Maximize your time and money by escaping to one of 5 U.S. Caribbean destinations to enjoy the sandy beaches, sun, and fun. No passport required or additional testing and quarantine requirements that were recently added by the CDC for international travel – easiest way to paradise!
Check out my blog at caribbeanfamilycruises.com for the first destination I covered, St. Thomas. This week I’m spotlighting St. Croix.
1. Christiansted and Frederiksted. There is so much to love about the largest island of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. purchased St. Croix along with St. Thomas and St. John in 1916 for $25 million. You’ll see remnants of Danish heritage on St. Croix reflected in the names of the two major towns Christiansted and Frederiksted. Both towns are on the U.S. National Historic Registry. Christiansted has the largest variety of accommodations and developed tourist services. Seek a quieter experience in the smaller Frederiksted. Both towns have lovely beaches to explore in Christiansted Harbor and north of Fort Fredrik.
2. St. Croix Heritage Trail. A great way to start your exploration of the island is with this driving tour. You’ll discover several historical and cultural sites that include Hamm’s Bluff, where runaway slaves sought refuge. Lesser-known churches, plantations and isolated villages are waiting on this trail to be explored.
3. Buck Island. This small island located just north of the eastern tip of St. Croix was established as a protected area to preserve the beautiful marine gardens. You’ll find the Buck Island Reef National Monument on this tiny island. Snorkel along the reef by following marked trails. Reserving a boat ride via sailboat or powerboat from Christiansted early is a must since space is limited.
4. Cane Bay Wall. Scuba divers should make a beeline to Cane Bay Wall. Accessible from the beach for novices or via boat with dive operators for the more adventurous, divers will explore thousands of feet underwater canyons. The reward is well worth the effort – abundant tropical fish, sponges, colorful corals, the rare black coral. Don’t forget to save time to hang out on beautiful Cane Bay Beach.
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