Landmarks on St. Croix

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A great getaway is made better as you come to understand the culture and history of your destination.  Sure, you can read up on the island of St. Croix before you arrive, but to really know what it's like to be a Crucian, make plans to tour landmarks that really tell a story.


Steeple Building

Assuming you like to learn about other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time on St. Croix. Try clicking on the name of each museum to learn full details.

A landmark worth visiting is Steeple Building. It is found within 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.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit St. Croix Archaeological Museum. It is located in downtown Christiansted. 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.

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts: CMCArts strives to collect and preserve original Caribbean artwork for locals as well as tourists to enjoy.

The following chart enables you to learn some details regarding the available museums on St. Croix.

Museums On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Apothecary Hall (340) 772-0598 Downtown Christiansted
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (340) 772-2622 0.1 mi. West of Central Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
Lawaetz Family Museum (340) 772-0598 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central Frederiksted
St. Croix Archaeological Museum (340) 277-4072 Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Historical Sites

Fort Frederik

Enjoy learning some of the history of foreign countries? If so, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing on St. Croix.

One popular destination is Scale House. It is located in downtown Christiansted. While there are not many exhibits are attractions at the Scale House, visitors can ask some of the staff all the questions you have about the history of the city and island.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fort Sale Ruins. It is found on St. Croix. Built in 1643 and abandoned in 1695, this triangular Dutch fort served four empires in its short history. Built by the Netherlands, it would later belong to the British, then the Spanish, and then finally the French who would abandon it.

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.

Take a look at this table to learn more about historical sites on St. Croix.

Historic Sites On St. Croix
Name Phone Location
Cane Garden Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.9 mi. South of Central downtown Christiansted
Coakley Bay Ruins -- 1.4 mi. West of Central Cotton Valley
Columbus Landing Site -- 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Customs House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
Estate Mount Washington Plantation (340) 772-1026 2.2 mi. North of Central Frederiksted
Fort Christiansted -- 0.2 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted
Fort Frederik (340) 772-2021 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted
Fort Sale Ruins (340) 773-1460 3.4 mi. East of Central Cane Bay
Good Hope Plantation Ruins -- 1.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Government House (340) 773-1404 Downtown Christiansted
Longford Sugarmill Ruins -- 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted
Scale House (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted
The Lutheran Church (340) 773-1460 Downtown Christiansted

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers can discover some other worthwhile sites on the island.

If you'd like to learn more about the distillery process, you might enjoy a visit to Cruzan Rum Factory. Tours are offered between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Additionally, if the functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, consider heading to Hams Bluff Lighthouse. Hams Bluff Light is less a tourist attractions and more an active lighthouse located on the side of a forested hill.

Point Udall Monument: Visitors that take the time to visit Point Udall will be able to see the the large sundial and look out East and take in the view. While technically not at eastern most point in the US (a place in Alaska actually claims that), it is humbling to look out east knowing that the United States ends here.

The following chart shows more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On St. Croix
Name Type Location
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail Downtown Christiansted
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Frederiksted Southeast
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Lighthouse 0.9 mi. Northeast of Downtown Christiansted
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.3 mi. West of Central Cane Bay
Point Udall Monument Monument 1.7 mi. East of Central Knight

Needless to say, you'll find some other types of attractions. Click here to find our page about other interesting attractions for St. Croix.


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