Natural Attractions on Jost Van Dyke

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It seems like beach bars are the main attraction for most of the people (mainly yachters) who find their way to Jost Van Dyke.  Yet, there are a few natural sites that should be on your to-do list when you visit the “Barefoot Isle.”  Some of them are located beneath the surface of the sea, others are on land, but all are important in one way or another. 

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sage Mountain National Park

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the island has a few interesting nature preserves on it and nearby.

Diamond Cay National Park is a nature preserve found within eastern Jost Van Dyke. Birders may take interest in this spot, which is home to tern, boobies, and pelicans.

Vacationers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring places like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. Tobago Cay, at the northwest corner of the British Virgin Islands chain is home to Great Tobago (210 acres) and Little Tobago (55 acres) of protected lands established in 1995 as national parks. Birders visit these island because it is the only nesting site in the British Virgin Islands for frigate birds, and divers love the waters around Mercurious Rock.

Sage Mountain National Park: The flagship reserve in the British Virgin Islands, Sage Mountain National Park marked the start of conservation as an official policy in the islands. Just as the park was a good start for the government's conservation program, it is sure to be a good start for eco-tourist and nature lovers in the British Virgin Islands.

Take a minute to read this table to learn more about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On and Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Location Island
Diamond Cay National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 5.1 mi. West of Central Jost Van Dyke None
Mount Healthy National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Sage Mountain National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.6 mi. South of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola

Caves

Treasure Point Caves

Although most visitors to the area are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Treasure Point Caves. It is found within Norman Island, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. <p>Legend tells that a Creque family fisherman once found a chest of gold doubloons in a cave off Norman Island as he sought shelter from a storm. Though all the treasure appears to be gone, now Treasure Point Caves are a popular spot for snorkeling.</p>

Parks and Botanical Gardens

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Guests can also spend some time in one of the many parks, as well as a botanical garden near Jost Van Dyke.

Shark Bay National Park is located on Tortola, East of Jost Van Dyke. At the top of the ridge accessible by trail is the Bat Cave, which is a reported bats nest of old. Though bats haven't been spotted here in quite some time, the trek is worth the view of the Atlantic Sea and rocky coast. Birders may encounter Brown Bobbies, Brown Pelicans, Laughing Gullas, the Magnificent Frigate Bird and Reseate Terns.

Another attraction in this category is J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Guests who tour the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens get a chance to view a few different natural environments that exist throughout the islands.

The parks and gardens available are displayed directly below.

Parks and Gardens Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Location
Festival Grounds Park 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens Botanical Garden 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
Noel Lloyd (P.A.M.) Park Park 0.0 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town
Old Recreation Ground Park 0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
Parkfields Recreation Grounds Park 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
Shark Bay National Park Park 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cane Garden Bay

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Jost Van Dyke can be seen below.

Land Formations On Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Location Island
Batson Bay Bay 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Bubbling Pool Hot Spring 1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Castle Bay Bay 1.8 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Cherry Ghut Bay Bay 0.8 mi. Northwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Garner Bay Bay 1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Georgy Hole Bay Bay 4.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Jost Van Dyke
Great Harbour Harbour Great Harbour, Central Jost Van Dyke Jost Van Dyke
Long Bay Bay 1.8 mi. East of Central Great Harbour Little Jost Van Dyke
Manchioneel Bay Bay 6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town Little Jost Van Dyke
North Side Bay Bay 0.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Saddle Bay Bay 1.5 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Stony Bay Bay 1.4 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
Water Rock Bay Bay 2.0 mi. West of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke
White Bay Bay 0.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke

Of course, there are additional kinds attractions available. Navigate here to view our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Jost Van Dyke.

 

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