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Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (St. Croix) free

3013 Estate Golden Rock | St. Croix, 00820 | Official website
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  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 U.S. News Travel (3.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Sandy Point is a southern beach in St. Croix that moonlights as a habitat and natural refuge for the leatherback sea turtles. During the day, you can swim in the shallow waters or sunbathe along the buff-colored sand. If you're lucky you might catch some turtles nesting their eggs in Sandy Point's 2-mile stretch. One TripAdvisor reviewer notes that this off-the-beaten path locale can be a bit of a challange to get to: "Once you enter the park, follow the gravel road ... to the end. [G]o slow, it is a single lane with one or two turnouts for traffic coming the opposite direction." When you finally arrive, you may recognize the setting from the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption." The spot was said to be Mexico in the flick, but the final scene was actually filmed right on Sandy Point's beach. 

The refuge operates very limited hours and only welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends. For more information, check out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's official website.

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