4 weeks until our PMV
Good day All,
I have been reading for over a year now and we are finally coming down to explore St. Croix. I have a few questions that hopefully can be answered before hand.
1. I know there have been many postings on restaurants, but it's old and I'm sure somewhat outdated. I do want to take my wife out to a fine dining restaurant during our stay, is there 1 or 2 in Christiansted that I should choose from?
2. I would like to know if there is something that is a must see that most is more of a local thing as compared to a tourist type attraction?
3. Lastly, how long did it take for those moving to the USVI to get comfortable driving on the left side of the road. We are renting a vehicle and feel pretty confident about it, but a little nervous too. 🙂
Thanks again for such a great site and wealth of info. You all have made this a little less nerve racking to say the least.
I had zero issues adjusting to the left side of the road even when we were flying back and forth a lot. It's pretty easy.
We've had great meals at Zion Modern Kitchen and Savant in Christiansted.
Must sees... Moko Jumbies and Domino club with the beer drinking pigs! 🙂
1. Lots of great food here. But if by fine dining you include atmosphere, in addition to good food, try Kendricks at the Buccaneer. Haven't been to Galleon since they changed hands. But nice atmosphere. Zion Modern Kitchen is a more casual setting, but with wonderful food.
2. Almost all the fun stuff can be considered tourist attractions. But you won't be here in season, so it won't feel like it. Experience the beer drinking pigs, find a crab race, and see the Moko Jumbies. Also, try a TanTan jeep tour to the Tidal Pool.
3. We visited, and were long-term snow (and summer) birds, for 7 years before moving here permanently last year. Driving on the left is easy to pick up, and to switch back from. It'll become second nature quickly. You just need to concentrate at intersections, and when negotiating yield signs and parking lots when you first arrive.
Cars are still left hand drive so that's one less point of confusion and thing to get used to. Stay to the left and pass on the right on the two-lane highway if you get on it. The most important thing to watch for is making turns, especially through intersections. Stay to the left of on coming traffic, roads, parking lots, anywhere. Not hard to get used to. Many of the lanes (turn lane, straight lane) in the larger intersections are not marked well, markings have long since worn away so you've got to pay attention to that and may have to do some guessing. Pay attention at 5 points. Good GPS can help some. Don't be surprised if you come up on a local stopped in the smaller roads chatting with pedestrians or even another driver in the other direction.
My first choice for fine dining in Christiansted is Galangal (great decor, food and service). Outside of Christiansted, I like Rowdy Joe's (casual setting, great food).
It took me about 1 week to get used to driving on the left. It's easy if you can follow the guy in front of you. Or be a passenger for the first few days, and just watch and mentally adjust.
The Waves at Cane Bay makes delicious food and has a great atmosphere right by the water. It's quite small and has a nice bar and is a great place to sit outside and watch the sunset.
crab races, Tide pools, west end beaches, and hike to Iassacs bay.
Chant to yourself while driving."stay to the left, to the left, to the left". When in doubt , follow the person in front of you. You will get the hang of it.
I'm a news to stx but best meal I've ever had was at Galangal (sp). It was unreal then Zion for a mind blowing custom cocktail.
You'll be surprised that driving on the left is especially easy to get the hang of.... Your other option is head on collision soooo yea pretty easy 😉
Consider that hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the islands every year and get the hang of driving on the left in LH drive cars in the time it takes to get from the airport to their vacation destination in their rental!
I was afraid to try driving the first time I visited stx many years ago, but did ok on my second visit and never worried after that. I automatically drive on the correct side when at home on the island or at my home in the states. The problem arises when I travel to other places though. I have to be really careful, especially when visiting an area with palm trees and such, because then my mind seems to think I belong on the left!
Chill out, no worries mon. You will pick up driving on the left pretty easy and shouldn't be the issue. The issue to be concerned with is navigating the windy steep rough roads. Make sure and rent a vehicle with a GPS, which will help navigate. The VI was the first place I learned to drive and the my first drivers license.
I always say, "keep your shoulder to the shoulder" I had no problem adjusting to left hand driving. you know you are living right when driving left.
For a nice meal i like Duggan's Reef or Bombay Club. a must see id sunrise at Point Udall, get some champagne, OJ and have mimosas, and even though it is touristy go to the Domino club and see the beer drinking pigs.
The only driving problem you will encounter is the lack of road marking. No center line, no edge markings, no lane markings at intersections. The VI cannot afford to stripe the roads and re-do the lanes at intersections, so hopefully there will be someone else in front of you for you to follow.
Thanks everyone, we are so looking forward to our time there. I appreciate everyone's help.:-)
If you follow others at intersections, they probably won't use turn signals, and the painted arrows on the pavement will be faded, so you'll have to guess which lane to get into.
The only driving problem you will encounter is the lack of road marking. No center line, no edge markings, no lane markings at intersections.
Not only that,but there are drivers who think that that any visible double yellow is a suggestion about where the middle of your car/taxi van is supposed to be. LOL!
I watched a garbage truck try to pass a safari on a twisty road this morning...
Otherwise known as "Keep your a$$ in the grass!"
I always say, "keep your shoulder to the shoulder".
A previous post began with Salud!!!
There was not other explanation, but I think it was a dining suggestion, as it is the name of a restaurant with some interesting food & atmosphere
two of my favorite places are not fancy but 1 roadside gas station and one former gas station. Miriams 2 dollar tacos on Wednesdays...tasty, and Ziggy's Libation Station, great roti and Cuban sandwiches