Part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix Port is 82 square miles and the largest of the Virgin Islands. Christiansted and Frederiksted are the two main towns and can easily be navigated via car or scooter.
You will experience a journey through time when visiting the secluded beaches, fertile forests and historical landmarks surrounding the St. Croix port of call. Punctuate your visit with a day featuring historical landmarks topped off with a tour of a sugar cane plant and rum distillery. Visiting the many shops that dot the European-influenced towns can be balanced with day trips to museums and views of the magnificent rain forests that are clustered with intriguing wildlife.
Extra space will likely be necessary to pack the exotic and unique pieces that you'll be able to bring home from this charming port. Just steps away from the St. Croix cruise terminal you'll find plenty of “duty free” and “special discount” signs. With inspired names such as the Purple Papaya and From the Gecko, embroidered shirts and boutique accessories will give you that Island pizazz to fit your lifestyle.
Re-live your island memories with original and locally handcrafted bracelets and jewellery. Sonya Designs and Crucian Gold, to name a few, all offer up authentic designs to remind you of your stay.
Things to Do
Besides relaxing on one of the many beaches of the island there are numerous parks, gardens and local attractions to distract you. Estate St. George Botanical Gardens charges a small admission fee to view the 16 acre site. The lush gardens were once home to a 19th Century village and features the lives and homes of a rum factory town complete with ruins of the old factory.
If you'd like to see a rum factory in action, consider the Cruzan Rum Distillery, where you can witness the production of the region's famous Virgin Island rum. Take a stroll through the rum barrels while the intoxicating fumes fill the air of the bottling and label plant.
It's not all rum and beaches around the St. Croix cruise port. A self-guided tour of the St. Croix Heritage Trail offers a unique glimpse of the island and links some of the main historical features of St. Georges Village Botanical Gardens, Christiansted Historic Site and Whim Plantation Museum.
Restaurants and Bars
From sophisticated destination weddings, romantic hideaways or an upbeat sandwich on the beach the St. Croix cruise port can satisfy any picky palate. While visiting the paradise away from home, your dining experience can be equally dynamic.
Several fantastic upscale eateries are located in the heart of historical Christiansted. Bacchus, known for it large wine selection features classic ocean dishes including oysters Rockefeller and lobster.
For more traditional fare, try a sampling of curried chicken salad, complete with a side of fresh fruit at an open air deck of the Club Comanche. Or you can venture to the Salt River National Park to dine under the canopy of the mangroves at Columbus Cove restaurant.