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 like being seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to learn the island has several nature preserves on it and nearby.

Diamond Cay National Park is a popular 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.

Those wanting to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park. These two islands are accessible by boat.

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.

Check the chart below to find out 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 vacationers have heard about 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 located 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

Visitors 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. You can access the entrance to Shark Bay National Park via a 10 minute walk from Brewer's Bay Road.

A second 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 worth considering are provided in the following chart.

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 idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Jost Van Dyke are provided in the following chart.

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

Keep in mind, you'll find some other kinds attractions available. Click this link to visit our discussion of other interesting attractions for Jost Van Dyke.

 

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