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St. Croix Day 4: Cruzan and Conch

With nothing booked for the day, we slept in a bit. I woke up feeling shaky and unsteady and definitely feeling that snorkeling at the pier would be a bad idea. It was disappointing as the snorkeling there is supposed to be really good and I would have had a high chance of seeing octopus and seahorses. But I didn't think my stomach could take the motion of the ocean so I texted guy with thumbs to let him know I couldn't make it.

Instead we headed to the Cruzan rum distillery for a tour and some cocktails. Tours ran every 30 minutes so we had no problem tagging along on the next available one.
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Afterwards, they made us two cocktails each of our choice. Cruzan makes so many flavors of rum so there were a ton of combinations to choose from and they were STRONG.
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At this point, we decide that eating is probably a good idea so we drive over to the waterfront in Christiansted for some lunch at Rum Runner's.
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Conch fritters, my favorite.
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Since we were in Christiansted, we spent a couple of hours shopping before heading back to the condo. Around what would have been sunset time if not for the clouds, we went down to the beach at our condo and relaxed with some private music and drinks.
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It started to rain but we didn't care. We danced in it on the beach and once it got dark, we headed in for the night.
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Posted by zihuatcat 23:02 Archived in US Virgin Islands Tagged st melissa croix Comments (0)

St. Croix Day 3: 4th of July in the USVI

We woke up to a beautiful 4th of July morning and were scheduled for a half day sailboat charter with Bilinda Charters. We met the boat at the dock and I was excited to see a female captain and her first mate, Astro the dog.

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There was also a first mate with thumbs.
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He raised the sail and helped us get underway.
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We also did our fair share of bobbing along.
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We made a snorkel stop and the guy with thumbs and I jumped in the water for a bit. I had been feeling fine but the motion of the water started to bring back that bubbly feeling so we didn't snorkel long. He offered to take me on a guided trip at the Frederiksted pier with some other guests the following day. After we were back on board, he set up a tasty snack.
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After our sail, since we were in our suits anyway, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon at the condo pool. We had it all to ourselves.
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The plan was to drive to Frederiksted to see the fireworks by the pier just after dark so we needed to have a somewhat early dinner. We chose Un Amore, an Italian restaurant not far from where we were staying.

We started with an appetizer of fried risotto balls.
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And then I had some kind of shrimp dish but I don't recall the details. I don't think I was able to taste much at this point.
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We headed to the beach near the pier to find a spot and watch the show.
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We arrived just at dusk and found a little place with a clear view of the pier.
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The show was surprisingly good and we really enjoyed it. It was a first for me to be in a "foreign" country where a US holiday is celebrated.
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Posted by zihuatcat 22:31 Archived in US Virgin Islands Tagged st melissa croix Comments (0)

St Croix Days 1-2: ATV by Land and Sea

Girls' trip to St. Croix! I usually travel with my friend, Brenda, but found a new travel buddy to add to the mix in my friend, Melissa. We both needed a break from life so decided to do a five day trip over the 4th of July.

We had an early flight so Melissa came over the night before to spend the night at my house. We went to a movie nearby and I made the unfortunate decision to have a chili dog at the movie theater. Fast forward to the next morning at 5am at the airport waiting to board and the food poisoning hits. It was a miserable flight to Miami, an even more miserable layover where I vomited in the airport waiting area, and another miserable flight to St. Croix. Upon arrival, we had to wait in line for at least an hour in the heat and humidity to pick up our Jeep then drive across the island to our condo. By the time we arrived, we had been traveling for a good 12 hours and I'd spent most of that time in the bathroom. Poor Melissa had to rummage through the cabinets and freezer to find food for herself for dinner. She managed to scrape together some shrimp and rice, made me some tea, and I was down for the night.

I was still a little shaky and bubbly the next morning but feeling much better. We had booked an ATV and jet ski rental and I didn't want to cancel so off we went to Frederiksted across the island. We stopped off at Turtle's Deli to get some coffee for Melissa since we hadn't been able to hit the grocery the night before. It was close to the waterfront and the famous pier I hoped to snorkel later in the week.

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We met up with the ATV crew and followed them out to Rhythms at Rainbow Beach where we would start the ATV drive. They got us set up on our machines with helmets.

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We rode up through the hills and stopped off for a break at an overlook.
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Then we made our way to some sugar mill ruins.
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When we got back to the beach, it was off the ATVs and on to jet skis. We spent about an hour tooling around on those out in the water in front of the beach. By now it was about 1pm and neither of us had eaten. I was ready to brave it, having had no food whatsoever since the chili dog. We ate some lunch at the beach restaurant there and then claimed a spot on the beach to relax.

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We hung out there for the rest of the day then went back to the condo to clean up for dinner. We made our way to Cane Bay for the pizza at Off the Wall.
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It was really crowded and the food was just ok. We had to park along the very dark road because so many cars were there. When we came back out, it looked like someone had tried to break in to our very touristy-looking Jeep. Luckily they weren't successful and we didn't leave anything in it anyway. It's not my first rodeo. We headed back to the condo and made it an early night.

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Roatan Days 4-8: No Plan, No Schedule, No Problem

Well, there was one little problem. On Wednesday, we were supposed to go deep sea fishing with Wahoo Slayer. Unfortunately, the trip was canceled due to weather. To pay for the trip, I had brought $1,000 in cash and put it in the safe in our room. The day we were to go fishing, I went to the safe to get that money out, and it was missing. This brought on a huge ordeal with the hotel where the manager accused me of losing my own money and I accused one of their employees of stealing it. They "offered" to call the police but made it very clear what an inconvenience that would be and I suspected it would not turn up the money anyway. So I let it go. We then spent the next few days before leaving...

Snorkeling at West Bay and at our hotel
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Eating
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Drinking
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Listening to live music
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Enjoying the beach view
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And on our last night there, saying goodbye to the staff we spent so much time with.
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Roatan Day 3: Land Critters

We did have a plan for today - a day trip around with island with Cleve Bodden. Cleve picked us up at the hotel in his van around 10a and brought with him some mango juice and an empanada for our breakfast.
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We stopped off for a pic at the Roatan sign.
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Then went for a visit at the butterfly garden and island animal sanctuary. One of the guides gave us a tour around the butterflly garden.
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Then for some bird interaction.
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After that, Brenda played with a few of the sanctuary inhabitants.
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Some were not allowed to come out and play.
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We learned why when this little guy grabbed Brenda through the cage and bit her.
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We left the sanctuary and resumed our drive, stopping for pics at a high point on the island.
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The next stop on the island tour was a boat ride through Oak Ridge, known for its houses built over the water on stilts.
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As we entered the mangrove area, the rain started to pour down.
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It didn't last long but we were soaked.
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Last stop of the day was at a nearby restaurant for some locally prepared shrimp, rice, and plantains.
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Before ending the evening, we closed the night out with a few drinks at the hotel bar.

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