St. Croix East End Marine Park

It took over 40 years for the St. Croix East End Marine Park to go from being a dream to a 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 the beaches. The park boundaries stretch from Gallows Bay north to about Buck Island, then stretches East well off the shore of East End, and then continues South West until ending at Great Pond Bay.

Located within the park are several very distinct eco-systems located within the St. Croix East End Marine Park, but the turtle nesting sites garner the most attention. Birders will enjoy the parks mangroves, where migratory birds nest, and diving and snorkeling can be done at some coral reef locales.

Location

Situated on the island of St. Croix, 9.8 miles east of downtown Christiansted, St. Croix East End Marine Park invites travelers rooming on this part of the island or nearby. But even if you aren't staying very close, you should think about stopping by for some fun in the sun. Christiansted is nine and a half miles (15 and a half kilometers) to the west.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most delightful possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area is eating fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of the wildlife reservation. Starlite Grille, which serves up American dishes, is also the closest restaurant to the nature preserve. It is only about three and a half miles away from this wildlife reservation, so stop in and try something off the menu. Also within a short distance, you will come across eateries like Good Spirits and Villa Madeleine so hopefully, at least one of these nearby choices will satisfy the whole entire group.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy nature preserves, and would like to see others, might check out Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park and Southgate Coastal Reserve; the first and closest of which is a mile and a half to the west of this wildlife reservation. You'll find at least one or two additional places of interest nearby, including Point Udall Monument, which is three quarters of a mile away East End. You might want to also think about visiting Coakley Bay Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Nature preserves are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near St. Croix East End Marine Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Point Udall Monument Other Attraction 0.8 mi. (14.4 km) W 8.9 mi. East of Christiansted
Coakley Bay Ruins Historic Site 5.7 mi. (6.7 km) W 4.1 mi. East of Christiansted
Fort Louisa Augusta Light Other Attraction 9.2 mi. (1.2 km) W Christiansted
Longford Sugarmill Ruins Historic Site 9.5 mi. (3.6 km) W 2.2 mi. South of Christiansted

More Information

Location: Off the Coast of East End, St. Croix

Phone

(340) 773-1082

(340) 773-3367

Website

https://www.facebook.com/Friends.STXEEMP/

Email

paige.rothenberger@dpnr.gov.vi

 

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