I was invited to join family in the US Virgin Islands for the first week of 2016. It was my first time visiting any Caribbean island so couldn’t pass up the opportunity especially knowing I would have nice weather and lots of new photo opportunities.
We arrived December 30th of 2015 which gave us some time to get settled in just as the new year hit for 2016. We didn’t take the time to scope out local new celebrations before hand so we celebrated at our beach side home.
Knowing where the sun comes up, I made sure to arise for sunrise most of the days while on the island. They can be quite nice with a view comparable to postcards. Getting up this early is unusual for myself but I was often rewarded with views such as this video clip.
The scenery around the shores was nearly always a treat with deep blue water and grassy covered landscapes dotted with a mixture of nice and average homes. Sometimes you would catch a glimpse of a giant iguana crawling across the road or butterfly scoping out the local flora.
Often, I was taken back to memories of my days growing up in southern Kentucky on rides. It wasn’t the palm trees, blue oceans or fancy homes but the passing of the native local homes which were often further inland on rural and curvy roads with smaller plots of land, worn paint, and yards decorated with old cars and other miscellaneous unwanted materials left to decay.
The local cuisine was excellent. Surprisingly I noticed a McDonald’s, Wendy’s and a little Caesar’s while on a drive. I believe these were the only franchised food spots. The rest of the restaurants seemed to be independent and often offering a taste of surf or turf depending on your desire. I found the seafood was always excellent and ate more of it while vacationing than I normally do.
The constant mild eighty degree weather was a treat especially while we left much colder winter weather back in the states. Many days were spent sitting on the porch, on the beach or in the pool soaking up sun while the constant breeze kept the heat of the sun from overcooking us. I highly recommend visiting St. Croix at least once if you ever have the opportunity.