Butler Bay

If diving is your passion, a trip to St. Croix, USVI's Butler Bay can't be missed. Several shipwrecks are located just off the coast, having left behind the secrets and life stories of their crew. Visitors who aren't too keen on diving will still enjoy the trip for the gorgeous scenery.

Butler Bay is located on St. Croix's remote northwest coast and features mountainous lands of lush tropical forest.

The wrecks off the coast of Butler Bay are diverse in the fact that some are deep and others are shallow, so no matter your skill level you will be able to explore at least one of these underwater offerings.

Coakley Bay, is a shallow wreck, and it is also younger than most, having only just recently been sunk.

Rosa Maria, the 17-foot steel-hulled freighter is one of the deeper wrecks at Butler Bay. Features of the Rosa Maria include an impressive stove pipe, wrote, and colorful sea life. This ship was sunk intentionally.

In the 1980s, a 144-foot trawler ran aground during a hurricane. This is the Suffolk Maid, and is a spot where you might possibly spot the illusive Green Moray.

One of the larger wrecks at Butler Bay is the Virgin Islander, which sunk in 1992. It is a 300-foot oil barge that is now decorated in coral and sponges.


Located on the island of St. Croix, Butler Bay invites residents and vacationers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. Regardless of whether or not you're staying nearby, you should consider dropping by to enjoy a great time. From this location, Frederiksted is three miles (four and a half kilometers) to the south.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be eating fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of Butler Bay . The most proximate restaurant to Butler Bay is Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe, which offers American dishes. Also within reach, you and your party will encounter eateries such as Rhythms at Rainbow Beach and Coconuts St. Croix where you will be able to try out Mexican cuisine and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that are a fan of bays, and have the energy to view some others, should check out Sprat Hole and Hams Bay; the first is 0.8 miles away from Butler Bay . You'll find some additional places of interest in the area, including Butler Bay Nature Preserve, which is a few hundred yards away St. Croix. You might also want to consider visiting Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is another attraction close by.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Attractions Near Butler Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Butler Bay Nature Preserve -- 0.1 mi. (4.3 km) S 2.7 mi. North of Frederiksted
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historic Site 0.6 mi. (3.5 km) SE 2.2 mi. North of Frederiksted
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Other Attraction 1.7 mi. (6.4 km) NE 4.0 mi. North of Frederiksted
Buddhoe Park Other Attraction 2.5 mi. (0.5 km) S Frederiksted
Fort Frederik Historic Site 2.5 mi. (0.4 km) S Frederiksted
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 2.7 mi. (0.1 km) S Frederiksted
Estate Whim Museum Museum -- -- Frederiksted Southeast
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 4.0 mi. (2.4 km) SSE Frederiksted Southeast

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