St. Croix is nicknamed Twin
City Island because
of the two largest towns on each end of the island:
the northeast, is the larger town with more shopping but no
beaches. A few years older than Frederiksted, this is a
shallow port with a natural barrier reef protecting the
port. This protection was important for the first European
settlements; however, commerce eventually required deeper
ports for loading more sugar and good for trade. This lead
to the development of the planned city of Frederiksted.
the west is the smaller, quieter town and is also the cruise
ship port of entry on the famous scuba diving site of the Frederiksted
naturally deep port), protected from the winds in the lee,
and home to the islands largest beaches. Victorian era
buildings make this town stand out. Be sure to explore
every hidden courtyard and alley, esp. on cruise ship day!
St. Croix is the largest of the islands in the territory, being
28 by 7 miles (45 by 11 km). The island is very different from
her sister islands of St. Thomas and St. John. St. Thomas is
known for cruise ships, shopping, and a busy night-life. St.
John is over 70% a national park and is therefore sparsely
populated. St. Croix is the largest island but smaller
population than the other two islands combined. St. Croix is
a quieter island with about a dozen cruise ships in the peak
month of January and 0-2 cruise ships per month from
June–October. This quiet makes St. Croix a premium destination
for quiet vacationing and beautiful scuba diving. Moreover, St.
Croix is a continental upthrust, therefore has limestone and
clay as part of a continental plate. St. Thomas and St. John are
part of the old volcanic ring of island chain from the Caribbean
subducted under the Atlantic.
Calendar of Events are easily accessible from a locally
printed magazine and a variety of online resources.
Printed Magazine: St.
Croix This Week —
printed magazine available online and found in print, free,
Website of events: St.
Croix Calendar —
most used for immediate events, including Crab Races
- Website of events: GoTo
St. Croix —
includes local places for yoga, dancing
- Website of events: St.
- Website of events: Visit
USVI — out of
date as of 2015. Still shows 2014 events.
- Website of things-to-do:
St Croix Tourism.com
Scuba Diving in
Frederiksted is ideal and rated one of the
best dive sites in the Virgin Islands. Calm
waters and shore entry make this side of the island a
destination for scuba with warm waters and more dive sites than
most of the island combined, featuring the Pier, wrecks, reef,
seahorses, and underwater archaeology. The
Pier in Frederiksted is considered the
night dive in the
Caribbean. The Frederiksted
Pier is a world-class
destination for scuba, snorkelling, and just plain
jumping off to climb up and
jump again. Scuba
on the Frederiksted Pier is a shallow dive, ideal for trying
scuba the first time course PADI
Discover Scuba Diving (aka:
Resort Diving), for extended
shore diving, Night
diving, and especially for Underwater
— rated one of the best dives in the
several patches of reef near shore, a couple pockets of
sea-grass (turtle food!), and you can do this all from shore!
If the boat has space, we might have a seat for you to join.
N2theBlue has snorkel gear you can rent for 24 hours (or
multiple days), too.
Buck Island Charter is a popular
tour, as well as
Capt Carl and Heintz' trimiran snorkel/sails to Buck Island.
Island National Monument & Sanctuary—50th
year Park Anniversary video (2014)
Beaches are a
must when visiting St. Croix:
/ Frederiksted: Calm waters and the largest beaches on
Frederiksted has the largest beaches of the entire island and
has the calmest waters because it is in the wind protected
lee/shadow of the island. The beach in front of historic
Fort Frederik is the most accessable and directly off the Cruise
Sandy Point: National Park and last scene from Shawshank Redemption is a
turtle sanctuary and closed from April through November.
a mile south of Frederiksted, home to Cotteges-by-the-Sea
and Sandcastle resorts. Nice beaches but recent years
have a hard coral structure (like rock) as a shelf
protecting the beach.
Frederiksted Beach: directly off the cruise ship pier,
large, great sand, and directly connected to Freedom City
Surf Shop for burgers and stand-up-paddle-boarding.
- Coconuts Beach: just past
Frederiksted beach, home to Coconuts Beach Bar. Say Hi
Rainbow Beach: is 1 mile (15-20 minute walk) north of
town and destination central for activites -- vollyball, jet
ski, fly-board, lounging, Music, and a bar-scene to make
your life a happy place. Ask about the snorkel trail!
- Hidden Beach to Sprat: RAW,
unspoiled beach. Nothing here but you and water.
- Butler Bay:
- Monks Bath:
- North Shore:
usually larger waves on the North Shore
(Carambola Resort, Cane Bay),
- NorthEast Shore (Shoy,
- East (Divi)
- South Central (Haypenny)
Live Music most weekend
The Pink Spot,
Terres Veho/Freedom City Surfshop,
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach.
Sunset Jazz is featured nearly every month on the third
Friday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm. Admission
is free as this is a community sponsored event featuring food
very popular with the calm waters on the Frederiksted side of
the island. Weekly events for night boarding and general
competitions are hosted by
Surf Shop, as
well as the internationally recognized
Jetskiing and Flyboarding are
one mile north of Frederiksted town (about 15-20 minute walk) at
WestEnd Water Sports on
Rainbow Beach. The
local bar (Rhythms at
Rainbow Beach) has
winning bar tenders (espcially
(cocktail)) and is host to
Reef Jam, an
event encouraging marine conservation and stewardship through
community education and outreach.
Wilderness Tours are available by
bicycle, horseback,[PJ][CC] hiking and
and Walking Tours
Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism
St. Croix Landmarks Society,
Night Kayaking in Salt River is a delight.
Bowling is mid-island.
is on the far east near Divi Hotel and Casino.
Sailing and are available—check
Wow, there's a lot to try. Street food, salt fish pate
(like an empanada), johnny cakes (similar to Indian fry-bread),
roti, bush tea, and local flavored drinks.
directly off the Cruise
- Pier 69—BBQ,
meatloaf, & most excellent burgers hidden in the
courtyard behind N2theBlue
- Rose's Dream Cuisine—west-indian island food at its
finest, butter conch, curry, and love
- Uca's Kitchen—Rastafarian/Vegetarian food and
culture in the parkplace in front of N2theBlue
- Lost Dog and Pub—evenings and nightlife in
Frederiksted. Best pizza on island.
- SandCastles—dining on the beach in the evening and
Sunday brunch spot
- Terres Veho—Freedom City Surf Shop's burgers, tacos,
rice bowls, and more. Full Moon parties every
- Coconuts—owner Grace makes this spot your hidden
beach party + Texas BBQ on Sundayss
Rhythms at Rainbow Beach—fresh
fish sandwiches, burgers, drinks, volley ball, jet skis,
and the best pain-killer on island.
- North Shore::
(Carambola Resort, Cane Bay)
- NorthEast Shore: (Shoy,
- East: (Divi)
- South Central (Haypenny)
Diagio Rum Factory
Bushwacker—a tropical version
of a mudslide (coffee and chocolate flavors))
...and fine rum to sip like a scotch.
Frederiksted maintains its original seven street by seven street
city design and is host to several historic structures. Among
them are St. Patrick's Catholic Church built in the 1840s and
its primary school, the Customs House, the 19th Century
Apothecary, and many other buildings; some which due to
hurricanes past have fallen into ruins.
- Jump Up—four
times a year, Christiansted hosts a street party,
6pm-10pm, featuring vendors on the street, offering food and
drinks, arts, crafts, and late-night store shopping.
Live music is a big part of Jump Up, with steel drum bands
and musicians on most every corner. Fire dancers on
the boardwalk and Mocko Jumbies dance through the streets
throughout the evening. Usually hosted near holidays of
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, and in July.
- A Taste of St. Croix—every
April, one of the destinations for this weeklong event is on
the Frederiksted Pier
- Carnival is the
biggest event of the year starting in late December and
ending the first weekend of the New Year. The event starts
with the construction of Carnival Village, which is the
traditional county fair. The last weekend hosts the largest
parties with J'ouvert at
the crack of dawn, followed the next day with the Food Fair.
The first Friday is the Children's Parade and the blowout
event is the Adult Parade with its full festival status.St.
Patrick's Catholic Church (c.1840)
IronMan competition every spring—official
- Customs House c(.1800)—at
the parking lot in front of N2theBlue
Fort Frederik c.1756
Paul E. Joseph Stadium multi-use
stadium hosted the first MLB exhibition game played in the
Virgin Islands when the New York Yankees played the Boston
Red Sox 1967
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge One
of the top beaches in the US Virgin Islands and location for
the last scene from the movie Shawshank Redemption 
Tourism promotion video:
Several companies have
participated in drafting plans to refurbish and enhance the
greater Frederiksted area. Costal Systems was
retained by the Public Finance Authority to develop concepts for
a waterfront park, beach, cruise pier, and other site
improvements. Teams of land planners, engineers, and landscape
architects met with local interest groups to develop conceptual
plans for the redevelopment of the area. Environmental
regulatory surveys and permits were managed by the Coastal Zone
Management (CZM) Agency of the USVI. Phase I of the project was
completed, which consisted of the reconstruction of the
waterfront park while maintaining the historical facade
representative of St. Croix's heritage. Natural stonework was
used throughout the project site in accordance with the local
architectural style, enhancing the authenticity of the arrival
Phase II of the project, contemplated for the future, will
involve the reconstruction of the community waterfront north of
the fort and include the recreation of breakwaters, the
reconstruction of Paul
E. Joseph Stadium, and the restoration of the beach,
restroom facilities, retaining pond, utilities, parking areas,
and soccer fields.
Volunteer-ism is a big part of Frederiksted.
Clean Sweep Frederiksted[facebook] meets
every Saturday morning to sweep, shovel, and pull weeds.[news] They
also worked with the
Artists Guild of St. Croix to install
dozens of painted rum barrels as community trash bins. The
Artists Guild of St. Croix has
installed several murals,
and sponsors scholarships.
Clubs and Organizations: