The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Croix is a volcanically-formed island in the Caribbean Sea. It’s home to colourful colonial towns and natural environments rich in indigenous heritage, as well as the most easterly point of United States territory.
Things to do in Saint Croix
Wander amidst the charismatic 18th-century buildings of the Christiansted National Historic Site, which offers fascinating insight into the Danish occupation of Saint Croix. It includes the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse where one of the founding fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton, worked as a young man.
Spend an afternoon at the Salt River Bay National Historical Park, where the indigenous settlers of Saint Croix clashed with European colonists. Visit the Columbus Landing Site and the only existing example of a Mesoamerican ball court in the archipelago, then go kayaking or hiking through the mangrove forests.
In the west of Saint Croix is the beautiful St. George Village Botanical Garden, created around the restored buildings and ruins of a 19th-century sugarcane plantation. Learn about the native plants of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Amerindian settlement that was established here back in 100 AD.
Want to stand at the most easterly point of the United States? Visit Point Udall’s Millennium Monument, an immense sundial built for the New Year’s Eve celebration in 2000. It marks the point at which each day in the United States begins, with a trail leading across the surrounding rocky landscapes to the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Getting around Saint Croix
Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport is south of Saint Croix, around 15 minutes’ drive from Frederiksted and 25 minutes from Christiansted. Having your own car or scooter is the most convenient way of exploring Saint Croix.