If you have been on St. Croix for even a few days you have probably heard the term ‘Sunday Funday’. What is Sunday Funday? Well, it’s pretty self explanatory…it’s the weekly celebration of Sunday, the island’s day of rest and relaxation. While Sunday Funday can represent something as simple as heading to your favorite beach with a cooler and a good book, it is more often used to refer to getting together with friends to hit the beach near one of St. Croix’s favorite beach bars or restaurants for cocktails, food, live music, group activities and fun in the sun!
Probably the most popular Sunday Funday spot on St. Croix is Frederiksted’s Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach is home to West End Water Sports, where you can rent jet skis, paddle boards, snorkel gear and more. Join in the weekly volleyball game at Rainbow Beach, float with friends in the Caribbean, or just kick back in the sand and enjoy some live music.
If relaxation is your goal, and you’re on the West End, Sand Castle on the Beach Resort offers a great day pass which allows beach goers access to their fresh water pool and resort facilities as well as a chair. Plus, with Beach Side Café right there on property you can enjoy a great meal while you’re limin’.
On the North Shore, pop into The Landing Beach Bar restaurant for a delicious brunch, or claim your spot across the street on Cane Bay Beach to listen to the live music as you lounge on the beach. Bring your own cooler, or better yet, head over to the convenient walk-up bar at The Landing which serves ice cold beer and all your favorite island cocktails. Cane Bay Beach is a great Sunday Funday spot for families and is popular for barbecues and family parties!
Another popular Sunday Funday spot is Tamarind Reef Resort. Located on St. Croix’s East End, the beach at Tamarind Reef has a great volleyball court, good snorkeling, and a water sports rental stand for those looking to do more than just relax. But, if you DO just want to relax, you and your friends can rent a cabana for shade, as well as lounge chairs. Plus, you can enjoy brunch featuring live music, or get ice cold drinks at The Deep End.
On the far East End of St. Croix you’ll find Grapetree Bay Hotel & Villas which offers beachside pool use for the whole family! If you’re not a guest of the hotel, you can purchase a pool pass and enjoy their beautiful ocean view pool, surrounded by colorful murals painted by local artist Barbara Gelardi. Before you hop in the pool, enjoy a delicious brunch at Sea Terrace Restaurant which is conveniently located poolside.
These are just a few of the popular local Sunday Funday spots on St. Croix. Whether you prefer to soak up the sun on a secluded beach, or enjoy the live music and crowds the local hotspots have to offer, St. Croix has something for everyone. The question is, where will you spend this Sunday Funday?
– Jennie Ogden, Editor