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

There are an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some locations, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on the beach names to read a detailed article concerning that beach.

If you want to snorkel, a beach where that is an option 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: One of the beaches set on the Buccaneer Resort's property, Grotto Beach features not only the sandy surf, but a pool, a grill, and three holes of the golf course. Buccaneer guests enjoy the possible watersports available here.

These examples are just a few of the options worth consideration Read this extended discussion if you're interested in learning more details.

Landmark Attractions

Steeple Building

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Steeple Building. It is found 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 located in 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 other landmark attractions. Those wanting to get more information about other interesting landmarks in Christiansted here.

Natural Attractions

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is one of the natural attractions you might enjoy visiting. 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 site that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors 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.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find plenty of additional options too. To read about other natural attractions in and around the area, go to this page.

Casinos

People do not usually go to Christiansted to gamble, although there is one option nearby, Divi Carina Bay Casino. <p>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.</p>

 

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