A must-see for history buffs, St. Croix has flown the flags of Spain, The Netherlands, England, France, the Knights of Malta and Denmark. On the island’s northern shore, Christiansted—once capital of the Danish West Indies—features 18th-century butter-colored, red-roofed buildings and quaint stone streets. Frederiksted, its twin city to the west, boasts a fort that once protected the island from pirates and rival nations. Between them, the ruins of hundreds of sugar and cattle estates dot the landscape, one of which today houses a botanical garden and restored buildings.
At the island’s tip stands Point Udall and its signature sundial monument, marking the easternmost point in the United States. But St. Croix is not only about history. We’re also known for our gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, resorts, casinos and golf courses. Plus, you’ll discover our unique take on arts, crafts, music, festivals and cultural events.
St. Thomas, shopping capital of the Caribbean, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to buy goods duty-free. Yet it’s the laid-back lifestyle, ear-to-ear smiles and joy of our people that make this island a must-see for culture- and experience-craving travelers. Sample island favorites such as fish and fungi, callaloo stew, rice and whelks, pates (savory handmade pies) and dumb bread at a local eatery.
You will find locals eager to recommend the best places to eat, shop and explore, as well as introduce trusted friends to show you the island as only a St. Thomas native could. St. Thomas is home to Fort Christian, built in 1680, and the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, as well as Danish-French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro’s childhood home. Our island is also known for scuba diving, golf courses, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. St. Thomas is the ultimate cruise destination!
Whether snorkeling the crystal-clear, turquoise waters that surround our island or climbing the steep hills, for those passionate about experiencing nature, St. John is the must-see island. One of the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean, you don’t have to venture far from shore to begin interacting with sea turtles and rays as you swim above corals that teem with a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored fish.
On land, more than three dozen hiking trails beckon adventurers, crisscrossing the lush, 5,500-acre National Park. This preserve protects more than half the island’s total footprint and is home to a veritable smorgasbord of flora and fauna. Beloved for our dozens of virtually crowd-free, white-sand beaches, this—the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands—is considered to have some of the most unspoiled underwater and terrestrial habitats found anywhere in the Caribbean as a cruise destination.