East St Croix Attractions
The eastern region of St Croix remained undeveloped until the improvement of St Croix's roads in the second half of the 20th C. Today, many vacation condo villages, upscale resorts and seasonal homes rest among the steep hills and scalloped coastline.
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Buck Island (176ac/71ha) lies 1.5mi/2.4km off the northeast coast of St Croix in the center of a 880ac/356ha marine sanctuary. The sea gardens and island are the most visited attractions on St Croix with more than 30,000 visitors a year.An example of a complete, wild Caribbean ecosystem, the sanctuary was guaranteed protection when U.S. President John F. Kennedy named it the first U.S. underwater national monument in 1961.The reef here features elkhorn coral grottoes and is one of the best dive sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wreck and coral dives are found off the north coast of Buck Island reaching depths of 30ft/9m - 40ft/12m. Many tropical fish such as blue tang and barracuda can be seen while snorkelling the marked trail.Buck Island offers protected beaches, picnic sites and cooking grills as well as a hiking trail that leads through a tropical dry forest of giant tamarinds to an observation point on the island's 340ft/104m ridge.
This barren spot is Point Udall, the easternmost location of all U.S. territory. The U.S. Virgin Islands government paved the road to the point and built a monument to the millennium here, as well as staging a large millennium party in order to be the first spot in the U.S. to welcome 2000.Excellent vistas of the ocean and isolated beaches can be seen from Point Udall, which rises 225ft/69m. Steep hiking trails lead down the south side of the point to the beaches where visitors can sunbathe or snorkel in private.
Eye to the Sky
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the $5 million dollar antenna known as the "Eye to the Sky" is 82ft/25m in diameter and weighs 260 tons. Guides at the site explain that the antenna dish is identical to nine others around the US, and all ten together form a single radio telescope sharing their data over the internet.
Great Pond Bay
The Great Pond Bay area is one of the last remaining chunks of coastal lowlands on St Croix. Great Pond is a large salt pond, host to many species of wading and migratory waterfowl such as egrets. Various hiking trails lead to both the bay and Great Pond.
Chenay Bay and a resort of the same name are found at this beach, offering a restaurant and water-sports rentals. The waters are protected and shallow, perfect for swimming with children.
Cramer's Park an attractive public beach, features good swimming and a picnic area. Quite popular with Cruzans, on weekends this beach is transformed into an outdoor dance floor with DJs and music. On weekdays it is quiet and relaxing.
Popular with visitors, Buccaneer Beach is a sheltered, crescent-shaped beach is in front of the Buccaneer Hotel.
Divi Carina Bay Resort
Good snorkelling is found off the east end of Grapetree Bay, a broad 1,000ft/305m long beach.
Isaac Bay & Jack Bay Beaches
The two secluded beaches of Isaac Bay & Jack Bay are popular with Cruzans and young continentals. Topless sunbathing and nudism are common at Isaac Bay.
Good snorkelling is found at the west end of this long, crescent-shaped beach known as Shoy's Beach.
More on PlanetWare