hidden treasure of the virgin islands - ST CROIX

Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. But these are only a few of the things you can enjoy on St. Croix. St. Croix provides gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino, and golf. Although only 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, the landscape of St. Croix is surprisingly diverse. Visiting just the two main towns of Saint Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history—from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.

No vacation is complete without a few activities to get your day off to a great start! Hotel on the Cay is pleased to offer activities almost every day of the week including island tours, Tuesday evening barbeques, grocery store excursions and casino visits. Channel 2 on your in-room television shows the most current activities available.

When you are ready to explore the island, some popular places of interest include:

Buck Island
One of only three underwater national monuments in the United States, Buck Island and its surrounding coral reef ecosystem support a large variety of native flora and fauna, including the hawksbill turtle and brown pelican. Underwater trails make Buck Island a popular destination for snorkelers and a must-do for every visitor. A number of tour companies operate excursions to Buck Island.

Cruzan Rum Distillery
The production of rum has been a part of St. Croix history since colonial times. Today, it continues to thrive at the Cruzan Rum Factory. Tour the facilities, including the Great House and old sugar mill, and taste why Cruzan Rum is one of the world’s most honored rums. 340-692-2280

Divi Carina Bay Casino
For excitement that never ends, our elegant casino resort is found on the east end of St. Croix among sweeping palms, aquamarine water and sugary sand beaches. As the sun sets, the night lights up at Divi Carina Bay Casino, where you’ll find free live entertainment in the Carina Bay Show Bar. 340-773-7529

Fort Christiansvaern
Completed in 1749, and later expanded in the 1830s, Fort Christiansvaern protected the town from pirates and other invaders. It once also served as a police station and courthouse. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1952 and now displays 1830s furnishings and an exhibit on local military history.

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Point Udall
Point Udall is the easternmost point in the United States. It was named for Stewart Udall, United States Secretary of the Interior under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. A sundial, known as the Millennium Monument, was built above Point Udall for the New Year's celebration in 2000 marking the angle of the first U.S. sunrise of that year.

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
Salt River Bay is a living museum on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. It is a dynamic, tropical ecosystem with Prehistoric and colonial-era archeological sites and ruins. It is home to some of the largest mangrove forests in the Virgin Islands as well as coral reefs and a submarine canyon. Experience the beauty, sanctity and spirit of this place.

For more information, contact the front desk staff or U.S.V.I. Department of Tourism at 800-372-USVI or visit www.visitusvi.com.