Did you know... Did you know... Shopping in St. Croix is a sight-seeing tour in itself! Quaint shops are tucked in historic buildings made of cut coral, molasses mortar, and Danish bricks brought as ballast on the trading ships of the 1700 and 1800s! Interesting shaded courtyards in these restored buildings house shopping arcades. Exploring is fun - there is treasure at every turn!
There's more great news - the currency is the US dollar, so no troublesome conversions. The prices are duty-free, there's no haggling, and there's no sales tax.! U.S. citizens are each allowed $1,200 duty-free, but locally made goods, such as artwork and hand-wrought jewelry, are exempt and don't even count towards your $1,200. And be sure to shop for great savings on liquor -- those 21 or older can take 5 fifths back duty-free, and a sixth if its one of the locally made rums! Do your own taste test at the Pina Colada window on Strand Street!
Christiansted is one of St. Croix’s two historic waterfront towns the island. It is a former capital of the Danish West Indies and home to the Christiansted National Historic Site. Historic churches, charming courtyards, shaded walkways, stone arches, antique lamp posts and rows of restored townhouses add to the town’s appeal. Just off the water front, you can relax on a tranquil, white sand beach located or float in the beautiful blue water. You will enjoy the many shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, or visit historic sites such as Fort Christianvaern, the Customs House and the Old Scale House which are managed by the U.S. Park Service. A complete information center is located in the Scale House and free day time parking is provided adjacent to the fort.
Frederiksted The West End of St. Croix is the leeward side of the island. Here, the waters are generally calm, the beaches a sugar like white and the locals are very relaxed. The “capital” of the west end is the small town of Frederiksted, the only port of call on St. Croix. While busy when a ship is in port, most days Frederiksted is a quiet island town and a great place to enjoy a fantastic sunset, swim and snorkel in clear, blue and calm waters and/or enjoy a laid back beach bar. Dive the wrecks and Frederiksted Pier and look for some of the many seahorses and tropical that call the pier home. You can also rent jet skis and paddle boards or head out on an ATV tour. Inland from Frederiksted you can visit the botanical gardens, tour the Cruzan Rum or Captain Morgan distilleries or visit one of the historical museums.
Sunny Isle Shopping Center Conveniently located in the center of St. Croix, Sunny Isle Shopping Center is the commercial hub of the island. Since its opening in 1970, it has become the island’s primary place to socialize while shopping. Sunny Isle is home to a mix of both local and nationally recognized chain stores, anchored by Kmart and Office Max. You’ll find apparel for the whole family, jewelry and gift shops, souvenirs and much more. Its Amphitheater is host to concert outreach programs, health expos, dance recitals, church services and mall events. Other conveniences include great parking and 24-hour banking and security; public transportation and taxi services are available daily. In addition to major fast-food restaurants and six cinemas, Sunny Isle Shopping Center houses such services as the Island Medical Center and the Post Office, V.I. Water and Power Authority, and Social Security Administration, just to name a few.
Gallows Bay Located just outside of Christiansted, offers a broad variety of retail and business goods and services with great eateries, as well. In Gallows Bay, you'll find everything from the US Post Office to banking and financial services, an expansive and well stocked hardware store, home and office goods and other providers ranging from decorating services to marine services, gift shops, and more. There’s an internet coffee shop, great Mexican restaurant, marina restaurant as well as the famous No Bones pub. Nearby Schooner Bay Condominium offers very nice condominium accommodations, short and long-term, for both vacationers and business travelers.
you know... St. Croix is ringed by beaches of all shapes and
sizes, some are long white sand stretches, others are small patches
shaded by low sea grape trees and towering coconut palms. Some have
smooth sandy bottoms ideal for swimming, and others have rock and
coral-lined entries perfect for snorkeling!
Did you know... St. Croix is the only Caribbean Island where
a diver can:
●Dive a wall that drops over 13,000 feet
●Dive a reef that is the largest living reef of any Caribbean Island
●Dive five wrecks that are within 100 yards of each other
●Dive a pier
YOU KNOW THAT... Many couples are opting to save the
money (not to mention the stress and hard work) of a big
wedding at home by escaping to a Caribbean island for a
combination wedding/honeymoon. Upon their return, they can
share the event by showing the video and photographs at an
All the islands are beautiful and, on some, weddings have
become a major promotional tool. So why should you choose
St. Croix above others?
YOU KNOW... In addition to it's long and rich multicultural
history, friendly people, open spaces, the blue sea and near perfect
year-round weather, there are a number of reasons to consider
relocating to St Croix. Most importantly, the U.S. Virgin Islands,
which includes St Croix, operate under U.S. law which is important
in both business and personal matters.
This means mainland US
companies do business here including retail stores such as K-Mart,
Radio Shack, Office Max, McDonald's and Wendy's. Also U.S. financial services including a
variety of U.S. mortgage, insurance and banking companies offer
local service. U.S. cellular phone companies including AT&T and Sprint, both operate here.
The Ann E. Abramson Pier is named in honor of the Virgin Islands
Public Works Commissioner who was responsible for much of the
rejuvenation of the Frederiksted area. This is the pier where most
of the large cruise ships dock, as well as military ships,
submarines, and other naval vessels. From time to time, tall-ships
especially from Denmark, can be seen here.
The dock itself has been a favorite diving place especially for
viewing bright coral, sponges, and a multitude of fish life. A night
dive should reveal the sea-horses unique to this pier. Visitors
arriving at the pier often walk through the small town of
Frederiksted and walk to the nearby beaches and beach club