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. 

Beaches

Sandy Point Beach

You will find a large number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, for those who are so inclined. Just click on the beach names for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.

If you like snorkeling, a location with that option 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.

Attractions Map

Another good option for snorkelers 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: 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.

Frederiksted and the surrounding areas have a nice selection of beaches to choose from. To navigate to our full guide to beaches, check out this page.

Landmark Attractions

Fort Frederik

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. It is found 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 landmark worth visiting is Fort Frederik. It is located in 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: Step into the life of colonial St. Croix, when sugar was king and sugar mills were a common sight. The Estate Whim Museum presents the daily life of plantation owners and workers in the recreated sugar mill and estate.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find other choices as well. Use this link to visit our extended discussion of other interesting landmarks in and around Frederiksted.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn 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. Over 11,000 tourists a year sail over to Sandy Point regularly to observe wildlife in action. Over 100 species have been recorded, including a large number of birds and the endangered leatherback sea turtle..

Look through the following table to see 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

Vacationers can visit a park, as well as a botanical garden in and around Frederiksted.

Buddhoe Park is situated 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 popular 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 available can be seen 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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