or St. Croix visitors who want a break
from beach and broiling in the sun, a rain-forest walk is a
pleasant option. For agents, it is a commissionable addition to the
Cruzan guide Aziyza Shabazz leads groups on walks from the
Orange Grove Estate near Frederiksted.
The estate is bordered by the remains of a stone wall and a
conical sugar mill from plantation days.
Shabazz views her walks as a way of offering visitors a side of
island life most never see. She wants to add evening walks, as
well, complete with torches, African drums and dances.
During the walk, Shabazz identified a variety of trees, plants,
wild flowers and fruits, some of which are sources of traditional
medications. The hike became more strenuous as it followed a
steeper route up a mountainside. Clients should wear long pants to
protect against scratchy grasses.
The half-day hike with lunch is priced at $30 per person; $20
without lunch. A short walk, which does not include plantation
ruins, is $10 per person.
Contact Shabazz at (340) 772-1591 or e-mail [email protected].