Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call - St Croix US Virgin Islands
A day in St Croix
The cruise ship port of call, St Croix, is slowly beginning to regain its popularity. The year 2004 was a bad year for St Croix and an even worse year for Cruise ships. A rash of crime on the Island resulted in many cruise ships no longer wanting to dock there. However, a massive face lift undertaken by the St Croix government has placed this Port of Call into contention again.
St Croix is part of the US Virgin Islands, formerly a Danish territory before being sold to the United States. As you embark at the St. Croix's Frederiksted port of call, you will be transported into an idyllic world of a sleepy village, a quaint town with nicely restored historic buildings, shops, restaurants and gorgeous beaches. The newly renovated waterfront and surrounding area is beautifully landscaped with lush greenery, gazebo shops and delightful walking paths.
Getting around in St Croix
Taxis and buses are available in St Croix. You can also hire a shared taxi called “taxi buses” Approved taxis can be identified by their dome lights and “TP” licence plates. The bus service, the US Virgin Islands Transit, is government operated while the taxi buses are privately owned. Car rentals are available but note that steering and driving is on the left hand side. Scooters are also available for rental and a ferry runs between the two major cities, Christiansted and Frederiksted
Things to see and do
Golf. Choose from one of 3 golf courses, but be warned, the gorgeous scenery can be distracting to your game.
Buck Island. Take a leisurely trip on a catamaran to Buck Island where you can spend the day enjoying the underwater snorkeling trail or para sailing.
St Croix Blues and Heritage festival. If you visit in January be sure to check out the festival.
Carnival Festival is held in during Christmas to New Year. Enjoy Parades, Latin and Calypso music and Three Kings Day.
Whim Plantation tour . See how sugar was processed in the 1880’s. Walk through a Great House and old slave quarters.
Christiansted Historic harbour town . Here you will find duty free shopping at its best and be a part of history as you take in the great relics of Danish architecture.
The St George Botanical Gardens . Here you will not only enjoy lush forests but you will get a glimpse of 19th century plantations. It is located near Frederiksted.
Scuba Diving . An excellent port of call for scuba diving. Green Cay and Tamarind Reef are excelling choices.
Beaches. There are several beautiful beaches to choose from. If you want to combine a variety of activities during your day at the beach there are many locations like the Cane Bay beach that offer horseback riding, a variety of water sports and waterfront beach bars.
St Croix Heritage Trail . The trail is a great way to explore the island by car. The 72 mile long trail gives you a glimpse of several Island attractions.
Shopping and eating in St Croix
Where to Eat
There is something for everyone in St Croix. A variety of cuisines including Greek, Danish, Asian and Italian await you. Resturants like Under the Tamrind Tree, Zeeks and Deep End Bar cater to the Vegetarian.
Where to shop
Shops are primarily located in the King and Strand street area. For great duty free shopping the cities of Frederiksted and Christiansted have some great offerings. As you dock, the waterfront offers you an array of local Arts and crafts as well as imports,
Buck Island St Croix
Sights of St Croix
When you leave the cruise ship for a day in port at St Croix, your only disappointment will be that there is not enough time to do and see everything. Whether you choose scuba diving, golf, shopping or sampling the delicious fare, you will want to return to this idyllic port. St Croix, US Virgin Islands, is a port of discovery. From beaches and watersports to Danish Architecture and lush forests, your day in the port of St Croix will be well worth it.
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