St. Croix

Old May 15th, 2000, 09:35 AM
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St. Croix


We got back from St. Croix Sunday morning. We stayed at the Carambola for a week. We went snorkeling, did some sightseeing, ate at a few restaurants, and went to St. John and Buck Island.
The view at Carambola is pretty -- hilly, green, and the water blue. Our room was larger than standard size -- king size bed, sitting area with couch, couple chairs, desk, and small fridge. The bathroom was large, large shower (no bathtub), and screened patio. The pool was big enough and looked clean.
Carambola is away from Christiansted, other beaches, and restaurants, so we rented a car. It was hot (over 90 some days). It took us awhile to adjust to the heat -- drank alot of water and stayed in the shade.
We went snorkeling at Carambola, Salt River, Cane Bay, and Green Cay. The snorkeling here was not good. Most of the coral was dead, and there were not alot of fish. The bottom is rocky, so it is hard to walk in barefoot.
Buck Island and St. John had better snorkeling.
We saw a couple of historic buildings in Christiansted (not all are open), went to Dino's La Strada. Dino's is Italian, good food. Away from the shops and restaurants it is run-down.

Old May 15th, 2000, 09:53 AM
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Hi Chris -- thanks for the report. we're leaving 6/5 for a week at Carambola... Sounds like you pretty much liked the resort? And, I see your comments on the so-so snorkeling (i've heard beaches are rocky), but overall, how was the Caram and other beaches for just "beaching" it? We hope to spend a few days just hanging out. Restaurants at the resort? prices? did you use the shuttle to C'sted from the resort or rent a car? How was either or both? Did you visit the Divi casino? Any groceries available any where near the Carambola? anything else you can share? Thanks for any help. Peg
Old May 15th, 2000, 10:57 AM
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I liked the scenery around the resort -- the views were beautiful. I liked our room (we got a beach front) because it was large, clean and comfortable. The food at the resort was expensive, but it was also expensive when we ate outside the resort. The service at the resort (and elsewhere on the island) is slow, and if you ask a question, or ask for something out of the norm, they may look at you weird or won't understand. I had to remember that they are on "island time."
For just "beaching" it: the Carambola beach itself was sandy, and once you got in the water to your knees you could just swim out. They have lounge chairs on the beach, and I think two cabanas. The water was warm and looked clean. We did spend one or two days just "hanging out," and it was relaxing and pleasant. Cane Bay beach (not too far from Carambola) is a sandy beach --small, no chairs, but a restaurant and dive shop across the street. Salt River is sandy (no facilities).
We did rent a car, and I was glad we did. Carambola is away from C'sted, restaurants and other beaches. I liked the freedom of being able to come and go when I wanted and where I wanted. Renting a car was $40 a day for a Dodge Neon. We didn't rent a jeep, because we wanted to be able to lock valuables in the trunk. Did not visit casino. We did look for groceries near Carambola. There was one maybe 4-5 miles away, but they didn't have much of anything. There was a supermarket near C'sted (Pueblo), which we went to once and they did have alot of groceries.
Went to a restaurant called "The Waves at Cane Bay." It is small, and romantic, unusual setting.
Old May 15th, 2000, 12:59 PM
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Can you tell me anything about the Divi Carina Bay Resort located at Grapetree Bay(eastern part of island)? I am staying there in Oct. and would like to know all I can about the island and places to go. I am interested in the restaurants around that area as well as Chistiansted and the possible nightlife. Thanks for your reply.
Old May 19th, 2000, 07:05 PM
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I have not stayed at the Divi but we drove by there last fall before it opened and it looks very nice - as far as good restaurants go: Duggan's Reef is good for lobster, Stixx on the waterfront (in town) is good, The Cultured Pelican, Cheeseburger in Paradise and the Terrace at the Buccaneer is good too - STX has alot of good restaurants, before you arrive you'll be given a Visitor's Guide (pink) this will be very helpful and tell you about restaurants, nightlife, beaches, snorkeling spots, etc...have fun

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