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 hope to enjoy more of your vacation outside? You might be pleased to know the area has some nature preserves nearby.

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a great nature preserve located within 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 will enjoy exploring 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 the following chart for information concerning nature preserves.

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

Vacationers can spend some time in either of two parks, or a botanical garden in and around Christiansted.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Saint George Village Botanical Gardens, which is found 8.6 mi. West of central Christiansted. St. George Village Botanical Garden will give you a tour of some of the indigenous species of plant life found on the island, as well as educate you on some of the ecological and environmental issues facing St. Croix.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are summarized here:

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 obtain a better understanding of 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 fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Christiansted are provided below.

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

If you would prefer having a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should think about other locations. Read this page dedicated to even more attractions if you want to get some more information.


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