The odd island out among other US Virgin Islands, Saint Croix Island is the largest island in the territory. It is twice the size of St Thomas, the territory’s capital, and is a mix of spooky rainforest, old forts, sugar plantations and great scuba diving. Drifting some 40 miles south of other Virgins, Saint Croix Island is known for its scuba diving, rum making, and marine sanctuary. Despite the fact that Saint Croix Island is not dependent on tourism, it is notable for other income source such as Hovensa oil refinery, deemed as one of the world’s largest processors. Once it was uninhabited, Saint Croix Island is now home to a Puerto Rican community that resides in Frederiksted, a town located on the west end. On its northeast counterpart, you will find yourself in Christiansted, the largest town. The island was designated Saint Croix Island National Monument by the United States Congress in 1949, and was given its current designation as an International Historic Site on September 25, 1984.
While in Saint Croix, you can visit the Christiansted National Historic Site. The site has several structures, and the most impressive is the Fort Christiansvaern, a four-point citadel that occupies the deep-yellow buildings, and the best-preserved Danish fort. The Christiansted National Historic Site was built between 1738 and 1749 made out of Danish bricks and used to protect citizens from the onslaught of pirates and hurricanes. After 1878, it served as a prison and courthouse for the island. Other historic buildings in the island include the Scale House, the place wherein the Danish weighed sugar for export, which at present now houses a National Park Service visitor centre, the neoclassical Danish West India and Guinea Company Warehouse which served as company headquarters, and the 1753 Steeple Building, which used to the island’s first house of worship that now displays Taíno relics and sugar plantation exhibits.
You should also not miss the Frederiksted Pier & Waterfront Park, one of the places you could while away time. The palm-lined seafront provides picturesque view of the cruise ships, and during quiet times, you would see snorkelers and divers doing about their thing. The best way to visit the island is during The Sunset Jazz Festival, which brings locals and visitors alike to the park. Also in Frederiksted, you should not miss the Fort Frederik, notable for its deep red colour among visitors. This is where the island’s slaves used to be emancipated.
How to get around within St Croix Island
To get around the island, you can hail a taxi that can be readily found upon your departure from the airport. The fastest way to get between Frederiksted and Christiansted is to go to the Melvin H. Evans Highway (USVI Route 66), a limited-access divided highway. You can also opt to rent a car if you want to explore the island all by yourself. Car rental agencies are available at the airport.
How to get there
To get into Saint Croix Island, you have to fly by into the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. The airport is served by airlines such as American Airlines, Cape Air, JetBlue Airways, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways, which flies to destinations such as Miami, Saint Thomas, Sint Maarten, San Juan, and Vieques. Cargo carriers such as Air Cargo Carriers and Mountain Air Cargo also service the airport.