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ChristianstedU.S. Virgin Islands

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.

Top Hotels in Christiansted

The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer
4.5 out of 5
Estate Shoys, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is CA $501 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (826 reviews)

"We Loved staying at the Buccaneer for our 25th anniversary. Very Well maintained, excellent restaurant, excellent service. The beach was paradise and the beachside service was great. Thanks to Lea for making our dinner reservations, Diane for setting up our rental car, Mayra for all the beachside ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

The Buccaneer
The Palms at Pelican Cove - Adults Only
The Palms at Pelican Cove - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
4126 La Grande Princess, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is CA $250 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

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

4.3/5Excellent! (342 reviews)

"The view was amazing! The beach was just a few feet away from our patio. Rainbows just about every morning."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2021

The Palms at Pelican Cove - Adults Only
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
3.5 out of 5
5001 Tamarind Reef, Christiansted, St. Croix
The price is CA $333 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Christiansted, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Buccaneer Golf Course and Chenay Bay Beach. Fort Christiansvaern ...

4.2/5Excellent! (186 reviews)

"A very nice and clean resort, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Stayed during COVID, the restaurant was closed for breakfast and lunch but our room had an electric stove, microwave, and fridge so we got food from the grocery store and made breakfast and lunch each day or drove into Christiansted ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina
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! (167 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
Beachfront Breezes: Third Floor Paradise at Sugar Beach in St. Croix
Beachfront Breezes: Third Floor Paradise at Sugar Beach in St. Croix
Christiansted, St. Croix Island

Situated on the beach, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Sugar Beach and Little Princess Estate. Holy Cross Catholic Church and St. Croix Government ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Beautiful setting and private beach is a big plus!

"We loved our stay here. The condo is a bit dated and is in need of some repairs and a facelift, but it was perfect for our stay as we needed an affordable place for a large family. Everything was mapped out and simple. Perfect distance to town and amenities. Owner was super easy to work with and ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2020

Beachfront Breezes: Third Floor Paradise at Sugar Beach in St. Croix
Our Starfish Palace - Ground floor Sugar Beach condo- Where Wishes Do Come True
Our Starfish Palace - Ground floor Sugar Beach condo- Where Wishes Do Come True
Christiansted, St. Croix Island

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Wonderful stay.

"Wonderful stay. Loved being right on the water. Complex was very quiet. Had everything you could need, laundry, beach towels, coolers. Great stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2021

Our Starfish Palace - Ground floor Sugar Beach condo- Where Wishes Do Come True
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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