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 seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be pleased to know the area has several interesting nature preserves nearby.

Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve found 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 locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Southgate Coastal Reserve. Southgate serves as a habitat for a number of threatened or endangered migratory birds, as well as sea turtles. Currently in the works as of March 2013, is a Reserve Center, walking trails, and more.

View the table below for a list of 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

Visitors can experience a couple of parks, or 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 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 you'll be able to find are summarized in the table 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 gain a better understanding of local agriculture by spending part of a day at Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. The gardens at R2R are small, but each demonstrates the use of at least one sustainable farming technique including solar power, animal husbandry, and organic cropping. The workers at R2R also have a passion for holistic living, slow food cooking, and a natural connection.

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 provided in the following table.

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 variety of attractions beyond just these, you might want to think about other possibilities. You can find out more about other attractions by clicking here.


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