St. Croix Splurge Ã†A full-day sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument takes top billing on the largest U.S. Virgin Island; Big Beard’s Adventure Tours does it best ($105 per person). Then join the foodie fray at Balter, which opened April 2016 in downtown Christiansted.
Feed each other tapas like plantain lasagna made with local ingredients. STAY It doesn’t get much better than checking into The Buccaneer, the longest-running family-owned resort in the Caribbean.
Book its private Beach House at Whistle Point, where French doors open from the master bedroom’s private terrace to views of Buck Island. Beach House from $9,600 per week. Save Ã† The biggest expense for a self-guided hike to the remote tide pools on Annaly Bay beach is a pair of sport sandals for the 5-mile trek.
STAY The trailhead is on the grounds of Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, whose 151 suites come with kitchenettes. Flaunting stilt dancers and an all-you-can-eat spread, the hotel’s Friday-night Pirate Buf et is a steal at $45 per person. Rooms from $229.