Buck Island Reef National Monument

The Buck Island Reef National Monument covers 19,015 acres, but only 175 acres of that area is land. The monument has 18,839 acres of submerged reef, including a barrier reef with thick mats of elkhorn coral that reach up to 30 feet toward the surface. Underwater extravaganzas present unique sights to snorkelers. Many endangered marine animals like the leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtles live along the reef and lay eggs on Buck Island's beaches. Those beaches surround an island of dazzling color and texture as both natural and imported trees, shrubs, and grasses grow freely on the uninhabited island creating a naturalist's dream format where wildlife thrives. Buck Island Reef was made into a national monument in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and expanded by President Bill Clinton in 2001 to its current size.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument is a place where RVs cannot go. Located east of Puerto Rico, RVs cannot reach the area even by ferry. However, most visitors enjoy making their way to the Miami, FL, area in an RV, where they camp at a local RV campground or resort, and take a plane or ferry to St. Croix to find the Buck Island Reef National Monument. Using that method, visitors know that there is a comfortable home to stay in when returning to the mainland. It is easy to find an RV to rent in southern Florida by visiting one of the RVshare sites above.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Buck Island Reef National Monument

Buck Island Reef National Monument provides a fantastic array of activities for visitors to enjoy. Activities on the island include hiking, wildlife observation, beachcombing, and spectacular ocean views. Underwater, the activities are more unique with snorkeling and following underwater trails amongst the favorite activities visitors enjoy.

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How To Get To Buck Island Reef National Monument

After you arrive at Henry E. Rolsen Airport, drive east on Route 64 to Melvin Edwards Highway. Turn right and continue for 4.8 miles onto Old Centerline Road (Queen Mary Highway), and go straight for 3.7 miles. Turn left onto Hospital Street. The parking lot for the Buck Island Reef National Monument office is on your right.

The monument is open year-round to visitors. However, the monument is only accessible via boat, either through a concessionaire or by private craft. Check at the office to reserve a vessel to visit Buck Island and the monument area. 


2100 Church Street, Suite 100, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI 00820

Fee: Entry fee $0

Americans visiting Buck Island Reef National Monument find themselves in a different world. Though they had to leave their RVs on the mainland, the three-hour plane ride is worth the trouble to see one of the wonders of the Caribbean up close. After your visit, you can book a return flight the same day if you wish to relax in your RV and remember a pleasant and exciting time in the Virgin Islands.