Customs House

Built in 1841, the Customs House used to be the center for tax collection in the city. Later it would serve as a post office, then a library. Today the Customs House stands simply as part of Historic Christiansted, and is closed to the public.

What to Expect

Although the Customs House is closed to the public, it is popular amongst tourists who can't seem to get over the architectural beauty. This spot is often filled with visitors snapping pictures on the sweeping staircase that leads to the entrance.

Set between the Scale House and Fort Christiansvaern, the Customs House mixed European and Island styles of architecture to create a mansion-sized building recognized for its sweeping 16-step staircase, sunshine yellow paint, and green shutters.

Staying Close

Customs House is located in downtown Christiansted, so visitors to this area of the Virgin Islands will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction during their visit. There isn't much congestion in the area near the historic site, perhaps because there are so few hotels close.

Hotels near Customs House
Hotel Type Island Distance Direction
King Christian Hotel Hotel St. Croix 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) WNW
Hotel Caravelle Hotel St. Croix 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) W
Hotel on the Cay Hotel Protestant Cay 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) N
Holger Danske Hotel Hotel St. Croix 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) W
Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) WSW
Carringtons Inn Hotel St. Croix 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) SW

Location and What's Nearby

If you work up an appetite while viewing the historic site, don't worry -- you're going to find an exceptionally large selection of lunch and dinner options within traveling distance. Anna's Cafe, a restaurant where serve their specialty fare: coffee, and is also the most convenient option for visitors to this historical site. Anna's Cafe is a brief distance off, but distant enough that you may want to arrange for having a method of transportation to travel there. Gary's Bakery Deli and Harbor Master Beach Club are some more nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Harbor Master Beach Club you and your companions might eat some Caribbean meals and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.


Operating Hours

You should call the landmark before you visit to find out their hours of operation.


There is no charge to visit the Customs House.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 773-1460

Location: Hospital Street, downtown Christiansted, St. Croix



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