St. Croix, USVI
St. Croix’s path to becoming a U.S. Virgin Island took it through the hands of France and Denmark. This island features traces of a distinctly Puerto Rican flavor, unsurprising since it’s just off the larger island’s southeast coast, and was the destination for emigrating Puerto Ricans multiple times throughout history. While we’re talking geography, St. Croix presents a variety of it, ranging from desert on the east end to the more of what visitors might expect on the west end: palm trees. Underwater, coral reefs are abundant, making SCUBA diving a popular activity, and the best way to see them. As far as unwinding goes, there’s rum — the good stuff — and plenty of it, with famous brands’ distilleries located right here.
- Explore 40,000 acres of land and sea across Buck Island Reef National Monument.
- See St. George Botanical Garden, with plants from cacti to exotic lush rainforest flora.
- Get the full tour of the Cruzan Rum Distillery to see — and sample — the distillation process.
- Tour the nearby Christiansted, learn about local Danish history and explore Fort Christiansvaern.