Cruise to St. Croix

Clear blue beach water crashing onto the beach shores of St. Croix

Top 5 things to do in St. Croix

  1. Explore Buck Island Reef National Monument
  2. Tour the new Captain Morgan’s Headquarters
  3. Stroll the waterfront boardwalk in Christiansted
  4. Spend the day relaxing and sipping coconut drinks on Rainbow Beach
  5. Buy one of the iconic Crucian Hook Bracelets at Sonia ltd
Known for: SnorkelingBeachesRumCultureLaid-back pace

With only a fraction of its sister island’s tourism or cruise traffic, St. Croix manages to maintain the perfect laid-back island pace: Its beaches are beautiful and un-crowded, you never have to wait to order a drink at its many bars, and you can take all the photos you like without having strangers in the frame. This island may truly be the Caribbean’s best unsung gem. As part of the US Virgin Islands, it requires no passport from US citizens, and has infrastructure to US standards. Yet it’s truly a tropical island in looks and vibe.

Even if you only have a few hours to explore St. Croix, you can have a choice of memorable experiences. First decide—do you want drinks and culinary? Island-made handicrafts?  A blue-sky sailing adventure? A catnap on a white sand beach? Even if it’s raining, you can still have fun on this friendly, affordable and lushly lovely island—and no translation apps required.


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St. Croix Highlights


  • Christianstead National Historic Site: the Fort, Customs House, Scale House
  • Frederiksted Pier and Strand Street—a tiny, picturesque port town
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument – the anchorage point at West Beach


  • Sonya Ltd – originator of the Crucian Hook Bracelet
  • IB Designs – silver art jewelry and handmade accessories
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument – the anchorage point at West Beach


  • 40 Strand does grilled fish, curries, and salads with island high-end inspiration
  • RumRunners – a great place for small bites and tropical drinks with boardwalk views
  • Villa Morales – after a distillery tour, fill up with authentic Caribbean lunches

Shore Excursions

  • Buck Island snorkeling “The Grotto” and a fabulous stop at Turtle Beach
  • Tour and taste the rum at the Captain Morgan Visitor Center
  • The West End: Estate Whim Museum + St. George Botanical Gardens


  • Buck Island sailing excursion with Caribbean Sea Adventures
  • Beach break on Protestant Cay
  • Check out the boats and seaplanes from the Christiansted boardwalk


  • Rainbow Beach – small beach, pretty, with water sports and music
  • Protestant Cay – calm, clear water on a very kid-friendly property
  • Fort Frederik Beach – closest to the cruise port, less than a 5-minute walk
  • Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge – stunning, though it’s an effort to get there

Solo Exploration

  • Captain Morgan Distillery – the newest attraction on island
  • Standup paddleboard at Chenay Bay
  • Play penny slots at Caravelle Casino on the boardwalk


  • Catamaran sail to Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures
  • ATV tour with Gecko Island Adventures – you’ll be holding on tight!
  • Chillax at Rainbow Beach with Lime in the Coconut drinks


  • Living history days at Estate Whim
  • St. George Village Botanical Garden
  • Christiansted National Historic Site –7 acres of history on the waterfront