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(340-773-1011 for instructions) are nearby. You need to clear in only if you haven't previously done so in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, or St. John.

No cruising permit is required, but if you stay longer than six months, you must register your vessel with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (340-774-3320, e-mail [email protected]). Public moorings are for day use and have a three-hour limit, and they're restricted to vessels under 60 feet. Permits aren't required.

Salt River Bay, about four miles west of Christiansted, is where Columbus landed in 1493. Today, this area is a national and territorial park. Salt River Marina (340-

778-9650) has e A ^ water, electricity, and fuel

(with 24-hour notice), but don't try to enter if your boat draws more than six feet. A small marine store, a restaurant, and a dive shop are on the property. Just offshore, Salt River Canyon is rated among the Caribbean's top-10 dive sites.

Roughly three miles east of Christiansted is the 150-slip Green Cay Marina (e-mail [email protected]), which welcomes transients and liveaboards. The marina isn't on Green Cay proper but just south of it on St. Croix in a complex that includes restaurants and a hotel. The facility has showers, a laundry, food, water, electricity, and fuel.

About 2.5 miles east of Green Cay is Buck Island, where the Park Service oversees its beautiful beaches and coral reefs. The Buck Island National Park maintains 12 moorings (round with a blue reflective band around their centers) near the underwater trail at the Buck Island Reef National Monument. Day use is free, but moorings are restricted to vessels 42 feet and under. Larger boats can anchor off the west-end beach.

Another mile east of Buck Island is Tague Bay and the St. Croix Yacht Club, which monitors VHF Channel 16. Two cuts through the reef east of the club— the Coakley Bay cut, with a 12-foot depth, and, farther east, the Cotton Valley Cut, with a seven-foot depth—lead into this protected anchorage. Anchor just off the club's dinghy dock. Yacht-club members have reciprocal privileges, and non-club-bies can get a guest pass.

Unlike the U.S.V.I.'s stepping-stone islands of St. Thomas and St. John, St. Croix is a bit out of the way. As such, the marine scene isn't as big or developed, but therein lies much of its charm.

Carol M. Bareuther

Buck Island



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