St Croix has Something for Everyone
Whether you are looking to soak up the sun on one of our beautiful beaches, relax under a palm tree while getting a massage, take in a round of golf, explore our hiking trails and National Parks or become a master snorkeler, St. Croix can accommodate all of that…and more.
We’ve compiled a What to Do on St Croix list of some of our favorites as just a sample of all the things you can do on your vacation along with recommendations to some of our favorite local businesses.
And be sure to check out the St Croix Calendar before you arrive to find out all the great live music, entertainment and events happening while you’re here. The calendar is updated regularly with new listings, so be sure to check back often.
Snorkeling Tours & Private Charters
Snorkeling Buck Island National Park Underwater Monument is a must for every visitor to St. Croix. The uninhabited island is a short boat ride away from St. Croix and the snorkel trail is one of two underwater National Monuments in the United States. Schedule a fun filled sail with a BBQ lunch, a private romantic sail for two, or a family adventure with one of St. Croix’s licensed and skilled island captains.
Caribbean Sunset Sails & Tours
There’s simply nothing like a Caribbean Sunset! Be sure to enjoy one aboard one of the many USCG-certified sailing charters on St Croix. During the winter season, you can even sail aboard the Schooner Roseway, a national historic landmark, while helping the crew hoist the sails. Or if you’re looking to do something a little more mellow – check out a sail out West with live music or the new floating Tiki bar in Christiansted harbor.
Explore the calm and protected waters of Salt River National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve while learning about the history of St. Croix, the island’s flora and fauna and exploring Indian burial grounds. Looking for an evening activity? The moonlight kayak tour of the Salt River Biobay is an unforgettable experience. Join Virgin Kayak Tours, Bush Tribe Ecotour, or Sea Thru Kayaks, watch the sunset and listen to legends as you watch the bioluminescence dance on the water.
Planning to stay active during your vacation? Contact our friends at Sea Sports St. Croix – they can gear you up with kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, boogie boards, and more with daily and weekly rental rates. They’ll even deliver right to the villa for you!
You can plan ahead and book right online. (Note: Sea Sports offers chair rentals, but many of our villa owners already provide beach chairs for your use while you are on island.)
Scuba Diving on St Croix
St. Croix is one of the best dive spots in the Caribbean. Whether you are a seasoned pro interested in diving The Wall or The Vertigo or a first-timer, St. Croix is a diver’s paradise. Beginners can be trained and in the water in no time. Instruction can be done at your villa followed by shore dives, drift dives or boat dives. Our many great dive operators have boats leaving from several spots on the island. Grab tanks from St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures or Cane Bay Dive Shop, walk across the street and dive the Frederiksted Pier, listed as one of the top 3 pier dives in the world! Or head to the world-famous Cane Bay Wall and grab gear from Sweetbottom Dive Center.
Deep Sea Fishing Charters
Did you know that within 2 miles off the shore of St Croix, the shelf drops to depths of up to 3,000+ feet? That means less times traveling and more time fishing! You can arrange for a half or full-day fishing charter aboard one of St. Croix’s deep sea fishing boat charters. St. Croix’s Coast Guard licensed Captains and crews are experienced fishing guides. The “Big Catch” (whether it’s Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo or Blue Marlin) can be yours. Check out our friends at Down South Charters for options!
Plan ahead and book a photo session to capture the memories from your St Croix vacation. Whether you want beauty shots to celebrate your birthday, couples engagement shots, or to capture some family portraits that you’ll cherish forever. Book your date and select the perfect location for your photos – whether it’s your villa, the beach, or one of the historic backdrops throughout the island! Book a Portraits in Paradise session with Cindy Leigh Media. Mention that you are a Vacation St Croix guest and get $50 off!
Before you head out into the deep blue or spend time a lot of time on the beach, be sure to cover up with sun safe clothing to prevent burns that may put a damper on your vacation plans. Sublime STX offers clothing UPF50+ Sun Protective Clothing featuring digitized images of original paintings. Shop online before you get here or stop into their shop and production facility located in the Caravelle Aracade in downtown Christiansted.
Explore the Botanical Gardens, the Cruzan Rum Distillery, an 18th-century Danish Plantation house, the town of Frederiksted, and the tropical Rain Forest and Salt River. Take an exciting, high-energy, off-road Jeep Tour with Tan Tan Tours that explores the island and ends up at the tide pools for a cooling swim. Dance, laugh, and dine on local Crucian Cuisine when you book an unforgettable tour with Hanging with the Locals. Or if you’re looking to check out St Croix from above – try out the new Carambola Zipline adventure. There are many tours that can be arranged around your needs and schedule so you can explore all that St. Croix has to offer!
Hiking & Beaches
St. Croix has many beautiful hiking trails ranging from moderate to challenging and professional hiking guides can be arranged. Explore St. Croix with a native Cruzan who specializes in the flora and fauna of the island. Hikes range from a few hours to an all-day adventure along the beach. You can find a list of hikes and tours at Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism (CHANT) or hike out to the Annaly Bay tide pools with Bush Tribe Ecotours.
St Croix Golf Courses
With three golf courses on St. Croix, golfers will enjoy the thrill of playing a variety of courses. Enjoy the scenic ocean and mountain views from the Buccaneer’s 18-holes, right in villa Catch A Wave’s back yard. Or try out Carambola Golf Club’s challenging 18 hole courses, and The Reef’s 9 hole course. Rental clubs are available from the clubhouse.
Massage and Wellness
For some pampering and relaxation after a long flight, arrange for a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial or yoga session. You can have a massage or other spa services right at your villa with STX Massage to Go or head to Christiansted to visit the charming spa at Pampered VI while you grab a fresh smoothie from the Courtyard Juice bar and fitness center.
St Croix Restaurant Guide
St. Croix is home to many award-winning restaurants specializing in local fare, seafood, steaks, and fabulous desserts. There are many choices for a romantic evening or a fun-filled night out and you’re sure to find the perfect restaurant for your perfect evening. Vacation St Croix works with several talented and locally renowned chefs that will pamper you in-villa. Be sure to ask us for our exclusive list of private chefs and caterers after you book your villa.
Visit MyStCroix.VI’s Travel & Restaurant Guide for the most comprehensive list of St Croix eateries, local events, articles, and things to do on the island.