Nestled in the Caribbean Sea amidst the United States Virgin Islands, Saint Croix is a dreamy tropical island marked by clear turquoise waters, white sand beaches, green rainforests, historical sites and a haven of aquatic and marine life just under the surface of its waters. At only about 22 miles long and 8 miles wide, it is already the largest of the Virgin Islands and one of the most popular choices when it comes to a holiday in the sun and sea.
Considered one of the best regions for diving in the world, Saint Croix boasts numerous shipwrecks and coral reefs just offshore as well as warm, clear waters that is home to colourful fishes, invertebrates, starfishes, crustaceans, eels, sea turtles and more.
Though heavily associated with beach tourism, the island’s unique cultural heritage also draws visitors to its shores. Once owned by the Spanish, Dutch, English, French and Danish before becoming part of U.S territory in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies, Crucian culture is today extremely diverse, having been influenced by the numerous peoples who had once colonised the area.
Like most places in the United States, the best way to get around on St Croix island is by car. Though public transport networks are available, these are not very extensive (as of March 2015) so having your own vehicle would save you quite a bit of time and hassle.
What to see and do
If you are a diving enthusiast, Saint Croix could be heaven for you; a huge variety of different dive sites are available from the island, from old piers and shipwrecks to sea walls. Shipwreck-lovers should have a go at Butler Bay Wrecks, where the remains of freighter Rosa Maria, tug-boat North Wind and oil barge Virgin Islander lie amidst brightly-colored sponges, corals, ma-hogany snappers, soldierfish, stingrays, moray eels and more. Otherwise, Frederiksted Pier and the Salt River Canyon Walls are also excellent dive sites, featuring tons of aquatic life as well as geologic highlights such as mini-canyons and swim-throughs. For a spot of shore diving, head to Cane Bay Wall, one of the few places in the world you can start your dive on the beach.
For a bit of history and culture visit Christiansted, one of the main towns of St Croix Island. Once the capital city of the Danish West Indies, Christiansted sports an interesting fusion archi-tectural style that is part Danish and part African (because the historic buildings were designed by the Danish but constructed by African slaves). Buildings are predominantly yellow in color with flat tiled roofs and brightly-colorer shutters and the streets are cobbled.
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