Turtle Beach St. Croix
Turtle Beach is located on the west side of Buck Island about 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St Croix. It is simply stunning….no other word can describe it better! It is a long stretch of sugary white sand and crystal clear waters. Lay on the powdery sand and soak up the sun’s rays. It’s a great spot for swimming and snorkeling because the currents here are not strong. It’s also great for walks on the beach, hiking around, and a nice lunch (if you bring it…there are no restaurants or bars here). There is not much shade here so be sure to pack your sunscreen and a wear a hat.
Buck Island is a protected Landmark of the National Parks and is uninhabited by people. On the East Side of the island you’ll find some of the best snorkeling in the US Virgin Islands, and certainly the best snorkeling in St Croix. Beginners can snorkel Buck Island’s coral grottoes with advice and a short lesson from the boat crew. You’ll find here the famous Buck Island underwater trail sure to delight people of all ages. Up to six people at a time can go on the trail along with a guide.
Turtle Beach St Croix is known for its schools of blue tang, angelfish, parrotfish and many other beautiful and exotic fish. There are also usually a number of sea turtles hanging out here as well. And lots of beautiful corals of all shapes, colors and sizes!
When you’re done with swimming or snorkeling, you can have lunch on the island before you hop back on your boat for a relaxing sail back to the mainland of St. Croix.
Turtle Beach St Croix has restrooms, grills and a picnic area provided and maintained by the National Park Service. There are also a fair amount of shade trees to take a break from the sun.
Getting there / Buck Island tour operators
Accessible only by boat. There is no fee to access the island on a private boat, but a permit is required. Here is a list of companies providing Buck Island tours who can take you to Turtle Beach; their fees are usually based on either full or half-day excursions:
- Big Beard’s Adventure Tours
- Caribbean Sea Adventures
- Buck Island Charters: phone 340-718-3161, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jolly Rogers Charter
You are not allowed to camp overnight on Turtle Beach or anywhere else on Buck Island St. Croix. The park is closed from sunset to sunrise to protect nesting sea turtles which come ashore at night. You can anchor your boat within a designated area by permit only.
Pets, vehicles, artificial light, glass containers and loud music are not allowed on Buck Island St Croix. And you can build fires only in the grills which are provided by the National Park Service. As with other St Croix beaches, you are not allowed to dig for tent poles or beach umbrellas on Turtle Beach, sorry.
So now you know all about Turtle Beach St Croix!
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