St. Croix Activity Series: Lime at Sandy Point Beach

Photo Credit: Rum Therapy

Photo Credit: Rum Therapy

“Lime” is a term St. Croix residents use for relaxing and Sandy Point is the perfect place for it.  This is the location at which the closing scene of The Shawshank Redemption was filmed, where Tim Robbins’ character repairs his boat.

Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service), is located on St. Croix’s southwest point and is one of the most immaculate beaches you will ever visit.  Like Buck Island, it is a nationally protected due to the sea turtle nesting that takes place there.  Also similar to Buck Island, there are no hotels / restaurants / stores, so you need to bring along everything from chairs to bottle openers.  Shaded area is very limited, so pack sunscreen, rash guards and hats.

Public access to Sandy Point is allowed from September through March on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On cruise ship weekdays during those months, the beach is also open.

If you’re on-island mid-April through July, try to take part in a watch group for sea turtle nesting / hatching.  You must organize groups and request reservations in advance with park service (priority is given to youth groups, school classes, and local community groups).  The reservation number is 340.690.9452.

To get there, take Melvin Evans Highway west to the end.  From there Tranberg Road leads you into the refuge.  There are several parking lot options and the road loops back out.

More info: http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/Refuges/Sandypoint/

The Hanley Family loves beach time.  The ability to visit the beach everyday is one of the top reasons people love Caribbean life.  If you’re ready to join the happy people of St. Croix, let Chris and Kerri help you find the perfect island home or condo.  As the top broker on-island year after year, Chris is the authority on Virgin Islands real estate.  Contact them today and download their free guide the 10 Best Reasons for Living on St. Croix