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Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Krum Bay

For this, my fourth year doing the challenge, I've decided to share place names from the Virgin Islands. For such a small spot in the ocean, it seems like every rock, cove, hill and house has been christened. The names are a unique mix of Spanish, Danish, French, Dutch, English, and African to name a few.

Krum Bay, St. Thomas
Krum Bay is where the electric power and water desalination plants are. It is also home to one of the oldest pre-Colombian sites in the Virgin Islands. Evidence of human occupation in this deep sheltered bay goes back to between 1000 BC and 200 BC. You can read a little bit more about it HERE. Now the bay is kind of like the "industrial" area of the island.

Other K Names:
Kiddel Bay, St. John
King Hill, St. John
Klein Bay, St. John: The name comes from the Dutch and German word meaning small.
Klok Hill, St. Thomas: If you're sitting on the left side of the plane as you fly into St. Thomas, Klok Hill may be one of the first glimspes you get of the island.
Knoll Point, St. Thomas
Konink Point, St. Thomas
Krabbepan Point, St. Thomas
Kronprindsens Estate, St. Thomas
Kaserne Hill, St. Croix
Kirkegaard Hill, St. Croix: I LOVE this name.
Knight Bay, St. Croix
Krause Lagoon, St. Croix

Krystal Gade (pronounced ga-da, it means street in Danish)
It is so named because at the top of the hill was the first house to have glass in its windows. Bringing glass panes all the way from Europe or North America was very expensive. The house, called the Crystal Palace still stands and (unabashed promotion here) is owned and operated as a B and B by one of my high school classmates. 


  1. Wonder how Kiekegaard Hill got its name, is it connected to the philospher? Without checking, I think he was either Danish or Dutch.

  2. Tiny cars for tiny streets. Texas and Montana big ole pick-up would cause a traffic jam. ha

  3. I wondered if Krum Bay was named after Viktor Krum. hehe. No, it would be the other way round!

    I haven't visited the Virgin Islands, so this is a nice learning experience for me!

  4. How was the water on the island? I know Ibiza had desalinization, but the water was always salty. I took to brushing my teeth with bottled water.

    Thanks for another visit to your paradise today.

  5. Love that winding hilly street. The balconies remind me of New Orleans and Key West.

  6. Cool the Crystal Palace is still in operation. And by someone you know!

  7. Beautiful photos. I wish I could be there in real life to see it with my own eyes.

  8. I've been to St. Thomas once and am dying to go back. Beautiful there.

  9. Gotta have some good brakes driving on that road! :)

  10. I was actually thinking of the steering, myself. :)

  11. wow, evidence of human occuption dating back to as far as 1000BC. Hard to imagine looking at that pic.

  12. Interesting post. I love that hilly road.

  13. I know we need 'em, but it is kind of krummy that the power plants on both islands are built right on some of the most beautiful beaches.

    I don't know where any of those 'K' places are on STX, now I'll have to do some research and some hunting. Thanks.


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