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Exploring St. Croix: Frederikstad

May 19, 2017

Welcome to our Exploring St. Croix series! Here is the intro post with some overall information about the island.

While in St. Croix, we set up our home base at an Airbnb in Frederikstad. The apartment is owned by the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts: they’re normally used by artists in residence but when there aren’t any artists there, it is rented out. It’s right in the heart of Frederikstad, making everything in the area walking distance!

What I Liked About Frederikstad:

This part of the island felt less touristy and more locals. There was only one real resort (Sand Castles on the Beach), and the beaches had calm waters. We met the nicest and chattiest people on this side of the island, and there were beautiful murals everywhere.

Go here if… you want to feel like you live here.

Things To Do:

Fort Frederikstad Beach: Walking distance from downtown, this is a nice sandy beach with gentle and flat waters. Bring your own blanket and shade, or rent umbrellas and chairs for $10 each. Parking is super easy here as well.

 

Freedom City Surf: Rent stand up paddle boards, snorkel gear, and umbrellas and chairs here. But more importantly, hang out on their deck and enjoy delicious drinks.

 

Frederikstad Pier: Home to cruise ships docking, this is a lovely pier to stroll on. We went for a late-night stroll because we heard that is a great time to see the sea life. We saw sharks, sea turtles, and plenty of large fish. The dock was filled with people fishing off of it, and the waters below the pier had late night scuba divers. Word is that the bartenders go and jump off the pier after their shifts end, so that is always a fun adventure if you’re up for it!

 

Rainbow Beach: Another great beach, just a little bit North of the downtown. Once again, chair and umbrella rentals are $10 each, but you can also rent sup boards, snorkel gear, or jet skis. Parking is easy to find, and there’s a great restaurant where you can get rum punch buckets for $10.

 

Rhythms at Rainbow Beach: The aforementioned restaurant, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and watch the beach. They have a great brunch on Sundays, and bingo on Friday afternoons. We went for brunch on Sunday before we flew home and ran into several people we met throughout the week. Fun vibes that are still family friendly.

 

Lost Dog Pub: Delicious pizza (we had the cheeseburger pie, it was *so* good), good selection of beer, and great staff. You can tell it’s a locals watering hole, and would be easy to pass if you didn’t know to look for it. People hang out here late-night, but it still has a chill vibe. Ahhhh #IslandLife.

 

Turtle’s Deli: The perfect spot to get a great sandwich. For just $11, you get a massive sandwich – big enough to split! We ordered the Tropical and the Tuna Melt and both were amazing. It’s owned by two genuinely nice people, who have an honor system for food and beverages: tally up at the end and report what you drank.

 

Polly’s at the Pier: Delicious breakfast in a sunny and cheery locale. We walked there one overcast morning and enjoyed waffles and polly rancheros, along with hot coffee and a delicious iced chai latte. As the rain came down, we watched chickens stroll around the courtyard. The staff was incredibly friendly and gave us recommendations for things to do around the island. I loved this place!

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge: We didn’t get the chance to do this (check to see if it’s open to the public when you’re going!) because it is closed April – August for turtle nesting season. But I really wanted to check this out. It boasts pristine white beaches, and national historic sites, with artifacts being found that date back to 200-400 AD.

 

Frederiksfort: A U.S. National Landmark, this fort was built in 1752 by the Danish, and was built to protect the economic interests of the island and to ward off pirates. Since there wasn’t a water battery, ships could slink away in the night without paying fees. The cannon commanded the road where the ships would anchor to ensure that bills were paid.

 

Have you been to the island before? What other places and activities have you done in Frederikstad?

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