There is nothing like exploring St. Croix from the back of an ATV! Gecko’s Island Adventures offers ATV tours through the rainforest that provide excitement, fun, and epic views the whole family will enjoy. So, lace up your tennis shoes, and grab clothes you don’t mind getting muddy, and come along with us on an adventure tour you won’t forget!
Our group took the 10am Saturday morning tour through the rainforest. I’d had friends take this 2 hour tour already and they raved about the views and the fun they had driving the ATV’s. Our tour guides, Porkchop and Adam were terrific and greeted us as we checked into Gecko’s shop in Frederiksted. Cynthia gave us a safety briefing and went over the general guidelines for the tour, then we were outfitted with helmets. Gecko provides the helmets (and goggles if you want them) and all of us wore close-toed shoes and clothes we didn’t mind getting muddy for the tour.
The tour and the ATV’s are designed for riders with no ATV experience, but ATV pros won’t be disappointed. There is plenty of time and space to let loose and get dirty. The tour departed from Rainbow Beach and we made our way up the Frederiksted coast, wind in our hair, taking in the view. If you are familiar with St. Croix traffic, especially along the coast, you know to keep an eye out for other cars, horses and bikers (cyclists and motorcycle riders). Now you can add ATV’s to that list.
The ride was pretty smooth as we headed up into the hills of Frederiksted and the views of St. Croix’s west end were stunning. We did get to go over some rutted and rocky terrain along the trails, and there were plenty of mud puddles to drive through along the way. It is is rainforest, after all! We made it to the top of Mt. Stewart, overlooking the Northshore and Carambola area where we stopped for a few photos.
Then it was back on the machines and we headed to Bodkin Sugar Mill, one of the remaining sugar mills on St. Croix that is still standing tall. The mill was built in 1808 and is still in pristine condition and the window looked out to the valley bellow. Here we stopped and Porkchop told us a little bit about local history and ecology, and we got the opportunity to walk in the sugar mill and get some photos.
We then drove through the rain forest, along Creque Damn Road (again, drivers: please watch for ATV riders) and finished the tour back at Rainbow Beach. The tour was so much more than I expected. I thought we’d drive around the rain forest, maybe stop for a photo op or two, but I didn’t expect the mud puddle splashing and the interesting commentary on everything from St. Croix’s flora and fauna to the history of the plantations.
We made it a day in Frederiksted and had lunch along the waterfront and walked around a bit talking about our favorite parts of the tour. I was thrilled because I was finally got to go ATVing and because I was able to do it on St. Croix, the island I call home. I’ll definitely be back to do it again – this is one of my favorite ‘not-to-be-missed’ St. Croix attractions!
– Jennie Ogden, GoToStCroix.com Editor
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