Nine years ago, I got on a plane with my mother, father, and older sister to begin a new chapter…island living. This move happened between my sophomore and junior year of high school and looking back, I see that moving to St. Croix in my last two years of high school was the best thing ever!
I had never been to St. Croix before and had just started exploring the Caribbean area earlier that summer when I went to St. John (which is another island under the territory) Have you ever wondered what living on an island would be like? Well, let me give you a bit of an insight.
It is hard to explain what it is like to live on an island because of two aspects: on one hand, you are surrounded by the beautiful ocean…where you can simply go to the beach all the time. But the reality that you cannot just jump into a car and drive to the big city is always there. I like to describe it as living in a small town.
When you live on an island, you expect many changes, but I was excited about them. The house I lived in was a unique style, pod style, which was rare even on an island close to the equator where it rains and is sunny every single day. The high school I graduated from had a total of 8 students in my graduating class.
There were so many community events going on every weekend, basically, that I loved just exploring the island and attending these events. I also loved getting home from school and jumping in the pool which would relax me to tackle my homework and college applications.
Over the two years of living there, a 40-mile island feels like a small town with one main road, and the highest you can go is 45 miles per hour.
Reflecting on this experience, I realize that a lot of growth happened with my confidence, and it’s nice not to live a consent on the go lifestyle.
If you ever find yourself in St. Croix, USVI, I recommend checking out the following:
- Joyia Jewelry
- Buck Island
- VI Coffee Roast
- Mia’s Mexican Restaurant in Gallow’s Bay
- Title Pools on the west end of the island
- My favorite restaurant on the island is Duggan’s
- Sandy Point - the easternmost point of the United States
- If you are there in the New Year, they have a celebration there to watch the sunrise.