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St. Croix USVI Real Estate & Other Good Things

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Love Pirates? Check out these…

11412.jpgThere’s always a little pirate in everyone. Maybe a simple eye patch or perhaps a pirate pencil topper? Check out these fun and funny items over at Archie McPhee, sure to please the Caribbean pirate in all of us. I think my favorite would be the Calico Jack Pirate Flag to put on that new boat. Click here for more cool pirate stuff…

Who Ships to St. Croix?

There are lots of online stores that ship to St. Croix for about the same price as other states. And there are lots of online stores that don’t. It seems many stores don’t understand you can drop something in a US Priority envelope and it arrives within a few days, same for FedEx, UPS, and all US Mail. Anyway, here’s a list of places that ship here right through their online checkout.

Online stores that ship to USVI: 

Do you know of other online stores that ship to the USVI? Please send us an email so we can add it to the list. Email eric@cruzana.com

Smokes & Sweets on St. Croix

dsc_1248.jpgDown in the Pan Am Pavilion is another one of St. Croix’s good things… Steele’s Smokes & Sweets. Jeff and Mary Ann Seroogy run a small store with a large selection of premium cigars, tobaccos, homemade fudge and delicious gourmet chocolates. You’ll find everything from Cohibas to Macanudos and Godiva Chocolates to Lindt Truffles.

It appears both smokes and sweets are equally popular. Mary Ann mentioned that two of their most popular sweets are Caribbean Rum Balls and their very own Seroogy’s chocolates, family-made since 1899. Me, I like to visit Smokes & Sweets to step down into the cigar room, a glass enclosed room lined with wooden shelves of exotic looking cigars. Funny part is, I don’t even smoke cigars. I just like the feeling, the smells, and the visual richness of this great little shop.

tony.jpgAnd did you know? When the colorful cigar boxes are empty Jeff simply gives them away, free for the taking (other shops charge several dollars each). I find the boxes are both beautiful and utilitarian. They’re great for storing receipts, postcards, small collections, and some may even fit CDs. Another interesting tidbit… one of Jeff Seroogy’s family members is the famous actor Tony Shalhoub from the hit TV shows Wings and Monk.

For more information visit their website at Smokesandsweets.com

Below are a few photos of Steele’s Smokes & Sweets, located in Christiansted, St. Croix USVI plus a few shots of the cigar boxes that hold my St. Croix treasures…

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St. Croix Map

Looks like a lot of work went into these maps. They’re kind of an all purpose map with some added fun items like fish, scuba dive spots, surf spots, bike trails and more. Maybe Franko will send us one to review, and we’ll let you know. Printed on waterproof, rip-proof plastic. Available folded or flat laminated (like a placemat). The map size is 26.75″ x 18.5″.  Folded $8.00, Laminated $16.00

Click for Franko’s Maps…

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USVI Newsletter

Several months ago we subscribed to the Island News newsletter. It’s very informative and well-written. It’s 8.5″ x 11″ in size and is usually about 20 pages in length. The information is written from a helpful perspective with an eye toward the realities of the islands from a property owners perspective. They are not afraid to discuss both negative and positive points of view, with everything from crime to government officials.

Here is the link… Island News

Virgin Islands Car Sticker

I bought one of these stickers for my wifes car. It looks great and is fairly high quality. Available for under $5. Adds a nice touch to the car. A great reminder of where you want to be. Click here to order at neatsigns.com (and free shipping too).

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Some Ting Good

Ting is a carbonated beverage sold here on St. Croix. It’s made over in Antiqua and is found on most of the Caribbean islands we’ve visited like: Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Lucia. We usually find Ting in little green 8 oz. bottles. Most of the grocery stores and convenience stores carry Ting. The cost is similar to other soft drinks.

We like Ting. We even buy it by the case! The taste is refreshing, especially on a hot day. It is slightly carbonated and therefore bubbly. It has a citrus flavor made from Caribbean grapefruit. Of course it’s best served ice cold. No ting like a cold Ting.

Ting’s not full of strange chemicals either. The ingredients list reads: carbonated water, sugar, grapefruit juice, natural grapefruit flavor and citric acid. Not bad compared to all the chemical-laden soft drinks out there. Okay, it’s not actually “good for you” either, but neither is Rum.

Next time you’re in the Virgin Islands try some Ting! We highly recommend it.

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Creque Dam Farm

Today we traveled through the rainforest and followed the signs to Creque Dam Farm, home of the VI Sustainable Farm Institute. The long and winding dirt road lead to an agricultural oasis in the mountains of St. Croix. Fields with tidy rows of vegetables and picturesque vistas made for an enjoyable trip.

Once we parked, the main building took center stage. It’s a beautifully crafted tropical building with tin hip roofs, rich woods (harvested from sustainable forests), and local stone. Breezes blow through as the aroma of freshly harvested fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs swirl. Inside is an open kitchen, tables of produce, books, t-shirts and a 1/2 dozen smiling “farm crew”.

We spent about 45 minutes looking around, petting baby goats, talking story, buying fresh produce, and snapping a few photos. It was amazing to see what can be created in only a few years time… off the grid systems, a successful organic farming institute, beautiful architecture, all run by a crew of happy people.

For more details please visit their website at…VI Sustainable Farm Institute

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