Ok folks,We just returned from our second visit to ST Croix, yes it was some what of a PMV visit, I learned a lot of valuable information on this trip.
1. Do not be out after Midnight if you are going to need a Taxi ride back to your temporary place of residence. They don't run that late, got lucky found a guy that worked at a hotel to give us a ride, he charged double but what the hell, it was safe.
2.Second day we had the rental car, drove all over the Island with not one problem to mention. All that I can say is that you need to be cognisant of your surroundings, there is crime everywhere you go, yes it is a smaller Island so it seems to become more noticeable, since the island is smaller than some Cities here State side.
3. You might say I come from a Law Enforcement back ground, in some area's that is correct, I do. Just stay alert watch your SIX when walking down City streets, Stay vigilante to what is going on around you.
4. I could not give ST X higher praise if I wanted to, and still hope to relocate there in the near future, If you like the more laid back enviorment, and not the hussel and bussel of say New York city, this may be a place for you. I know in my heart it is a place for me.
5. And last but not least, ignore My spelling.
One thing about STX, we do roll up almost all the streets by 9:30 or 10 pm. There are some young people clubs, but not many.
It does usually seem pretty dead at 10pm but its misleading, all the locals come out at around 11pm to 1am and it get busy downtown again (on Friday and Saturday), in Christiansted at least.
In your number 2 paragraph, you say "that you need to be cognisant of your surroundings, there is crime everywhere you go,"
Please clarify that statement. It could sound like you mean there is crime everywhere you go on STX. I hope that is not what you really meant. Did you actually see any crime while here?
Glad you enjoyed your visit, and don't worry too much about your spelling. It's better than a lot. You can always use the check spelling button.
Regarding Taxi's late at night. Many Taxi driver's on island are willing to pick you up late at night, after 12... at your specified hour, you just need to arrange it ahead of time. I have had visitor's from the states that wanted to go out to DIVI late and we always arrange for the Taxi that takes them to pick them up at a designated spot and time and bring them home. Other's will give you their home phone number and have you call them when you are ready. It has been a great way to go and I recommend it for anyone that likes to late night it.
This is a good tip for those of us who live here, as well as those of us who visit. some of us might be better off calling our Taxi than driving ourselves. No...???
I love STX and have been here many years and have been very fortunate and have had no direct problems with crime since my first week here ( had a toolkit stolen from a soft top jeep the first week here!). I'm not saying we don't have problems, we do ..... but, that said a lot of it is common sense, don't be out where you shouldn't be, don't walk in dark alleys alone, stay alert to your surroundings, be respectful of others, yada yada yada.
This place, for me, is worth it. 🙂
No Juanita, we saw no crime at all while we were there. But it is a world wide problem and one should always try to notice their surroundings, as well as who is around them.
If we new when we would need to protect ourselves, Most of us would not put ourselves in the situation.
All of you should enjoy ST Croix, We are eagerly awaiting our next visit.
"that you need to be cognisant of your surroundings, there is crime everywhere you go,"
I think it means to pay attention to your surroundings no matter the locale.
When driving down a street and you start to see abandoned cars on blocks at the curb, store fronts with the expanding gates across the fronts and jailbars over the windows (if they have windows), etc.
It might be a good idea not to stop for a soda just cause your thirsty.