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A St Croix car rental is the start of an idyllic island adventure! With your own wheels, you can create your ideal itinerary and schedule, taking in the little and lovely sights as well as the big and popular ones. From mountain peaks to fertile plains to sparkling coastlines, St Croix has so much to offer an intrepid traveler.
All you need to know for your St Croix rental car experience
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, widely known as St Croix Airport (IATA: STX), is located six miles southwest of the town of Christiansted. It is a small international airport, with flights arriving from and departing to primarily other Caribbean destinations. The airport has one runway and a single terminal.
The facilities available at STX are simple: snacks and souvenirs are available for purchase. There is an ATM, a VIP lounge, and free WiFi. There is metered parking available, but no overnight parking.
There are several car rental companies operating at St Croix Airport such as Avis, Budget, Centerline Car Rentals, and Hertz with some counters located inside the terminal for easy access to arriving passengers. Ace Rent a Car (or if you are going to get from their affiliate Olympic Rent A Car), customers will require a short ride in a free shuttle to the nearby depot.
A guide to driving your St Croix car rental
Keep safe while driving your rental car on St Croix for an easy, breezy, island holiday. The best road trip is one without any serious incidents, so familiarize yourself with some rules and customs before heading out on your car rental journey.
- In St Croix, everyone drives on the LEFT—yes, even though it is a US territory. This is made extra interesting by the fact that many cars are left-hand drive imports from the mainland. We suggest taking an hour or so before using your St Croix Airport car rental to become accustomed to the unusual setup.
- Don’t be put off by horns honking! Generally, a honk isn’t rude—rather, it’s a friendly hello or a simple indication that they are letting you pull out before them.
- Some of the roads around US Virgin Islands are not well maintained. Be cautious of potholes.
- It is illegal to talk or text on a cellphone while driving on St Croix.
- Chickens, goats, donkeys, and other animals are frequent road users. Drive slowly and keep an eye out for them.
- The highest speed limit in St Croix is 55 miles per hour, on the major artery Route 66.
- The legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in the USVI is 0.08%.
Where to go and what to do in St Croix
The island of St Croix is the largest in the territory known as the U.S. Virgin Islands and has two major towns called Christiansted and Frederiksted. Away from the capital city of Charlotte Amalie and with plenty of space to spread out, it is a wonderfully relaxed isle. There’s lots to do and also plenty of opportunities to do nothing on a beautiful beach in gorgeous Caribbean weather. What could be better?
The two main towns in St Croix are just half an hour’s drive apart. You could circle the entire island in about an hour and a half. So a rental car provides easy access to any place you might wish to visit—and while the surrounding water prevents you from making the trip to nearby hotspots like San Juan in Puerto Rico, St Croix has a lot to offer.
Here are a few suggestions for places to go and things to do for your St Croix Island adventure.
This charming town has distinctive Danish architecture and plenty of heritage. The 27-acre Christiansted National Historic Site preserves the waterfront that used to be a busy center of activity for trade in the Caribbean. There are also lovely places to eat, drink, and be entertained around town.
Buck Island Reef National Monument
This incredible spot is reachable via boat from Christiansted. The best way to explore is to get underwater—so strap on a snorkel or scuba set up! The variety of corals, fish, and other creatures in this underwater wonderland will blow you away.
St George Village Botanical Gardens
You can experience the fabulous flora of the Caribbean at this magical garden established on the site of an old sugar cane plantation. It showcases more than a thousand native plants, many of which had interesting uses as food, medicines, or fabric dyes.
This stretch of sand is found at the western end of the island and is a popular gathering point for locals and visitors alike. There’s a restaurant/bar, parking, and often fun entertainment like live music and a volleyball net. A very laid-back way to experience island life!
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Home to leatherback sea turtles, this 400-acre refuge is a wonderful place to put on your car rental St Croix itinerary. The untouched white sands are spectacular in themselves, but the chance of spotting a sea turtle, stingray, or other interesting creature is a major bonus.
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Are rental cars needed in St. Croix?
There is no mass public transport available on St Croix, only taxis. Therefore, a rental car is highly recommended, especially for cruise ship passengers.
Who is the best car rental company?
All of the car rentals St Croix USVI suppliers (Ace, Budget, Hertz, and Avis) offer quality rentals. Check out GoSee to browse very affordable rates and great deals from these companies.
What car rental companies accept debit cards?
St Croix Airport car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, and Hertz accept debit cards. There may be additional paperwork required.
How much does it cost to rent a car in Saint Croix?
The daily rate for a rental car St Croix can range from around USD$70 per day to around USD$1,000 per day depending on the type of vehicle and the supplier. You can use the simple search engine at the top of the page to search for your dates, and the filters to narrow down the options.
Can I book now and pay later for my St. Croix Island car rentals?
Budget Rent Cars allows payment at pick up. The other rental companies require some amount of payment in advance.
What types of cars can I rent on St. Croix Island?
There is a wide array of Saint Croix rental car options available for you. You may get an economy car or a compact vehicle, or you may opt for people movers, SUVs, or other fine cars.
Always take note of your drop off/pick up times to avoid any delays and hassle during your car rental St Croix Airport tour.
What is the cheapest price for a rental car on St. Croix?
The daily rates for any given car will vary depending on the time of year and any special deals. However, you can expect the cheapest car rentals on St Croix to be around USD$70 per day. Please note that AARP member rates membership may also vary for vehicle rentals.
What do you need to rent a car in St. Croix Island?
To pick up a car rental in St Croix, you will need your valid driver’s license and your rental confirmation documents.