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.