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.


Positioned on the island of St. Croix, Butler Bay invites local residents and tourists who are lodging on this part of the island or nearby. Whether or not you're staying in the vicinity, you should consider dropping by to check out the sights. If you're wondering, Frederiksted is three miles (four and a half kilometers) to the south.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend visiting this body of water leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you will find a wide variety of food and drink providers near this attraction. The most convenient place to eat to Butler Bay is Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe, which serves American fare. Rhythms at Rainbow Beach and Coconuts St. Croix are some of the other food and drink options near Butler Bay . At Coconuts St. Croix you and your companions can eat some Mexican meals and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy bays, and are interested in visiting others, might check out Sprat Hole and Hams Bay; the first is 0.8 miles to the south of this bay. Other kinds of nearby attractions include Butler Bay Nature Preserve, which is a few hundred yards away St. Croix. Furthermore, you can think about heading over to Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is another attraction close by.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

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

Location: St. Croix


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