Attractions in Frederiksted

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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. 


Hibiscus Beach

You'll find an abundance of beaches to enjoy in and around the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on each beach name for detailed information about that particular location.

If you are looking for a place to snorkel, a location offering that option is La Grange. La Grange, located on St. Croix, is a beautiful beach that is good for swimming and has some snorkeling areas. Beach chairs and umbrellas are free and promote lounging on the shores.

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Another good choice for those who enjoy snorkeling is Dorsch Beach. Experience a beach in the Caribbean at its finest with the seclusion and beauty at Sandy Point. Visitors have prime opportunities for hiking, swimming, spotting wild animals, and enjoying the beach's natural beauty.

Rainbow Beach: White sands and perfect waters for swimming and snorkeling make Rainbow Beach a great family hangout area. Just north of Frederiksted on St. Croix, this beach is also a favorite for scuba divers because of the spectacular dive sites nearby.

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Landmark Attractions

Fort Frederik

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. It is located in the heart of Frederiksted. Set in a historic building on the Frederiksted waterfront, the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) is not only a museum, but a cultural center at which local residents can enjoy arts and culture. Art classes are filled regularly, guest lecturers stop by for Q&As, and many performances occur on CMCArts grounds.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is 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.

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Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to spend part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the area has a pair of nature preserves nearby.

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is a popular nature preserve situated 2.3 mi. South-Southwest of central Frederiksted. Sand Point National Wildlife Refuge was established as a protected area in 1984, as it is an important area for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. History buffs may also enjoy the island, because the Aklis Site, which dates back to 400 A.D.

Take a moment to look through this table to read more about nature preserves .

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 experience a park, or a botanical garden in and around Frederiksted.

Buddhoe Park is found 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.

Another attraction in this category is Saint George Village Botanical Gardens. Explore the natural side of St. Croix presented in maintained trails, beautiful landscapes, and full of bright, colorful flowers. This is a perfect place to visit when you need a break from the exciting vacation and are looking for the relaxing one.

The parks and gardens worth considering are shown down 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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