Natural Attractions in Christiansted

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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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Attractions Map

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outside? You may be happy to learn the area has several enjoyable nature preserves nearby.

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a popular nature preserve situated on Green Cay, 2.8 mi. East-Northeast of central Christiansted. Administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this refuge was established to protect one of the rarest reptiles in the world, the St. Croix Ground Lizard, as well as a variety of bird and other wildlife species that depend on the island ecosystem to survive.

Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Southgate Coastal Reserve. Located on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, the Southgate Coastal Reserve was created in 1999 as a protected area for migratory birds that make their way through the islands each year.

Take a look at this table to learn more.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Christiansted
Name Type Location Island
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

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Saint George Village Botanical Gardens

Guests can experience either of two parks, as well as a botanical garden in and around Christiansted.

If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is situated 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 worth looking into can be seen right below.

Parks and Gardens In and Around Christiansted
Name Type Location
D Hamilton Jackson Park Park Downtown Christiansted
Peter Carl Limpricht Park Park 0.5 mi. West of Downtown Christiansted
Saint George Village Botanical Gardens Botanical Garden 8.6 mi. West of Central Christiansted


You can learn about regional agriculture by spending part of a day 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.

Farms Near Christiansted
Name Type Location Island
Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute Farm 2.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Christiansted St. Croix

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Christiansted are listed in the following chart.

Land Formations In Christiansted
Name Type Location
Christiansted Harbor Harbour 0.3 mi. Northwest of Downtown Christiansted
Gallows Bay Bay 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Christiansted

Luckily, Christiansted has other attractions. For more about other attractions, see this page.


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