Celebrating the Holidays with Island Family

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Thanksgiving and Christmas fall at an absolutely ideal time to be on St. Croix, as the temperatures have just dropped a bit from summer and the Christmas winds are blowing.  Snow birds have returned to island, so all restaurants have re-opened for season.  Tourists flock down this time of year, particularly the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when every hotel on-island will be sold out in advance for top dollar.

For those who live on St. Croix, residents often get family visitors flying in to escape the cold for one or both holidays.  Those without family visitors come together with their “island families,” or close groups of friends.  Christmas in the Caribbean can include dining outside and taking a swim in the pool or ocean as part of your celebration.  Coquito and Cruzan Rum flow (while rum cream was previously a popular holiday beverage, it has been replaced by Velvet Cinn).  Most of these celebrations are pot luck and last the majority of the afternoon and evening.

We were blessed to spend a handful of holidays with island family.  One unforeseen perk of living on island long-term is requests to house / pet-sit at incredible estates.  When we or friends were asked to do so over the holidays, we happily accepted and hosted / attended parties at these beautiful island homes (with the owners’ permission of course).  We will never forget enjoying holiday lunches with friends outdoors, taking in a breath-taking ocean view.  While being away from technical family at the holidays is sometimes hard, there’s something refreshing about spending those occasions among friends, the family you choose.

Ready to break away from frigid holidays in the brutal stateside winter?  Join us for the Christmas in the Caribbean.  Download our free guide the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix.