Turtle Beach

Situated off the northern coast of St. Croix, Buck Island is a beautiful, uninhabited island that is protected by the U.S. Government. The beaches on the island, particularly Turtle Beach, are famous for their soft white sands and beautiful turquoise blue water. Aside from picnic facilities that allow guests to eat amid the natural vegetation, the main attraction is the incredible underwater trail (one of three in the United States) which showcases the island's fantastic coral habitat. Guests visiting Buck Island generally arrive on an day-sailing and snorkeling excursion, or on a chartered or private boat.

Situated on Buck Island, in the vicinity of Cotton Valley, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Turtle Beach may be a little harder to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach
You can only reach this beach by taking a boat from St. Croix. You can charter a boat, or take an excursion from Christiansted.

Amenities and Ambiance

Buck Island is apart of the U.S. National Park system because of its impeccable white sand beaches and underwater glories. This area can only be reached by a charter boat but its vast underwater gardens are well worth the trip. Turtle Beach itself is absolutely stunning: the beach has been voted one of the world's most beautiful by National Geographic and in 2013 Travel + Leisure named it one of the "Best Beaches on Earth" noting that it is the fourth best beach in the world for privacy and seclusion.

Enjoy the use of picnic tables——a perk even for those who don't want to dine here.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Turtle Beach. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. Guests must charter a boat to take them out to Buck Island from Christiansted, but the beautiful setting and attractions mean this area can still attract a small crowd.

Beach-goers that are hoping to take full advantage of the amenities made available at this location, don't need to worry; Turtle Beach happens to be situated in an area which is not often visited by crowds. What this means is that there's little need to consider the time you come, as there's only a very little possibility that you'll have to handle the other beach-goers who might need access to the amenities available.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Buck Island. It's located near Coakley Bay Ruins, which is found two miles to the , and it is one of a few area's attractions.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Steeple Building, a lovely museum found five and a half miles away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Turtle Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coakley Bay Ruins Historical Site 2.1 SSW St. Croix
Reef Golf Course Golf Course 2.5 SSE St. Croix
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.9 WSW Green Cay
Divi Carina Bay Casino Casino 3.2 SSE St. Croix
Buccaneer Golf Course Golf Course 4.1 SW St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Christiansted, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Turtle Beach, Christiansted is about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good number of places to stay within driving distance. Some of the closest possibilities are displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Turtle Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Chenay Bay Beach Resort 2.7 SW Hotel
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino 3.3 SSE Resort
Tamarind Reef Hotel 3.4 SW Resort


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Turtle Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is Cultured Pelican. The restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine. Many guests rave about their pasta and pizza.

Nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Turtle Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cultured Pelican (340) 773-3333 Italian Informal -- --
Blue Water Terrace (340) 692-2583 International Very Casual 2.0 mi. S
Duggan's Reef (340) 773-9800 Caribbean Fine Dining 2.4 mi. SE
Good Spirits -- -- -- 2.5 mi. SSE
Villa Madeleine (340) 773-7877 -- -- 2.9 mi. SSE
Cheeseburgers in Paradise (340) 773-1119 American Very Casual 3.1 mi. SW
The Galleon (340) 718-9948 Caribbean, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Fine Dining 3.3 mi. SW
Starlite Grille (877) 773-9700 American, Caribbean, Fusion Informal 3.3 mi. SSE
Deep End Bar & Grill (340) 718-7071 American, Caribbean -- -- --
The Terrace (340) 712-2100 Caribbean, International Informal 4.1 mi. WSW
The Grotto Grill (340) 712-2100 -- -- 4.1 mi. WSW
The Mermaid (340) 712-2100 American, International Informal 4.1 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Turtle Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Davis Bay, situated 13 and a half miles to the west. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Cramer Park is just right. It's found three and a half miles to the southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Chenay Bay Beach, which is located two and a half miles away.

You may find that Turtle Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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