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Swimmers near and far, beginners, amateurs or professionals, the 26th Annual Coral Reef Swim Race in beautiful and sunny St. Croix is waiting just for you! On Sunday, November 13th, one-mile, two-mile and five-mile race distances are being offered in the Coral Reef Swim Race for swimmers ready to make their way through St. Croix’s crystal-clear waters. Often referred to as “Buck to Buc,” swimmers participating in the five-mile race start at Buck Island National Monument and finish the race at The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort’s Mermaid Beach. The shorter distances begin in alternate locations; however, all races end along Buccaneer’s palm-lined beach.

The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort has been the host hotel of the race since its inception in 1995. Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer offers elegant accommodations, golf, tennis, three exquisite beaches, two freshwater pools, kids’ program, fine restaurants, water sports, spa, and fitness center on a 340-acre tropical estate. The resort owner, Elizabeth Armstrong, established the Coral Reef Swim Race with fellow swimmer Kim Sanford as a fundraiser for the East End Marine Park. The park was the first territorial marine park established to protect the natural and cultural resources of the east end of St. Croix. Discounted rates are available to participants through the resort’s Swim Race Package. A minimum three-night stay and proof of registration is required.

Participants ages 11 and up can choose an assisted swim with fins and snorkel starting at $90 per person for the 1-mile race. The two-mile and five-mile races are $130 and $150, respectively. To learn more about the race, visit the event website at Those interested in registering for the race can sign up through the event website via

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