (Our maid will dispose of any items that will expire between guests) Guidelines/Advice:  Please don’t leave a kitchen full of food. A few items is reasonable, several items is too much.  Buy way less than you think you need. You’ll be surprised how often you end up eating out.  If you see something displeasing in the fridge when you arrive, throw it away.        Important Details you’ll want to know The 4 rum samplers and cokes on the silver tray in the kitchen are gifts, there is no charge. Our place is your place, you can use anything available. If you’re unsure, please know that any offlimit items have been locked in our personal storage. WIFI: named GAYLESHAVEN, password Paradise2015 Access codes are provided via email by the owner prior to check-in. If you’re looking for access codes to the laundry, gallery (patio) gates, pedestrian gate access, etc, please check your VRBO/Homeaway email conversation with the owner. Water safety: Harbour Beach Village uses an ultra violet purifier to treat the water that comes into each condo; so it’s safe to brush your teeth and to drink. Additionally, Gayle’s Haven has a reverse osmosis filter at the kitchen sink because we prefer the taste for drinking. The community’s alert-dog’s names are Dahlia (black lab) and Haku (white, terrier mix) The Laundry Room is located underneath the unit, the rightmost door as you face the laundry doors. 3
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Using the front door lock For assistance, contact JoAnn at (303) 810-9924 Your keyless access to the property is valid from your check-in time on the first date of your rental until checkout time on the last date of your rental. Please remember to collect all your personal belongings prior to your checkout time as this code will expire. *Note: You can press the Schlage/oval button to turn on the keypad backlight if necessary. TO CREATE YOUR OWN 3-6 DIGIT PERSONALIZED CODE: Choose a 3-6 digit Personalized Code to use during your stay. Enter your 10-digit Access Code (if entered correctly, you will hear an ascending tone and the Schlage/oval button will start flashing green) Immediately (within 10 seconds) press the Schlage/oval button and key-in the 3-6 digit Personalized Code of your choice Press the Schlage/oval button to finalize your own Personalized code** ** If your Personalized Code has been used by other user, you will hear the descending tone and see the Schlage/oval button flashing red. In this case, please try a new Personalized Code. UNLOCKING THE DOOR: 1). Enter your Personalized Code. Each digit must be entered within 10 seconds. 2). Press the Schlage/oval button. 3). After hearing the ascending tone and while the Schlage/oval button is flashing green, turn the deadbolt right within 5 seconds. LOCKING THE DOOR: 1. Press the Schlage/oval button. 2. After hearing the ascending tone and while the Schlage/oval button is flashing green, turn the deadbolt left within 5 seconds. TROUBLESHOOTING: 1. Correct Operation: The lock will beep ascending tone and flash green light. 2. Wrong Operation: The lock will beep descending tone and flash red light. 3. Low Battery Alarm: The lock will beep high and low tones alternatively and continuously flash red light after the lock is successfully opened. In this case, please report to us ASAP. 4. Incorrect Code Entry: The lock will enter inactive state for 30 seconds after entering the wrong code 3 times in a row. After the inactive time has passed, the next wrong code will make the lock to enter inactive state for another 30 seconds. 4
Using the front door lock For assistance, contact JoAnn at  303  810-9924 Your keyless access to the property is valid fro...
Using the TV The TV/Cable setup has stumped a few. We’re sorry if this happens to you! This should help: Turning ON/OFF  Hitting the power button should turn on both the TV and the black cable box below the TV.  If one of them doesn’t turn on, there are TV and Cable buttons on the top of the remote which you can use to switch between using the remote for the TV and the Cable box functions. Trouble Shooting  The TV has to be on channel 3 to show Cable- click the TV button on the remote and change to channel 3, then click the Cable button before trying to change the Cable channels.  You have to be using the remote in Cable mode in order to change the Cable channels (hit the Cable button on the remote to set it to Cable mode).  If the Volume button isn’t working, try switching to TV mode on the remote to change the volume; and don’t forget to hit the Cable button again before trying to switch channels. Using the A/C If these instructions do not solve the issue, please contact the Owner immediately for assistance. Below is a diagram of the remote for the A/C. You pretty much need the remote to operate the A/C unit. It is possible to turn it on/off from the unit, but you can’t adjust the temperature or direction settings. If the A/C won’t turn on with the remote, and the remote batteries seem okay (digital display is working), it may have lost its programming. To program the remote, the code is 000: 1. Hold set button for 6 seconds while pointing at AC unit 2. It will beep once and the code in the lower right will cycle. 3. When it gets to 000 you immediately hit the Set button again. 4. The remote is set. Now hit On/Off to confirm 5
Using the TV The TV Cable setup has stumped a few. We   re sorry if this happens to you  This should help  Turning ON OFF ...
Using the Washer/Dryer We do not have an exhaust vent to the exterior so we’ve installed a water lint trap. To minimize lint dust, please make sure the vent contains water. Helpful tips on mosquitoes and ants Mosquitoes! They are no fun and they are part of everyday life in the tropics. Here are some tips if mosquitoes like you as much as they like me:      Mosquitoes are most prevalent at dusk. Keep the gallery screens closed at dusk as a preventative measure. If you’re outside at dusk, you should use bug repellant (my favorite is Off Family Care Smooth and Dry or Off Clean Feel because they’re not sticky) For any pesky pests that make it inside, there is a bug zapper in the hallway closet. It is in a black case and looks like a tennis racket. We preventatively waive it around the condo a few times a day, especially in seating areas near the floor (like in front of the couch and under the dining table). Most of the time you can’t even see the mosquitoes/no-see-ums till the zapper lights them up. It’s very satisfying and helpful. Avon Skin so Soft, original scent, is a simple skin moisturizer that mosquitoes and no-see-ums are not fond of. I don’t like to wear Deet all day, so this is a nice/gentle alternative. You can often find an extra bottle under the bathroom sink. Last trip, I used Axe Body Wash (Phoenix scent) for my morning and afternoon showers, and I didn’t have to wear anything but a little Off at dusk. It smells nice and the mosquitoes don’t like it. Hydrocortisone cream works great for bites. Ants: We spray for pests and keep a really clean place, but living on an island is just not the same as living on the mainland. If you leave food or spills on the counter, you will get ants within hours. If that happens, clean up with bleach spray. Bleach spray also kills the scent they leave behind for other ants to find their way; so if you spray the whole line of ants up to their entry point into the condo, you should nip things in the bud. If that doesn’t work, please immediately notify the owner so we can remedy the issue. 6
Using the Washer Dryer We do not have an exhaust vent to the exterior so we   ve installed a water lint trap. To minimize ...
Be Considerate Outdoors The condos at Harbour Beach Village are each privately owned and we employ one Caretaker to maintain our community grounds. Please be considerate of our Caretaker when using our outside amenities:  Use the Rinse-off station before entering the gazebo area after the beach  Use the secondary wash-off station when entering the pool deck after the beach  Follow the rules posted at the gazebo and pool  Put furniture back how you found it  Always pick up after yourself and  Dispose of your trash appropriately Locations of Things 7
Be Considerate Outdoors The condos at Harbour Beach Village are each privately owned and we employ one Caretaker to mainta...
Checkout reminders Here’s a quick reminder of the checkout list you agreed to in your Short Term Rental Agreement. It may be a couple of days before our maid can make it to the condo to tidy up. Given the humidity, the salt air and the heat, forgetting to follow all the steps on our checkout list can be really messy!       Hang your towels- if left in a hamper/pile, they will mold and stain. Empty the fridge/kitchen of “un-shareable” food items (refer to the Groceries! section, page 3) Close the windows Turn off all the lights, fans, and A/C Lock the front door And as you exit Harbour Beach Village: o Leave your gate clicker in the mailbox located inside the (street-side) pedestrian gate area o Drop off any garbage bags in the dumpster outside the condo gates (opposite side of the street) 8
Checkout reminders Here   s a quick reminder of the checkout list you agreed to in your Short Term Rental Agreement. It ma...
Restaurant Recommendations You may want to plan ahead for your lunch/dinner plans since restaurants have varying days of service. Dinner reservations are helpful. No one offers delivery. Beach Side Café at Sand Castle on the Beach Closes mid-September, reopens early October Open Mon: 11:30am-9:00pm, Thu-Sat: 11:30am-9:00pm, Sun: 10:00am-9:00pm Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/beachsidecafe/ 127 Smithfield, Frederiksted * 340-772-1266 or 340-772-1205 “…award winning hotel restaurant features full meal service in an eclectic new American style for Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. And don’t forget about our Iguana Lounge! Serving all of your tropical favorites as well a carefully selected Wine Spectator Awarded wine list.” Rhythms at Rainbow Beach Open year round Open 7 days a week, 11am to Sunset http://www.rainbowbeachstx.com/ Frederiksted, St Croix, VI 00840 * 340-772-0002 Rainbow is our favorite beach bar and restaurant. Excellent, Caribbean inspired bar food and full bar. The Lost Dog Pub Open Mon-Sun, 4:00 pm - 2:00 am (Kitchen is open every day 5pm to 10pm) https://www.facebook.com/LostDogPub/ 14 King Street, Frederiksted * 340-772-3526 Yummy pizza and hot subs (and my favorite app, roasted garlic and brie)… The Lost Dog is a self-described neighborhood pub with great pizza, American music, the coldest beer and warm hospitality. “It’s off the beaten track located one block from Frederiksted Pier. Lost Dog has been a St. Croix institution for over 20 years.” Turtles Deli Open year round Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm http://www.turtlesdeli.com/ 37 Strand Street, Frederiksted * 340-772-3676 Gourmet sandwiches, salads, coffee and pastries. They make their own delicious breads and serve espressos, lattes and other specialty coffees. Villa Morales Closed mid-August to early September each year Open Thursday-Saturday only, 10am-10pm http://villamorales.fsted.com/ 82-C Est. Whim, Frederiksted * 340-772-0556 Wonderful Local and Spanish cuisine. 9
Restaurant Recommendations You may want to plan ahead for your lunch dinner plans since restaurants have varying days of s...
Napoleon’s Pizza (pick up only) Open year round Monday 11am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday Noon-8pm 58B Hill Street, Frederiksted * 340-719-9955 No website- but trip advisor shows a pic of their menu if you Google Napolean’s Pizza Frederiksted. They serve pizza by the slice and full pizzas, wings, strombolis, lasagna, chicken/shrimp penne with white sauce. I’ve only had their pizza which is really good. Their brownies are awesome! Blue Moon Closed August and September Lunch Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Dinner Tue-Sat 6-10pm Sun Jazz brunch 11am-2pm Reservations needed http://thebluemoon.stcroixrestaurant.com/ 7 Strand Street, Frederiksted * 340-772-2222 “An eclectic, open air waterfront bistro. Fine dining with a Cajun twist, they also offer an extensive wine list. Live jazz is another signature!” Polly’s at the Pier Open year round Mon-Fri: 8:00am-3:00pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30am-3:00pm https://www.facebook.com/pollysatthepier/ #3 Strand Street, Frederiksted * 340-719-WiFi (9434) “A waterfront neighborhood cafe in downtown Frederiksted serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.” Serves specialty coffees, breakfast, brunch, sandwiches. Vegan & Vegetarian options available. Bakery There are bakeries everywhere- you must try hot and fresh butter bread from one of the bakeries. It’s great right out of the bag with nothing on it, or order it as a sandwich with ham and government cheese. Brings back my childhood memories. Ruki’s Roti, food truck Open year round Weekdays, 11am-5pm In the parking lot opposite Kmart on Centerline Rd, Frederiksted If you like Indian Cuisine, you must try West Indian Roti (curried meats/veggies wrapped in a tortilla-like flatbread). Ruki’s serves rotis (chicken, veggie, conch, and shrimp for around $7-$10) & other little West Indian appetizers for $2. Soda $1. Rum Runners Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus Sunday Brunch * Happy Hour, 4-6pm http://www.rumrunnersstcroix.com/ Located at the Hotel Caravelle, 44A Queen Cross St, Christiansted * (340) 773-6585 “Great steaks and seafood, great drinks and beautiful sunsets, superb dining on the waterfront” We eat in Frederiksted mostly, but we always make it down to Christiansted for lunch or dinner on the 10
Napoleon   s Pizza  pick up only  Open year round Monday 11am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm Friday Saturday 11am-10pm, Su...
waterfront. While there are many excellent restaurants in Christiansted, we seem to never miss lunch/dinner at Rum Runners. Great food and ideal location. Pier 69 Wed-Fri: 11:00am-9:00pm , Sat-Sun: 8:00am-3:00pm https://www.facebook.com/Pier69RestaurantPub 69 Strand Street, Frederiksted * +1 340-772-0069 “Pier 69 offers casual courtyard dining at affordable prices”. Check out their Trivia Night on Thursdays at 7pm. Food/Alcohol/Ice/ATM’s In order of proximity Stop and Shop – For groceries/liquor/ice. There are a few closer shops in town, but their goods are hit or miss, and don’t have as much product turnover/freshness as Stop and Shop. Open daily, 7am-10pm 5204 Hannah’s Rest, Frederiksted, St. Croix * 340-692-2771 Directions:  Head northeast on Veterans Shore Dr towards downtown Frederiksted (0.6 mi)  Continue onto Fisher St (Veteran’s drive curves right at the Fish Market and becomes Fisher Street) 0.2 mi  Turn right onto Christiansted Bypass/Queen Mary Hwy (0.9 mi)  Turn left onto Centerline Rd/Christiansted Bypass/Queen Mary Hwy (2.2 mi)  Stop and Shop is on the right side of the road less than .5 miles Kmart Open daily, 8am-8pm ( Sat/Sun 7am-9pm) Remainder Matriculate, St Croix, 00840 * 340-692-5848 Directions: Follow the directions to Stop and Shop, continue on Centerline for another mile or so, Kmart on right. Plaza Extra – full-size grocery and liquor store. This is the best grocery to buy meats and fish. Open Daily, 7am-10pm 14 Pleasant, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840 * 340-719-1870 Directions:  Head northeast on Veterans Shore Dr towards downtown Frederiksted (0.6 mi)  Continue onto Fisher St (Veteran’s drive curves right at the Fish Market and becomes Fisher Street) 0.2 mi  Turn right onto Christiansted Bypass/Queen Mary Hwy (0.9 mi)  Turn left onto Centerline Rd/Christiansted Bypass/Queen Mary Hwy (3.9 mi)  Plaza Extra is located on the left ATM’s There are a few banks with external ATM’s along the waterfront in Frederiksted (King Street). Don’t be a target, plan ahead and pick up cash during the day. Frederiksted can be quiet at night and picking up cash in a poorly lit, low population area can be a hazard anywhere. 11
waterfront. While there are many excellent restaurants in Christiansted, we seem to never miss lunch dinner at Rum Runners...
St Croix Facts Courtesy of VInow.com Size: 82 square miles – 28 miles long, 7 miles wide Highest Point: Mount Eagle 1,165 ft Population: 50,601 (2010 Census) Anna’s Hope 4,041 Christiansted 2,626 East End 2,453 Frederiksted 3,091 Northcentral 4,977 Northwest 4,863 Sion Farm 13,003 Southcentral 8,049 Southwest 7,498 St. Croix History Courtesy of VInow.com The last of the Native Indian people to inhabit St. Croix were the Carib. Originally from the Guiana region of South America, the Carib people were not the first Indians on St. Croix. They had gained presence of the islands from the Tainos or Arawaks in the early 1400’s. It was however the Carib that greeted Columbus on his second voyage through the islands. Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus visited St. Croix on November 14th, 1493 on his second voyage to the New World. Columbus named the island Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). The explorers anchored off a natural bay west of Christiansted, known today as Salt River. Some two-dozen armed men from Columbus’ fleet went ashore to explore. These men were met by defensive arrows to which they retreated. The Salt River site is the first and only positively documented site associated with Columbus’ exploration of the New World on what is today a U.S. territory. The Caribs continued their existence on St. Croix for about a decade following Columbus’ visit. During this period they had established an understanding of mutual coexistence with the Spanish on Puerto Rico. This understanding was concluded when a Spanish adventurer raided St. Croix for Carib slaves. The Caribs joined in an effort with the Tainos of Puerto Rico, against the Spanish. For their uprising they were condemned to be destroyed by the Spanish Crown. With ‘legalized’ extermination and military action imminent the Caribs permanently abandoned St. Croix. Although Columbus landed on Croix in the name of Spain, the first to establish themselves on St. Croix were the Dutch and English with a small number of French Protestants. In 1625 both countries, Britain and the Netherlands, co-existed on the island. This mutually beneficial relationship of sharing St. Croix ended without question when the islands Dutch governor killed the English counterpart. The English retaliated, leaving the Dutch governor dead. Many years of battles over possession of the island followed between the two powers. Dutch and French settlers slowly retreated leaving the English in power of St. Croix. The colony grew under British rule. The Spanish, on nearby Puerto Rico, were concerned by the growth. In a surprise attack the Spanish landed on St. Croix and killed many settlers and forced the others to leave. The French heard of the overthrow of the English and took the opportunity to move in themselves and take 12
St Croix Facts Courtesy of VInow.com Size  82 square miles     28 miles long, 7 miles wide Highest Point  Mount Eagle 1,16...
over St. Croix from the Spanish. This was around 1650. Philippe de Poincy, an official of the Knights of Malta, sent 160 of his best troops to capture St. Croix. He succeeded and then quickly sent some three hundred planters from St. Kitts to establish settlements on the newly captured colony. French West India Company Seeking to establish a stronger hold on St. Croix, Louis XIV decided that the French Crown should take over. In 1665 the French West India Company was formed and sent to St. Croix. The Company rule did not do very well and lasted only seven years. The King dissolved the Company and replaced it with Crown rule. The French Crown continued to claim ownership of St. Croix although they had basically abandoned the island. Most of the French settlers had left the island by 1695. Danish West Indies Company On June 13,1733 the Danish West Indies Company bought the island from France. The Danish West Indian Company wasted no time in sending settlers to St. Croix to form their new colony. Under the leadership of Frederik Moth, a new town at Christiansted was planned within the first year. In 1747, St. Croix was given its own government, separate from St. Thomas and St. John. Under strict regulations, the planters soon became frustrated with company rule. In 1753 the planters of the three islands petitioned the King to buy out the company. In 1754 the islands became a royal colony. With the crown directly involved a long period of growth followed. The Crown designated the most lucrative of the islands – St. Croix – as the new capital for all three islands. Thus, the capital of St. Thomas and St. John was moved from Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas to Christiansted where it remained until 1871 when it was returned to Charlotte Amalie. Sugar For some time St. Croix was one of the wealthiest islands in the West Indies. The prosperity was due greatly to sugar cultivation, rum production and slave labor. St. Croix’s economy existed through trade. The island exported five commodities; sugar, rum, cotton, molasses and hard woods and imported almost everything it needed. The price of sugar in the world market was stable for the first decades of the 19th century and St. Croix’s plantation owners were doing well. In 1803 the population of the island was 30,000 with 26,500 being slaves engaged in planting and processing sugar cane. Prosperity however came to a halt with the closure of Denmark’s role in the slave trade. St. Croix had played an important role in the triangular trade route that connected Europe, Africa and the Caribbean in a trade of human cargo, sugar and rum. Around this same time competing beet sugar prices caused a sharp decline in the profitability of cultivating sugarcane. An increasing number of slave revolts motivated governor general of 21 years Peter von Scholten to abolished slavery in the Danish colonies on July 3rd, 1848. With all these factors playing a role St. Croix’s economy by the end of the 1820’s was nearing ruin. The late 1800’s was a period filled with changes, rebellions and progress. Some of the most famous leaders were Queen Mary, Bodhoe and David Hamilton Jackson. Their efforts and those of other residents were extolled for the good of the local population on issues like improvement of living conditions, freedom of press, education and labor laws. 13
over St. Croix from the Spanish. This was around 1650. Philippe de Poincy, an official of the Knights of Malta, sent 160 o...
United States Virgin Islands In 1917 St. Croix along with the islands of St. John and St. Thomas were purchased by the United States of America from the Danish government for military reasons. In the late 1930’s St. Croix’s agriculturally based economy was not improving. Economic insecurity continued until the fifties, when tourism became a leading industry in the U.S.V.I. Today St. Croix is U.S. territory with the main industries being tourism, agriculture and oil refinery. One of the most renowned attractions in the U.S.V.I., the Buck Island National Park is located a short distance from the St. Croix shore. Recently the first casino in the U.S.V.I. was built on St. Croix. Note: The information contained in this brief history was compiled from “Fateful Encounters Salt River 1493-1525, a National Park Publication dated November 14, 1993.” and “Christiansted, National Historic Site published by the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior”. About St. Croix Courtesy of VInow.com St. Croix encompasses 84 square miles of history, beaches, beautiful vistas and culture. The island has many sites to see and enjoy; from wild life reserves and historical towns to underwater marine parks and botanical gardens. Both Christiansted and Frederiksted can be explored on a walking tour or self guided. Outside of town you can take a tour or rent a car and take in the island at your own pace. St. Croix is rich with historic sites; most are associated with the plantation agriculture that made St. Croix a rich sugar producing island during Danish reign. You can take a driving tour and visit many of beautiful points and buildings of historical importance; like windmills, great houses, plantation villages, schoolhouses and churches. There are many excellent examples of colonial architecture all over the island and you will no doubt see dozens of mills scattered across St. Croix. St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and its topography is very different from its sister islands. There are large expanses of agricultural flat lands, very mountainous and lush forest and dry grassy plains. Several wildlife and ecological reserves offer you the rare opportunity to see endangered birds, turtles and incredibly diverse marine ecology. Exploring these natural areas is a treasure and will make for a memorable vacation. About Frederiksted Courtesy of VInow.com Frederiksted is a picturesque water front town. It was established in 1751 and it is the second largest town in St. Croix. It is a lovely historic town that is easily explored in one day. Federiksted is built in a Victorian style; this was the style chosen after the original buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1758. Centuries ago Federiksted competed with Christiansted as a port of trade; Christiansted became the more important of the two. However, Federiksted would also have its day of glory and it’s mark in history. The fort at Federiksted fired the first foreign salute in honor of America in 1776. It is still called the Freedom City, a name it earned as an ally to the British colonies that became America. 14
United States Virgin Islands In 1917 St. Croix along with the islands of St. John and St. Thomas were purchased by the Uni...
About Christiansted Courtesy of VInow.com Christiansted, the capital of the Danish West Indies from 1755 to 1871, is one of two main towns on St. Croix. Located between a busy seaport and green hillsides, the town is well known for its many historic yellow buildings. The one square mile town of Christiansted offers you a unique opportunity to visit a historically important town as well as to partake in shopping and dining in a modern setting. Christiansted has maintained its Danish architectural richness and offers many buildings and structures of interest, like cobblestone walkways, old churches and imposing fort Christiansvaern. The Christiansted historical area encompasses about 27 acres and is maintained by the United States National Park Service. It is located along the Christiansted waterfront and it includes what used to be a busy Danish business and trading center. It was once the area used to dock ships carrying human cargo, rum and molasses bound for the triangular trade route through the Caribbean to Europe and Africa. Christiansted is a very interesting town and well worth exploring. 15
About Christiansted Courtesy of VInow.com Christiansted, the capital of the Danish West Indies from 1755 to 1871, is one o...