Christiansted Travel Guide

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Christiansted Things to Do

  • St. George Botanical Gardens

    The St. George Botanical Gardens are included in the Sweeney Safari tour. The botanical collections, including over 1500 native and exotic species and varieties, are established in and around the restored buildings and stabilized ruins of a 19th century Danish sugar cane plantation. Pictures are of some of the plants except for the last one which...

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  • Danish Custom House

    I didn't realize that this building was anything special until I got home because I didn't go over and look at the signs on it. This is actually where merchants went to pay their taxes after they had goods weighed at the scale house. This building is a mix of European and island style. The graceful 16-step staircase was a typical Danish feature,...

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  • National Historic Site Visits

    I did not realize that there was a National Park site in Christiansted. Had I known, I would have brought my Golden Passport (which allows senior citizens free admission to National Parks) nor did I bring the National Park passport to get stamps for the sites I have visited.This park consists of seven acres on the Christiansted waterfront. Most of...

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  • Scale House

    When I saw that there was a National Park Service Visitor's Center, I went over to look. I didn't buy any books, but I did look at the exhibits (photo 3). Like the other buildings at the site, this one was built from yellow-masonry. The two-story hipped-roof Old Danish Scale House was built in 1856 as a Danish weighing station for sugar exports, as...

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  • Steeple Building

    I visited this building because it had a sign on it saying that it was a part of the Historic Sites and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Landmarks. Inside was a man who said he was a volunteer, and that the building was originally the Dane's Lutheran Church of Lord God and Saboath -built between 1750 and 1753. It was St Croix's first...

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  • Crab races

    Monday night crab races at the Brew Pub are interesting. Kids and adults pick and name a crab ($2/each) to see who wins in one of eight legs. Sadly, we never placed. They have the races at other places on Wednesdays and Fridays, but heard that Mondays are the best.

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  • Horseback Riding

    We went horseback riding with Equus and loved it. We rode along the beach and into the water, and Steve even showed us a rodeo trick. We had a group of riders from beginners to practically pro, and Steve took great care to fit us with a horse that was compatible.

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  • SCUBA diving

    If you're certified, take a dive trip with Dive Experience (downtown Christiansted). We loved our dive guides, and everyone at the shop was ultra helpful. We did 4 dives while we were there, and we saw moray eels, baracuda, huge stingray, and a sea turtle. It was certainly an adventure we'll remember.

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  • Buck Island National Park

    This is a must see for visitors. Take one of the day tours from Christiansted, like Big Beard or Mile Mark. They offer full and half day sails to Buck Island. The beach there is spectacular, and there is an underwater snorkel trail that is marked with the names of the various marine life. From the water the views of St. Croix are outstanding and...

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  • SCUBA diving is amazing

    St. Croix offers a variety of exciting and beautiful dives. There are wreck dives, wall dives, shallow dives, and a pier dive. The marine life is abundant, rays, turtles, eels, parrot fish and much more. The corals are colorful and you feel like you are gliding through an underwater garden in some areas. There are many dive shops that are PADI...

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  • St. George Village Botanical Garden

    This is a 16-acre Eden of tropical trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers. The garden is a feast for the eye and the camera, from the entrance drive bordered by royal palms and bougainvillea to the towering kapok and tamarind trees. It was built around the ruins of a 19th-century sugarcane workers' village. There are rest rooms and a gift shop....

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  • Whim Plantation Museum

    This restored Great House is unique among those of the many sugar plantations whose ruins dot the island of St. Croix. It's composed of only three rooms. With 3-foot-thick walls made of stone, coral, and molasses, the house resembles a luxurious European château. A division of Baker Furniture Company used the Whim Plantation's collection of models...

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  • Estate Mount Washington Plantation

    This is the island's best-preserved sugar plantation and a highlight along the St. Croix Heritage Trail. It flourished from 1780 to 1820 when St. Croix was the second largest producer of sugar in the West Indies. The on-site private residence is closed to the public, but you can go on a self-guided tour of the 13 acres at any time of the day you...

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  • Cruzan Rum Factory

    This factory distills the famous Virgin Islands rum, which some consider the finest in the world. Guided tours (including a mixed drink) depart from the visitor's' pavilion; call for reservations and information. There's also a gift shop.

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  • Smugglers and pirates...

    Smugglers and pirates necessitated the construction of Fort Frederik in 1752. The city was destroyed by fire in 1758, and rebuilt in the Victorian style of the era. The Fort has been restored in brick red and white, to the way it looked in 1840.

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  • Eat on the Boardwalk

    under constructionwe stopped at the Fort Christian Brew Pub for lunch. When I asked about an early dinner/late lunch yesterday that was one of the places recommended.There was a resident tom cat which came to be petted.I got a chicken dumpling soup and quesdillas.Bob got chicken nuggets.I tried feeding the cat some of the chicken but I think it was...

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  • Fabulous Continental Cuisine in...

    Fresh ingredients, beautiful setting, creative menu. This restaurant is very romantic and a teriffic way to celebrate a special occasion on St. Croix. Crab cakes for the starter, any fresh fish for the entree, all desserts are exceptional!

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Christiansted Transportation

  • Sweeney's Safari Bus

    Sweeney does a tour which includes stopping at Botanical Gardens, Cruzan Rum Factory, Whim Museum and Plantation, city of Fredericksted & Fort Fredericksted, driving through the Rain Forest, driving by the scenic golf course and Columbus’ Landing at Salt River. Departs from the Old Scale House Christiansted. Try to schedule the tour for one of the...

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  • There are daily flights from...

    There are daily flights from Miami and San Juan and commuter flights to and from nearby islands.You can rent a car or a taxi/tour car and have the guide show you the island; and that was exactly the way we did it: we arived at the airport, found a guide and visited the island. Since our visit to this island was only a 5 h stop-over on our way from...

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Christiansted Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    The Bookstore and Visitor's Center is in the Scale House which is a historic part of the Historic Site. Unfortunately because of budget cuts, this store is no longer open.

    I think you can also buy items on the internet that are listed below.

    What to buy: Book: Pirates of the Virgin Islands
    The bounties taken were immense, their exploits legendary and devastating. The Caribbean - and especially the Virgin Isl... $10.95

    Guide: U.S. Virgin Islands
    This guide details St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and other attractions. $18.95

    Virgin Islands Handbook
    Its beaches, azure bluewaters, and coral reefs are "out of this world," but the US Virgin Islands are real places and home to people with real histories. Five National Park System sites help these Caribbean islands preserve both the marvels of nature and their rich human stories. Island-by-island "QUick Facts" travel tips and full-color maps, original illustrations, historical artwork, educational features, and more than 80 souvenir-quality color photographs make this handbook an essential travel tool. $7.00

    What to pay: Pins, patches and magnets are $5.00 to $6.00. Books, games etc vary in price

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Christiansted Local Customs

  • by lewatts Updated Jul 18, 2007

    We were told to "dress for dinner" while on the island. Once we got there we realized that t-shirts and shorts are island formal, and dressing for dinner means not wearing a bathing suit. There's no need to dress up, and with most of the restaurants being open, prepare to be warm.

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Christiansted Off The Beaten Path

  • 1749 Warehouse is now the U.S.Post...

    One of the five buildings on the National Park Service Historic Site in Christensted is the West Indies & Guinea Company Warehouse. Apparently this building is on Company Street and is the current U.S. Post Office and Customs House. Slave auctions used to be held in the courtyard here. I had trouble getting pictures quickly enough when the...

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  • Hike to Annaly Bay Pools

    There is a beautiful secret hike to Annaly Bay Pools. If you are a visitor to the island it is best to have a guide take you there. The hike can be a little hard in spots especially if you are not used to hiking.You can get there by parking at the Carambola Beach resort and entering the hike path near the resorts generator buildings. The hike path...

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  • Exploring the Rain Forest

    The island's western district contains a dense, 15-acre forest called the "Rain Forest. The area is thick with mahogany trees, kapok (silk-cotton) trees, turpentine (red-birch) trees, samaan (rain) trees, and all kinds of ferns and vines. Sweet limes, mangoes, hog plums, and breadfruit trees, all of which have grown in the wild since the days of...

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Christiansted Favorites

  • Parades

    I guess any excuse is a good excuse for a parade. My first inkling that something was going on was seeing a whole bunch of baton twirling little girls all dressed in royal blue with white boots in the front of the fort. Then a stake body truck with huge speakers in the back playing at full volume came up the road. The parade forumed up with four...

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  • Dont be in a hurry!

    Cruzians appreciate visitors greeting them with a smile and Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening BEFORE making requests or asking questions. It is not wise to try and rush someone, jump a queue, etc. as you will then be put at the end of the line. If going to DMV take a book, DVD, or something to occupy you, including a handfan if possible,...

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  • The island is located on the...

    The island is located on the same latitude as Acapulco and Hawaii, below the Tropic of Cancer. All beaches on St. Croix are open to the public and provide endless opportunities for swimming. Snorkeling is easy, for abundant sea life and coral reefs are close to shore. There are two towns on the islands: Christiansted and Frederiksted.

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