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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  • The reef was amazing and the beach was even better! Loved how the conch shells were hung in the trees and the clearest water ever!  more »
  • We went to Buck Island on Big Beards Adventure. We didn't actually go on the island, but went snorkeling on the reef surrounding it. The day that we went, the water was very calm and very clear. We...  more »
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  • The gem of St Croix. Beautiful beach and good snorkeling. You can also hike to the top. It's a national park and there's no shops or commerce of any kind. Just nature.

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