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Turtle Beach, Buck Island

Turtle Beach is on the West Side of Buck Island, located about one and a half miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix…and it is beyond gorgeous. It is a long stretch of sugary white sand and crystal clear waters. Lay on the sun-kissed sand and bask in the warmth of the suns rays. The current here is generally calm, and makes for a great spot to swim and test out your snorkel gear. You can also choose to go for a stroll along the beach, or if you’re feeling up to it hiking up the island. If you choose to partake in the hike, please make sure you pack good walking shoes. There is not much shade provided on this island oasis, so be sure to pack your sunscreen and a hat.

Location: Buck Island

Buck Island is protected by the National Park Service and is uninhabited by people. Sail through the turquoise waters of the lagoon over to the East Side of the island for the wonderful snorkeling; here is where you will find the famous underwater trail. You will see schools of Blue Tang, Parrotfish, Angelfish, and many other beautiful and exotic fish as well. You may even spot a couple turtles. After the snorkeling, hop back on the boat for a relaxing sail back to the mainland of St. Croix. For more information on Buck Island, please see our Buck Island page.

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Located on the West Side of Buck Island, accessible only by boat.  There is no fee to access the island on a private boat, but a permit is required.  Tour operators also offer trips to Buck Island, however fees do vary for full or half day snorkeling excursions depending on the tour operator. Find licensed concessionaires on our Buck Island Tours page.

There are restrooms, grills and a picnic area provided and maintained by the National Park Service.

  • There is no overnight camping on the island. 
  • Th park is closed from sunset to sunrise to protect nesting sea turtles that come ashore at night.
  • Anchorage is available overnight to boaters within a designated area, but a permit is required to anchor within the designated area.  
  • Pets, vehicles (except wheelchairs) artificial light, camping, glass containers, generators, and loud music are prohibited.
  • Build fires only in the grills provided by the National Park Service.
  • Camping, digging tent poles, beach umbrellas, and stakes are prohibited on beaches.

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