Attractions in Christiansted

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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. 

Beaches

Mermaid Beach

You will find a large selection of beaches to consider in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the beach names for a detailed review of that individual beach.

If you love snorkeling, a beach worth considering is Sugar Beach. Paved parking is available in front of Sugar Beach Resort, and guests who want to relax on the beach will have to cross the resort's property to get there.

Attractions Map

Another top pick for snorkeling fans 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.

Fortunately, you'll be able to find a wide range of choices for beaches in and around the area. Take advantage of this page if you want some more specifics.

Landmark Attractions

Steeple Building

A landmark worth visiting is Steeple Building. It is located 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is found within downtown Christiansted. As a guest, you will be able to explore the museum and look at some of the artifacts, each with a placard that will tell you more about each piece. While it may not be the most exciting for small children, anyone interested in the past, especially the often overlooked history of the pre-Columbus Caribbean, is sure to enjoy their time here.

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.

But that's not all -- you will find many other sites to visit. If you're interested, find out more about other sites worth visiting in this area here.

Natural Attractions

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is one of the most enjoyable outdoor 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.

Another local site you should consider visiting is Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge. 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.

These are just a sample of what's available. For more in formation concerning natural attractions in and around Christiansted, visit this page.

Casinos

Looking for some action? Travelers wanting to test their luck on the slots can find a few places to do so in and near the area.

Caravelle Hotel Casino is found within downtown Christiansted. Slot machine games offered include Sphinx 3D, Golden Goddess, Willie Wonka, Super Monopoly, and many more. The dress code is casual, but you must wear a shirt and shoes.

Divi Carina Bay Casino is located within East End, 6.4 mi. East of central Christiansted. At once stylish and relaxed, the Divi Carina Bay Casino is an exciting spot to spend your night on the town.

The gaming opportunities in and near Christiansted are listed in the table below.

Gambling In and Around Christiansted
Name Located At Phone Location
Caravelle Hotel Casino Caravelle Hotel & Casino (800) 522-4700 Downtown Christiansted
Divi Carina Bay Casino Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino (340) 773-7529 6.4 mi. East of Central Christiansted
 

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