The busiest town on the island of St. Croix, Christiansted offers such a nice balance of different types of accommodations, dining, and attractions that it has become a top destination for visitors from all walks of life. A central historic district, which features an abundance of yellow buildings that within them house centuries of history is the perfect start to your tour, a nearby coastal reserve means immersing yourself in local nature, and a casino provides a little entertainment. Beaches, of course, are another feature of this port town, which manage to remain near-pristine despite the nearby coming and goings of boats.
You will find a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, if some members of your party are so inclined. You can click on the name of each beach for more information concerning that part of the coast.
A nice beach that offers snorkeling is Sugar Beach. Named for the sugar white sands that rest on the beach, Sugar Beach is located behind a resort of the same name, and is often crowded only by resort guests sunning themselves and snorkeling.
Another good choice for snorkelers is Colony Cove. Located just as Route 752 curves along the coast, guests who want to gain access to Colony Cove Beach must first speak to someone at the front desk.
Grotto Beach: Grotto Beach is set just to the west of Buccaneer Resort, which is located at 5007 Estate Shoys in Christiansted. Although there is no fee to step foot on the beach, you will have to pay for parking.
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A landmark worth visiting is Steeple Building. It is situated in downtown Christiansted. What began as a Lutheran Church is now a museum called the Steeple Building detailing, among other important topics, the history of the slave trade on St. Croix.
Another popular destination is St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is located within downtown Christiansted. Preserving the history of St. Croix, this Archaeological Museum is where the historians and archaeologist place the artifacts and treasures of St. Croix's past. Through these relics, archaeologist and anthropologist are able the figure out how they lived, and help assemble a complete picture of the past.
Apothecary Hall: Take a look at the Apothecary Museum to see how illnesses and injuries were handled in the 1800's. With basic technology, and often short on supplies, settlers relied on these early pharmacies for medicine and basic aid.
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Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is one of the more frequently visited natural attractions. Winner of the 2011 Environmental Quality Award from the EPA -- which is the highest honor given to a public farm -- the Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R) run by the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is the first and the only USDA certified organic farm in the US Virgin Islands. The farm came into being in 2010 and focuses on restoring land that was ravished for years of plantation farming, as well as the promotion of green and sustainable living. Visitors are welcome to visit the farm to learn about sustainable farming and even purchase the produce.
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is another site you might enjoy. Administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this refuge was established to protect one of the rarest reptiles in the world, the St. Croix Ground Lizard, as well as a variety of bird and other wildlife species that depend on the island ecosystem to survive.
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Travelers do not generally stay in Christiansted to gamble, although there is one such place nearby, Divi Carina Bay Casino. One of the most well-liked casinos in the Caribbean, Divi Carina Bay is set on a hillside overlooking the Divi Carina resort on St. Croix, USVI. With the addition of the Players Club, this casino now rewards VIP members with coupons, extra prizes, and exclusive offers that makes a night of gaming even more thrilling. Take a break and enjoy a snack at the Carina Cafe, then get back to the first-class game floor.
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