Take a minute to look over these helpful tips to make your St. Croix vacation go a bit smoother.
What To Bring And How To Wear It
Life here in the Caribbean is very laid back and relaxed. However, if you feel that you can not live with out your blow dryers, curling irons or electric razors, you’ll be happy to know that an adapter is not necessary. Of course, you are going to want to bring your swimsuit, but please, bring something to wear over it when in public. Island dress is casual, but bathing suits, short shorts and shirts that are unbuttoned are usually frowned upon while walking around town or in stores. Cotton clothes are preferred to avoid overheating. Men usually do not wear ties or jackets and nobody bothers with rain coats. Hats and sunscreen are a must to protect you from the sun. Even if you tan easily, the sun will burn you if you’re not prepared, ruining what could be your best vacation.
Cell Phone Service
If you can’t pull yourself away from the hustle and bustle of stateside life, St. Croix can accommodate you. Our local telephone calls from coin-operated phones are 25 cents for each five minutes. Our local area code is 340. AT&T and Sprint are the only cell phone service carriers, as well as a few regional carriers (Choice and Innovative). If you are a Verizon customer, you may find that your signal and service are limited unless you are in the main areas of Christiansted. You may want to check with your cell service provider before traveling to ensure your network coverage and whether or not there you will incur additional charges.
Internet Service and WIFI
Wifi Internet access has become much more common as many coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels have installed wireless networks as a courtesy for paying customers. So, bring that smart phone, tablet, or laptop, and find your favorite spot to check in with “the real world”. Get your work done, turn on the auto-reply, and then unplug so you can enjoy your time on St. Croix.
U.S. Postal Service
We are part of the U.S. Postal System with first class mail, priority and express mail being your best bet. On St. Croix we have six post offices to serve you. There are two in Christiansted, Gallows Bay, Kingshill, Sunny Isle, and Frederiksted. While it is possible to use UPS, FedEx and other courier services for your important packages (overnight and second day), it is HIGHLY recommended that you instead send to or from St. Croix using the U.S. Postal Service’s Express Mail service. As a U.S. Territory, the USPS considers us a zone in the USA system. UPS and FedEx will charge international shipping rates that may be 4 times higher than USPS. You can send first class mail and postcards using the same postage you would use in the mainland U.S.