Trips that Go Beyond the Beach

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10 Top Spots to Snorkel

Underwater photographer and adventurer Tanya Burnett-Palmer shares her favorite places to sightsee beneath the waves.

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Buck Island, St. Croix, USVI
Tanya G. Burnett-Palmer

Buck Island, St. Croix, USVI

An underwater trail makes navigating the tropical fish and young elkhorn coral easy. What rounds out a trip to this national park so nicely for me is a visit to Turtle Beach on Buck Island’s west end. A nap under a palm tree here, poised between emerald forest and aquamarine seas, will enhance your definition of paradise.

On-site secret: If you’re still honing your snorkeling skills, seek out the operators sanctioned by the park; they’re quick with instruction and help. Keep an eye out for: the three species of sea turtles that call the park a nesting area.

When to go: all year, but check for wind speed―the waters can get choppy. Summer offers fewer crowds; gotostcroix.com/buck_island.php.

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