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ST CROIX — Dive into excitement as the waves of anticipation build for the 27th Annual Coral Reef Swim Race in beautiful, sunny St. Croix. Swimmers near and far travel to the island’s shores to compete in the one-mile, two-mile, and five-mile races offered in the competition. 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 — this race is often referred to as “Buck to Buc.” The two-mile race starts on the west side of Pull Point; the one-mile race begins at Shoy’s Beach. Regardless of the starting location, all races end along Buccaneer’s palm-lined beach, where a steel pan band and refreshments await.

Since 1995, The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort has been the host hotel of the race. Founded in the 17th century, this family-run resort offers chic accommodations on their 340-acre tropical estate. Resort amenities include golf, tennis, three exquisite beaches, two freshwater pools, a kids’ program, fine restaurants, water sports, spa services, and a fitness center. Resort owner Elizabeth Armstrong established the Coral Reef Swim Race with fellow swimmer Kim Sanford twenty- seven years ago. Discounted rates are available to participants through the resort’s Swim Race Package. A minimum two-night stay and proof of registration is required. The 27th Annual Coral Reef Swim Race will be held on Sunday, November 12th. 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 $175, respectively. Learn more about the race at their website Race registration is powered by; those interested can sign up through the website.

Written by Anquanette Gaspard