Gay Vacations in St. Croix

St. Croix Highlights

  • Learn the local gay English. Islanders don't call someone "gay." Rather, they say a man has "sweetness." A lesbian is called a "bulla man."
  • No need to fly between islands. The Virgin Islands Fast Ferry provides high-speed catamaran service from St. Croix to St. Thomas if you want a change of scenery, but it only operates from December to May.
  • Watch your addresses. In both Christiansted and Frederiksted, buildings are numbered consecutively along one side of the street; then they continue consecutively on the other side. That means that even and odd numbers appear on the same side of the street.


The U.S. Virgin Islands may not be as exotic or foreign as other isles in the Caribbean, but the blend of U.S. infrastructure with a laid-back Caribbean vibe makes them both alluring and practical. St. Croix is the largest of the three islands and is the easternmost point of the United States—just 60 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. St. Croix is a nice midpoint between neighboring St. Thomas' sophistication (without the bustle) and St. John's tranquility (without the yawning).

There isn't much gay or lesbian infrastructure on St. Croix for gay travel. But the island does have a gay hotel, a couple of gay-friendly clubs, and a gay business guild, and it remains popular with gay locals and tourists alike. St. Croix has two main towns, Christiansted on the north-central shore and Frederiksted in the southwest. General island attractions include the usual Caribbean suspects: plantation houses, rum factories, botanical gardens, rainforest walks in the western district of the island, and, of course, beaches and ocean sports. Gambling also is legal on the island. The St. Croix Archaeological Society Museum in Christiansted showcases native artifacts found 4,000 years ago. And don't miss the Lifestyle Music Festival every July. It corresponds to Health Awareness Day, and presentations about health happen alongside beach parties and concerts.

Published: 17 Jul 2008 | Last Updated: 9 Aug 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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