St. Croix is both the largest and most remote of the US Virgin Islands. The island features a unique blend of cultural influences (including Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Malta, and the United States), with the most predominant culture being Danish; the island was part of the Danish West Indies for over 200 years.
Located on the second largest coral reef system in the Caribbean, St. Croix is a spectacular diving destination for beginners and experts alike. Among the colorful reefs, you can spot lobsters, crabs, nurse sharks, and southern stingrays. You can even dive at night, and if you happen to dive during a new moon – when the night sky is at its darkest – you can catch spectacular light displays from marine organisms, a phenomenon called bioluminescence.
Each side of the island offers something different: explore the lush rainforest on the west side, hike the rocky cactus-covered east side, or relax on the beach surrounded by rolling hills and pastures. After you build up an appetite, head to the Danish town of Christiansted, where you'll find beachside restaurants serving up classic Caribbean fare.
- Locations: 8
- Villas: 25
- Private Islands: 0
The Best Eats in St. Croix
Beach Side Cafe
This open-air restaurant is everything you'd imagine a beloved oceanfront bar to be. Whether you're looking for light fare, an extravagant dinner, or Sunday brunch, this culinary hotspot has it all, from tapas to goat cheese-crusted rack of lamb. If you visit on a Saturday night, you'll be treated to an evening of music and dancing, often performed by a local musician, like Doc Peterson, who never goes anywhere without his ukelele, or Eddie Russell, a professional trumpet player.
What to get: Though every meal is special here, the Sunday brunch is tough to beat. For a hearty meal, try the Monte Cristo sandwich, and for breakfast fare, the huevos rancheros never disappoints.
Looking for a spot favored by the locals? Then head to the Christiansted waterfront, where you'll find the Avocado Pitt. Here, you'll get to sample the basics and try a few Caribbean-inspired eats The waterfront spot has cozy outdoor seating, as well as ample spots at the bar, creating a relaxed, laid-back feel. But you've got to get here early in the day; it's only open for breakfast and lunch.
What to get: The spicy yellowfin tuna wrap is a favorite option, feauturing a pile of veggies tossed in a special blend of spices.
This boathouse and seafood emporium may have "Angry" written across its sign, but the atmosphere is anything but. The bright Caribbean decor, local art, and inviting atmosphere brings in an influx of locals and visitors, and their happy hour starts promptly at 4 p.m. every day. You'll find this spot on the Christiansted side of the island, and the casual, cozy eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Angry Nate's lighthearted and sarcastic sense of humor is apparent as soon as you walk through the door and chat with the friendly staff members.
What to get: Rum! Find a seat on the dock and sip your favorite rum cocktail as you look out onto the beautiful waterfront.
Climate: December - April
High 84°F 27°C
Low 73°F 22°C
Climate: May - November
High 88°F 29°C
Low 78°F 24°C