Natural Attractions in Charlotte Amalie

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It is obvious to anyone that steps foot on the shores of St. Thomas that Charlotte Amalie is thing of beauty.  What you may not know is that there are plenty of designated natural attractions that will bring you a little bit closer to the great outdoors.  In addition to the zoo and several botanical gardens, there are several waterways and lookout points to consider as destinations to visit during your stay.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to learn the area has a pair of nature preserves nearby.

Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located on Capella Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of central Charlotte Amalie. Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge wasn't fully established until 1981. Its main purpose was, and continues to be, as a safe haven for migratory birds that use the island as a winter home, or as a rest area before continuing further, but it can also be enjoyed by visitors.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Capella Island, 5.2 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie Capella Island

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Travelers can visit one of the many parks, as well as 4 botanical gardens in Charlotte Amalie.

Attractions Map

Hassel Island Historic Park is found within southwestern Charlotte Amalie. Once connected to St. Thomas at the edge of the harbor, this island was separated and turned into a completely new island by the Dutch who hoped to create better water circulation. Today it is privately owned, but an important natural and historical landmark.

A second popular choice in this category is Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk. Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk is a historic sugar plantation estate overlooking Charlotte Amalia Harhour. Today the property serves as a wedding and event venue.

The parks and gardens available can be seen in the chart below.

Parks and Gardens In Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Educators Park Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Emanicipation Garden Park Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
FDR Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Hassel Island Historic Park Park 0.8 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Roosevelt Park Park 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Villa Botanica At Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas

Zoos and Aquariums

Coral World Ocean Park

If the idea of spending some time surrounded by sea life sounds like fun, you should visit Coral World Ocean Park. Coral World is the ultimate interactive aquarium where you are immersed in the water world of marine life. You will be able to explore and have fun while still learning a thing or two.

Review the table below if you want more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium Coki Point, 4.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie
Solberg Farm Zoo Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Charlotte Amalie can be seen in the chart below.

Land Formations In Charlotte Amalie
Name Type Location Island
Banana Point Point 1.1 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Careening Cove Bay 0.6 mi. South of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Hassel Island
Carolina Point Point 1.4 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
Long Bay Bay 0.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Ruyter Bay Bay 1.3 mi. South West of Downtown Charlotte Amalie Water Island
St. Thomas Harbor Harbour 0.4 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie None

Keep in mind, Charlotte Amalie is home to additional attractions. Readers can find out more about other attractions by following this link.

 

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