Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix

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Explore the protected barrier reef at Buck Island Reef National Monument, a small island reserve around 2.4 km (1.5 mi) north of Saint Croix. The naturally abundant island and surrounding waters--3.6 sq km (1.4 sq mi) total--have enjoyed protection under U.S. law since 1961. An elkhorn coral barrier reef surrounds a large portion of the island, creating an ecosystem for a large variety of fish, reef sharks, and rays. Snorkel around the reef, following an underwater trail signposting the natural inhabitants of each section. Back on dry land, rest up on one of the pristine beaches and take a stroll along the main walking routes. Work out when and for how long to visit Buck Island Reef National Monument and other St. Croix attractions using our handy St. Croix online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Amazing beach. One of the most beautiful i've ever seen. Thought I was in a movie!!! Very few people as you can only get there by boat so it was very calm. For a really relaxing experience definitely ...  more »
  • We chose to book through CSA because they capped this tour at 19 rather than booking through the cruise line and some other companies that put 30-50 people on a boat. We ended up with only 15 on ours....  more »
  • If your going to Buck Island this is the only way to go! Staff was excellent..and friendly, we especially enjoyed “Key” very friendly and a local that shared great stories!! Clean catamaran, good rum ...  more »
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  • The place you go to remind yourself the simple things in life are most important.
  • Great snorkeling destination. Definitely worth going if you enjoy snorkeling and checking out all the coral and marine life. It's really beautiful here and the reef is pretty incredible to swim through. Unfortunately the reef is not in great shape after 1989's Hurricane Hugo, but is beginning to recover. The beach and swimming at the island is also very nice.
  • The arch of the covenant is buried there. Thanks to Malta, Kennedy and 'of all people' Joe Biden.
  • If you go to st. Croix you need to go to this place. The snorkeling is amazing and if you get the chance to go out further when you are snorkeling, take the opportunity. Also, if you never snorkeled before, it is very easy to do. You mostly float and kick your legs.
  • Buck island is a must do trip if you're visiting St. Croix! Unbelievable views, crystal clear blue water, and a scenic beach I though only existed in movies. The snorkeling is also an awesome experience. Spend the day here if you can!

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Where to stay in St. Croix

Most accommodations on St. Croix line the island's north shore, with Christiansted and Salt River Bay proving the two most popular settlements. Private villas and condos make up the majority of accommodations there, offering privacy and independence, as well as a touch of luxury. For something a bit less touristy and close to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, stay in the western coastal town of Frederiksted.
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