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The third major island in the archipelago offers a compromise between the other two. St. Croix is the largest of the trio. It combines attributes of its sister islands then adds its own unique flavor.

Red-roofed pastel-color buildings embellish the picture-book harbor town of Christiansted, the old Danish capital. The meticulously restored waterfront area is home to the elegant Government House, which served both as the residence of Danish governors and seat of the colonial government; an early 18th-century Danish fort; and a former warehouse where slave auctions once were held.

Frederiksted, the other major town, seems sleepy by comparison. Broad tree-shaded streets are lined by an eclectic mix of architecture. Some Victorian-style buildings, adorned by fanciful trim, were constructed after the town was destroyed by fire in 1879. Fort Frederik, built 1752-1760, hovers over the harbor.

Almost two-thirds of the St. Croix landscape once was covered by sugar cane fields, and the remains of more than 150 mills still dot the island. The ruins of sugar plantations are but one reminder among many of the enticing history that awaits visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Add a long list of other attributes and activities and the result is an inviting destination that combines a familiar setting with Caribbean charm.

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WHEN YOU GO

For more information: www.visitusvi.com, 800-372-8784

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Victor Block is a freelance writer. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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