Vicky Lane

It has not been the easiest few years for Saint Croix (pronounced to rhyme with ‘Troy’)—which took a battering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017—yet life on this Caribbean oasis persists with the upbeat, laid-back and friendly spirit for which it’s known. The largest of the US Virgin Islands—despite only being 28 miles long and seven miles wide—is also the least developed, with only two towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted, located at opposite ends of the island, and minimal tourist glitz throughout. The rest of the island comprises a green rainforest that’s earned it the nickname "Garden of the Antilles," and it’s not just on land that flora and fauna flourish here: an underwater haven, popular with divers, sits just off the pristine beaches and is home to a pair of bioluminescent lakes that sparkle to life at night.