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

Downtown Christiansted is a good option for those wishing to visit Customs House, because those staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. Although this location doesn't see tremendous numbers of tourists, you'll nevertheless find a handful of hotel booking options to choose from.

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'll find a great concentration of dining options in the vicinity. Anna's Cafe, a restaurant where serve their specialty fare: coffee, and is also the most convenient dining option from this site. The restaurant is a short ways off, but far-removed enough that you may want to aim for taking advantage of a mode of transportation to transport your party. Also near Customs House you and your group will encounter options such as Gary's Bakery Deli and Harbor Master Beach Club where you and your group may sample Caribbean cuisine and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.


Operating Hours

Give the historic site a call 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, Christiansted, St. Croix


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