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.


Butler Bay lies on the western edge of the island of St. Croix; it's three miles (four and a half kilometers) to the north of Frederiksted.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending some time exploring the area could be eating food at a restaurant within traveling distance of Butler Bay . Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe, which plates up American fare, offers convenient access to this body of water. Also within reach, you and your party will come across options like Rhythms at Rainbow Beach and Coconuts St. Croix where you and your group will be able to sample Mexican dishes and experience the flavors of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who are a fan of bays, and have the energy to view some others, should consider Sprat Hole and Hams Bay; the first is three quarters of a mile to the south of this bay. Additional local attractions include Butler Bay Nature Preserve, which is a few hundred yards away St. Croix. Furthermore, you can think about making the trip to Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is another attraction in the area.

If a visit to the Butler Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones 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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