Holy Cross Guide – CNW Network

Endless summers, pristine white sand beaches, clean air and some of the most luxurious hotels make the Caribbean one of the top vacation destinations.

The hotspots – the Bahamas, Jamaica and others – are often quite busy year-round, making it hard to avoid the crowds of tourists and local vacationers without paying a small fortune for one of the top hotels. range with access to the most exclusive beaches.

Sainte-Croix may be your answer for a private getaway.

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Sainte-Croix is ​​a hidden gem among tourists. It is the largest island in the US Virgin Islands, but still has a small population of just over 50,000. The island has a rich history as one of the few land masses in the Caribbean never to have been settled by the Spanish. In fact, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island, he encountered great resistance from the indigenous Kalinago people and was forced to flee. This was the first recorded conflict between indigenous populations and potential European colonizers.

Despite this, Sainte-Croix has been ruled by the English and the Dutch at various times in its history. This combination of Spanish, Dutch, English, indigenous Kalinago and African cultures has all the characteristics of Caribbean Creole, but is still very unique.

There is never a bad time to visit Sainte-Croix. With a consistent climate and small-town vibe, it’s easy to keep up to date with upcoming events, and there’s always something to do around the corner.

Things to do

Skip takes place four times a year – February, May, July and November. It’s similar to carnivals in other Caribbean countries, with drum bands and costumed performers on stilts.

Jazz at sunset is a monthly live music event that takes place every third Friday. Local and international jazz artists meet against the backdrop of the setting sun. Admission is completely free and it’s a treat for the whole family.

Fort Christiansvaern is one of the best preserved forts in the Caribbean. Tours run throughout the year and entering the fort is like stepping back in time as the entire fort has been meticulously maintained. This is a must for any history buff.

Where to eat

St. Croix’s unique cultural mix, combined with fertile soil and proximity to fresh seafood, has created a cuisine that feels like a platter of samples from the rest of the Caribbean. Meats reminiscent of Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian roti, and an assortment of ginger-coconut candies are some of the island’s staples.

Shupe is on the walk offers a combination of local flair with international familiarity. It’s an easy recommendation if you’re missing a good burger or craving a cheesecake.

Ziggy’s Island Market is an unpretentious place, located in a gas station, serving some of the most delicious dishes on the island. Here, local ingredients are turned into everything from roti to tacos. There is a family atmosphere with picnic tables set up behind the gas station to eat comfortably