St Croix is a beautiful island that is approximately 8 miles long with a plethora of activities to choose from. These many activities and cultural experiences on the island you'll appreciate and learn from are incredible. St. Croix is located close to the United States, about 1,700 miles from New York and 1,100 miles from Miami, on the eastern tip of the Caribbean Islands. The temperature is a balmy and comfortable 80o F most the year which calls for a trip to a park or up a mountain.
Ten Things to Do in St Croix
Depending on the activity that your group pursues while visiting St Croix, whether it is outdoors or indoors, everyone will have a good time. There are many beaches that everyone can swim at and walk on, for example, and parks to explore and museums to visit. The landscapes you'll see, the foods you'll taste, the cultures you'll experience, and the adventures you'll have are unlike anything you've ever seen before. Beaches, parks, coves, and museums are what we will focus on in this article, as we list ten places you must see, whether you're visiting as a family or for a romantic getaway.
Visit the Beach
There are so many beaches, it's hard to decide which one to go to first. Thankfully, countless guests have reviewed the beaches in and around St Croix, and there is a wide variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. A few beaches that are a must visit are as follows.
Rainbow Beach, in Frederiksted St Croix, is well-known for its colorful fish and beautiful views while snorkeling and swimming. Shoy Beach, located right in St Croix, is known for its uniquely gorgeous trees that cover the way as you drive through the area. Pelican Cove Beach, in La Grande Princesse, Christiansted, St Croix, is famous for its iconic palm trees and gorgeous views as the whole family snorkels or swims in the clear blue waters.
There is an abundance of beaches and bays to visit where sights are unlike anything in the United States and the weather is unlike anything you've ever experienced. Be sure to pack sunscreen and water though. It may be a breezy 80o F, but it's always important to protect against the sun.
Go to a Park
What an activity to enjoy. Whether as a family or on a romantic getaway, a walk through the park is a perfect way to enjoy a quiet, beautiful afternoon. There is a variety of parks close to the beach that are sure to be the perfect day trip to relax the whole group. A few examples, with excellent reviews left by trustworthy patrons, are as follows.
Cramer's Park in Point Udall, St Croix is well known for its mesmerizing view of a mountain, and it also boasts an atmosphere of absolute Zen, with its unique architecture and private beach. The Verne I. Richards Veterans Memorial Park offers a humbling and educational experience. It's in Strand Street, Frederiksted, St Croix. The trees with their luscious leaves brandishing the branches, shadowing the road and surrounding benches every few feet make this a must visit. St Croix East End Marine Park is a popular location with its rich history of natural and cultural treasures in protecting the natural resources we so desperately rely on.
Coves are popular outdoor destinations that people all over the world love to visit. Columbus Cove in St Croix, for example, is an impressive and beautiful cove that is sure to amaze your whole group. Though it is a small area, with a marina fit for only a few boats and even fewer shops, it is still a must see with its unique and colorful views. Buck Island Cove is another popular cove due to its having a large and magnificent reef.
Go in a Tide Pool
Tide Pools are a favorite for every age group with their mesmerizing pools of clear water and the absolute tranquility they offer. There are many tide pools to visit in St Croix that have excellent reviews and even better photos that almost make one feel transported there if for but a moment. Carambola Tide Pools right in St Croix, for example, is a favorite among tourists from all over the world, due to its striking colors and wildlife.
Walk Through a Garden
Gardens serve as sanctuaries for many people all over the world - whether a garden in a private home or a public garden. National gardens, especially those on an island like St. Croix just off the tip of the Caribbean Islands, are a must visit while on vacation here. The St. George Village Botanical Garden, for example, is a garden that goes on for 17 acres and used to be a sugar plantation. It is unique in the fact it contains many ecosystems, from rain forests to cacti. Another garden that is a must visit is the Cruzan Gardens.
Visit a Casino
Caravelle Hotel & Casino is an excellently reviewed venue that has everything you could ever want in a casino, including a bar, many slot machines, such as Monopoly and Titanic-themed slot machines, and free valet parking. Another casino that is sure to wow the group, granted there is no one under the legal age, is the Divi Carina Bay Casino. This casino is historic in the sense it is the Virgin Island's first and only casino that had the creative idea to combine both the fun atmosphere of Las Vegas and the Zen vibes of the islands.
Eat Delicious Food
Seafood is a popular dish for many on vacation, especially when on an island such as St Croix. With so many restaurants to choose from, it's hard to decide between them. This is why we recommend always looking at reviews before choosing a restaurant. The top restaurants have the top reviews, and they boast beautiful architecture, delicious food, and excellent customer service. The Waves at Cane Bay, for example, is one such restaurant right on the beach, with old Italian style architecture and a romantic atmosphere.
Bring Home a Memento
Vacations are trips that you want to remember in some kind of permanent form, whether it's with a picture, journal entry or memento. Shops, especially specialty shops, are the perfect destinations to purchase a trinket or a piece of jewelry or artwork designed by people of St Croix that will help you bring the waves home with you. One such example is the specialty shop IB Designs, which carries a variety of gifts that anyone will love. This store is unique in that the local people make its artifacts.
People have been making jewelry for IB Designs for 25 years and customers say it brings peace, tranquility, and hope to the owner of the items purchased. St. Croix Leap is another iconic store that people are raving about with its quirky layout and even wackier artifacts. Be ready for an adventure, though, for this specialty store is in the middle of a rainforest. This experience and adventure is one that will be memorable and worth the trek.
Check Out the Local markets
It's fun to visit the local supermarket while on vacation, especially on an island. Fresh fruits, vegetables and especially seafood are resources that the locals surely don't take lightly. There are so many places to choose from as far as selecting the right food to purchase to eat on this special trip. The Plaza Extra West Supermarket, for example, is a great choice. Even though there aren't many reviews, it's said to have a variety of choices, fresh products, and wonderful organizational methods.
Another market that can be fun to visit and learn from is the Christiansted Market, which is in downtown St Croix. It has an incredible view and is definitely worth fighting the crowd, for it is a popular activity to partake in. There are several locals here that sell a variety of things, such as candles, books, artwork, and more.
Horseback riding is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. In St Croix, it's possible and absolutely mesmerizing to ride on a horse while enjoying the ocean. Cruzan Cowgirls is an example of a group that will help you organize and experience the trip of a lifetime.
As a refresher, the ten things we recommend you do when you visit St Croix include visiting one of the many beaches, parks, and gardens, visiting the coves and tidepools, checking out the local markets, and so much more. Always practice safety measures when traveling. Bring sunscreen, stay hydrated, stay in your group if on a tour, and most of all, have fun.
We hope our list of 10 things to do in St Croix has given you some inspiration for when you visit the Caribbean. However, don't limit yourself to this list, and be sure to ask for advice from the locals you encounter about any other fun activities you can pursue.