St. Croix East End Marine Park

It took over 40 years for the St. Croix East End Marine Park to go from dream to reality, but today it stands as a protective area for the marine life of St. Croix. The goal of the St. Croix East End Marine Park is to allow sea life to thrive and flourish in a place where it is so important that they do so.

St. Croix East End Marine Park is comprised of over 60 square miles on the east end of St. Croix. The protected shoreline is 17 miles long and features beaches, mangroves, coral, salt ponds, and sea grass. Visitors can learn all about each eco-system, and even spend time on one of the many beaches. The park boundaries stretch from the eastern jetty of Green Cay Marina to border Buck Island Reef National Monument. It then stretches east well off the shore of Point Udall, continuing southwest and ending at Great Pond Bay's western point.

Located within the park are several very distinct eco-systems, but the turtle nesting sites garner the most attention. Birders will enjoy the parks mangroves, where migratory birds nest, and diving or snorkeling can be done at some coral reef locales. Kiteboarding, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are also popular activities. Check the interactive tour or stop by the office to better understand the regulations applicable to your area and activity of interest.

Location

St. Croix East End Marine Park is located on the island of St. Croix, near downtown Christiansted; it is to the east of Christiansted.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. The most convenient place to eat to St. Croix East End Marine Park is Starlite Grille, which dishes out American dishes. Also within reach, you and your companions will find restaurants including Villa Madeleine and Duggan's Reef where you and your party should be sure to try a bit of Caribbean cuisine and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that enjoy nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, should check out Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park and Southgate Coastal Reserve; both of which are a little ways off, but can be reached in the car. Other nearby activities include Point Udall Monument, which is within driving distance in East End. You might also consider heading to Coakley Bay Ruins, which is another attraction in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, take a look at what is closest in the following table.

Attractions Near St. Croix East End Marine Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Point Udall Monument Other Attraction 0.2 mi. (14.4 km) ENE 8.9 mi. East of Christiansted
Coakley Bay Ruins Historic Site 4.7 mi. (6.7 km) W 4.1 mi. East of Christiansted
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Other Attraction 8.2 mi. (1.2 km) W Christiansted
Longford Sugarmill Ruins Historic Site 8.5 mi. (3.6 km) WSW 2.2 mi. South of Christiansted

More Information

Policies

While you might enjoy walking the beach admiring shells or snorkeling in the waters, remember that there are specific regulations prohibiting the harvest of living or dead animals from within the Marine Park.

Location: Office at Estate Great Pond Park, St. Croix

Phone

(340) 773-1082

(340) 718-3367

Website

http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=9a963174e35c4c24aeec0b7b77410a7e

Email

stxeemp@dpnr.vi.gov

 

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