Down in Gallows Bay lies St. Croix Marine, a full service marina located within walking distance of Christiansted. They have dozens of slips for all sizes, from small day boats to yachts over 150 feet long.
If you need to haul out they provide an impressive 300 ton marine railway, a 60 ton marine travel lift, and certified craftsman as well. Take a walk around the yard and you’ll usually see a half dozen boats being worked on.
Located within the marina compound is The Golden Rail, a tropical open-air restaurant that serves a great breakfast with large portions. It can get busy but is highly recommended for the marina view, tasty breakfasts, and an interesting boating crowd. People from all over the Caribbean can be found here – I met the Captain of Sea Eagle, an interesting guy with an amazing yacht (a 118 foot Hakvoort sport fisherman with dual jet drives and a top speed of over 40 knots).
St. Croix Marine also has a dinghy dock so patrons can walk to Schooner Bay Market, Chandlers Wharf, Gallows Bay Marketplace, the post office or the customs office. The well-stocked Gallows Bay Hardware Store is only a two minute walk. Some rental car agencies provide free pick-up and drop-off service to the marina. Another nice plus is that fuel is inexpensive, thanks to the Hovensa Oil Refinery located on the south shore of the island.
Scanning around the harbor you may also see the amazing 137′ Schooner Roseway anchored just offshore of Christiansted. For more on that see my earlier post Aboard the Roseway.
So that’s a little about one of St. Croix’s best marinas. Visit their website at St. Croix Marine or call (340) 773-0289. Below are a few photos of the St. Croix Marine docks, boats and the Golden Rail Restaurant, all in Gallows Bay, St. Croix USVI. Click on photos for larger version…