St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands, with 82 sq. miles. St. Croix was a happening spot in the 80's, until Hurricane Huge brought disaster. Today it's a quiet place, with two main towns: Christiansted and Frederiksted. Christiansted dates back to 1734 and is a National Historic Site.
Fun Activities on St. Croix US Virgin Island
Outings that families will enjoy on St. Croix include:
Snorkel at Buck Island National Monument
Buck Island is a terrific place to snorkel or scuba. On an underwater trail you'll see grottoes, thousands of fish, huge elkhorn coral, and maybe even a sea turtle. The snorkel area is rocky, with no beach; but if you take a day-trip with Big Beard Adventure Tours, you'll make a stop at a lovely beach and get a snorkeling lesson before you reach Buck Island.
As the sun gets low, your kayaks await: Caribbean Adventure Tours took us to Salt River National Park, and a big moonlit bay where Columbus first landed in the New World. (He thought it was Asia, and hostilities followed immediately-- but that's history.) In daytime, you can rent double kayaks and explore on your own.
Stroll the streets of centuries ago, when Christiansted was the capital of the Danish West Indies. (Yes, Danish.) Most impressive are the beautifully resorted ochre buildings at the water's edge. Kids will want to head first to the old Fort Christiansvaern. Read posted tourist info for history about this port that once traded in sugar and, so tragically, human lives.
Lodgings on St. Croix. US Virgin Islands:
Voted "One of Top 18 Resorts In The Caribbean" by Travel & Leisure Magazine; founded in the 17th century, and family-run for 55 years; this is a unique, classy, property, and it also welcomes kids. Check the website for Family Packages for two adults and up to three kids.
Chenay Bay Beach Resort: nice beach, cute cottages, close to historic Christianstad-- this could be your place to watch the sunset, if you want a quiet spot with beach activities. Read more and see photos at TWKids.