St. Croix boasts beautiful beaches, colorful coral reefs, tidal pools, lush rainforests, and natural preserves all along the shoreline of the Caribbean Sea, making it easy to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in natural splendor.

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The West End of St. Croix 

The Salty Pier Beach House is within walking distance to Rainbow Beach, one of the best beaches on the island. Soak up the warm Caribbean sun, play volleyball on the beach or rent a paddleboard, jet ski, or flyboard to play in the calm ocean waters. End your day with fresh seafood, frozen cocktails, live music, and a jaw-dropping West End sunset at Rhythms at Rainbow Beach. Escape the crowds and head a little further north to Sprat Hall Beach for a St. Croix horseriding experience through the lush rainforests and along the glistening shoreline. Travel a little further north to Monks Bath, the oldest natural swimming pool on St. Croix carved into the jagged rocks. To the south, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is the largest leatherback turtle nesting ground in the US and boasts the longest stretch of beach in the US Virgin Islands. The refuge is off-limits from April 1 to August 31 for the protection of the endangered sea turtles.

St. Croix North Shore & East End

Take a cruise along the scenic North Shore coastline and explore the beautiful laid-back beaches, historical preserves, mangrove forests, and high-desert landscapes of St. Croix’s North Shore and East End. Hams Bluff Lighthouse lies where the West End meets the North Shore, a short hike with stunning views of the Caribbean. Hike to the Annaly Bay tide pools, take a kayak tour through the mangrove forests of Salt River Bay National Historical Park, trail through the tunnel of trees to seclusion on Shoys Beach, birdwatch in the wetlands at Southgate Coastal Reserve or soak up the warm sun and the best views on St. Croix Island on the eastern tip of the island.

Jack Bay and Isaac Bay Beach offer a quintessential Caribbean experience with natural beauty, breathtaking views, secluded white sand beaches, and crystal clear Caribbean waters for swimming and snorkeling the coral reefs in the 300-acre nature preserve. The trailhead begins near Point Udall and winds along the shoreline connecting East End Bay, Isaac Bay, and Jack Bay. 

World-Class Diving & Snorkeling 

St. Croix is the best Virgin island for snorkelers and divers with the second largest barrier reef in the Caribbean. There is wonderful snorkeling right in front of the Extraordinary Salty Pier, quiet bays along the island’s shoreline, and over 200 acres of colorful underwater trails and pristine coral reefs at Buck Island Reef National Park, only a scenic day sail away. 

St. Croix has over 100 dive sites with famous wall dives, wreck and reef diving, and pier diving from the iconic Frederiksted Fishing Pier, one of the top pier dives in the world only 3/4 mile away!