- Locations: 10
- Villas: 18
- Private Islands: 0
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.
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Buck Island is an underwater U.S. National Park located just off the north shore of St. Croix. There are many day sails and glass bottom boat excursions to this park and the snorkeling is fabulous. This is really a must-do, even for the novice!
Or try island hopping. Grab a ride on a sea plane or hydro-foil to St. Thomas or St. John for a fun day-long excursion!
Other places of interest are the St. George Botanical Gardens, Cruzan Rum Distiller, Whim Plantation Museum, Frederiksted, the Tropical Rain Forest, the Carambola Golf Club and much more.
As testimony to the quality of the water adventures here in St. Croix, there are a number of activities one can partake in including snorkeling, scuba, parasailing, sports fishing and more.
On land, discover tennis, horseback riding and sky watching - because the Virgin Islands are 18 degrees north of the equator, you can see some stars that you would not be able to see from most of the northern hemisphere, unless you live in the northern tropics.
Buccaneer Golf Course is a challenging course known for making golfer's use every club in their bag.
Carambola Golf Club - Robert Trent Jones Sr. not only designed this course, but also considered it to be one of his finest works. The par 72 course opened in 1966 and still gets rave reviews to this day.
The Reef Golf and Beach Resort is a great option for those looking to squeeze in a quick 9-hole day. The Reef Golf Course (Par 35) also features a driving range.
With its long stretch of white sand and palm trees, and Sandy Point, both offer ideal swimming conditions for anyone looking to spend the day at Cormorant Beach.
Carambola Beach Resort is located on the Northwest side of the island at the Carambola Beach Resort, the swimming is good, and is a great spot for light body surfing, there are some rocky bottom areas so be careful, but the sand is smooth and beautiful, and there are facilities located here, so food and beverage are available.
Hotel on the Cay is an East End beach and located on Protestant Cay and is the best choice for a beach in Christiansted. This is a nice place to spend the day. The beach area has good swimming.
Shoys Beach is also located on the East End, this quiet sandy beach is perfect for swimming as the waters are very calm, which makes this a great family spot, make sure you bring your camera as the views of Buck Island are terrific. The water has a fine sandy bottom, so this is great for kids who like playing in the water.
Get lucky at a casino and try your hand at a variety of Las Vegas style games, including Black Jack, Poker, Craps, Roulette and there are many slot machines at this full service casino, for a fun and exciting evening, try your luck here.
Some venues offer live free concerts, so come and listen to some great music under the stars of the Caribbean.
There are a number of friendly Caribbean bars and restaurants located on the waterfront in Christiansted. Stop by the bar for a lively happy hour, which includes live entertainment in season and don’t forget to try one of their tropical drink specials.
St. Croix enjoys duty free status and the gallery and gift shopping are excellent in Christiansted and Frederiksted. Locally-made jewelry, fashion and art are some of the more popular purchases.
When to Go
The weather in St Croix does not change very much from day to day, temperatures are fairly consistent year round, and there is a chance of a daily passing quick shower, the peak travel time is January – April. The average daily temperature during the day is 70-90 depending on the season.
- The largest of the US Virgin Islands
- Known for offering great dive sites and a good place to review the history of sugar plantations in the Caribbean.
- Non-stop flights to St. Croix are offered from the US through Atlanta and Miami.
- Connecting flight service is available through San Juan or St. Thomas.
- Ferry service to St. Croix from St. Thomas usually runs between 7:30am and 4:30pm
- Temperatures in St. Croix average around 80° during the day and around 70° at the night.
- Don’t miss a sailing trip to Buck Island. A great place to spend the day diving or snorkeling off the coast, or just to relax on the beach.