Want to get away from it all? Once you get to Buck Island, there is no more "all" to get away from – this is about as secluded as the Caribbean gets (presuming you don’t own your own island).
The ravishing clear waters of the Buck Island Reef National Park protected area are teeming with busy tropical fish darting around colorful coral. Accompanied tours along the underwater trails mean even first-time snorkelers will get the most out of this sea haven.
And after that burst of activity, the soft, white sands of Turtle Beach – voted by connoisseurs as one of the world’s best – invites you to lie back and do precisely nothing.
Buck Island Reef National Park is off the north coast of St Croix. The island is uninhabited so it can only be visited on a day trip, with a number of charter boats operating out of Christiansted, St Croix’s largest settlement. No overnight camping is allowed because it would disturb the nesting turtles that come ashore at night.