As each US virgin island has its own variation on Caribbean culture, a visit to the biggest island, St. Croix, is highly recommended. Sugar mills, and windmills, looms over partial walls that once surrounded magnificent homes of the 1700s and 1800s. St. Croix is famous for its gorgeous beaches and once for being one of the wealthiest islands in the West Indies due to its sugar and rum production and slave labor.
The two main towns on the island are Frederiksted, to the west, and Christiansted, to the east. Thriving commercial ports in 1700s and 1800s, the architecture tells the story of its changeable history. Here you’ll see flags and architecture reflecting Spanish, Dutch, French, or Danish designs.
On St. Croix’s west end is historic Fort Frederik, home of the only lighthouse on St. Croix. Built at the end of the 19th century, Fort Frederik overlooks the Frederiksted port. Agriculture is the primary industry on St. Croix since the days of old with the cultivation and production of sugar, rum and molasses, to name a few. Located on the west side of the island is Estate Whim Plantation, one of the island’s most popular and historical plantation, which sat on acres of green and rolling hills. Sugar cane, cabbage, corn and okra grew in abundance. Sugar was the primary product until the 1960’s.
Adventurous? The island’s Heritage Trail takes visitors on the entire length of the 28 mile St. Croix. Walking or biking its path you can view several cultural landmarks, historic attractions and scenic overlooks. A trail map indicates various road signs and is designed as a superb self guided driving, walking or biking tour. For those who love snorkeling and underwater beauty, there is no better place than St. Croix’s Buck Island Reef Monument. This fabulous 880-acre nature preserve includes a magnificent underwater trail for snorkeling. One of the most popular tourist spots on all of U.S. Virgin Islands, visitors take the ferry to the tiny island one mile from St. Croix. Here they can revel in a stunning display of coral and various sea creatures that are a natural part of the local underwater scene.
There’s almost no end to the fun and interesting activities that can be found on St. Croix. Besides the swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling, boating, scuba diving and the historical tours of early days, you can also enjoy shopping, fine dining, the local casinos, golfing and horseback riding.