Things to Do
Ahhh...Come to Paradise...it's Waiting for You
How many places can you snorkel on St. Croix? Wherever you can dip your toes in the water! Not sure how to do it? Start in the beach side pool then venture out to the ocean. The water at Sand Castle is gentle and calm (most of the time!), and has a delightful variety of fish. But don’t stop there, take your snorkel gear with you to every beach on the island; we promise, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be amazed by a different underwater view every place you go. Getting snorkel gear is easy: just stop by the Front Desk and rent it for $5 a day.
Sea life is abundant in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral and hundreds of invertebrates inhabit the water. Vibrant blue tang, silvery horse-eye jacks, queen triggerfish, spiny Caribbean lobster, spotted eagle rays, creole wrasses, and cleaner gobies are just a sampling of the marine life populating the underwater terrain. As sun sets, octopus, seahorses and moray eels make their appearance. Hawksbill, green, and leatherback turtles, call the USVI home and can be seen on many a dive. Lucky vacationers may even witness turtles hatching on one of the many turtle nesting grounds.
Deep Sea Fishing
The clear blue waters of the Virgin Islands are plentiful with fish in every shape and size, and St. Croix has many able and ready captains to take you out to sea to hook your very own fish: blue and white marlin, tuna, wahoo, snapper, grouper, and kingfish are abundant are your for the taking...just grab one of the brochures in your Welcome Wave or ask for assistance at the Front Desk.
The Virgin Islands is home to some of the world’s best sailing; steady trade winds at 10-15 mph come from the Northeast, and relatively calm seas. To reserve a charter or get more information, check out the brochures located in the lobby, or ask for assistance at the Front Desk.
Kayaks are are wonderful way to see St. Croix from different point of view. There are many kayak outfitters on the island: you can take a historical tour at Salt River, hit the Wall at Cane Bay, glide the west end coastline, or paddle along the east end beaches. Pick up some brochures in the lobby or stop at the Front Desk for more information. Or you can stay right at home and take out one of your own from Sand Castle on the Beach.
If your need for speed is gettin’ to you, then jet skiing is the perfect antidote! Calm waters surrounding St. Croix make jet skiing an exciting past time; but please watch out for your fellow swimmers, snorkelers, and especially sea life. Brochures are located in the lobby.
Located 1 1/2 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, Buck Island has possibly the single most perfect beach in all of the Caribbean. Turtle Beach, on the west end of the island, has coral white, soft sands, and is a favorite for everyone. Locals gather every Saturday and Sunday like old family and friends; visitors venture out 7 days a week to experience its breathtaking underwater trails. It is the only natural underwater park in the United States, and is maintained by the National Park Service. Two thirds of the island is surrounded by an Elkhorn coral reef and gardens. You can snorkel, swim, barbecue, and relax! While on St. Croix, Buck Island is a place you should not miss!
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., a par-72 golf course, built by Laurence Rockefeller, is one of the best land adventures offered in the Caribbean. Situated just outside a lush, tropical valley on the northwest side of the island, the club is truly one of the great treasures of American golf and the finest course in the Virgin Islands. This challenging, spectacular course is a Caribbean gem and a "must play" for any true lover of the game of golf.
Visit the Tide Pools at Annaly Bay, the beaches and trails at Jack and Isaac Bays Preserves, or the luscious bubbling St. Croix’s springs. Check at the Front desk for tour information and directions.
See the island in the driver’s seat, or have a open jeep tour operator take you around. Either way, you won’t be disappointed by the island’s versatile beauty east to west.
If horsing around is your idea of having fun, check out the 2 horseback riding outfits. Into the ocean, through the Rainforest, or along the beach...take the ride that can only be experienced here on S. Croix!
Venture out to the other end of the island and take in a breathtaking view of the Easternmost point in the United States.
Very Long Baseline Array Telescope
St. Croix is home to this large, 82-foot dish antenna that records astronomical images; it is one of only 10 in the world. Get more more information about tour appointments at 773-4448.
Leatherback Turtle Watches
Sponsored by the S.E.A. at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge located just down the beach from us, Seasonal Leatherback Turtle watches, for both nesting and to watch the eggs hatch, for the price of an annual membership one can spend an evening on in the wildlife preserve to wait and watch the magic. Nesting and hatching occurs in the Spring and Summer seasons.
Whim Plantation and Great House
This property boasts a beautifully restored Great House, a sugar mill and other plantation structures, as well as a Museum Store. Find out in detail how a sugar plantation operated years ago. Tours are available; just call 772-0598 for more information.
Cruzan Rum Distillery
Take a tour the 300-year-old distillery to learn how the famous Cruzan Rum is made. Complimentary rum tasting is included in your visit! Call 692-2280 for more information.
Christiansted National Historic Sites
There are four buildings visited in this tour which are a part of St. Croix's rich history. Take in the Visitor’s Center and tours are available. Call 773-1460 for more information.
Fort Christiansvaern, located on the harbor in Christiansted, took form between 1738 and 1749 over the ruins of a French bastion. It is a four-point citadel and the best preserved of the five Danish forts in the West Indies. It was built of masonry and yellow Danish brick that came to the islands as ballast in sailing vessels.
This historic landmark is where the slaves were emancipated in 1848. It is located just north of Frederiksted on the water’s edge.
Additional vacation adventures to be arranged: Buck Island Sailing Excursions, Casino-Visit, Spectacular Diving, Tropical Golf, Horseback Riding: Rainforest or Beach, Island Hopping, Sailing, Shopping, Snorkeling, Sunset Cruises, Swimming and Watsu!