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.

Located on the western side of Buck Island, near Cotton Valley, You might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Turtle Beach stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in the Virgin Islands may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as Turtle Beach, but are usually busier because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

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.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. 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.

Guests who plan to take full advantage of the conveniences made available here will like this news; Turtle Beach is located in a region which doesn't usually get overcrowded. Thus sweating to obtain an unoccupied amenity or service at the beach is not a scenario that you will be forced to do regularly, despite what the time is when you get there.

What's Nearby


Found on the West coast of Buck Island; it's located near attractions like Coakley Bay Ruins, which is two miles to the south-southwest of this spot.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Steeple Building. This museum is located five and a half miles to the west-southwest, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. 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

The nearby town of Christiansted is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Christiansted isn't out of reach at five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a pretty good range of accommodation options to choose from in the vicinity of the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed below.

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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is Cultured Pelican. This restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. Visitors often rave about their pasta and pizza.

A few 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

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Buck Island besides Turtle Beach worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Davis Bay, located 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 looking for a more active beach scene, Cramer Park may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it three and a half miles to the southeast.

You might also want to visit Chenay Bay Beach, which is located two and a half miles away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, and Turtle Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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