A new book on snorkeling St Croix has just been published. It is called "The St Croix Snorkeling Guide" and it is available on Amazon. I bought a copy of it, received it last week, and here are my thoughts.
First of all, it is about time somebody did this. The book illustrates in a big way why St Croix should be considered as one of the top snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean. The book features 5 of the best snorkeling beaches on St Croix -- Cane Bay, Sand Castle, Frederiksted Pier, Tamarind Reef, and Buck Island. From my experience, all 5 beaches are safe, easy to find, and have parking and snorkeling equipment for rent.
If you are looking for an analytical snorkeling textbook with GPS settings and depth chart maps and a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, this ain't it. Instead, the book is a casual, intimate, beautifully visual guide to snorkeling on the island. The book contains over 100 color photographs that show the distinctive underwater environments of the featured beaches. This isn't the type of book that you throw in the back seat of the car and head to the beach with. Instead, it is a coffee table type picture book that is printed on high gloss paper.
The last section of the book is a dining guide of the authors' 10 favorite St Croix restaurants -- complete with about 40 photos of the food featured at each restaurant ( YUM!! ).
I have snorkeled all 5 beaches reviewed in the book. The book accurately portrays the individual beauty of each beach and its own unique underwater environment. I love having the book as a visual memory of my snorkeling experiences on St Croix and the photographs are colorful and beautiful. This would be a good book for a cruise ship passenger or visitor to St Croix to look at to help them decide where to snorkel and eat with the time they have. With the great article about St Croix in USA TODAY this week and now this snorkeling book, I hope more positive things about St Croix are on the way!