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, since travelers to this area of the Virgin Islands will have easy site access throughout their trip. With just a few hotels in the region around Customs House, only moderate foot traffic should be bargained on.

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

Spirited explorers may additionally be enchanted by the region because of the options for open-air activities. Vacationers who are interested in showing their ability around the course, will want to do so at the closest option, which is Buccaneer Golf Course. If golfing isn't your thing, there's no need to fret - go over to Sugar Beach, which is the closest coastline to visit. While the options above may be the easiest to get to, there will still be several similar opportunities in the sun. Historic site guests will encounter a fair number of other interesting places to get away from the sun in this general vicinity. There are a pair of additional places of interest nearby -Steeple Building and D Hamilton Jackson Park- which are both situated within just a couple miles of the historic site.


Operating Hours

The schedule of operation for Customs House isn't readily available, meaning your smartest option is phoning beforehand to make sure the property is open to guests when you want to visit.


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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