Frederiksted, St. Croix, is smaller and quieter than Christiansted. As a result, visitors usually overlook it. The tourist office and local businesses are trying to remedy this by hosting minicarnivals whenever cruise ships are in port. Streets are blocked off for island bands, wildly dressed stilt walkers (known as Mocko Jumbies) stroll the streets, and restaurants show off their specialties at colorful booths. The best way to see the town is on a walking tour—be sure to pick up a guide map at the tourism kiosk by the pier.

The city's harbor is spectacular—keep your camera handy. Strand Street, near the waterfront, is the main commercial thoroughfare. It has a few shops and cafes along one side and has a shallow park at the water's edge, with parks and benches.

Take a drive through the rain forest on Route 76, stopping at St. Croix Leap to watch woodworkers in action. If it's a hot day in town, this shady route provides a cooling respite.

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