Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge wasn't fully established until 1981. Its main purpose was, and continues to be, as a safe haven for migratory birds that use the island as a winter home, or as a rest area before continuing further, but it can also be enjoyed by visitors.

Visitors who come to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge will find very few amenities, and activities that are largely limited to rustic hiking, bird-watching, and perhaps diving off the coast of the island. The Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse on the refuge, but it is not open to the public. Those looking for a more established park should consider heading to the National Park on St. John.


Located toward the center of Capella Island, 5.2 miles southeast of Charlotte Amalie, Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge invites residents and vacationers rooming on this part of the island or close by. Even if you are not staying particularly close, you should think about stopping by to check it out. Red Hook is four miles (seven kilometers) to the northeast.

You will need to find a boat charter of private ferry to take you over to Buck Island.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most delightful options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be chowing down on a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. Mimi's Seaside Bistro, which dishes out Caribbean dishes, is also the most convenient dining option from the wildlife reservation. Bolongo Beach House and Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill are additional restaurant options close to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge. At Iggie's Beach Bar & Grill you and your group will not want to end your meal without ordering a plate of their specialty, seafood.

Nearby Attractions

Additional nearby attractions include Buck Island Lighthouse, which is a quarter mile away Buck Island. You might also want to consider visiting Nadir Recreation Area, which is another nearby attraction.

If a visit to the Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Buck Island Lighthouse Other Attraction 0.4 mi. (6.8 km) NW Buck Island Buck Island
Nadir Recreation Area Other Attraction 3.2 mi. (2.9 km) N Maroon Town St. Thomas
Fort Willoughy Ruins Historic Site 4.5 mi. (1.7 km) NW Hassel Island Hassel Island
Butterfly Garden -- 4.5 mi. (1.2 km) NW Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

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Location: Capella Island




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