St. Croix is best known for its beaches and beauty. Like so many of its fellow Caribbean islands it’s amazing to behold, and beckons tourists from all over the world for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors. But as much fun as it is to enjoy a resort or lounge on a beach throughout the day you’ll still need ways to occupy yourself at night! Here are just a few of the best ways to spend a night out on the island.
Rum Runner’s Christiansted
Christiansted is one of the towns on the island where you’ll find a lot of places to spend an evening out, but I wanted to single out Rum Runner’s in particular. Curiously enough, Frommer’s actually gives it a poor review despite stating that the ambiance is pure Caribbean, with waves rolling by in the background and sunset views of the harbor to enjoy. It’s a peaceful spot that can turn into a bit of a party on any given night. In a lot of ways that makes it the perfect place to dine and drink out during a Caribbean vacation. You’ll enjoy a surf and turf menu, an indoor/outdoor design, and a mix of affordable beers and sweet cocktails.
Divi Carina Bay
This is actually a casino on the island, and it’s one that attracts a lot of tourists to the Caribbean. You’ll find it to be a more intimate casino environment than what you might typically find in a bigger city, and yet the gaming area is satisfying. There’s live poker, blackjack, and roulette, and despite the fairly small size of the venue you’ll find a satisfying selection of slots as well. Slots have become some of the most alluring games online because of the sheer variety that can be built up on digital platforms. You’ll find similar variety in person here with more than 300 machines (plus video slots) to play with all different amounts of money and potential winnings.
That’s right, the place is called Eat. In some respects it’s a similar nighttime attraction to Rum Runner’s in that you can enjoy good food and drinks while watching the sunset in an open-air venue. But Eat transforms a bit more after sunset, with live music often starting up and a relaxed vibe taking over. It’s by no means any sort of club, but you may wind up dancing if the mood strikes you.
The New Deep End
An updated version of the Deep End Bar & Grill that has been featured as one of the best establishments in St. Croix, The New Deep End is a beautiful poolside spot that lights up at night, in more senses than one. It’s more eating and drinking where you can watch the water and enjoy the outdoors. But here it nearly turns into a club at times. There are lit up trees lining the way to the restaurant, tiki torches here and there, and areas specifically set aside for dancing. It may be the best nighttime hangout on the island.