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My St.Croix Sailing Adventure with Matthew McConaughey

Captain Carl (aka Matthew)

I recently went on a cruise with a pit stop on the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and was looking for a great way to see the island and get a little adventure all in one. With the power of the Internet, I was able to find a tour provider with all the right stuff:

- A peaceful sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument with a small group (no loud, overbooked, overpriced cruise tours for moi);

- personalized attention;

- great snorkeling with equipment you’re not afraid will leave you with some funky uninvited virus;

- pristine white sands and crystal-clear Caribbean waters;

- a boat powered by wind only…supporting green tour operators;

- and a boat captain who looks like Matthew McConaughey!

Well, I hadn’t bargained on the last one, but, sure enough, I walked on board and met Matthew—I mean Captain Carl. Hey, a girl can dream. My husband was laughing at me all day, because he knew I kept trying to get a picture of him. I wish I would have gotten one better than this, but you can also see Carl at if you don’t believe me. (Girls don’t get too excited, Carl is a married man.)

But seriously, that is not the reason why you should book your day trip with Teroro II and Dragonfly Buck Island Charters (although it is a good one); you should book with them if you want to have a truly memorable vacation experience on St. Croix.

Carl and his sister Melanie (this is a family operated business) were our hosts, tour guides, and snorkeling masters as they took our group of 12 on an amazing day sail over to Buck Island National Monument. This protected national marine park is the home of an underwater snorkel trail that is a snorkeler’s paradise. It’s best to go with a guided tour to show you all the best spots, and Melanie really knew her way around the trail. The coral formations are sublime (the visibility up to a hundred feet is amazing), and I’ve never seen more colorful tropical fish in one place. If you are new to snorkeling, Melanie and Carl are expert instructors and really took the time to work with everyone on the boat to ensure they had the proper equipment and an unforgettable snorkeling adventure. You don’t get personal attention like that on most tours, and their snorkeling equipment is top notch (and clean!).

Turtle Beach on Buck Island

This is where you dock at Turtle Beach for lunch.

After snorkeling, they took the boat over to Turtle Beach, which has been voted one of the world’s prettiest beaches by National Geographic. We had time to eat our lunch (you bring your own), enjoy “pop” if you brought it along, swim on the white sand beach, or take a hike up to the top of the island for more amazing views. Pristine white sand, check; gorgeous, crystal-blue Caribbean water, check; palm trees, check. This is what a Caribbean beach is supposed to look like! I felt like Brooke Shields on The Blue Lagoon (well, okay, a much older deflowered version of Brooke).

Alfresco dining - our view from the picnic table

Alfresco dining - our view from the picnic table

Turtle Beach on Buck Island, St. Croix

Believe me, you will not want to leave Turtle Beach when Matthew, I mean Carl calls you back to the boat, but the reminder of a peaceful sail back with the wind pushing through the sails and the views of the St. Croix island coastline are just the enticement you’ll need.

Sailing in St. Croix

When you get back to shore, if time permits, I’d recommend a quick stopover to Christiansted for some souvenir shopping and a rum runner at the Deck Bar, overlooking the marina.

This was our first stop on the cruise, and I was still winding down into vacation mode. I seriously think my stress level went from 8 to 0.0 while the Caribbean winds blew through my hair on the front deck of the Teroro II. This was one of the best days of our cruise! Thanks, Carl and Melanie.

Chilling out on the deck of the sail boat

Chillaxing on the deck of Tororo II

Captain Carl Punzenberger on Teroro II

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6 People have left comments on this post

» Crawfordsmile said: { Aug 11, 2010 - 6:35 PM }

I love the blog about Captain Carl and Teroro! He is one handsome captain and reason enough for me to book a trip!

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Aug 12, 2010 - 4:05 PM }

Even without a handsome captain – you won't be sorry. This is a great way to spend a day in St. Croix and a great adventure!

» Yi-Shin Sheu said: { Jan 27, 2013 - 11:07 PM }

Hahaha, I laughed so hard when I saw your blog title – the Matthew McConaughey. I was on a trip to Buck Island with Captain Carl Heinz, and I was too trying to take a secret picture of Captain Heinz, because he looks just like Matthew McConaughey if not more handsome.  I was lucky that I took an excellent picture of him and one of his crew members at first shot.  It actually looks like he was posing it, but he wasn’t.  When we arrived Buck Island, I was so happy that I went with Captain Heinz, because the other boat company Big Beard was like cattle cart.

» Maria @ Daily Downward Dog said: { Jan 27, 2013 - 11:25 PM }

Thanks for stopping by MariaMedia – I love it that you were able to get a pic of Matthew, I mean Captain Heinz!! 

» St Croix Tim said: { Jul 17, 2014 - 1:12 PM }

Whoa. They do look alike. Alright, alright, alright :)