|After Diving St. Croix|
When you're not U/W, St. Croix has much to see, from the central rain forest with the famous beer drinking pigs to historic towns. The bright yellow ramparts of Fort Christiansvaern (Christian's Defense) are the centerpiece of many restored buildings in Christiansted. Maintained by the National Park Service, the fort is a fascinating place to visit. King's Alley Walk and the surrounding streets are lined with shops for almost every interest.|
A seaplane right on the dock in front of Kings Alley Hotel provides service to St. Thomas. The twin turboprop DeHavillands fly at 1,000 feet, making the trip diver friendly.
|St. Thomas Topside|
The large and well-protected anchorage at Charlotte Amalie has always been the prime asset of St. Thomas. Up to six cruise ships can find safe harbor here during the height of the season.
Coral World at Coki Point offers touch tanks, shark pools, dive shop, gift shop and a snack bar. You can snorkel and swim on Coki Beach between forays into the various displays.
The red walls of Fort Christian Museum are easy to find in Charlotte Amalie. The shopping district adjacent to the fort is a duty free smorgasbord of jewelry, watches, precious stones and art. There are also many gift shops and an open air market.
Ferries from Red Hook on St. Thomas to Cruz Bay on St. John run regularly. The trip takes less than 15 minutes and drops you off in the heart of things.
|Enjoying St. John|
St. John doesn't do cruise ships, but shoppers can enjoy duty free shopping at Mongoose junction. Several beaches, including Hawksnest and Trunk Bay, feature clean bath-houses, snack bars and snorkel gear rentals. At Cinnamon Bay, a water sports center rents a complete line of wind surfers, with a variety of sail sizes. Camping is also available at Cinnamon Bay.
St. John also has its share of historic sites, including the Annaberg Sugar Mill.
Couples, families and groups may rent a house or villa and a Jeep for a week, making themselves at home on St. John.