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.
Located on the island of St. Croix, 9.8 miles east of downtown Christiansted, St. Croix East End Marine Park invites local customers and vacationers lodging on this part of the island or nearby. However, even if you aren't staying very close, you should consider stopping by to check it out. It is 9.7 miles east of Christiansted.
If you've worked up an appetite exploring the nature sanctuary, you're in luck, as you're going to find an impressive array of food and drink providers in the general vicinity. The closest restaurant to St. Croix East End Marine Park is Starlite Grille, which serves American meals. It's only about three and a half miles away, so stop by and try something off the menu. and are some of the other restaurant choices nearby where you will be able to try a new dish and experience the Virgin Islands culture.
Active travelers that enjoy wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, might consider seeing Southgate Coastal Reserve; the first is 1.4 miles to the west of St. Croix East End Marine Park. You'll find some other activities nearby, including Point Udall Monument, which is three quarters of a mile away East End. Also, you might consider heading over to Coakley Bay Ruins, which is another attraction in the vicinity.and
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.
|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|
|Other Attraction||9.2 mi. (1.2 km)||W||Christiansted|
|Historic Site||9.5 mi. (3.6 km)||W||2.2 mi. South of Christiansted|
Off the Coast of East End, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
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