St. Croix is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are considered an unincorporated U.S. territory. The beautiful island of St. Croix is the largest of the 3 inhabited US Virgins Islands (St. Thomas and St. John are the other two) and is 84 square miles. In fact, it is about three times the size of St. Thomas, however, it only has a population of about 60,000 residents, about the same as St. Thomas.
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Two main cities Frederiksted and Christiansted. A charming little caribbean harbor, Christiansted is the largest town on St. Croix. The picturesque wharf area is so well preserved that it has been designated a National Historic Site and is supervised by the U.S. Park Service, which offers daily walking tours. From Christiansted you can board your choice of boat, including glass-bottomed, for the trip to Buck Island Marine Park. Most ferries offer a six hour round trip allowing time for snorkeling, walking or lounging on the beach, and hiking the National Park trail. There are over 60 different tree types and 40 species of birds to see on the trail.
Frederiksted, planned in the 1750′s by a Danish surveyor, has an excellent deep sea harbor for cruise ships to dock. A free walking tour guide map can be obtained at the Visitor’s Bureau on the corner of Strand and Lagoon Streets near Fort Frederik. Sites to see include the Old Customs House, Lacy Victoria House, the Public Library, Apothecary Hall, and several historic churches.