St. Croix: A walk in the rain forest

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 island's attractions.

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].

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