Frederiksted Attractions

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Operating under a slower pace of life than nearby Christiansted, St. Croix's Frederiksted still enjoys many of the same types of attractions that draw visitors to the busier port.  Frederiksted is home to its own historic district, which is dominated by a military fort but also houses museums.  If being outdoors is important to you, there is a beautiful park in town and a few other natural attractions outside of city limits.  Of course, the beaches can't be overlooked.  While most seasoned tourists would say that Frederiksted can easily be explored in just one day, it is recommended that you give the beaches a day or two all their own. 


Sandy Point Beach

You'll find a large selection of beaches to visit in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that beach.

A nice beach where snorkeling is a popular is Sandy Point Beach. Sandy Point is located just south of Frederiksted, and is easily accessible by taking the coastal road south. Just keep in mind that the beach is three miles long, and the road only takes you to the first portion.

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Another good option for snorkeling fans is La Grange. A great beach on St. Croix, La Grange offers a prime spot for lounging along the pristine shore, while chairs and umbrellas are provided at no cost. The waters are calm and sparkle in the sun, creating a superb environment for swimming while nearby reefs are good for snorkeling. Palm trees do the beachfront, providing excellent shade, while the soft, white sand makes the entire experience aesthetically appealing.

Dorsch Beach: Sandy Point is the longest beach on the island, spanning over two miles, and is perfectly serene with smooth sands and turquoise waters. In the southwest corner of St. Croix, the beach is open on the weekends and is very secluded most of the time.

Frederiksted and the surrounding areas have a nice selection of beach choices. To read our complete page about beaches, click here.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Frederik

Many travelers choose to visit Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. It is located in the heart of Frederiksted. CMCArts strives to collect and preserve original Caribbean artwork for locals as well as tourists to enjoy.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Fort Frederik. It is found within the heart of Frederiksted. Built in the 1700's by the Colonial Danish Government, Fort Frederik originally stood to defend the western coast against invasion from other European powers. Rather than wars and sieges, Fort Frederik is today remembered as the site of the Emancipation Revolt in 1848 and the Labor Riot in 1878, both which paved the way for free and fair labor laws on St. Croix.

Estate Whim Museum: The estate is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday as well as Cruise Ship days other than Sunday. Their hours are generally 10:00am to 3:00pm, though they are open until 4:00pm on select days; call for more information.

The region has a wider range of notable landmarks. For more in formation concerning other enjoyable places to visit in and around Frederiksted, see this page.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation outdoors? You might be happy to learn the area has a couple of nature preserves nearby.

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is a great nature preserve located 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of central Frederiksted. Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is an island located southwest of St. Croix. You can access it by boat.

Look through the chart below for more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Frederiksted
Name Type Location
Butler Bay Nature Preserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Frederiksted

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Guests can enjoy a park, as well as a botanical garden in and around Frederiksted.

Buddhoe Park is located in the heart of Frederiksted. Named after the great emancipator of St. Croix Moses Buddhoe Gottlieb, this is a laid back urban park that makes for a nice stroll to compliment a day of exploration. Those who visit the park will be able to follow small trails, relax on benches, and observe the bust of Buddhoe Gottlieb, who on July 3, 1848 gathered 6000 slaves and demanded freedom.

A second popular choice in this category is Saint George Village Botanical Gardens. St. George Village Botanical Garden will give you a tour of some of the indigenous species of plant life found on the island, as well as educate you on some of the ecological and environmental issues facing St. Croix.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are displayed in the chart below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Frederiksted
Name Type Location
Buddhoe Park Park Central Frederiksted
Saint George Village Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 3.4 mi. East of Central Frederiksted

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