St. Croix is known for its sport fishing, but chartering a boat with Captain Carl Holley or other locals can cost up to $900 for the full day. For a cheaper, more laid-back experience, head to the on-island Kmart (Sunshine Mall, Rte. 70, 340-692-5848) and pick up a low-priced fishing rod ($15 to $20) and grilling equipment for a beachside meal. Then rent a kayak at Salt River National Park ($15/hour for single-seaters or $25/hour for double-seaters) on the north shore, where you can catch tarpin, snook, and mangrove snapper. Alternatively, head to Frederiksted Pier on the west side of the island, where locals gather at night to catch bluefish and snapper by moonlight.
4. Insider’s Tip
Published on Feb 25, 2011 as a web exclusive.