As with most Caribbean destinations, high season in St. Croix corresponds to the period when most North Americans are looking to escape winter’s grip. This time also features St. Croix’s best weather, with minimal rainfall, steady trade winds, and extended sunny periods. Holiday season brings the Crucian Christmas Festival, featuring music jamborees, cultural fairs, and children’s and adult’s parades in January with masqueraders in full costume.
Travel in the off-season—roughly mid-April through mid-December—to take advantage of lower hotel rates, typically up to 40 percent off. While hurricanes are a risk from June through November, a major tempest swipes the island only rarely. September and October are St. Croix’s wettest months, and some businesses close for a few weeks due to low occupancies. Rainy skies can plague the island for several days at a time. Regardless, October’s popular Coral Reef Swim Race takes the adventurous on a five-mile stroke from the shores of uninhabited Buck Island to Buccaneer Resort.
The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience is held mid-April each year and features wine auctions, seminars, a culinary competition, and gourmet dinners. Foodies also celebrate at the annual Agrifest, a weekend agricultural and food fair in mid-February that attracts farmers and craftspeople from the Virgin Islands and beyond.