St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

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.

Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree

The Baobab tree is often called “the tree of life”.    Can you believe the history of this tree?

Baobab Tree

Baobab Tree     Burned alive here???

Fruit from the Baobab tree falls to the ground.   This feels like velvet.

Fruit of Baobab tree

Fruit of Baobab tree

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.

View from Visitor's Center

View from Visitor’s Center

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.

Salt River Bay

Salt River Bay

We love to look at the water.

Salt River Bay

Salt River Bay

The next and final stop on our tour is Christiansted.   The King Christian Hotel is old and well known.

King Christian Hotel in Christiansted, St Croix

King Christian Hotel in Christiansted, St Croix

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.

Old sugar mill building

Old sugar mill building

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.

Purple Papaya

Purple Papaya

Walking down another street, we were fascinated by all the vines growing from and around these trees.

So many vines in the trees

So many vines in the trees

Our tour took us back to the cruise area.

Shopping area for cruise passengers

Shopping area for cruise passengers

Our shopping area is decorated for Christmas.   We watched these dancers by the gazebo.

Dancing performance

Dancing performance

The ladies are wearing very fancy hats.   Walking along the Caribbean, we had to stop by the canons.

Old canons on Caribbean coast

Old canons on Caribbean coast

A few more steps and we would be on this beach.

From cruise ship you can walk to this beach

From cruise ship you can walk to 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.

Bluebeard’s Beach Club in St Thomas

Alaska cousin and I, Zeb the Duck rode on another airplane.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

We left St. Maarten and soon landed in St. Thomas.  We are now in the US Virgin Islands, so after landing we went through US immigration and customs.  Then a taxi to Bluebeard’s Beach Club Resort.

Our new condo at Bluebeard’s Beach Club in St. Thomas is great.  We are on the top floor and we have a bedroom upstairs in a loft.  Great view of beach from here.  We have a private beach.  No other condos or hotels near us.  So much room just for us.   We really like this place.  But there are lots of stairs to go everywhere.

We have a couple types of cranes here.  Gray cranes

One of our cranes

One of our cranes

and white cranes.

Our white crane

Our white crane

We also have lots of iguanas.  But I will have an entire day dedicated to our iguanas.  By this bridge, we have a protected crab village.

Our resort protects crabs

Our resort protects crabs

We like humans that care about animals.

Our pool has a snack bar and a swim up bar.

Our pool

Our pool

We come here for breakfast every morning.  Monday evenings an Italian buffet is brought in for us.  We like spaghetti.   Friday was BBQ day.  Gina cooked hamburgers, fish and chicken until about 7:00 p.m.  Mom really liked the chicken!

Near the pool, we have palm trees and cactus.

Palm tree with cacti

Palm tree with cacti

So tropical!  Here is another palm tree, but it has red berries.

Palm tree with red seeds

Palm tree with red seeds

They look like berries, but mom checked online and now she says they are not really berries, but seeds.  They look pretty, but we are not to eat them!

We can play chess here.  Alaska cousin and I, Zeb the Duck, need help moving the pieces.

Huge chess game

Huge chess game

They are bigger than we are.  This is so much fun.  Walking around the grounds, we found this tree.

Great tree trunk for ducks

Great tree trunk for ducks

The tree trunk is twisted just for us.

Our resort is so pretty, that some couples come here to get married.  Here is one of the happy couples.

Preparing for wedding on our beach

Preparing for wedding on our beach

Looking at our beach, this is a great location for weddings.

Beach used for weddings

Beach used for weddings

We could cook here, but Mom and Alaska uncle don’t cook on vacation.

Don't cook us Mom

Don’t cook us Mom

We try different restaurants.  This hammock is really comfortable.

We are liking hammocks

We are liking hammocks

If we feel energetic, we can go kayaking.

Ducks in a kayak

Ducks in a kayak

Or, maybe just sit on the lounge chair and enjoy the beach.

This is a vacation

This is a vacation

That is our personal favorite.

The grounds are very scenic.   We think this bridge looks really nice.

Pretty bridge--with stairs

Pretty bridge–with stairs

From the back windows of our condo, we enjoy looking at these trees and cacti.

Backyard of our condo

Backyard of our condo

So different from our Colorado scenery.

As the day ends, we appreciate the sight of setting sun behind the palm trees.

Beautiful end to wonderful day

Beautiful end to wonderful day

You would like this resort.  For information, visit www.Bluebeards-beachclub.com