Coral Reef Swim

One of America’s most successful swim competitions, the meet features swimmers from all over the world, including some former Olympians. The open water course runs from Buck Island National Monument, a U.S. underwater coral reef park, to the Buccaneer Hotel, a luxury resort on St. Croix’s east end. The event is held annually during the month of October. For additional information visit

The St. Croix Coral Reef Swim attracts fitness swimmers competing for fun, as well as world-class open water athletes. Swimmers as young as 11 years old and as senior as 75 years old are among the race contestants.  The 2014 race is on November 9, 2014.

The event includes a one mile, two-mile and a five-mile race through turquoise water and colorful coral reefs, both ending at The Buccaneer’s palm-lined beach where a steel band and refreshments await. The one-mile and the two-mile race follow the shoreline of St. Croix’s east end, and the five-mile race begins at Buck Island, a living coral reef designated an underwater park by the U.S. National Park Service. With three distances to choose from, the Coral Reef Swims offer an experience for all level of swimmers.

The entry fee is $125 per swimmer ($85 for the one-mile), which includes pre-swim events on October 11th & 12th: Island tour, kayak and snorkel tours, art lessons, rum tasting, as well as many more family fun activities. The fee also includes a t-shirt, swim cap, taxi to the marina from The Buccaneer, boat ride to the race start, and an awards luncheon. Special rates are available at the host sponsor hotel, The Buccaneer.


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