Scuba diving in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

Scuba diving in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

AeriaI sland view, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

Iguana on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (iStockphoto)

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (Photodisc)

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (Photodisc)

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What to do in St. Croix

Of the three siblings that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix is the middle child—often overlooked and a little wild. Its nightlife and shopping may be outdone by St. Thomas and its natural spaces trumped by St. John’s national park. But St. Croix doesn’t have Thomas’s cruise-ship crowds or John’s access issues, either. One of the island’s largest towns, Christiansted, has crowd-free beaches and some of the Caribbean’s best diving to go along with its18th- and 19th-century Danish architecture. The island’s cruise-ship port, Frederiksted, is also its most historic spot, where slaves from St. Croix’s sugar plantations were educated and eventually granted freedom in 1848. That act soon spread throughout the Caribbean and led the way for the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, proving that sibling rivalries can turn into brotherly love.

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Traveler Reviews of St. Croix


DonnaLee rates St. Croix
I love it here...great beaches, no crowds, no one trying to sell me stuff on the beach. Great rum made on the island too. Have a blast going to the Tito and Sue's Crab Races around the island 3 x's a week...wonderful night out for familys with fun prizes. Driving on the left is challenging at first but you get the hang of it fast. A great place to relax and find peace!
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