St Croix Information
St. Croix Overview
It’s hard to describe St. Croix because it’s the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and has a range of activities to match its massive size. Naturally, you can find all sorts of recreational activities to do here along with fine dining, a casino, golf and historical sites. For more off-the-beaten path activities, there’s a rum distillery to explore as well as the island’s famous beer-drinking pigs. And if none of that appeals to you, there’s always the beach. These are just a few of the things you can find on St. Croix!
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Mapping Out the USVI
You’ve got three separate islands to explore within the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with its own distinct flavor.
St. John is the greenest island, full of nature preserves and pristine beaches. Two-thirds of this entire island is a National Park. Here, there's very limited development except for a few no-footprint, tent resorts.
St. Thomas, on the other hand, is a completely different vacation experience. Large resorts cater to the constant tourist flow while cruise-ship traffic makes for a bustling harbor and lots of shopping and activity.
Then there's St. Croix, the little island with just about everything. It’s got old forts and former sugar plantations, pristine rainforest land and world-class scuba diving opportunities. Between the three islands, you’ve got one amazing vacation!
Feel Like Royalty on King Street
Stroll along the streets of Christiansted – luckily, most of them run at right angles to the waterfront, so unless you're just really bad with directions, you won't get lost.
However you might get a little distracted on King’s Street. It's the town’s main commercial area, so you know what that means: great shopping.
Take an afternoon to walk through here and pick up locally-made souvenirs. If you don’t have extra money to spend, just stroll through the streets and admire the quaint cobblestone sidewalks and stone buildings painted in an array of colorful pastel shades.
Drink Up at Cruzan Rum Factory
Some say that the famous Virgin Islands rum is the best in the world. But you know what momma always says: Don't believe anything until you try it for yourself. With that said, you've got no other choice than to visit the Cruzan Rum Factory.
Once you arrive there, you'll take a guided tour of the grounds. During this tour, you'll get to witness firsthand just how this delicious drink is made. On a side note, you'll absolutely love seeing the factory’s quaint, old windmill!
Best of all, when the tour wraps up, you get a complimentary mixed drink. You might also want to stock up on several bottles to give to your friends as souvenirs. But we promise not to tell if you decide to keep them for yourself.
Night at the Ecological Museum
Ever heard of a living museum? We don’t mean exhibits that come to life at night although that would be pretty cool, too! No, we're talking about prehistoric archeological sites and colonial ruins left completely untouched in the wild! This amazing place is called the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve.
You'll have to see it to believe it. The estuaries, coral reefs and submarine canyons that you'll see here were once home to several periods of human life. As you traipse through the tropical surroundings, you can actually see evidence of where these previous humans used to live.
Not only that, but this eco-reserve also encompasses the largest remaining mangrove forest in the Virgin Islands. A visit to the Salt River Bay is like a fascinating history book that you can experience yourself.
Roll Through the Rain Forest
True confession: this site isn't technically a real rain forest, but these grounds are definitely worth a visit.
The locals themselves gave this area the name ‘Rain Forest,’ but it's really more of a very dense, 15-acre forest of exotic trees. If you're brave enough to hike through the rain forest, you'll see everything from kapok trees, turpentine trees, fruit trees, ferns and other types of lush vegetation.
You can take your pick from several scenic hiking trails here, so grab your camera, strap on your hiking boots and get to it.
Dive into Action at Divi Beach
You won't feel like you've had a real Caribbean vacation without at least one visit to a spectacular beach. Our pick in St. Croix? Divi Beach.
Don't get us wrong now - there are several beaches to explore on St. Croix, but Divi Beach is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Just drive out to the fork on Route 82 and hang a right to head to the direction of Divi Carina Resort Hotel.
Once you arrive, you'll enjoy easy access to watersport equipment for rent, plus miles of white sand. Not only that, but the hotel nearby has a bar, restaurant, and even a casino. This is the beach that has it all!
St. Croix Quick Facts
The electrical current in the Virgin Islands is the same as on the U.S. mainland, 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles).
There is no passport requirement for U.S. citizens for direct travel to St. Croix. If you return to the mainland U.S. from St. Croix through another country (Mexico or Bermuda, for example), you will need a passport.
Drink only bottled water
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
December to April