Beautiful St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands Has So Much To Offer around it's 84 sq.miles!
Christopher Columbus landed at Salt River, St. Croix on his voyage in 1493. Salt River was also discovered to be the location of a religious cultural center from the Taino Era, the only one that's been discovered in all the Lessor Antilles.
Around the 1700's St. Croix was known as the "bread basket" of the Caribbean being the premier sugar-producing area. You will find remnants of sugar mills all about the island.
When the Danes had ownership of the Virgin Islands they named the two towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted after Kings. Both towns have forts that you can walk thru today. In 1848 the slaves of St. Croix were freed by Governor General Peter Von Scholten on July 3rd.
The U.S. purchased the Virgin Islands on March 31st 1917 for $25 million.
Tour through Fort Frederik which is #11 on the US News top things to do in the U.S. Virgin Islands http://travel.usnews.com/US_Virgin_Islands/Things_To_Do/Fort_Frederik_54633/
Or Fort Christiansvaern which made #12.
For more information on St. Croix and the USVI's history you can purchase a copy of The Settlers Guide. firstname.lastname@example.org 340-719-0578
There are many great dive spots on St. Croix. The crystal clear waters make for great visibility. The Wall on the North Shore is a popular dive spot. Shore dive from 35 ft to the wall which plunges over 3,000 ft. Frederiksted Pier is a great spot day or night known as one of the best macro dives in the world. Take a boat or go from shore to ship wreaks, submerged mountains, canyons, swim thrus and more. Turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, coral, lobsters and schools of tropical fish are just some of the underwater beauty you can experience.
It's a whole other world down there.
St. Croix made 3 of the top 5 dive sites in the Virgin Islands on USA Today. Check it out.
For more on STX diving check out http://www.stcroixtourism.com/scuba/st_croix_dive_sites.htm
Adventure and Relaxation
Kick back and relax your on island time...ahhh. St. Croix is surrounded by amazing tropical beaches which are all public. Unlike St. Thomas or the other U. S. Virgin Islands you can find your own powder sand beach with crystal clear water on St. Croix. No crowds to fight through. There won't be hundreds of other tourists trying to steal your beach spot. Just ultimate serenity and beauty. Of course there are beaches with bars/restaurants and live music such as Rythms at Rainbow Beach, Eat @ Cane Bay, off the wall and Spratnet to name a few. Check em out.
Adventure awaits on the beautiful island of St. Croix. Fishing, Boating, Turtle watching, Botanical gardens, try your luck at the DIVI Casino. You can go on Eco-tours, horseback ride thru the rainforest and beach. ATV tours, Tan Tan Jeep tours. You can golf at one of 3 courses including a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course. http://www.stcroixtourism.com/golf.htm
If seeing how they make that delicious rum is more your style, take a tour then enjoy free samples! http://www.gotostcroix.com/rum-distilleries
One of my top recommendations is the bioluminescence at Salt River National Park. Check it out!
Christmas Boat Parade. Takes place in Christainsted harbour every December.