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

Located on the eastern part of the island of St. Croix, 9.8 miles east of downtown Christiansted, St. Croix East End Marine Park happily welcomes residents and vacationers rooming on this part of the island or close by. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you should consider dropping by to check it out. Christiansted is nine and a half miles (15 and a half kilometers) to the west.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting options while spending some time exploring the area could be sharing a meal at a restaurant within traveling distance of St. Croix East End Marine Park. The most nearby eatery to St. Croix East End Marine Park is Starlite Grille, which serves American fare. Starlite Grille is maybe about three and a half miles away from this wildlife reservation, so grab a table and enjoy a meal. Also within reach, you and your group will have options like Good Spirits and Villa Madeleine so hopefully, at least one of these close by restaurants will placate the whole party.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that enjoy nature preserves, and are interested in visiting others, might consider seeing Fairleigh Dickinson Territorial Park and Southgate Coastal Reserve; the first of which is a mile and a half to the west of this nature preserve. Other types of local attractions include Point Udall Monument, which is three quarters of a mile away East End. Also, you might consider making the trip to Coakley Bay Ruins, which is another attraction nearby.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, 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 0.8 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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