St. Croix is perfect for lounging or adventure seeking as a stop on a Caribbean cruise, home to some of the most incredible coral reef structures in the world. Visit this tropical paradise for year-round sun and perfectly blue waters for snorkeling, diving, and swimming.
On St. Croix shore excursions, you’ll experience the biggest of the U.S. Virgin Islands in style. Venture to Point Udell across the island and, you’ll be able to proudly brag that you’ve been to the easternmost point of the United States. Head just outside of Frederiksted to the Cruzan Rum Distillery for tastings of the area’s famous rum.
You’ll find plenty to see in the towns of Frederiksted to the west and Christiansted to the eastern side of the island, where Danish influence makes the local architecture unforgettably elegant. A simple walking tour of Frederiksted will give you a glimpse into St. Croix’s rich history. History buffs can’t miss tours of Fort Christiansværn in Christiansted or Fort Frederik in Frederiksted, which protected the towns of St. Croix from pirate invasions during the 18th century.
Shoppers will love the abundant duty-free shops near the St. Croix cruise port, or head to Gallows Bay for shopping in Christiansted, a commercial square of small boutiques and local vendors. While you’re on St. Croix shore excursions, you have to taste the local delicacies like fish and fungi (pronounced foon-ji), fried plantains, or conch ceviche. Don’t forget the island’s famous rum cake for dessert, or tasty tarts at Thomas Bakery. For a laid-back Saturday morning on St. Croix, you can explore the La Reine Farmers Market in the center of the island for fresh produce and local goodies.
St. Croix shore excursions should include plenty of time on the island’s white sandy beaches like Cane Bay Beach or the friendly Rainbow Beach. Take a popular underwater diving trail at Buck Island Reef National Monument for amazing views of the natural, colorful reefs, one of the most popular St. Croix cruise excursions. Animal lovers shouldn’t miss Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge for sightings of leatherback sea turtle and other protected species.