St. Croix Vacation Guide
A St. Croix vacation has plenty in store to entertain and relax you while away, starting from the minute you step off of the plane and onto our beautiful island. Discover the rain forest, rent a jet ski, hang glide over the harbor, or kayak the bio-luminescent bay. Or swing in a hammock, lounge on the beach, float in your private pool, or watch a sunset with a Cruzan Rum cocktail in hand. From morning yoga to a Cruzan nightcap, there’s always something to do (and eat!).
St. Croix is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches and mesmerizing turquoise waters perfect for relaxing or exploring. Beyond that you’ll find a Caribbean island rich with history, lush rain forests, dessert fauna, and towns full of food, shopping, rental properties, and entertainment. Tour old sugar plantations which were the backbone of the Triangle Trade, long ago, when St. Croix produced sugar for the world. Visit the beer drinking pigs at the famous Domino Club. Take in the blooming succulents during a hike to Jack’s and Isaac’s Bay. Find treasures of farm-to-table fare, artisanal souvenirs, fire dancers and more in our two main towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted.
Plan Your St. Croix Vacation
St. Croix is known for incredible live music. From a Bob Marley tribute band at a beachside bar to bongos on a sunset sail to acoustic guitar at one of our fine dining restaurants – and everything in between – you can find live music every day on St. Croix. Sunset Jazz in the Park events occur monthly in both Christiansted and Frederiksted.
Take in some Crucian culture at a Caribbean night featuring Mocko Jumbies, fire dancers, and Quadrille dancers. Or take the family to the famous crab races.
Feeling lucky? Win big at the Divi Carina Bay Casino on the East End and Caravelle Casino in Christiansted. Maybe you’ll win enough to pay for your next beautiful St. Croix vacation rental!
We couldn’t possibly list all of the Caribbean culinary delights that can be found on St. Croix. There’s literally something for everyone – beach bars, vegan, local Crucian, farm-to-table, craft cocktails, fine dining, ethnic, fresh seafood, local beer. Seriously, where else can you buy a pig a beer and eat brunch at a gas station? Finding fresh-caught fish and seafood is always a treat, as is a cocktail garnished with locally-grown tropical fruits.
The calendar is marked with celebrations of food, from food truck festivals to benefit dinners. Some foodies choose to plan their St. Croix vacation around Taste of St. Croix, an event connecting St. Croix’s chefs, farmers, fishermen and purveyors, or Dine VI, the U.S. Virgin Islands Restaurant Week.
TripAdvisor tends to be an excellent resource for restaurants on St. Croix. And be sure to leave your own reviews too!
While there’s plenty of shopping here, one thing we love about our island is that you won’t be overwhelmed by pushy salespeople. You can casually stroll up and down the streets of Christiansted to find jewelry, local art, beachwear, souvenirs, soaps and other island treasures. And Frederiksted comes to life with street vendors and shops when a cruise ship is docked on the islands. St. Croix is home of the original hook bracelet, as well as chaney jewelry (made from found pieces of broken China).
Find locally-grown produce, fresh-caught fish, and homemade goods at the La Reine Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, or at roadside farm stands. A stop for a fresh coconut water served straight from the coconut is famous for always making the trip worth it!
We also have two K-Marts, a Home Depot and an Office Max, as well as other more mainstream shopping if that’s what you are looking to choose. No matter your vacation plan, you and your family can always fit in some shopping.
Finding a shady spot under a palm tree to read, nap or daydream is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon. If you’re looking for something a little more active, you won’t have to look far from your room. Snorkel, scuba dive, paddleboard, kayak, jet ski, fly board, hang glide, horseback riding, Jeep tours, hike, go fishing, kitesurf, golf, mini golf, tennis…those are just a few of the popular activities to try on St. Croix.
Some of our favorite travel activities include a day trip to Buck Island, diving the famous wall, participating in a guided sea turtle watch, and deep sea fishing. If you get bored, you’re doing it wrong.
St. Croix’s documented heritage goes back many hundred years to the days of Columbus. You can even plan to travel to the 1493 Columbus Landing Site in the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Reserve.
Since then the island has been under seven flags. From the West End beaches to Point Udall, the Eastern-most point of the United States, the rich history of the island is evident. Sugar mills, which are hundreds of years old, are scattered all over St. Croix. The Tide pools demonstrate the strength and power of the Sea. The St. George Village Botanical Gardens showcase the natural beauty and bounty of St. Croix. Museums let you take a step back in time.
There are travel tours for all interests, including the Cruzan and Captain Morgan Rum Factories, Buck Island Reef and National Monument, kayak rental and tours of the bio bay, horseback rides on the beach and through the forest, nature hikes, Jeep tours, and more.
Whether you’re stocking your vacation villa refrigerator, your sailboat galley, or your rental homes pantry, our grocery stores are equipped with a large selection. Between Plaza Extra, Pueblo, Cost U Less, Food Town, Seaside and any number of small convenience stores, you will find what you need nearby.
There is a running joke that if you find a product you love, buy a lot of it because it may be gone next week! We are still an island that has many provisions shipped in, after all.
If you’re here on a Saturday or Wednesday and you enjoy the local food scene, be sure to check out the La Reine Farmer’s Market to find fresh, local fruits, vegetables, and artisan products. During the week, smaller farm stands are located throughout the island.