Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)#6 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
Most Virgin Islands vacationers love the chance to sample Cruzan Rum on its island of origin, and you should do the same at Frederiksted's rum distillery. Tour guides at the rum headquarters will teach you about the distilling and bottling processes. Most visitors note that while informative, the experience is quick. When the tour is complete, guides will mix you up a sample of some of the best cocktails. Favorites include the "Cruzan Sunset," the "Rum Cream" and the "Rush Hour." One TripAdvisor reviewer who has experienced the end-of-tour treat advises: "The tasting afterward was great, but make sure you go with a full stomach because I ended up a little drunk! You can buy bottles in a box and check it at the airport for free, so it makes a great souvenir to take home!"
The Cruzan Rum Distillery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours cost $5, and the distillery only accepts payment on credit or debit cards. Visit the company's website for more information.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.
There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!"
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