St Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and world-class recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Since Christopher Columbus first arrived at Salt River on St Croix Virgin Islands over 500 years ago, sugar and rum have shaped the island’s life and land. Fifty-four sugar mills, each with imposing windmill towers and factory chimneys, still rest in the shadows of stately eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century homes.
The climate on the island is generally sunny, hot, and breezy with passing clouds. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 72°F to 88°F. Rain showers are common.
Places to See
Christiansted for the beach as well as culture. Shop, dine and visit historic places such as Fort Christianvaern, the Customs House, and the Old Scale House.
Estate Whim Plantation. The oldest sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands. When visiting, see exhibits and take a guided tour. See the Great House, cookhouse, privy/bathhouse, three kinds of cane processing mills (animal, wind, and steam), a watchhouse, a carriage house, and several other foundations such as the workers’ houses and factories.
Mt Pellier Domino Club and have lunch and a beer with the resident pigs. Of course, theirs is non-alcoholic.
Visit an art museum. Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and exhibiting the arts of the Caribbean community.
Get healthy. The island is a growing health and wellness destination. In fact, the island has more vegan cafes, juice bars, and organic farms than all the other Virgin Islands combined.
Horseback ride. You can go for a leisurely trail ride along the North Shore or even a horseback ride in the water. Horseback Riding is also available for all ages.
Taste local rum. Cruzan Rum has been distilled in the area since 1760. This dark rum had always been distilled using locally grown sugar cane, but to meet global demand, Cruzan now uses sugar cane molasses imported from other countries such as South America. Check their website for tour details.
Dine. Besides a variety of restaurants, St Croix Virgin Islands also has some great food trucks. Try Nidulari for handmade bakery goods and a diverse menu consisting of local fare, Indian curries, British-influenced dishes, and Southern comfort food. Vegan and GF options, too.