Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
Croix, United States Virgin Islands
fewer cruise ships stop here, this United States Virgin Island has
all the advantages of St. Thomas with less crowding. If
you area fortunate to find St. Croix on your itinerary, ships dock
at Frederiksted, but Christiansted is the more vibrant and
around by taxi is a simple matter and fares can be negotiated for a
tour to simply the 17-mile ride to Christiansted. For
underwater enthusiasts, the best tour is by boat to Buck Island
national Park, a marine wonderland.
Christiansted and Frederiksted are Fort Christiansvaern and Fort
Frederick respectively. Both are worth at least walking around.
Additionally, walking tours of both towns are a simple matter with
maps obtained from their visitors’ bureaus.
highly recommended sightseeing stop is St. George Village Botanical
Garden only a few miles from Frederiksted. The
site of a 19th-century sugarcane workers’ village, the gardens are
a shutterbug’s heaven. Restoration
of the village ruins is an ongoing project, but the flowers, trees,
and plants are the main attraction.
tour through the Whim Great House is a walk back in time. The sugar
plantation has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Although
the mansion contains only three rooms, it’s surprisingly elegant
in its depiction of island life in the past century.
of the famous Virgin Islands rum offer lively guided tours of the
Cruzan Rum factory.
main shopping district is located in Christiansted in the King’s
Alley Complex. Here is where
you’ll find local outlets of some of the same stores in St.
Thomas. Scout out the tiny
boutiques that sell local handicrafts for unique gifts and jewelry
by Cruzan craftsmen.
is somewhat limited in Frederiksted but vendors and merchants arrive
to set up along the main street whenever a ship is in port.
St. Croix has some of
the most idyllic beaches and best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Close
to Frederiksted, Sandy Point’s waters are calm and perfect for
swimming. From Christiansted, a short ferry ride across the bay
reaches Hotel on the Cay’s palm-shaded beach. Getting to other
beaches requires a taxi ride, which can get pricey. This is one
place where a sail and snorkel trip booked on your cruise ship might
be a wise choice.
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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