During the summertime, it can be hot and muggy here on St. Croix. On the plus side, we are surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, so you can always take a dip to cool off. But, aside from heading to the beach, the island offers many other ways to keep your cool that don’t involve getting sand everywhere. Whether you want something inside in air conditioned comfort, or you just need something to make the heat more tolerable, the island offers fun activities for adults and children of all ages that will help you keep your cool.
Here are five ways we here at GoToStCroix.com recommend beating the heat on this island of eternal summer:
1. Lounge by a resort pool.
If you would rather enjoy the fresh water of a pool, without sacrificing the Caribbean view, you can purchase a pool pass from one a hotel or resort here on St. Croix. Grapetree Bay Hotel & Villas on the East End offers a pool pass for $10 per person between 8am and 8pm daily, kids 3 and under are free. On Saturdays, Grapetree Bay Hotel hosts a Family Pool Day with music by DJ4T and they have a bar and restaurant onsite for convenience. King Christian Hotel also offers pool passes for non-hotel guests to enjoy, and they have a bar onsite.
2. Indulge in some ice cream or a smoothie.
There are several local places here on St. Croix that offer delicious, homemade ice cream and smoothies. Choose your favorite traditional flavor, or from tropical ice cream flavors made using locally sourced ingredients. To learn more, check out our Where to Get Your Ice Cream Fix blog. If you want a healthier option, smoothies made with local produce are a great way to go. Check out Seaside Market & Deli or The Courtyard Juices & Fitness Studio to get your smoothie fix.
3. Jump off the Frederiksted Pier.
Plunging into the cool water surrounding the pier is refreshing and fun for all ages, but with none of the sand! There is an area midway down the Frederiksted Pier where you can jump off and then climb back up a partially submerged ladder. If you enjoy marine life, wear a pair of goggles or a mask and make sure to look around under the pier before you climb back up because there are a ton of sea creatures that make their homes on and around the pier pilings. Make sure to give yourself lots of time, because you will definitely want to jump more than once! Plus, you can cross #31 off your 100 Things To Do on St. Croix list!
4. Go shopping.
Head to Christiansted or Frederiksted and enjoy a day of popping in and out of the variety of locally owned (and air conditioned) boutiques. Peruse everything from clothing and handcrafted jewelry, to local art studios and souvenir shops. Check out our Shop page for some of St. Croix’s can’t-miss stores.
5. Try your luck at a casino.
St. Croix has two casinos, Caravelle Casino in downtown Christiansted, and Divi Carina Bay Casino on the East End. Both casinos have icy cold air conditioning and offer slot machine play and video poker, plus you can enjoy cocktail service. Divi Carina Bay Casino also offers some table gaming.
These are just five of the many ways we locals beat the heat here on St. Croix, but there are many to choose from. However you choose to stay cool, enjoy the beautiful island setting and the wonderfully friendly people that make St. Croix the place to be, even when it’s hot outside.
– Jennie Ogden, Editor