About St. Croix
Largest of the US Virgin Islands ( 82 sq miles) offers a variety of activities. Christiansted and Fredriksted are the two main towns and must be seen, each with it's own distinctive style. Shopping is excellent and there are many places of interest to visit. Tours can be arranged to a rum factory, Botanic Gardens among others.If you are interested in science be sure to visit the Eye to The Sky site for a fascinating experience. Enjoy the beaches and related activities.
St.Croix has a variety of beaches. Buck Island is a premier diving spot and is a underwater national park and Salt River where Columbus landed is another attraction of note. There is a fine tropical rain forest 15 acres in all which is open for the public to enjoy. Estate St George Botanical Garden covers 16 acres and there you can see ruins of a 19th century sugar cane village and rum factory
Although it is only 82 sq miles there is much to see and do. Visit Buck Island underwater park and Salt River to see where Columbus landed. Enjoy the 15 acres Tropical Rain Forest and nearby Whim Great House where you will see how the greathouses on the 1700's looked. The well know "Eye to the Sky" project is well worth a visit - there a 260 ton dish is used to explore the universe. See the Rum Distillery, The Botanic Garden etc. In the town of Christiansted soak up the historic sites, such as the Steeple Building, Government House, fort and many interesting churches. See the famous Outdoor Market. In the town of Fredericksted see Fort Frederick, the Old Danish School and the Roman Catholic church. Beach activities and sports are also popular and the many hotels provide a variety of after dark entertainment.
St.Croix has had an eventful history. First it was occupied by the Arawaks and Caribs with the latter being the most powerful. Columbus came to the island in 1493 and there began almost a century of conflict between the Spaniards and the Caribs on the island. By the early 1600's there were both Dutch and English settlements on the island, which caused much strife and the Spanish also tried to maintain control of it during 1650. The following year the French entered the scene and controlled the island for a short time but many of them died and their dominance was short lived. Ten years later the Governor of St. Kitts bought the island as his private estate and later deeded it to the Knights of Malta who had little experience in management. In 1665 the island was bought by the French West Indian Company and thrived under Governor Dubois. After his death in 1695 St.Croix became practically abandoned until 1733 when the French sold the island to Danish West India and Guinea company. Once again the island thrived and sugar became the main stay of the economy. The Dutch encouraged immigrants from many countries who contributed greatly to its development. When sugar production declined because of the availability of beet sugar in Europe, the slaves rioted - The Fireburn of 1878. Denmark sold the islands to the US Government in 1917 and St.Croix, along with St.Thomas and St. John , is now a U.S.territory.