St. Croix keeps its distance from the other two U.S. Virgin Islands, with a distinct identity and thriving industry which leaves it less reliant on tourism. Nonetheless there is more than enough to interest beach bums, history buffs and even gourmands.
There are numerous excellent beaches here, ranging from busy tourist magnets to secluded south coast spots where it’s just you and the palm trees. The whole coastline is famed for its diving opportunities, dotted with wrecks and wreathed by reefs.
Christiansted, the largest community, is a charming town with vivid traces of the Danish colonial adventure. Both there and the west coast town of Frederiksted offer some of the best dining in the Virgin Islands. Saint Croix’s local flavors include excellent mangos, goat stew and the ubiquitous Cruzan Rum.
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St. Croix’s airport connects mainly to other Caribbean destinations, as well as direct flights to Miami, Atlanta and Charlotte. Ferries from Christiansted travel to St. John and St. Thomas.