Attractions on St. Croix

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With much of the island maintaining its Victorian-era architecture, a day spend simply walking through the streets (of Frederikstead in particular) is attraction enough.  Of course, the island of St. Croix has much more to offer than streets of historic buildings.  Museums, ruins, monuments, nature parks, beaches, casinos, and of course the famous Cruzan Rum Distillery are all attractions available to keep you busy during your stay in this tropical paradise.

Beaches

Mermaid Beach

You will discover a large selection of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for those who are so inclined. You can click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that beach.

A nice beach where snorkeling is a popular is Turtle Beach. You can only reach this beach by taking a boat from St. Croix. You can charter a boat, or take an excursion from Christiansted.

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Another top pick for those who enjoy snorkeling is Sugar Beach. Coconut palms line the short shore of Sugar Beach, which is shadowed by the massive luxury Sugar Beach Resort. The waters are blindingly blue, but often overrun with seagrass, making this spot better for lying out in the sun than anything else.

Grotto Beach: Grotto Beach is set just to the west of Buccaneer Resort, which is located at 5007 Estate Shoys in Christiansted. Although there is no fee to step foot on the beach, you will have to pay for parking.

Luckily, you'll find plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. Click here to view our page concerning beaches for St. Croix.

Landmark Attractions

Steeple Building

One popular destination is Steeple Building. It is located in downtown Christiansted. What began as a Lutheran Church is now a museum called the Steeple Building detailing, among other important topics, the history of the slave trade on St. Croix.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Lawaetz Family Museum. It is Frederiksted Southeast, in western St. Croix. The Lawaetz Family Museum is open for tours between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

St. Croix Archaeological Museum: As a guest, you will be able to explore the museum and look at some of the artifacts, each with a placard that will tell you more about each piece. While it may not be the most exciting for small children, anyone interested in the past, especially the often overlooked history of the pre-Columbus Caribbean, is sure to enjoy their time here.

These are just a sample of the options worth consideration For a more thorough discussion of other interesting places to visit on the island, go to this article.

Natural Attractions

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is one of the more frequently visited natural attractions. Administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this refuge was established to protect one of the rarest reptiles in the world, the St. Croix Ground Lizard, as well as a variety of bird and other wildlife species that depend on the island ecosystem to survive.

A second place you should consider visiting is Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. 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.

St. Croix has many other natural attractions. For more information on natural attractions on St. Croix, visit this page.

Casinos

The USVI Casinos

Travelers do not generally go to St. Croix to find gambling, but there is one to check out, Divi Carina Bay Casino. <p>One of the most well-liked casinos in the Caribbean, Divi Carina Bay is set on a hillside overlooking the Divi Carina resort on St. Croix, USVI. With the addition of the Players Club, this casino now rewards VIP members with coupons, extra prizes, and exclusive offers that makes a night of gaming even more thrilling. Take a break and enjoy a snack at the Carina Cafe, then get back to the first-class game floor.</p>

 

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