Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix

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#8 of 25 in Parks in St. Croix
Have some fun in the sun as you swim in the exceptionally clear water, or relax on pristine white sands, at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The beach, which stretches for just over 3 km (2 mi), is surrounded by green vegetation. In the refuge, find the Aklis Archeological Site, which dates back to the year 400 CE. The beach turns into a sanctuary for leatherback sea turtles during the nesting season. Bring plenty of food, water, sunscreen, and even an umbrella; there are no nearby facilities and natural shade is minimal. Plan your visit to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Croix online itinerary planner .
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  • This is a must see for visiting St. Croix. BUT, it is only open weekends I think. Anyways check on this and they are closed during the time of turtle nesting. We made it on the last day, this was in M...  more »
  • Took a tour out here, interesting tour, but the beach is only open to the public at certain times, I think just on the weekends, and for organized tours. Beautiful sands, some wildlife, mostly birds, ...  more »
  • This beach is as beautiful as one would imagine a beach in Zihuatanejo would be! In case you did not know, this is where the final scene in the Shawshank Redemption was filmed where this beach was sai...  more »
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  • By far one of the most beautiful beaches. A must see while in STX. For calm blue waters drive straight all the way to the end to the last parking lot. If you want a little surf stop at the first parking lot ! Bring an umbrella as there's no shade and it gets quite hot.
  • Really great place but not open yet due to hurricane. The road in is still washed out and not usable
  • Beautiful beach but hasn't opened since the hurricane
  • This is the best beach in all of St. Croix. It's only open on the weekends most of the year but you absolutely must go. Drive into the park and keep driving until you can't go any further and there's a large parking lot. Follow the short path out to the beach and you will be stunned. There's no restaurants or anything really. It's a turtle sanctuary primarily. We've never been during the turtle season but I would definitely go and see the event if ever there.
  • It's a national wildlife refuge that features a lot of turtles, especially when it is time for turtle nesting; has a beautiful scenery; and the protectors are spot on when it comes to cleanliness.

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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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