The 6 Best Things to Do in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

December 30, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

If you love the beach, but also want a little culture, you'll love Christiansted, one of St. Croix's two waterfront towns. Historic churches, charming courtyards, shaded walkways, stone arches, antique lampposts and rows of restored townhouses add to the city's appeal. Relax on a tranquil, white sand beach or float in the aquamarine water. Enjoy the many shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, or visit attractions like Fort Christianvaern, the Customs House and the Old Scale House.
Restaurants in Christiansted

1. Buck Island Reef National Monument

17. 786505, -64. 626944, St. Croix +1 340-773-1460
Excellent
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4.5 based on 739 reviews

Buck Island Reef National Monument

Lying 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, this 880-acre national monument includes 176 acres of land surrounded by 704 acres of water and coral reef system; it is a paradise for snorkelers, and the deep grottos and labyrinths are perfect for experienced scuba divers to explore.

Reviewed By Florinhim - Bucharest

Do not miss this island while in the USVI; you can book a trip here (we were there with Capt Heinz) and have a wonderful snorkeling experience plus a short time on one of the greatest Beaches you’ve been to. For the snorkeling, make sure you have some experience as the water above the reef is pretty rough due to the currents and and might be little hard to swim between the high reefs (some are above the water).
At the beach there is a toilet and some picnic tables so bring your own drinks and food for a relaxing stay.
If will be back, will definitely return to Buck Island!

2. Fort Christiansvaern

Hospital St., Christiansted, St. Croix +1 340-773-1460
Excellent
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4.5 based on 695 reviews

Fort Christiansvaern

An imposing yellow Danish fort built to defend the Christiansted harbor.

Reviewed By blakbimmer - Houston, Texas, USA

Historic buildings. A glimpse of the way of life between 1733 and 1917. I paid for a complete tour which I am glad I did because she gave us a lot of history that I did not have time to read about beforehand.

3. Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix +1 340-773-1460
Excellent
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4.5 based on 216 reviews

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the largest remaining mangrove forest in the U.S.V.I., a submarine canyon, plus objects of cultural significance such as a prehistoric ceremonial hall and burial site.

Reviewed By palmetto1968 - Nashville, Tennessee

This is supposed to be a national park? The only place in the United States where Christopher Columbus actually landed? The beach was trashed, there was not even a monument much less any interpretive information. If you like seeing piles of garbage bags and esed tires on a beach in the Caribbean, this is the spot for you.

4. Protestant Cay

Across from Christiansted, Christiansted, St. Croix
Excellent
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4 based on 187 reviews

Protestant Cay

Reviewed By Craig F - Schenectady, New York

An excellent beach with a bar and restaurant within easy walking distance. Crystal clear water with lots of sand and sun. Go there to forget about it all and soak in the sun.

5. Tamarind Reef Beach

Christiansted, St. Croix
Excellent
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Tamarind Reef Beach

Reviewed By ADS80 - Springfield, Massachusetts

The beach is rocky, though I'm told the reef is great for snorkeling. I like to walk down along the beach and watch the iguanas sun bathe and eat. It's the best spot on the island to see a lot of iguanas.

6. Buck Island Cove

St. Croix +1 340-773-2628
Excellent
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Buck Island Cove

About two miles northeast of St. Croix, Buck Island Cove, with its large and spectacular reef, is a snorkeler’s dream.

Reviewed By seeingtheworld22 - Millersville, Maryland

Buck island has an amazing beach: quintessential Caribbean! We stopped here for only 30 minutes before going to the other side of the island to snorkel. I could've laid on that white sand or relaxed in that turquoise water for hours!

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