President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Family celebrate the New Year on St Croix, USVI

By Cindy Leigh Media

President Biden, his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and his family members including his daughter, Ashley, and grandchildren, Natalie and Hunter, rang in the 2023 New Year on St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.

The Bidens arrive on St Croix, USVI. Image: Associated Press
The Bidens arrive on St Croix, USVI. Image: Associated Press

The Bidens have been celebrating New Year’s Eve on St Croix for well over a decade, staying at an oceanfront vacation rental home owned by long-time family friends and St Croix residents, Bill and Connie Neville.

Air Force One thrilled residents and visitors alike as it remained at the Henry Rohlsen (STX) Airport throughout the week. Image courtesy of MyStCroix.vi

During previous visits, including as Vice-President during the Obama era, the Bidens were known to frequent local restaurants and businesses while greeting customers and graciously taking pictures with anyone who asked. This year, as sitting President, security was much tighter and public sightings rare.

Biden’s presence on the largest of the US Virgin Islands gained global attention via the Washington DC press corps and protective press pool representing major news outlets that travel along with the President. Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, and the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, also spent time enjoying the island.

President Joe Biden is the first sitting U.S. President to visit St Croix since President Harry S. Truman visited the big island in February 1948. President Herbert Hoover was the first to visit the island in 1931, just 14 years after the islands were sold to the United States by Denmark in 1917.

Buck Island Reef National Monument. Image courtesy of MyStCroix.vi

Prior to being elected President, John F. Kennedy and other Kennedy family members visited St Croix in the 1950s prompting him to establish the Buck Island Reef National Monument by proclamation in 1961 ensuring its federal protection as a US National Park. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts continued the Kennedys’ tradition of visiting St Croix with his family spending many Caribbean vacations on the big island over the years.

Former President Jimmy Carter rang in the New Year along with his family at the Comanche Hotel in Christiansted during a 2010 Caribbean vacation. Former President Bill Clinton visited the big island in 2018 while campaigning for his wife, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

It’s no wonder that the beautiful and historic island of St Croix has been a presidential playground. With beautiful white sand beaches and the longest contiguous coral reef in the Caribbean, St Croix provides unlimited opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, sail, and enjoy other water sports. The rolling green hills and open spaces promote a healthy lifestyle with hiking, biking, exploring, and a full year-round roster of athletic events including endurance races like the St Croix Scenic 50, St Croix Triathlon, and the Coral Reef Swim.

The historic backdrop of classic Danish architecture in Christiansted and Victorian-era architecture in Frederiksted along with over 150 eighteenth-century sugar mills dotting the island prompted Congress to declare the entire island of St Croix a National Heritage Area in 2022.

With vibrant tourist seasons that weathered the pandemic seeing continuous visitors to the Territory and recent renovations of hotels and resorts along with other historic properties, the global buzz around the island of St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands as a result of the President’s visit has it primed for a very successful 2023 season.

Extraordinary Property of the Week: 76 Anna’s Hope EA in Christiansted, St. Croix

This is your opportunity to experience true island luxury living. Designed with modern elegance and featuring cutting edge smart home technology, this unique estate is one of a kind on St. Croix. The house is wired through Lutron, which controls every rooms lighting, shades & temperature all from an IPad and/or smart phone. There are also portable controls that you can use while you are lying in bed or even when you drive up to the house to turn the lights on, how cool! The shades give you the option of solar and/or black- out shades.

The home itself is a new construction, designed with an eye for indoor- outdoor modern flow. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, Krion cabinets, high end finishes, and a butler’s kitchen with a dumbwaiter, perfect for when you have guest staying upstairs. The kitchen opens up to the living and dining room, all of which opens to the pool patio & offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. The master & guest bedroom also open up to the pool patio and have large closets & spacious bathrooms. You can take the elevator upstairs to find another guest suite with a bathroom, kitchen area & access to go out onto the upstairs patio.

Other features include; Bamboo ceilings, waterfall into the razor edge pool, the house is wired to have solar, an 80 gallon solar hot water system, 20KW Onan Diesel Genset Generator, UV Filter System, 500 Gallon underground Propane tank, wet bar & outdoor grill area

 

HGTV’s Caribbean Life January 1st Season Debut in St. Croix

 

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Set your DVRs for the January 1st new season debut of HGTV’s Caribbean Life filmed here in St. Croix and featuring the White family and our very own Kerri Hanley!

Sneak Peek:
Bruce and Melissa are proud West Virginians who are in love with travel and the Caribbean. They and their three selfie-obsessed kids, Savannah, Sheridan and Nick, are excited to buy a family home where the sun shines 365 days a year and it’s a constant 88 degrees. Outdoorsy and fun-loving, this family is keen to sail, swim and snorkel as much as they can once they buy a home on St. Croix. With help from superstar broker, Kerri Hanley, it won’t be long before they’re soaking up the sunshine from their very own island retreat.

 

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Extraordinary Property of the Week: 102 South Grapetree EB in Christiansted, St. Croix

Imagine crystal clear Caribbean seas surrounding you; a 270 degree panoramic view. A pristine property that includes a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, top-of-line appliances, vaulted open beam ceilings with cypress, porcelain title, spacious living areas, lavishly decorated & private balconies. There is a Buck Island view from EVERY room. The extravagant outdoor entertaining space,which includes a pool, is the Ultimate spot to entertain or just relax and enjoy the views & breezes. This is your dream of paradise.

 

Extraordinary Property of the Week: Carden Beach 5 in Christiansted, St. Croix

LUXURY CARIBBEAN LIVING AT ITS FINEST! Commanding picturesque views from this luxury gated 5 bed 5 bath Villa. Caribbean ambiance with open and bright living spaces throughout. A huge master suite with large walk in closet and entrance out to the pool patio. There are two rooms connected from the master bathroom, one is a small sitting room which could be turned into a nursery or office.

The other room is attached to the garage which could be used as a gym/mud room. On the other side of the house there is a wing that could be turned into another bedroom. Outside and upstairs is a guest suite offering maximum privacy. High quality finishes, appliances and amenities such as U.V Water system with filters, 3 cisterns, auto plant drop system, auto salt pool, solar hot water heater, ten A.C Control boxes, electric hurricane shutters & electric garage door. Large Laundry Room leads you out to garage which has tons of storage space. This is truly one of St. Croix’s newest and finest residences!

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Extraordinary Property of the Week: 1A-3 Hansen Bay, “Coral Point Beach House” in St. John

Best waterfront value out there. Commanding an incredible 270 degree panorama from atop a rocky ridge set 100 feet above a surf-lined cove, this exceptionally charming villa offers uninterrupted views of the horizon from the Sir Francis Drake Channel clear across Coral Bay to the top of Bordeaux Mountain. Solid masonry construction, professional landscaping, gated entrance and tasteful furnishings highlight this impeccably maintained property. Follow the staircase down a dramatic cliff front to discover access to your own pocket beach with world class snorkeling. There is nothing else like this on the market in any price range. Easy to show and guaranteed not to disappoint. Neighboring property known as Coral Cove also available allowing for a truly one of a kind waterfront estate.

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