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.
Do you want to spend part of your vacation under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the island has some 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.
Adventurers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. Great Tobago and Little Tobago are popular spots for birders because these islands are the only nesting grounds for frigate birds in the British Virgin Island chain. Divers also love the waters surrounding the islands because of the shoal, shallow reef, and sand channels.
Sage Mountain National Park: Improved consistently since its conception in 1964, Sage Mountain National Park now offers twelve trails winding through the area, regularly maintained forest sections, and as the centerpiece, Sage Mountain, the highest point in both the British and US Virgin Islands.
View the chart below to find out more about nature preserves.
|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|
Although most travelers are drawn by the region's beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is Treasure Point Caves. It is located on 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>
Guests can also spend some time in one of the many parks, or a botanical garden near Jost Van Dyke.
Shark Bay National Park is located on Tortola, East of Jost Van Dyke. Shark Bay National Park was donated to the National Parks Trust in 1999, and is the first coastal nature reserve and park along Tortola's north shore. The park spans 18.4 acres and is great for hikers looking for a beautiful view.
Another popular attraction in this category is J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens. Named for the first known conservationist in the British Islands, the J.R. O'Neal Botanical Garden was established in 1986.
The parks and gardens available are provided in the chart below.
|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|
|Park||0.0 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town|
|Park||0.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town|
|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|
Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Jost Van Dyke are provided in the following table.
|Bay||1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Hot Spring||1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||1.8 mi. West of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||0.8 mi. Northwest of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||4.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay||Jost Van Dyke|
|Harbour||Great Harbour, Central Jost Van Dyke||Jost Van Dyke|
|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|
|Bay||0.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||1.5 mi. West of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|Bay||1.4 mi. West of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|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, Jost Van Dyke includes other attraction types. Click here to check out our article concerning other interesting attractions for Jost Van Dyke.
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