At Sugar Beach Resort St Croix - we're committed to making your Eco-Tourism visit to St. Croix amazing - so don't hesitate to ask everyone on our staff for help. We're there to make sure your stay on our beautiful island is the best ever.
The U.S. Virgin Islands tourism community is a world leader in the development of "sustainable tourism", dedicated to protecting the beauty of the islands' natural environment while allowing visitors to enjoy the territory's pristine wonder.
St Croix is not over-run with tourists and you can still find quiet, out of the way places, just like the Caribbean should be! St. Croix has some of the best eco-tourism opportunities in the Caribbean, where you are free to explore an island environment from mountain peak to coral reef.
Spend a day on the waters surrounding the island, or ride into the hills on horseback, there are many tours tourist can take to see the whole of St. Croix and its breathtaking beauty. River kayaking, taking a safari or noted eco hiking tours can fill your days with endless wonder.
There are also eco-friendly events though-out the year to attend that are in sync with preserving our fragile ecology and focus on the natural world and its resources. Some of these events include Mango Melee, the Agricultural Fair, turtle nesting watches, beach clean-ups, coastal and organic walks, Buck Island, Scuba Diving and snorkeling charters.
But first you will need a car - and we're arrange with Judi of Croix to organize a car for you, meet you by name at the airport, and give you maps and instructions for visiting our island. Plus - if you say you're staying at Sugar Beach between now and December 15, 2014 - they'll give you 10% off their already great rates.
The environmentally conscious traveler can participate in and be excited to know about the following ecotourism-focused adventures that await on St. Croix:
Buck Island Reef is a National Monument 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix consisting of 880 acres of land and 704 acres of water and coral reef. If you are someone who snorkels, or are thinking of taking up the pastime, Buck Island Reef will be paradise. Scuba divers also enjoy the deep grottoes and labyrinths.
Turtle Watching - several beaches on St. Croix are turtle nesting beaches. The St. Croix Environmental Association and other environmental groups monitor these beaches and turtle activity to protect and preserve these beautiful and fascinating marine animals. Environmental groups offer turtle watches and educational trips at various times during the year; some of these trips are limited to members.
Click Here for some really fun turtle facts - brought together for you by the fun loving folks at Sugar Beach Resort.
Leatherback turtles, the largest of all turtles and endangered throughout the United States range (federal register, June 2, 1970), have a nesting place in St. Croix. Nesting can be found at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is only open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and is closed at all other times. The refuge beach is a popular recreation site for visitors, but the refuge and beach are closed April 1 - September 1 during turtle nesting season in order to protect turtle nests and hatchlings.
Hiking and bike tours, as well as horseback tours, can all be found and are each led by knowledgeable guides who can provide lessons of the island's history and ecology of St. Croix's west end. Enjoy the scenery of the island's historic great houses, dramatic shorelines and lush, green rainforest. Bike tours are available for both experienced and less-experienced bikers, making this an excellent activity for those on a family vacation in the USVI.
Just some of our trails include:
The east end beaches beyond Cramer Park Beach or the rainforest and hills surrounding Blue Mountains, which at 1,096 feet is the islands second highest point (Mt. Eagle is the highest, with 1165 feet).
Maroon Ridge or Maroonberg is located high on the scenic ridge northeast of Ham's Bluff. There was a Maroon community established in St. Croix in the 17th century.
Annaly Bay is an exceptional area of St. Croix is the Northwest where the natural and cultural history of the island comes alive. Hiking down the mountainside to Annaly Bay is fairly steep in some areas. The environment encompasses a moist forest, valleys, slopes, rocky shoreline, and small and large tidal pools or saltwater baths.
Estate Hermitage & Parasol Mill - located in the fertile valley of St. Croix's tallest mountains, Blue Mountain to the East and Mount Eagle to the north, this area was heavily forested with giant tropical trees which were cleared to make way for sugar production. See the remaining herds of locally-bred Senopol Cattle grazing in the old sugar plantation and see examples of tropical trees such as Saman, Tibit and Tamarind, The hike meanders along the fertile lush valley to one of the largest man made ponds on the island.
Other eco-activities on the island include
St Croix Heritage Trail - This 72-mile driving tour connects our Caribbean island's historic sites and attractions and includes many significant natural areas. Historic marker road signs with the trail's brown and white sugar mill symbol guide visitors along the route which runs between Frederiksted and Christiansted, primarily along Centerline Road, extending north to Hamm's Bay in the west and Point Udall in the East.
Rainforest around St. Croix Leap - a 15 acre natural wonder that is privately-owned but open to the public.
St. George Botanical Gardens - a 16-acre complex that has the ruins of a 19th century sugar cane village and rum factory. There are more than 1,500 varieties of plants here.
The St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) offers guided hikes into the Caledonia rainforest and in the Salt River National Park on a request basis. 340- 773-1989.
St. George Botanical Gardens http://www.sgvbg.org
Bushtribe Eco Adventure Tours - 340-277-2503 http://www.bushtribe.com
Olasee Davis conducts group hikes (30-person maximum) on Sundays and holidays at a charge of US$15 per person. The itinerary changes regularly. Contact him at 778-9491 or 772-0325.
St. Croix Heritage Tours (guided) - 340-778-6997, 719-9079 - Custom tours through plantation ruins, lush tropical forest, quaint historic towns, sugar mills and massive forts.
St. Croix Safari Tours (Safari Van) – 340-773-6700, Email: email@example.com
Gecko’s Island Adventures - On this tour you’ll go off-road on a Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI ATV to visit spots around the island not usually seen by visitors. http://www.geckosislandadventures.com ; 340-713-8820
Caribbean Adventure Tours Kayak - a guided kayak tour through Salt River National Historic Park & Ecological Preserve. Toll-Free 1-800-532-3483 · St. Croix 340-778-1522
CHANT Eco Hikes and Tours - http://www.chantvi.org/tours/ayayEcoHike.cfm; Phone: 340-719-5455; Toll Free:1-877-CHANTVI or 1-877-242-6884
Buck Island Charters - This company offers trips on two Trimarans named Tenaro II and Dragonfly. Both leave from Green Cay Marina for a half or full day trip. You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Phone: (340) 773-3161; firstname.lastname@example.org
Virgin Kayak Tours - Phone: (340) 514-0062; www.virginkayaktours.com
Paul and Jillies Equestrian Centre - Phone: (340) 772-2627; www.paulandjills.com
Big Beards Adventure Tours - Here you will be taken by Catamaran from the Christiansted water front. The tour goes to Buck Island where the anchor is dropped. Here you can swim or so some snorkelling, followed by a barbecue lunch on a private beach. Phone: (340) 773-4482; www.bigbeards.com
Sweeney St. Croix Safari Tours - They will teach you all about St. Croix’s history, cultural traditions, politics, botany, and much more. Phone: (340) 773-6700; email@example.com
Tan Tan Tours - See parts of St Croix that are only accessible by a four wheeled drive vehicle, in an open top Jeeps. This company offers year round tours, either group or individual. Phone: (340) 473-6446; www.StxTanTanTours.com