Although it's better known for its historic landmarks than its natural attractions, you'll find many great options nearby. Boats leaving from Christiansted will take you to Buck Island, a picture-perfect unspoiled island with beautiful beaches and great snorkeling. There are also several parks, gardens, nature preserves and even a small rain forest that can easily be reached by car.
Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be pleased to know the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.
Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve located on Green Cay, 2.8 mi. East-Northeast of central Christiansted. Although the refuge might be considered an attraction for visitors to St. Croix, it is an attraction that can best be seen from a distance, by boat, from off-shore of the island in order to protect a highly-lizard species and easily disturbed juvenile brown pelicans. The refuge is closed to the public in order to protect its very fragile ecosystem and the endangered ground lizard.
Those hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites like Southgate Coastal Reserve. Southgate is located a little more than three miles east of Christiansted.
Glance through the following table for a listing of nature preserves.
|Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Green Cay, 2.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted||Green Cay|
|Southgate Coastal Reserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.8 mi. East of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
Guests can visit either of two parks, or a botanical garden in and around Christiansted.
If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is located 8.6 mi. West of central Christiansted. Explore the natural side of St. Croix presented in maintained trails, beautiful landscapes, and full of bright, colorful flowers. This is a perfect place to visit when you need a break from the exciting vacation and are looking for the relaxing one.
The parks and gardens available can be seen below.
|Park||0.5 mi. West of Downtown Christiansted|
|Saint George Village Botanical Gardens||Botanical Garden||8.6 mi. West of Central Christiansted|
You can gain a better understanding of regional agriculture by spending some time at Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. To reach R2R from the East of the island, take the paved Mahogany Road into the rainforest. After Norma's Domino Club, take the second right onto 58, and continue on until you reach the top of the hill. As the hill descends to the west, you will see a sign for the farm.
|Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute||Farm||2.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Christiansted||St. Croix|
Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Christiansted are displayed in the chart below.
|Harbour||0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Christiansted|
|Bay||0.3 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted|
Keep in mind, Christiansted is home to other attraction types. Use this link to view our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for Christiansted.
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