The author Andrew Bloem standing near the ruins of Little Princess Plantation, one of the best things to do in St Croix US Virgin Islands

33 Best Things to Do in St Croix, USVI (in 2023)

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Although I live on nearby St. Thomas, I’ve had the fortune to explore much of the other Virgin Islands. Here are my picks for the top things to do in St. Croix after visiting.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that St. Croix is a part of the US Virgin Islands. Maybe it’s because it’s 45 miles removed from the other main islands of the USVI. Or maybe it’s because it’s much larger than the others. 

Whatever it is, it’s evident in the culture, the people, the landscape, the food, and the many other fun things to do in St. Croix.

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33 Best Things to Do in St. Croix, USVI

Annaly Bay Tide Pools

Descend a cliffside hiking trail to dip into natural pools

A man floating in the middle of tide pools on the North Shore of St. Croix
Me swimming in the tide pools along the North Shore of St. Croix

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The Annaly Bay Tide Pools are a natural feature carved into the rocky outcroppings of the island’s northwest corner. Although the trail to the tide pools is considered difficult to strenuous, an early morning dip in the crystal clear and calm waters of the natural basin is worth the heart-pumping trek.

🥾 Want More Hiking in St. Croix? Here are my 7 top hiking trails St. Croix

Point Udall

Witness the earliest sunrise at the easternmost point in the United States

Sunrise and ocean view at the Point Udall
Sunrise at Point Udall 

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Set aside at least one very early morning to drive to St. Croix’s easternmost point and witness the first sunrise in all of the United States. Significance aside, the sun’s emergence from the Caribbean Sea may be the most stunning sunrise in all of the US Virgin Islands. 

🤔 Did You Know? The Millenium Monument at Point Udall was erected in 2000 to commemorate the beginning of a new century in the United States.

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Kayak atop the glow of a bioluminescent bay

Aerial view of the bioluminescent bay and Columbus Landing Site at Salt River Point
The bioluminescent bay and Columbus Landing Site 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-1460 | NPS Website

Managed by the US National Park Service, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve features natural island ecosystems with a rich historical significance. The Taino (the Caribbean’s indigenous people) thrived on its lands and Christopher Columbus landed here during his second voyage to the New World.

Salt River Bay is also one of the world’s few bioluminescent bays – a rare phenomenon where microorganisms, quite literally, make the water glow brightly. It’s a mesmerizing experience that you can also discover in nearby Puerto Rico’s bio bays.

Mt. Pellier Domino Club

Crush cans with the beer-drinking pigs of St. Croix

Two pigs drinking non-alcoholic beer inside the cage in Mt. Pellier Domino Club
The club’s pigs love (non-alcoholic) beer 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-626-8116 | Domino Club | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily, Closed Mondays

Mt. Pellier Domino Club is an iconic dive bar nestled in the tropical rainforest just outside of Frederiksted. It’s a longstanding watering hole popular with locals and tourists alike because of the outrageous beer-drinking pigs that call the place home.

For just a few bucks, you can purchase a can of non-alcoholic beer and witness a gleeful porker crush the aluminum with ease and slop up its contents. It’s a hilarious and interesting experience, to say the least.

Cane Bay Wall

Go Scuba Diving along The Wall directly from Cane Bay Beach

A sea turtle diving near the corals in The Wall at Cane Bay
Hawksbill Sea Turtle while diving The Wall at Cane Bay 

📍 Google Maps | Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm daily

Most of the north shore of St. Croix parallels an underwater trench descending thousands of feet below sea level. For some reason, this trench comes unreasonably close to Cane Bay Beach – providing an amazing treat for snorkelers and scuba divers.

After renting tanks and other equipment from Sweet Bottom Dive Center, simply kick off the beach a few hundred feet before dropping to the wall of coral reef below. As a professional Scuba Diver living in nearby St. Thomas, I must say, the Wall Dive at Cane Bay Beach has been my single favorite dive since moving to the Caribbean.

🇻🇮 Want to see more of the USVI? Plan a trip to the main islands with our 10-day itinerary in the USVI!

Christiansted National Historic Site

Discover St. Croix’s complex history within an old Danish fort.

Landscape view of the exterior of Fort Christiasvaern in Christiansted
Inside Fort Christiasvaern in Christiansted 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-1460 | NPS Website | Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily, Closed Saturdays | Entrance: $7 adults 16 and older, free under 16

Christiansted National Historic Site highlights life on St. Croix between 1733 and 1917 when the Virgin Islands were known as the Danish West Indies under Denmark. The site is managed by the National Park Service with Fort Christiansvaern as its centerpiece. 

Self-guided tours within the district include the Danish Customs House, Scale House, Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse, and Steeple Building – all of which have deep historical significance.

✈️ When to Visit: Peak tourist season is a thing in the USVI. Find out when by reading my guide to the best times of year to visit the USVI.

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Sail, beach, and snorkel at an uninhabited island

Serene view of the calm sea and people waiting for the boat in Turtle Beach on Buck Island
Turtle Beach on Buck Island 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-1460 | NPS Website | Hours: 24/7 | Entrance: cost of a boat tour

You won’t find a better boat trip in St. Croix than a sail and snorkel to Buck Island

The federally protected Buck Island is amongst the most beautiful places in the US Virgin Islands while featuring stunning underwater scenery. Full and half-day tours depart from Christiansted Harbor regularly with stops at Buck Island’s Turtle Beach and its elkhorn coral barrier reef.

🏞️ US National Parks in the Caribbean: Along with the three on St. Croix, the Caribbean is home to other US National Parks including Virgin Islands National Park on St. John and the San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.

Christiansted Boardwalk

Stroll along the liveliest atmosphere in the US Virgin Islands

View of the restaurants along the Christiansted  boardwalk
Restaurants along the boardwalk 

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For one of the best entertainment districts in all of the US Virgin Islands, head to the Christiansted Boardwalk. You’ll find duty-free shopping, plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes to choose from, and many boat tours to Buck Island departing the docks.

🏝️ More Nightlife in USVI: It’s tough to decide which area is better for nightlife in the USVI, Christiansted Boardwalk or Cruz Bay on St. John?

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Visit the longest and most beautiful beach in the US Virgin Islands

A man swimming in the serene waters of Sandy Point Beach
Swimming in the serene waters at Sandy Point Beach 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-4554 | US Fish & Wildlife Website | Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY September through March. Closed all other months and days.

On the tip of St. Croix’s west end is Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The park is open sparingly throughout the year as its delicate shoreline frequents a high volume of sea turtle nesting. 

So when it is open, I highly suggest you go out of your way to visit as the sandy shores are not just the best beach in St. Croix, but also among the best beaches in the US Virgin Islands.

Museums & Culture

Estate Whim Sugar Mill

Learn about the sugar plantations that once dominated St. Croix’s landscape.

View of the ruins of the old windmill at Estate Whim Sugar Mill
Old windmill at Estate Whim 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-772-0598 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday | Entrance: $10, adults 13+, $5 ages 7 – 13

During the peak of the Danish West Indies, sugar was king on St. Croix as hundreds of sugar cane plantations dotted the hillsides of the island. Using slave labor, sugar was cultivated into molasses and rum to distribute all over the world. Much of this history is encapsulated at Estate Whim Sugar Mill and Museum – an iconic and well-preserved sugar cane plantation.

Hermit Crab Races

Choose your crab as it races to the finish

a hermit crab on a red checkered tablecloth.
Hermit crab races are among the more peculiar things to do in St. Croix 

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Throughout St. Croix, many bars, restaurants, and resorts serve as hosts to what has become an island pastime of sorts: hermit crab races. It’s fun to experience at least once during your visit with one of the island’s most famous races occurring at Brew STX in Christiansted on Wednesday nights.

Estate Little Princess Plantation

Wander one of the most well-preserved sugar plantations on the island

A man wandering around the ruins of the estate of Little Princess Plantation
Walking around the ruins of Little Princess Plantation 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 305-445-8352 | Call for hours

Estate Little Princess Plantation is a historic property just northwest of Christiansted currently serving as the office for the Nature Conservancy. There’s not much to do in terms of interactive exhibits, but it’s still a fun and free place to explore the walking trails for an hour if you’re visiting the Virgin Islands on a budget

Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts

Appreciate artwork from a variety of Caribbean-born artists

A light blue façade of the Caribbean Museum Center in Frederiksted
Outside of the Caribbean Museum Center in Frederiksted

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-772-2622 | CMC Arts Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday | Entrance: free, but donations are graciously accepted

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts showcases an impressive collection of artwork originating from many of the Caribbean Islands. Between the art gallery and community center, the organization also provides classes and events engaging the local community.

Search for Chaney

Collect centuries-old porcelain fragments that often wash ashore

A hand with fragments of centuries-old porcelain near the ocean in St. Thomas
Chaney that we found in St. Thomas 

Along many of the beautiful beaches on St. Croix, you’ll eventually stumble upon small, porcelain fragments amidst the scatterings of shells and sea glass. Crucians call these fragments, “Chaney” – an inventive mash-up of “China” and “money”.

These shards likely originated from European ships as they threw bits of broken china plates and tea cups overboard to avoid paying taxes on the weight of their cargo as they arrived at St. Croix. Today, local artisans turn these peculiar shards into beautiful pieces of jewelry. 

Frederiksted Historic District & Fort Frederik

Enter an 18th-century fort built by the Danish

The view outside of the old Fort Frederik in the Frederiksted Historic District
Outside of Fort Frederik 

📍 Google Maps | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily, Closed Sunday | Entrance: $5, adults, under 16 free

Fort Frederik is an 18th-century fortification built to protect Danish interests on St. Croix. Overlooking a deep water bay, the fort fended off pirates, privateers, and other colonial powers while maintaining order among the enslaved population of the island. Today, it’s the centerpiece of Frederiksted’s Historic District with a coinciding museum.

St. George Village Botanical Garden

Roam through native flora set within a preserved sugar plantation

The palm tree grove in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
The flora of St. Croix 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-692-2874 | St. George Village Botanical Garden | Hours: 9 am – 3 pm daily | Entrance: $10, adults, $2 under 12

Although the botanical gardens on nearby St. Thomas are a sight to behold, the tranquility of St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix is a step above the rest. 

Part of the reason why is its unique setting amidst the ruins of an 18th-century sugar plantation. As you roam through the 16-acre garden, you’ll witness over 1,000 species demonstrating the diverse horticulture of the Virgin Islands.

Estate Mount Washington

Meander the grounds of one of the largest sugar plantations on St. Croix

View of the ruins of Estate Mount Washington in St. Croix
Impressive ruins of Estate Mount Washington 

📍 Google Maps | Hours: Private Property that’s graciously open to the public. Be courteous and only visit during reasonable hours

Estate Mount Washington was one of the most prominent, original sugar plantations of St. Croix built in the 1700s. Once consisting of 160 acres, the property consisted of a Great House, animal mill, rum factory, and many guest cottages. Today, you can wander around the grounds and explore the impressive structures left behind.

Food & Drink

Virgin Islands Food Tours

Guided food tasting into the culinary world of St. Croix

A plate of banana, mango, and shrimp salad with a sea view
The variety of delicious food in St. Croix 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 866-498-3684 | Website

St. Croix is known for its multicultural influence infusing culinary scenes from all over the world. Virgin Islands Food Tours is a company based in Christiansted that provides a guided food tasting and walking tour. You’ll enjoy multiple restaurants and unique dishes for one, low price.

Rhythms at Rainbow Beach

Pull up a stool at this iconic beach bar

A hand-painted full wall of a big octopus holding a bottle and Rhythms name at Rainbow Beach
The outside wall of Rhythms at Rainbow Beach 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-690-9282 | Rainbow Beach | Hours: 11 am – 7 pm Monday-Wednesday, 11 am – 8 pm Thursday-Sunday

Nestled beside the famous Rainbow Beach, you can splash in the crystal blue waters during the day before pulling up a bar stool at Rhythms to witness the sunset over the Caribbean Sea. 

Locals and tourists flock to the beachfront bar every evening for cool rum drinks, live music, and good friends – Rhythms at Rainbow Beach is the iconic tiki bar you can only find in the Caribbean. 

Ziggy’s Island Market

Taste authentic and delicious Caribbean-style fare at this unassuming market

View outside Ziggy’s Island Market with their big banner at the top
Outside of Ziggy’s on St. Croix 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-8382 | Hours: Check FB Page for menu and times

Towards St. Croix’s East End is Ziggy’s Island Market – a modest gas station unassumingly home to the island’s best local cuisine. After pulling up, you’ll find a small outside bar where you can order the chef’s daily special. Check their Facebook page to see what’s available and what time food is served on any given day.

Sion Farm Distillery

Enjoy home-distilled island-style vodka straight from the source

A distilling apparatus in a distillery farm in St Croix
Sion Farm distills all their vodka in-house 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-690-9322 | Sion Farm Distillery | Hours: 11:30 am – 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 2 PM Saturday, Closed Sundays

Sion Farm Distillery is home to the only Island Vodka Distillery on St. Croix. Locally sourced and crafted, walk-ins are welcome to tour the distillery every hour on the half-hour. Afterward, be sure to pull up a chair and taste every different island vodka flavor created on St. Croix.

Leatherback Brewing Company

Tip back a few local brews at this community-focused brewery

A glass of brewed beer served in Leatherback Brewing Company
Reef Life IPA is my favorite brew from Leatherback. 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-772-2337 | Leatherback Brewing Website | Hours: 11:30 am – 8 pm Monday-Saturday, 12 pm – 7 pm Sunday

Leatherback Brewing Company is the largest brewery in the Virgin Islands keeping a wide variety of craft beers on tap. 

You can find their most popular brews in most bars, restaurants, and grocery stores throughout the islands but nothing quite replicates a freshly poured, crisp beer directly from the source. 

La Reine Chicken Shack

Savor the best BBQ and rotisserie chicken in the Virgin Islands

A close up look whole chickens grilled in rotisserie machine
Slow rolling the best chicken on St. Croix 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-778-5717 | La Reine Chicken Shack on Facebook | Hours: 10:30 am – 6 pm Monday-Wednesday, 10:30 am – 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Closed Sunday

La Reine Chicken Shack is a St. Croix staple offering island-style BBQ including some incredibly tasty smoked chicken. Infusing Caribbean flavors into a traditional smoking pit, La Reine Chicken Shack has chicken, ribs, steak, pork, conch, fish, and some of the best Johnny Cakes in the Virgin Islands.

Outdoor & Adventure

Tan Tan Tours

Embark on an island Jeep Tour to visit the hidden gems of St. Croix

Two red and orange island jeeps in St. Croix
Island Jeep tours are their specialty! 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-473-6446 | Tan Tan Tours

Tan Tan Tours is a locally owned and operated tour company offering excursions all over the largest Virgin Island. Whether it’s hiking, sightseeing, off-roading, or beach-hopping, Tan Tan Tours will get you there safely with a private guide. Give them a call to schedule hiking tours to Annaly Bay Tide Pools and other of the best things to do in St. Croix!

Caribbean Sea Adventures

Select your ideal boat tour with Caribbean Sea Adventures

A fleet of boats docked in St. Croix's marina
A fleet of boats in a St. Croix marina 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-773-2628 | Caribbean Sea Adventures | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm daily

Caribbean Sea Adventures is the largest boat tour operator in St. Croix. The company offers private, small group, and large group tours aboard various boats for a price that fits your budget. Most tours depart from Christiansted Harbor before traveling to multiple destinations including Buck Island Reef National Monument

🛥️ More Boat Tours in the US Virgin Islands: As a local Captain in nearby St. Thomas, boating is my specialty. Enjoy my full list of the best boat tours on St. Thomas as well as the best boat trips on St. John.

Frederiksted Pier

Go scuba diving between the columns of the massive pier during a night dive

A massive green sea turtle swimming in the ocean of St. Croix
A massive green sea turtle I spotted while diving the Frederiksted Pier 

📍 Google Maps | Cane Bay Dive Shop 

Another bucket-list-worthy dive in St. Croix is night diving at the Frederiksted Pier. For whatever reason, the underwater columns attract an immense amount of biodiversity including sea horses, massive sea turtles, Caribbean reef sharks, frogfish, and other rare species. The site is extremely popular with the local scuba diving community and visitors alike.

Hams Bluff Lighthouse

Hike a short, uphill trail to a Danish lighthouse with scenic views

A rickety lighthouse of Hams Bluff in St Croix
The rickety lighthouse of Hams Bluff 

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The Hams Bluff Lighthouse was erected in 1915 – just two years prior to the purchase of the Danish West Indies by the United States. Somehow, the rusty lighthouse is still standing overlooking the bluffs of the island’s northwest corner.

Ironically, the road to the lighthouse might be more rugged and difficult on your car than the hiking trail will be on you. Once at the trailhead, ascend an extremely short yet uphill path before finding the lighthouse. Take extreme precaution when climbing up the lighthouse as much of it is rusted through.

🏞️ Hiking in the US Virgin Islands: Although we love hiking in St. Croix, Virgin Islands National Park on St. John has some of the best hiking trails in the Caribbean.

Jack & Isaac’s Bay Preserve

Hike to two secluded beaches popular for sea turtle nesting

A sunny day at a secluded beach in Isaac’s Bay
Hiking to Isaac’s Bay after sunrise 

📍 Google Maps | The Nature Conservancy

Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Jack and Isaac’s Bay Preserve constitutes most of the east end of St. Croix. Within its parameters are secluded beaches and the best hiking trails in St. Croix

I highly recommend exploring this area early in the morning after witnessing the sunrise at Point Udall.

Goat Hill

Climb a challenging path to panoramic views of the island and beyond

The author Andrew Bloem enjoying the view at the top of Goat Hill in St. Croix
Enjoying the view of Goat Hill 

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Extend your hiking day within Jack & Isaac’s Bay Preserve by continuing up to Goat Hill. This trail is mainly uphill, but relatively short. At its peak, you’ll be treated to some of the best panoramic views of St. Croix and its distant sister islands to the north of St. Thomas, St. John, and the British Virgin Islands.

St. Croix Sites & Attractions

Captain Morgan Rum Distillery

Tour the famous rum brand’s largest distillery

A glass of rum full of ice with a mint leaf on a wooden board with melted ice
Take a tour of the Captain Morgan Visitor Center

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-713-5654 | Captain Morgan Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday | Entrance: $15

Few people realize St. Croix is home to the largest brand of spiced rum: Captain Morgan. Between the Captain Morgan Visitor Center and the Cruzan Rum Distillery, St. Croix has a few options for quality rum-tasting bars. However, both of these places have altered hours since the 2020 pandemic. Head to their website for up-to-date hours and tour information.

Protestant Cay

Hop aboard a short ferry ride to a small island in Christiansted Harbor

View of the serene ocean and boats around Protestant Cay from Fort Christiansvaern
View of Protestant Cay from Fort Christiansvaern 

📍 Google Maps | Hotel on the Cay | 👉 Book a stay on Protestant Cay

Protestant Cay (pronounced ‘Key’) is a small island with a resort, Hotel on the Cay, and a sandy beach in the middle of Christiansted Harbor. 

It’s the only beach access within downtown Christiansted so it’s a great spot to visit if you’re staying in town. A short ferry ride leaves from the Christiansted Boardwalk for a small fee bringing visitors to the island.

Mt. Victory Eco Camp

Experience a relaxed, island-country lifestyle at this eco-lodge set in a tropical forest

An anole resting on a leaf in the rainforest
Experience St. Croix’s tropical forest at the Eco Camp. 

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-201-7983 | Mt. Victory Website

Mt. Victory Eco Camp is a forest lodge nestled in the rainforests of St. Croix’s northwest corner. Their mission is to provide affordable accommodation so people can immerse themselves in the natural setting of St. Croix. Choose between a tent, cabin, or even an old schoolhouse, the Eco-Camp is a one-of-a-kind offering found nowhere else in the Virgin Islands. 

Cruzan Cowgirls

Ride on horseback along the stunning west-end beaches of St. Croix

Tourists on a horseback riding tour in the ocean
Horseback riding in the tropical waters

📍 Google Maps | Phone: 340-690-7433 | Website | Hours: 11 AM – 5 pm daily, Closed Saturday and Sunday

Cruzan Cowgirls is the best option for horseback riding along the sandy beaches of St. Croix with a scenic mountainous backdrop. Beginning near Rainbow Beach, the horseback riding tour brings riders along one of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean while enjoying incredible views of the island.


What other unique things to do in St. Croix have you done that I might have missed? Be sure to leave a comment below!

Next up, check out my guides to things to do on St. John and things to do on St. Thomas.

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