"If you have nothing nice to say about a place, then say nothing at all...especially if you don't know of what you speak
That statement is both rude and ill-informed. I have spent a lot of time visiting St. Croix over the last 50 years and have seen it as both a dump and a nice place. One persons experiences visiting "anyplace" is just as valid as your experience. Different people has difference perceptions and most often very different experiences.
- - I have been in places in the islands where I perceived the officials and locals to be rude and indifferent. Other friends have been to the same places at different times and had wonderful and happy experiences. Any place is not "always" the same and can vary depending upon the particular official or "first contact" persons. They set the tone and whatever you experience thereafter is colored by that.
- - Over long periods of time and many experiences in the various Caribbean
Islands it is normal and valid for some folks to have bad feelings/experiences and for others to have bland or average experiences and obviously some have wonderful experiences and feelings. So I would be cautious about making "absolute" statements and demeaning somebody else who has had a different experience.
- - As specifically to St. Croix, it has not had the best reputation over the decades and my most recent visit was very enjoyable as I experienced a wonderful time thanks to a local friend who showed me the "good/fun places." However, it is not any better than most of the other Virgin Islands
, or worse. Wall diving
is popular there along the north shore as most other islands nearby do not have that unique geology. Buck Island was much better 50 years ago than my recent experience. All of the Virgins are not as good as 50 years ago, obviously as millions of visitors and Mother Nature has changed the ecology of the underwater environment
. I know places off the north shore of St. Thomas that are far superior mainly because few people know them and even less go there.
- - I am always cautious about recommending my favorite places too adamantly as not everybody is looking for the same things I look for. And they bring different experiences with them to make comparisons. So please, don't be dogmatic about someplace when it is known that others have and will have different viewpoints. A negative viewpoint will not stop me from visiting a new place, but it will alert me to look beyond to see what is really behind the scenes - or not.