A Caribbean Paradise: Day Trip to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Stepping Ashore in St. Croix

In the tranquil morning hours, typically between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, cruise ships approach the serene port of Frederiksted in St. Croix. As you step onto the pier, the island's tropical aura welcomes you, with the historic town of Frederiksted unfolding its charm. The harbor area is home to several facilities including local markets, restaurants, and the friendly St. Croix Visitor Center to guide your day ahead.

Journey Through History and Culture

Once you've settled into the island rhythm, embark on your exploration. Start at Fort Frederik, a National Historic Landmark dating back to the 18th century, which offers a glimpse into St. Croix's history. Take a leisurely stroll around the historic district of Frederiksted, admiring the Danish Colonial architecture, or hop into a taxi for a trip to the charming Christiansted, the larger of the two main towns, to visit the Christiansted National Historic Site.

Seaside Serenity: Beach Exploration

St. Croix boasts some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Closest to Frederiksted port is the sandy stretch of Frederiksted Beach, where you can relax under a palm tree or take a refreshing dip in the clear waters.

For a more secluded beach experience, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge offers tranquility and wildlife viewing. Buck Island, a short boat trip away, is a must-visit for snorkelers, boasting a spectacular underwater trail.

For the Love of Adventure

Adventure seekers will find plenty of excitement on St. Croix. Embark on a guided hike in the verdant rainforest or explore the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve by kayak.

If you're a diving enthusiast, don't miss the chance to explore the island's famous wall diving sites. For an entirely different perspective, take a horseback ride along the beach and through the island’s lush trails.

A Taste of St. Croix: Island Gastronomy

Satisfy your palate with the delectable flavors of St. Croix. Enjoy a traditional Crucian meal featuring kallaloo (a hearty stew) or johnnycake (a fried bread).

Quench your thirst with a glass of Cruzan Rum, locally distilled for generations. Finish off your culinary journey with a serving of delightful coconut tart.

Last-Minute Keepsakes and Return to the Ship

End your day in St. Croix by selecting some keepsakes from the local markets or boutiques in Frederiksted and Christiansted. Pick up a bottle of Cruzan Rum, local spices, or handcrafted jewelry as a memento of your wonderful day on the island.

As the sun sets, casting a golden glow on the island, you'll return to your ship, ready for the onward journey. With the memories of the day's experiences in St. Croix, you'll depart, taking a piece of this enchanting island with you.

St. Croix from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the St. Croix would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the St. Croix are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.