A Weekend in Christiansted: Your Gateway to St. Croix

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Located on the northern shore of St. Croix, Christiansted is the perfect home base for an unforgettable island adventure. Whether you’re seeking sun-soaked beaches, delectable dining experiences, or a taste of rich Caribbean history, this charming town is your gateway to all things St. Croix.

So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and let’s get this weekend getaway started.

Day 1: Exploring the East End + Christiansted

Morning

Start your day with an early sunrise hike to Point Udall, the easternmost point of the United States. This area is home to panoramic views of the island’s East End and home to the Millennium Monument, a massive sundial built to celebrate the first sunrise of New Year in 2000. Be sure to bring your camera for some incredible photo ops of the surrounding areas – the morning sun paints the island in an otherworldly glow.

A gorgeous sunrise at Point Udall. Photo Credit: Taryn Parker.

After your hike, return to Christiansted and grab breakfast at Toast Diner, a casual spot serving French toast, hashbrown casserole and a dynamite Bloody Mary. If you’d like something more upscale, check out Caroline’s, a charming restaurant with a patio overlooking the water with a menu featuring dishes like pear and goat cheese toast and crab cakes benedict.

Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry. Photo Credit: Taryn Parker.

Next, take some time to explore Downtown Christiansted for some morning shopping. Shop for souvenirs, local crafts, and unique finds in the many clothing boutiques, jewelry shops, and galleries that line the streets. Sonya Fine Island Jewelry is a great spot to browse high-quality bracelets, earrings, and rings, while Mitchell Larsen Studio has an incredible selection of glass art pieces.

End your morning at the Christiansted National Historic Site, home to 18th and 19th-century structures like Fort Christiansvaern, the Steeple Building, and the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse. These sites tell the story of the island’s colonial past and detail the urban development of the U.S. Virgin Islands. You’ll even find authentic canons on display.

Afternoon

After your morning outings, enjoy a healthy lunch at Roots ‘N Kulcha, a farm-to-table vegan restaurant. Chow down on Caribbean-inspired wraps, burgers, salads and juices.

Next, hail a cab for a five-minute ride to the Sion Farm Distillery, home to Mutiny Vodka. Here you can take a guided tour that begins in the newly refurbished bar and tasting room. As you learn about the history of vodka and its breadfruit origins, you can view the state-of-the-art copper still through a glass wall and watch the master distiller and team hard at work. Of course, sampling the vodka is a must. It boasts a unique flavor with melon, citrus and green banana notes.

Need a quick snack before continuing your adventures? Take a detour to La Reine Chicken Shack for some tasty Johnny Cakes, a unique fried flatbread that’s a local favorite. And if you’re still hungry, order some of their delicious roasted chicken to go.

The day continues at the Mt. Pellier Domino Club, home to the beer-drinking pigs! This tradition began years ago when one of the original pigs, Buster, helped himself to a guest’s beer, and the rest is history. Currently, this joint has five pigs: Willis, Hamilton, Chester, Kevin Bacon, and Gem. Don’t worry about these swine getting sloppy – they only drink non-alcoholic beer.

Evening

As the day winds down, hop aboard a sunset cruise around Buck Island with Caribbean Sea Adventures. The island’s stunning views, crystal clear waters, and colorful skies make for a perfect end to your day. After the cruise, enjoy a relaxing dinner at The Deep End Bar & Grill for fresh seafood and oceanfront views, or Goat Soup & Whiskey, an al fresco dining spot with an American menu of steaks, pasta, burgers and an extensive specialty cocktail menu.

Day 2: Off-the-Beaten Path + North Shore

Morning

Kick off the day by grabbing breakfast to go. Choose between TLC Cafe for a bagel or muffin, or pick up a breakfast sandwich from Twin City Coffee House.  

Two men using the see-through paddle boards with Sea-Thru Kayaks. Photo Credit: Connor Harben.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive to Salt River Bay National Historical Park, where you can embark on a morning see-through kayaking adventure, allowing you to explore the bay’s underwater world on a glass-bottomed kayak. Watch for snowy egrets and iguanas as you paddle through the mangroves. You might even spot the riveting Cassiopeia jellyfish in the shallow waters. If you’re not much of a kayaker, you can opt for a two-hour morning horseback ride with Equus Rides, which takes you across the diverse St. Croix landscape, from the rolling green hills to lush rainforest, historic sugar plantations and along the surf. Be warned; you might get wet – these horses love to splash around at the beach.

Afternoon

Fuel up with tacos or fish and chips at The Landing Beach Bar at Cane Bay, then jump into a jeep for a thrilling tour to the Annaly Bay Tide Pools, a series of naturally formed pools on the North Shore. This three-hour tour will take you on an off-road adventure through the island’s lush rainforest, culminating in a visit to the breathtaking tide pools, where you can take a dip and feel the power of the waves as they crash into the rocks.

Evening

Ham’s Bluff Lighthouse. Photo Credit: Brian Tanner/Shutterstock.com

Before the sun sets, make your way to the Hams Bluff Trail Head for an unforgettable golden hour hike. Grab a taxi for a 30-minute drive to the trailhead, then embark on a moderate hike to the Hams Bluff Lighthouse, located 360 feet above sea level. First commissioned in 1915, the lighthouse is now a historical relic of St.Croix’s past with a rewarding sunset view – a fitting end to an incredible weekend.

Where to Stay

Quaint seaside accommodations await at Hotel Caravelle, only a short walk from the Christiansted Boardwalk. For those seeking a more historic lodging experience, consider the King Christian Hotel. Located in the heart of Christiansted, this hotel offers guests a unique opportunity to stay in a beautifully restored building that dates back to the 18th century. Each room option is adorned with historic furnishings, terra cotta flooring, and floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms. If an oceanfront resort is more your style, look no further than The Buccaneer Hotel. This luxurious property, dating back to the 17th century, offers everything you need for an unforgettable stay in Christiansted. With three beautiful beaches at your fingertips, sprawling gardens, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and a full-service spa, it’s the perfect place for a weekend of pampering. 

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