8 Things to do in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

Learn all about 8 things to do in St. Croix U.S. Virgin island including family friendly activities and beaching.

Hello! Or as the Crucians say (in the language of patwah), gud mahning, gud aftanoon or gud nite!

Whichever period of the day you are reading this, welcome to the Virgin Islands were; here in St. Croix us, Crucians feel a proper greeting is a must. Hello, I’m Jaclyn, and our family had the pleasure of living in the Virgin Islands and experiencing all the wonderful things St. Croix has to offer.

Join me and recover 8 things to do in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hotel on the Cay St. Croix Virgin Island and beach

I know what you’re thinking. Why would a Texan move to the Virgin Islands? In short, my husband’s line of work brought him to St. Croix. We, as a family, chose to join him in his venture. John’s job often takes him away from us. It’s on those rare occasions that we have the opportunity to travel with him. The life of a traveling homeschool homemaker isn’t easy, but it sure is an adventure.

Several years ago, I decided to leave my job as a public-school teacher and experience homemaking joy. Later on, I added to my plate the bonus job of homeschooling. Our family enjoys the freedom that homeschooling provides. We left the 8 to 3 school schedule behind and have never been happier.

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For now, I’d like to share with you, in no particular order, 8 things to do in St. Croix, the United States Virgin Islands.

Tamarind Reef St. Croix Virgin Islands

During downtime, our girls loved to relax at Tamarind Reef beach not only for fun in the sun but to hang out with the local iguana population. We have a blast lounging out in a hammock or cabana looking out into the ocean. This beach is a little too rocky to swim in, but an excellent place to snorkel.

Tamarind Reef US Virgin Islands St. Croix
Iguanas at Tamarind Reef Resort US VI St. Croix

Hiking Trails in St. Croix

St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands has no shortage of places to hike; Goat Hill was by far the best place to hike for our family. Although the path is rocky, the view at the top of the ridgeline is amazing to view.

For instance, on Christmas day 2019, our family embarked on a hike along with the Jack and Issacs Bay Preserve Trail, which took us from Point Udall around the hill to the beach or as far as we wanted to go. 

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Jack and Isaac Bay US VI

Point Udall

If you decide to visit St. Croix for New Year’s Eve, Point Udall is an excellent place to be to witness the first light of the New Year. Point Udall is located on the island’s far west side and is the only place in the United States where you can see the first sunrise of the New Year. Our family had the pleasure of witnessing the first sunrise of 2020, boy what a year this is! 

point udall u.s. virgin islands
Point Udall

Tide Pools

Whether you enjoy a scenic hike to the Annaly Bay Tide Pools or rent a jeep to take a drive, the naturally formed tide pools are an experience you will never forget. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring lots of water and snacks; you will be out and about enjoying nature for a while.

Snorkeling Fun

St. Croix is not only known for its many breathtaking clear as you can see beaches but its fantastic snorkeling locations. A favorite snorkeling location among many is Buck Island. Take a charter to Buck Island to enjoy the white sandy beach, lunch, and a snorkeling adventure. Or like the rest of us snorkel at any beach location.

Rainbow Beach St. Croix
Rainbow Beach St. Croix

Downtown St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix is rich in history. I encourage you to visit historic downtown Christiansted and enjoy a walk down the boardwalk. Christiansted’s location is around the middle of the island, and not only are there many great places to dine in Christiansted but plenty of places to shop for souvenirs as well.

women and children on the board walk located St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands
Christiansted Boardwalk

If you enjoy visiting downtown Christiansted, you’re sure to equally enjoy Frederiksted’s historic downtown area located on the east end of the island. What our family does most in Frederiksted is dining at our favorite restaurant at sunset. It’s dinner and entertainment as you watch the sunset on the horizon. 

St. Croix Beaches

Anyone who visits an island knows you see the beach. St. Croix has so many beaches it is hard to decide which one is our favorite, but the two beaches we visit frequently are Hotel on the Cay and Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Sandy point is a great place to watch the sea turtles hatch. Be sure to check out Sandy Point’s schedule. You don’t want to miss the Leatherback Sea Turtles hatching.

child on beach St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands
Hotel on the Cay

St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands Tours: Hamilton and Forts

Within recent years Alexander Hamilton’s name has been in the spotlight, making its debut on Broadway with the ever so popular musical called Hamilton The Musical, well did you know our founding father grew up in St. Croix? I encourage you to take a 2-hour walking tour from Eyes of Hamilton and learn about who Alexander is and what on the island influenced his life.

Alexander Hamilton St. Croix

Did you know St. Croix was a hot spot back in the day? It was so popular that the Danish felt the need to build 2 forts on the island which still stands today. You got to protect the access! Visit Fort Christiansvaern and Fort Frederik for a beautiful history lesson and a walk back into the 18th century.

Fort Christiansvaern St. Croix VI
Fort Christiansvaern
Christiansted National Historic Site US VI

There are many things to do in St. Croix, from jet skis to parasailing, riding horses on the beach, or even enjoying taking a ride in a canoe at night to view the bioluminescent ocean. The possibilities are endless. Download a google map of the island and head out to any west end beach or beach on the east end, and you’ve experienced life in St. Croix.

women and kids on the beach

Have fun and enjoy your stay in St. Croix!

women and kids on the beach St. Croix U. S Virgin Islands

In conclusion, don’t forget to take a walk on the beach.


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