Less than two miles off the coast of St. Croix, 176-acre Buck Island sits at the heart of the U.S.'s first marine sanctuary—one of the most-visited sites in the Caribbean. Turtles nest on the beaches of this 880-acre island known for an underwater snorkel trail rich with coral and brightly colored fish. Plenty of operators offer half- and full-day trips, and you can also arrange a hiking trip with a guide from the St. Croix Environmental Association. En route to the 340-foot summit, you pass prickly pear and barrel cactus. The hilltop's prize is a panoramic view of reefs, azure waters, and speckles of islands. –Kim Grant & Candyce Stapen

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Away Travel Expert: Liza Prado
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BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Scuba Diving,Snorkeling
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Several tour operators offer snorkeling trips to Buck Island from Christiansted; half/full day excursions cost approximately USD60/90.
  • There are picnic tables, charcoal grills, and public restrooms at West Beach and Diedrichs Point. Be sure to take all of your garbage with you when you leave, including cooled ashes.

Buck Island
St. Croix, Virgin Island
U.S. Virgin Islands
Parking: Monday to Sunday sunrise to sunset

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 340-773-1460
Fax: 340-773-5995
Neighborhood: Buck Island
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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