St. Croix is the last port for our cruise. All the humans and ducks took a Scenic St. Croix tour. We like to be together. Leaving the port and through the tropical rain forest our first stop was this Baobab Tree.
The Baobab tree is often called “the tree of life”. Can you believe the history of this tree?
Fruit from the Baobab tree falls to the ground. This feels like velvet.
We ducks did not want to sit on the ground. We don’t know these red bugs, and there were a lot of them. Friendly? Biting bugs? We don’t know. Our next stop was Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve. St. Croix is an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so this preserve is part of the National Park Service of the United States. This was the first landing site by Christopher Columbus, in 1493 in the US Territorial waters. The view from the Visitor’s Center was beautiful but it was very windy.
We ducks could not sit here alone. Salt River Bay is home to some of the largest mangrove forest and sea grass beds, providing one of the most unique wildlife habitats, in the Virgin Islands. We feel safe with our humans and our friend Chip, the Doubletree Cookie.
We love to look at the water.
The next and final stop on our tour is Christiansted. The King Christian Hotel is old and well known.
We like these streets and buildings. In the early days of St. Croix, sugar cane was grown across the island. This is an old sugar mill.
Looks like a great social place now. We shopped at the Purple Papaya gift shop. We thought you might be curious about the name, Purple Papaya.
Walking down another street, we were fascinated by all the vines growing from and around these trees.
Our tour took us back to the cruise area.
Our shopping area is decorated for Christmas. We watched these dancers by the gazebo.
The ladies are wearing very fancy hats. Walking along the Caribbean, we had to stop by the canons.
A few more steps and we would be on this beach.
Rocky first and then soft, warm Caribbean sand. Now it is time for us to return to our ship. We always must be careful to watch the time and not miss the ship. We really liked St Croix and none of us had previously visited this island. We hope to come back soon.
You wouldn’t want to miss the ship. It would be a long paddle home!
Definitely not a good idea. Besides we can have fun on the ship that we would not want to miss. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Cool photos. About the red bugs, one of my issues with island life is that they have a lot of creepy-crawlies and they freak me out. Still, the beach and the sea usually make me overcome that.
The bugs are a real problem for me, also. They are almost OK outside, but often they find a way to get inside. So, more time at the beach.