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Travel Destinations: St. Croix
St. Croix's rich culture and history, along
with its beautiful beaches and world-class recreational activities, create an
experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Since the day Christopher Columbus
first arrived at Salt River on St. Croix more than 500 years ago, sugar and rum
have shaped the island's life and land. Fifty-four sugar mills, each with
imposing windmill towers and factory chimneys, still rest in the shadows of
stately eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century homes. Located on the west end
of the island, Estate Whim Plantation is just one example of these "greathouses."
With acres of rolling green hills, St.Croix's plantation estates also bore crops
of okra, cabbage, corn, and other vegetables still prominent in Caribbean
cuisine. As the sugar industry declined after the 1960s, tourism became the most
important industry on the island.
Christiansted and Frederiksted, the two main towns of St. Croix, flourished as
commercial ports during the eighteenth century and nineteenth century. Distinct
architecture reflects the seven flags--Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Knights
of Malta, Danish, and American -- that have flown over the island. Today,
visitors to St. Croix can enjoy a number of indoor and outdoor activities, from
fine dining, shopping, and a casino, to golf, scuba diving, and horsback riding.
Much of St. Croix is as unspoiled as the day Christopher Columbus landed here
more than 500 years ago. Gentle hills, turquoise waters, and quaint old towns
await you upon your arrival. The main towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted
boast numerous historic buildings, colorful shops, and fine restaurants along
their wide streets. Historic churches still remain from the days when the towns
were prosperous commercial ports.
Buck Island Underwater National Park is one of St. Croix's most popular
attractions, boasting 704 acres of clear water and healthy coral reefs. Estate
Whim Plantation, the Cruzan Rum Factory, and casinos are the other popular
attractions on the island. Visitors to St. Croix should also take advantage of
the Heritage Trail tour, in which you'll visit important landmarks in the
island's rich history. Golfers will enjoy the Carambola Golf Course, designed by
Robert Trent Jones, the Buccaneer Resort's Bob Joyce-designed par-70 course, and
the nine-hole Reef Golf Course on Teaque Bay.
Travel Tips: Transporting Live Animals - Part 2
If puppies or kittens less than 16 weeks of age
are in transit more than 12 hours, food and water must be provided. Older
animals must have food at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12
hours. Written instructions for food and water must accompany all animals
shipped regardless of the scheduled time in transit.
Animals may not be exposed to temperatures less than 45F unless they are
accompanied by a certificate signed by a veterinarian stating that they are
acclimated to lower temperatures.
Animals cannot be shipped COD unless the shipper guarantees the return freight
should the animals be refused at destination.
Because each airline establishes its own policy, it is important to check with
the air carrier you intend to use. However, the following are some provisions
you will likely encounter at most airlines.
Airlines generally require health certificates from all shippers. So it's a good
idea to have a licensed veterinarian examine animals within ten days prior to
shipment and issue a certificate stating that the animal is in good health.
A pet may be transported as baggage if accompanied on the same flight to the
same destination. Some air carriers may impose a special fee or "excess baggage"
charge for this service. Pets may be shipped as cargo if unaccompanied, and many
airline cargo departments employ specialists in the movement of animals. Animals
must always be shipped in pressurized holds. Some airlines allow the kennel to
be carried in the passenger cabin as carry-on luggage if it fits under the seat.
In addition to compliance with federal regulations and airline company policy,
there are a number of precautions the owner/shipper can take to ensure the
welfare of a shipped pet.
Before traveling, accustom your pet to the kennel in which it will be shipped.
Make sure that the door latches securely.
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