Our last day in St. Croix was spent sailing to and being on Buck Island. Buck Island is St. Croix’s national park. There’s a gorgeous beach and even more gorgeous waters for snorkeling.We signed up for the “all day” trip, which was from 10am-4pm. I feel a little cheated because (1) that’s not all day and (2) we started late because of a lovely family from Baaaaston. The boat needed 6 people to set sail and when we arrived for our check-in, there were 6 of us. I was really relieved because the boat was kind of small and with only 6 of us, it felt adequately spacious. Of course, this is when the New Englanders arrive with their 4 small children and several adults. It was a zoo on the boat.
I already dislike most children and parents but ones with accents are the worst. Ugh. It was painful listening to them talk and whine and yell. I’m pretty sure I had on a nice loud “I can’t stand you” face on, but I didn’t care.
So aside from leaving late because the Annoyingtons arrived late, and aside from their children being too loud and obnoxious for me to fully enjoy the sailing, it was a fun trip. The snorkeling and beach made up for it.
We didn’t take any underwater pictures because people can’t live 100% vicariously through us… you should experience it for yourselves. We do have pictures of us, the boat ride and beach here. I love swimming and looking at the fish and coral and it was so cool to do it again. Kevin said he loved snorkeling too and next time we go to a tropical vacation, we’re snorkeling more than once!
Our guide took us through a designated snorkel trail which was amazing. It had underwater plaques that had info about the different fishes and what their purpose in the ecosystem was. After our little tour we could swim around anywhere we wanted. My legs were so tired after that but I think we got to see a good deal of underwater awesomeness. Comparing this to the snorkeling in the Bahamas, I’d say St. Croix had better plant-life, but lacked in the amount and variation of animals. The Bahamas definitely had ugly plants when I went snorkeling, but the fish were so beautiful and in huge numbers everywhere.