St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola and called them collectively Las Virgenes.
After that excitement, the islands went back to sleep for more than a hundred fifty years. Around 1650 they awoke to find the French Tricolor on St. Croix. Denmark, in turn, bought St. Croix in 1733 and began to build the Danish West Indies into thriving sugar cane and trading islands.
It was during the period around 1770 that the future founding father, Alexander Hamilton, was growing into a man on St. Croix.
Year ‘round, temperatures range in the 80’s during the day, 70’s most nights with summer somewhat warmer. Easterly trade winds keep the humidity low. Most island showers are quick, tropical and over in minutes. The average rainfall is 50 inches, with September and October less dry than the winter months.
Largest of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix (28 miles long and 7 miles wide) is one of the most beautiful resort areas in the Caribbean. Some beaches are nestled in quiet sandy coves and are great for swimming. Some are rocky coastline beaches renowned for snorkeling (there is abundant sea life) and, farther out, scuba diving. We have it all including small mountains, valleys and a rain forest.
Once an island of planters, it is dotted with the ruins and restorations of over 100 sugar mills and “great houses”. Much of its charm lies in gently rolling hills; stretches of beaches and a variety of landscapes from dry cacti covered areas to that dense rain forest. The history of the island can be glimpse at the Whim Plantation Museum, an eighteen-century plantation great house and outbuildings, restored by the Landmark Society. St. Croix retains the old world charm that has vanished on many other islands. Elegant resort hotels, golf courses and tennis courts represent the present.
The residents, incidentally, are known as Cruzans, pronounced with a soft “Z.”
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