St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands. The economy is based more on industry than on tourism. St Croix is a laid back island with friendly people and a rich, cultural history. Once the sugar capital of the Caribbean hundreds of years ago, nearly 150 sugar mills have survived and are scattered across the island.
St. Croix has two diverse and wonderful cities. Frederiksted is located on the west end of St. Croix and was established in 1751. It’s home to some of the best beaches on St. Croix– not to mention the most amazing sunsets! Frederiksted pier is a favorite among divers for its colorful corals and diversity of marine life.
Christiansted sits on the north shore with a protected harbor overlooking a US National Park (Fort Christiansvaern) . The history, colors, abundance of great restaurants and a boardwalk will make you want to explore every little street of this charming town.
There are numerous national parks, monuments and eco-preserves on St Croix:
- Salt River National Park protects a diverse ecosystem, with aboriginal ruins and one of Columbus’ landing sites on his second voyage.
- Buck Island National Monument has stunning marine gardens and a world class beach.
- The Fort Christiansvaern complex preserves five historic structures in Christiansted that gives visitors a rare look into Danish colonial life.
- Sandy Point is notable for its beauty (the final scene of ‘Shawshank Redemption’ was shot there) and for its protected sea turtles.
- Jack and Isaac Bay are pristine, protected bays on the east end of the island.
St. Croix offers a wonderful combination of being in the Caribbean under the US flag, white sand beaches, job opportunities and a lifestyle that allows you to enjoy life and take it all in. Live here and it’s hard not to smile and appreciate where you ended up!