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 time outside? You might be pleased to know the island has several interesting nature preserves on it and nearby.
Diamond Cay National Park is a nature preserve located in eastern Jost Van Dyke. One of Jost Van Dyke's smallest natural attractions is Diamond Cay National Park. This tiny little swatch of land off the coast of Long Bay near the Diamond Cay Marine is accessible by walking along a sand bar that can easily be covered in high tide.
Adventurers wanting to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities 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: 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 the table just below to learn more.
|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 vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. One such example is Treasure Point Caves. It is found on Norman Island, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. 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.
Visitors can also experience 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.
A second popular 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 you'll be able to find are provided in the table 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 idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Jost Van Dyke are shown here:
|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|
If you are seeking a wider variety of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you should look farther afield. Click on this link to view our discussion of other interesting attractions for Jost Van Dyke.
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