The 21st Annual Coral Reef Swim Race will be held on
November 6, 2016
This is an open water experience where participants race to protect the very coral reefs they swim past on the way to the finish line. All of the proceeds from the race go directly to the Nature Conservancy’s program to protect the coral reefs of the US Virgin Islands.
Photo Credit: Steve Simonson via Swimming World Magazine
The swim offers 1, 2, and 5-mile races, and attracts 150 to 200 swimmers from around the world
With three distances to choose from, the Coral Reef Swims offer an experience for all level of swimmers, including world class athletes. Race contestants can be as young as 11 years old along with 75 year old seniors.
Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman has been involved with organizing the Coral Reef Swim since 2004.
Five-Mile Swim Race
The race begins on world-famous Buck Island, which boasts a spectacular beach and living coral reef designated as an underwater park by the National Park Service, continues across the channel, and then along St. Croix’s shoreline of colorful reefs and sandy bottom.
Two-Mile Swim Race
The two mile race will start on the west side of Pull Point. Swimmers will head west passing Shoys Point Beach before reaching the final turn buoy about 800 yards off Mermaid Beach.
One-Mile Swim Race
The One mile race starts on Shoys Beach. Swimmers will head west before reaching the final turn buoy.
Buccaneer’s Mermaid Beach is the finish for all the races, and the hotel is the hub for all the swim's events
Whether first or last, swimmers come in to the sounds of a live steel band, enjoy tropical refreshments, and share their race stories. Later on, the celebration continues with an awards ceremony and lunch at the Terrace Restaurant.
The events festivities begin several days before the race, including island tours, snorkeling trips, a rum tasting and other activities offered by the hotel. A cocktail event the day before the race at the historic Sugar Mill allows race participants to meet in an informal setting.
Buccaneer Hotel Coral Reef Swim Race Package 2016
The (3) night value package for two persons is $1390 for an Ocean View room or $1690 for a Deluxe Oceanfront room. Single occupancy rate is $1200 for an Ocean View room or $1500 for a Deluxe Oceanfront room (shown below).
The Buccaneer is a completely modern hotel with a historical background that dates back to 1653.
The property occupies a 300-acre estate that was formerly a sugar plantation. For dining you can choose from the hotels three top rated St Croix Restaurants.
Each room features a private patio or balcony for maximum enjoyment of our spectacular views. Conveniences include air conditioning, small refrigerators, safes, hair dryers, telephones, satellite television, DVD players, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, shower or shower/tub combination, double sinks and ceiling fans. Some rooms have soothing whirlpool tubs. Cribs, roll-aways, and microwaves are available upon request.
- (3) nights accommodations, including taxes
- Breakfast daily
- Two dinners and gratuity, including Saturday night swimmer's buffet
- Round trip airport transportation
- Buck Island snorkeling trip
- Sugar Mill cocktail party
Special offer at The Buccaneer - http://www.thebuccaneer.com/special-offers-en.html
For more details about the annual swim race visit - http://swimrace.com/