3 Days in St. Croix -72 Hour Itinerary U.S Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is a place of beauty, rich history, colorful and flavorful Caribbean food, culture, and activities that bring the community together. As a visitor and tourist of the islands recently, I felt immediately welcomed by the local people of St. Croix, one of the main islands of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The people are so full of life, joy, proud of their heritage and all that their beautiful island has to offer.
Check out the full foodie and activity 3 day itinerary to make your visit to St. Croix the best it can be !
1st Stop: Breakfast at Polly’s at the Pier
A local neighborhood eatery in downtown Frederiksted, Polly’s at the Pier serves up a wholesome breakfast and lunch. This cute colorful café is a great popular hangout spot for travelers coming out of the cruise launch and the locals of the town. It is a great a place to eat in St. Croix and see the waterfront views on the Westside of the city of St. Croix. Try their great waffles and eggs, rancheros, and their fan favorite breakfast sandwiches. Check out Polly’s at the Pier Full Menu Here
2nd Stop: Fort Frederik CHANT Tour
I love taking tours in every city I go. And even better, who doesn’t want to be told heritage and historical stories from a local? The CHANT (Crucian Heritage & Nature Tourism) Tour is a remarkable journey into the past and an exploration into important events and monuments that shaped the U.S. Virgin Islands on what it is today. The tour of Frederiksted at the beautiful Estate Mountain Washington will teach you about the slave rebellion and the three remarkable women called the Warrior Queens that led the rebellion against the Danish Government on their fight for freedom. The estate includes a tour of the 14 acre estate, filled with avocado trees and a history tour of the Danish cotton and sugar plantation. Click Here to Learn More and Book the CHANT Tour
3rd Stop: U.S Virgin Islands Agriculture & Food Fair
The USVI Agrifest is one of the largest festivals in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Locals wait all year for the Agrifest, and it is a great showcase of local produce, farmers, and business owners to display their products and fresh fruits from their hard labor. It is the ultimate foodie spot to experience local cuisine along with experiencing dance and live music. Note that this event occurs once a year in the early Spring. Be sure to plan your trip to St. Croix accordingly.
While there- be sure to eat the delicious local food and sweets, such as Johnny Cakes, breadfruit, yucca, cassava, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, plantains, pate (meat-filled pastry, beef ,chicken, and pork with sweet BBQ. Click Here to Find Out More About Agriculture & Food Fair
4th Stop: Dinner at Too Chez
Located in the heart of Christiansted, a romantic French inspired restaurant awaits you at Too Chez Restaurant & Bar. They have quite a diverse menu, with an open-air courtyard dining and laid back ambiance. Too Chez was named by trip advisor on their list of the top 10 best restaurants in St. Croix. I had one of their specials with Grilled Salmon topped with lemon caper beurre blanc and basmati rice and broccoli. This was some of the best Salmon I have ever had- and that sauce. You cannot have a bad meal at this place- it is a must eat place. Check Out Too Chez Restaurant’s FB Page For Their Menu
5th Stop: Late Night Cocktails at BES Craft Cocktail Lounge
Talk about a perfect date night idea in the U.S. Virgin Islands! I was blown away by the dimly lit, romantic ambiance at Bes Cocktail Lounge, located in the town of Christiansted. Their cocktails are serious conversation starters , colorful, vibrant in look and flavor, and downright unique. The owner Frank Robinson is well known by locals as an incredible and creative mixologist. Not only that, but he is a mixologist that can cook just as well. BES offers light food offerings that are delectable. Follow BES Cocktail Lounge on Facebook and Instagram to find out their latest menu.
1st Stop: Breakfast at Toast Dinner
Home-cooked style food inspired by the Caribbean, the US, and Venezuela, Toast Diner is a delicious place to stop in St. Croix. This restaurant is owned by a Venezuelan, and they have you covered when it comes to your Arepa and Latin food fix in the morning. Toast Diner was packed when I visited, and is right near the boat launching for the Sail to Buck Island. A cute cozy restaurant that will get you ready to conquer the day.
2nd Stop: Half-Day Sail to Buck Island
What better way to vacation than a boat tour with a snorkeling adventure. The coral reefs of the U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the most beautiful reefs in the entire world! Big Beard’s Adventure Tours in St. Croix are the best boat tour company on the island. I experienced excellent customer service, and I felt completely safe with the team, so no worries if you are a 1st time snorkeler like me. Their boat also has a middle section that is a glass bottom view of the fish swimming underneath. Take the Full Day or Half Day Sail to Buck Island , and discover the island’s barrier reefs, thousands of tropical fish, and sea turtles. Swim through the crystal blue waters and walk on the fluffy snow white sand. A perfect picture shot for travel memories.
3rd Stop: Lunch at Shupe’s on the Boardwalk
Right after your sail, head over for some lunch on the water at Shupe’s on the Boardwalk. This place took me completely by surprise. Don’t be fooled by its laid back beach bar atmosphere- these are some of the BEST burgers in St. Croix! It reminded me of Five Guys Burgers. They have ice cold beer to cool down from a hot day on the water. Try their wings. I loved the food and it was much needed after the fun half day sailing. Great food that’s cheap too!
4th Stop: Saint George Village Botanical Gardens
16 acres of over 1000 plants awaits you at Saint George Village Botanical Garden, one of the largest gardens in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a historical sight that used to be a sugar plantation in the 18th and 19th century. On your visit to St. Croix botanical garden, be sure to join in their many events, including Medication in the Garden, Garden Zen Yoga, and Orchid Education Classes. Stop and smell the roses!
5th Stop: Visit the Speak Easy Cigar Bar
No signs. No directions. So unique you have to add this to your list. I have never come across a Speak Easy secret cigar bar. Only in St Croix can you find a mysterious place like this. The cigar bar is located within the walls of the Club Comanche hotel in Christiansted, a famous spot where Jimmy Carter once stayed. The cigar bar is very unexpected behind a old antique wooden door. Its wooden floors , shiny leather chars, and rustic bar will take you back to the old times of a classic Caribbean cigar bar experience. Go out and adventure, and find the best kept secret in St. Croix.
6th Stop: Dinner with Breathtaking Ocean Views at AMA Cane Bay
I felt like I was having dinner with a view straight out of National Geographic. I mean I cannot tell you how crazy beautiful this restaurant is and their spectacular views of the water and rocks. The sunset will take your breathe away, and it is a must visit place when in the Virgin Islands. AMA at Cane Bay is owned by a well known famous chef from St. Croix named Chef Digby Stridiron. During my trip, he helped to put together and host the James Beard and Friends event in the Virgin Islands. AMA is his newest restaurant on the islands. His restaurant focuses on bringing about a menu that uses local ingredients but with a twist. He offers something spectacular and different for the people of the Virgin Islands and all travelers that come. He is a trail blazer for his community and really works to bring excellence to the U.S. Virgin Island’s culinary scene.
1st Stop: Breakfast at The Buccaneer Hotel
This place was some of the best breakfast experiences I had on my trip. The Buccaneer Hotel has a great breakfast that you can enjoy a huge buffet, filled with tons of fresh local fruit options, pastries, cereal, omelets made custom to order, pancakes, waffles, and meats. The dining area has a gorgeous high top view of the ocean, with impeccable service. This is a great place to not only dine, but to stay while in St. Croix.
2nd Stop: Cruzan Rum Distillery Tour
Cruzan Rum Distillery has been in St. Croix for the past 200 years, and counting! The Cruzan tour walks you through every step of the process to make their high quality rum. They buy their sugar from Guatemala, turn it into molasses, and use their magic touch to create their golden color rum. At the end of the tour, you will get to sample their world famous rum while you shop their hundreds of rum products that you can purchase. I loved the experience, especially the samples at the end to top off the great tour.
3rd Stop: Lunch at La Reine Chicken Shack
La Reine Chicken Shack is one of the most famous local chicken restaurants on all of the U.S. Virgin Islands. While you walk up to the restaurant, you will see dozens of chickens roasting on the fire, glistening and ready to be enjoyed. From pork, BBQ ribs, stew, johnny cakes, king fish, and plantains, you can enjoy all of the local cuisine of St. Croix. They are very generous with their servings, and its relatively cheap to eat well. Locals flock here to get some excellent homemade quality food.
4th: Point Udall
Point Udall and the Millennium Monument has amazing panoramic views of the ocean, and is the easternmost point of the United States! How cool is that? And even better, there is no gate or admission to get there- it is completely free! Point Udall is a great place to take in the beautiful scenery, take memorable pictures, have a picnic, and enjoy the once in a lifetime view.
5th Stop: Fort Christianvaern
Fort Christiansted has rich history and architecture to explore. I love this for it’s Danish influences and bright yellow colors. The fort was built to protect the island from smugglers, pirates, and European invaders. You can see the fort was well armed with cannons that you can still see there today. You can get some serious photo ops here at the fort. Explore the dungeons and courtyard that mimic the old classic Danish colonial style. Take a self-guided tour or have a local tour guide show you around the fort. For history buffs. this is the place for you to stop at during your visit to St. Croix.
6th: Dinner at Savant
Set snug in a two-story blue hued building adorned with old Danish Brick, and adjacent to historic Fort Christiansvaern, Savant offers a courtyard, which has a romantic, old world feel with carved cement walls and candlelit niches. Savant’s menu is eclectic with iconic house favorites like the char-grilled baby calamari and the Portobello and goat cheese stuffed filet. The restaurant supports local fishermen by buying fresh fish and lobster (when is season) from them daily.
Where to Stay
One of the most beautiful and colorfully eclectic hotels in St Croix has got to be The Fred. It will remind you of New Orleans, but way better and beach front. The hotel is eco friendly , has an onsite spa, and soon will have a grand pool, restaurant, and water sport rentals (kayaks, snorkel fins) . They have a huge basket of snacks and drinks that you can have in the room that they charge to the room if you need them. I loved their customer service and the champagne glass they gave when checking in. Each room has its own unique personality , with each room having a name. Be sure to stay at The Fred.
Address: 605 Strand Street, Frederiksted, VI 00840
Sand Castle on the Beach
Sandle Castle beach front boutique hotel is very popular for weddings and special occasions. They have a great restaurant on site . Sand Castle offers full functioning villas and hotel rooms for you to feel like your home away from home. You also get a complementary continental breakfast and on site scuba lessons.
Address: Veterans Shore Drive Frederiksted, St Croix, 00840 Virgin Islands
Company House Hotel
Company House Hotel is conveniently in the heart of downtown Christiansted. It is near most of the best places to eat and dine, as well as walking distance to local shopping and boat excursions. They have a great and stunning outdoor pool as well as a lovely cocktail bar inside. This newly renovated hotel is your perfect stay while in St. Croix.
Address: 2 Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix VI 00820
Getting Around Transportation
It is important to note that there are no Ubers or Lyfts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, there are multiple rental car companies such as Hertz, Budget and Avis. You can also call for a taxi, but luckily, many things will be walking distance from most hotels.
Disclaimer: Thank you to the U.S Virgin Islands Travel & Tourism for sponsoring the incredible media press trip to St. Croix. All of the pictures unless stated otherwise were taken by me, and all opinions are my own.