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Christiansted
Travel Guide

Dive or snorkel around tropical reefs, discover the island’s fascinating colonial past and share stories over rum with locals in this idyllic town.

Steeped in the history of the sugar and slave trades, Christiansted is a captivating place to spend a few days. Admire the colonial-era architecture and learn about what life was like here in the era of Danish rule.

Start your explorations at King’s Wharf. During colonial times, this was where ships loaded up with sugar and molasses to carry back to Europe. Nowadays, the waterfront is lined with classy bars and restaurants. Inquire with the quayside operators here about dive trips and fishing excursions.

Also on the waterfront is the imposing Fort Christiansvaern, built in 1749. Venture beyond the high yellow walls and find the old soldiers’ living quarters inside. Go down into the spooky dungeon and up to the ramparts, which offer fantastic sea views.

Just a short stroll inland from the fort is the neighboring 18th-century Steeple Building. Originally a church, the building now functions as a museum. Step inside and explore exhibits tracing the history of the sugar plantations and slave trade on the island.

Wander around town and discover even more examples of fine colonial architecture. Look for the Scale House, where sugar and other taxable imports and exports were once inspected and weighed. Nearby is the Government House, a mansion where a grand entrance and lavish furnishings reflect the wealth enjoyed by the colonial rulers during the peak of the sugar trade.

Board a boat at King’s Wharf and travel to Protestant Cay, a small island about 600 feet (180 meters) offshore. Unwind in the shade of gently swaying palm trees or rent kayaks and cruise over the calm, tropical water.

To get to Christiansted fly directly to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. From there, the town is just a 20-minute drive east. If possible, try and come here during one of the four annual Jump Ups. These lively festivals incorporate an exciting blend of music, dancing, food and lots of rum.

Where to stay in Christiansted

Top Hotels in Christiansted

The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer
4.5 out of 5
Estate Shoys, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is $394 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Nestled on the beach, this Christiansted resort is within a 15-minute walk of Buccaneer Beach, Shoys Beach, and Buccaneer Golf Course. Tamarind Reef Beach and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (834 reviews)

"Very nice hotel and staff. They put an extra effort to make sure your needs are met and that you are happy"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Buccaneer
Caravelle Hotel & Casino
Caravelle Hotel & Casino
3 out of 5
44a Queen Cross Street, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is $189 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is steps from St. Croix Government House, Apothecary Museum, and Scale House. Christiansted National Historic Site and ...

3.8/5Good! (431 reviews)

"This hotel was beautiful and at a great location.. staff was super helpful and the property was immaculate.. Frances at the front desk was the best and oh so helpful .. we will be returning to this resort twice a year.. this is our new home when we visit st croix"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Caravelle Hotel & Casino
Company House Hotel
Company House Hotel
3 out of 5
2 Company Street, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is $199 per night from Mar 13 to Mar 14

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Steeple Museum, Fort Christiansvaern, and D. Hamilton Jackson Park. Old Danish Customs House and Scale House ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)

"Property is gorgeous. Staff was wonderful. Five stars all the way!!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Company House Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Christiansted

Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts
Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts
3 out of 5
3280 Estate Golden Rock, Christiansted, St. Croix

Nestled on the beach, this Christiansted condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Sugar Beach and Little Princess Estate. Protestant Cay Beach and D. Hamilton ...

3.9/5Good! (166 reviews)

"Access to a full kitchen on the beach for a weeks vacation was fantastic! The views are marvelous and the resort is by far the best in a string of 4 or 5 places to stay on the beach."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts
Green House farming and rentals
Green House farming and rentals
Christiansted, St. Croix Island
The price is $125 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Situated near the airport, this vacation home is steps from Protestant Cay, Protestant Cay Beach, and Christiansted National Historic Site. Scale House and Old ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Homey, quiet environment. Owner very responsive to my communications

"View of ocean from front rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Green House farming and rentals
Best views of St Croix Island
Best views of St Croix Island
Christiansted, St. Croix Island

Located in Grapetree, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grape Tree Beach, Knight Bay, and Reef Beach. Teague Bay and Casino at the Divi Carina Bay ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Best View On the Island!

"We had an amazing stay! The view was Phenomenal overlooking buck island. The property was private, we only needed 2 bedrooms so had the entire first floor and kitchen to ourselves. Very spacious, lots of windows to enjoy the view, breezy with everything we needed for our stay. Jin was an amazing ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Best views of St Croix Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Christiansted

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4/5 - Good

J

Mar 22, 2020

Having been here annually for 30 years, we were pleased to see the recovery from Hurricane Maria is going well. Tourism was down this trip due to COVID-19 concerns, but we're already eagerly looking forward to our return next year.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Christiansted was a significantly more rundown since my last visit in 1992

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 7, 2020

The municipal goverment needs to take care of the city. The streets are dirty, all the wild chickens should be taken out of the city. It gives the city a bad aspect and it hurts the business's in the city. I personally don't like it.

5/5 - Excellent

Michele

Feb 24, 2020

3rd time visiting.....love it Just wish Hoel on the Cay was updated

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Christiansted is a unique place. Lots of gorgeous beaches, but also some jungle area with unique birds and lizards.

5/5 - Excellent

RachaelT

Feb 3, 2020

I enjoyed our trip to St Croix! If you’re looking for a great place for food try Cafe Fresco, Flyers, Rowdy Joe’s, Castaways for pizza, and Shupes for burgers! The beach at the Hotel on the Key was soft sand and a great place for seashells.

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