St. Croix Island: Christiansted

Christiansted, located on the stunning island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a small town with a big personality. While it might not be as famous as some of the other Caribbean hotspots, Christiansted has a charm that’s hard to resist and a history that’s as colorful as its pastel buildings.

As you wander through the town, you’ll quickly notice that Christiansted is a delightful blend of the old and the new. The streets are lined with beautifully preserved colonial architecture that dates back to the 18th century, a time when the town was a bustling Danish trading post. You can almost hear the echoes of pirates and traders bartering over rum and sugarcane, though today, you’re more likely to find tourists haggling over the price of a T-shirt.

One of the town’s main attractions is Fort Christiansvaern, a bright yellow fortress that looks like it was plucked straight from a postcard. Built to protect the island from pirates and privateers, the fort now stands as a reminder of a time when life in the Caribbean was a bit more adventurous (and a lot more dangerous). If you’re lucky, you might even catch a reenactment or two—though sadly, no real pirates are involved.

For history buffs, a visit to the Scale House is a must. This building once served as the official place for weighing goods (mainly sugar) before they were shipped off to faraway lands. Nowadays, it’s a museum where you can learn about the town’s trading past and maybe even try your hand at the scales—just be prepared for a reality check if you’ve been indulging in too many island treats.